After attending the public meeting, I am left with two thoughts:
1) It’s annoying that we were referred to the CNF Web site* to review the “Seven Themes” posted on the walls in the meeting room, only to find that they are not anywhere on the site.
2) I agree 100 percent with the Forest Service that these Outstandingly Remarkable Values must be preserved. Since this very special place is in Arizona, it is only logical to conclude that the best steward of this treasure would be the state of Arizona itself.
I would therefore recommend and wholeheartedly support turning the land and the management thereof over to Arizona State Parks.
One need look no further than Tonto Natural Bridge State Park to see an example of the state’s competence and expertise. One need look no further than the CNF Web site to see that of the federal government.