ARIZONA- Coconino NF Announces Forest Plan Revision Meetings for February

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February 12, 2014 6:11 PM

ARIZONA- Coconino NF Announces Forest Plan Revision Meetings for February

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Coconino National Forest has announced the dates for a second round of public meetings to review and discuss the recently released draft revised forest plan and accompanying Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). These meetings are being held as a part of the 90-day public comment period for the plan and DEIS, which ends March 20, 2014. Comments provided during this time will be used to finalize the plan.

Meetings are scheduled for the following times and locations:

    •  Mon., February 24, 2014, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.- Flagstaff Aquaplex
       1702 N. Fourth St., Flagstaff, AZ 86004
       Meeting Description: Focus Topic/Comment Workshop

  •  Tues., February 25, 2014, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.- Sedona Airport
       235 Air Terminal Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336
       Meeting Description: Focus Topic/Comment Workshop

   •  Wed., February 26,2014, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m.- Mogollon Rim Ranger District
      873'8 Ranger Road, Happy Jack, AZ 86024
      Meeting Description: Open Office Hours/Walk-In

Meetings in Flagstaff and Sedona will be group discussion/workshop style and will be divided into three separate sessions over the course of the evening, with two simultaneous "tracks" taking place during each session to give you a choice of focus topics to discuss. Focus topics will be addressed as follows: 

Track  3:00-4:30 p.m.  4:30-6:00 p.m.   6:00-7:00 p.m.
Dispersed Recreation  Motorized Recreation  Permitted Uses 
2 Wildlife and Water Resources  Wilderness and Special Areas  Open Q & A 

The public is welcome to attend all three sessions and to move freely between tracks. Additionally, a commenting station will be available if you choose to make electronic or hardcopy comments in person. If you are unable to attend one of these meetings or would like to have a one-on-one discussion with a plan revision team member, open office hours will be held at the Mogollon Rim Ranger District on Wednesday, February 26,2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m.

The forest has been working on developing Google maps in response to comments received at the meetings in January. These maps will be a good resource to assist you in reviewing the draft revised forest plan and DEIS. Please check their website (http://go.usa.gov/gnzY) in the near future for a link to these map resources.

Electronic copies of the draft revised forest plan and DEIS are available online at http://go.usa.gov/jHnY. Hardcopies and compact discs are available at Forest Service offices in Flagstaff, Sedona, and Happy Jack; they will also be available at the public meetings.

For additional information, please contact Vern Keller, Forest Planner, at 928-527-3415 or email: coconino_national_forest_plan_revision_team@fs.fed.us

As always, please call or email if you have any questions or comments.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
 

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