Recreation officials announced Monday that a series of public planning meetings on long-term recreation sustainability will begin throughout the Tonto National Forest in January.
A meeting in Payson will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at Gila Community College, room 301.
"We need the public’s input and support in determining the future of our developed recreation sites,” said Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth. “Our forest recreation program is one of the largest and most complex in the U.S. National Forest system and requires a wide variety of interests and perspectives to be involved. We look forward to partnering with our recreation visitors in developing a sustainable recreation program for the future.”
Bosworth said the F.S. is committed to serving the public by operating and, when necessary, modifying the services offered.
Economic conditions and mounting financial demands underscore the inadequacy of traditional funding sources to meet growing population needs and recreation expectations.
"We must not only engage the public to explore their expectations and needs, we must also expand our program delivery capacity funding to utilize user fees, volunteers, grant programs, private donations and partners in the nonprofit sector," he said.
Recreation planning meetings:
Gila County Community College - Rm 301
201 Mud Springs Rd., Payson, AZ
Jan. 24 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park
1324 S. Jesse Hayes Rd, Globe, AZ
Jan. 30 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Tonto Basin Elementary School
445 S. Old Hwy 188, Tonto Basin, AZ
Feb. 6 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Roosevelt Lake Resort
358 N Stagecoach Trl, Roosevelt, AZ
Feb. 8 from 1 – 3 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Community Center
Hwy 288, Young, AZ
Feb. 11 from 6 – 8 p.m.