Public Recreation Meetings Continue

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A series of public recreation sustainability meetings continue this month and into next.

“The next meeting in Payson is Jan. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gila Community College. After that, meetings continue throughout the forest -Globe, Roosevelt, and Young.

“It is imperative that we look at our long-range recreation management program in terms of sustainability – social, economic, and financial,” said Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth.

“We are committed to responsibly serving the public by efficiently operating and, when necessary, modifying the services we offer to ensure recreational activities are provided in the right places,” he said. ‘We need the public’s input and support in determining the future of our developed recreation sites.”

“National 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.

“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.”

“It is the responsibility of all of us to not only care for today’s forest but also the forest of the futures – for our children and our children’s children. That responsibility is shared by all of us,” concluded Bosworth.

Black Mountain Elementary School

33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Jan. 16, 2013

6 – 8 pm

Gila County Community College - Rm 301

201 Mud Springs Rd., Payson, AZ

Jan. 24, 2013

6 – 8 pm

Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park

1324 S. Jesse Hayes Rd, Globe, AZ

Jan. 30, 2013

6 – 8 pm

Tonto Basin Elementary School

445 S. Old Hwy 188, Tonto Basin, AZ

Feb. 6, 2013

6 – 8 pm

Roosevelt Lake Resort

358 N Stagecoach Trl, Roosevelt, AZ

Feb. 8, 2013

1 – 3 pm

Pleasant Valley Community Center

Hwy 288, Young, AZ

Feb. 11, 2013

6 – 8 pm

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