ARIZONA - FS Proposing Changes to Safford Ranger District Motorized Travel System

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December 08, 2011 6:28 PM

The Coronado National Forest, located in southeastern Arizona, is proposing changes to the motorized transportation system on the Safford Ranger District. The system that is currently in place was originally established according to direction in the Coronado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan; 1986, as amended). The first step in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is "scoping", during which the public is asked to help identify issues, concerns and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action. Comments received du

The Coronado National Forest, located in southeastern Arizona, is proposing changes to the motorized transportation system on the Safford Ranger District. The system that is currently in place was originally established according to direction in the Coronado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan; 1986, as amended).

The first step in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is "scoping", during which the public is asked to help identify issues, concerns and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action. Comments received during scoping will be reviewed and used by Forest resource specialists to analyze project effects, and as necessary, to develop mitigation measures, issues and alternatives. Other opportunities for public involvement in the NEPA process will be offered by future meetings and document reviews.

Maps showing the proposed changes are available for public review at the District Office in Safford (address below), at the Forest Supervisor's Office in Tucson (300 West Congress Street), and on the Forest's public website at www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36561.

Comments should be submitted by February 16, 2012. Written comments may be sent by U.S. mail to Mr. Buddy Zale, Travel Management Project Leader, Safford Ranger District, 711 S. 14th St., Safford, AZ 85546; by facsimile to (928) 428-2393, ATTN: Safford Travel Management NEPA; and by email to comments-southwestem-coronado@fs.fed.us with "Safford Travel Management NEPA" in the subject line. Email comments may be sent in the body of the message, in rich text format (.rtf) or in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx). Please direct telephone comments to Mr. Zale at (928) 348-1972.

Comments may also be submitted electronically through the Coronado National Forest's website at www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=36561. To do this, select "Comment on Project" in the blue "Get Connected" box. At the same location, you may also elect to receive electronic updates about this project by selecting the "Subscribe to Email Updates" link.

As part of this scoping process, the Forest Service will host open-house meetings in Tucson and Safford, Arizona. Comment forms will be available at these meetings, which everyone is welcome to attend. Notices of the times and places of these open houses will be posted on the Forest public web site at www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado  and in the Tucson and Safford local newspapers.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Thanks in advance for your support,

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

 

 

 


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