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Friday, December 13, 2019
Public Comments Needed to Protect Apache Leap
Tonto National Forest Plan Revision
Tonto National Forest's Land and Resource Management Plan revision is out today for comments. It is another opportunity to send comments to the Forest Service to protect Apache Leap Special Management Area from the impacts of the proposed Resolution Mine.
"The Apache Leap Special Management Area persists as a special place with emphasis given to preserving the area’s natural character, allowing traditional uses by Indian tribes, and protecting and conserving the cultural and archeological resources of the area."
Each National Forest and Grassland is governed by a Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). The Tonto National Forest has a forest plan providing comprehensive management direction for resources on the National Forest System Lands. This includes plan direction for management, protection, and uses of the Forest. Monitoring conditions on the Forest ensures projects are done in accordance with plan direction and identify conditions that might require a change in the Forest Plan.
The Tonto National Forest began revising its Forest Plan in 2014 using the 2012 Planning Rule for the National Forest System. This webpage provides information on the forest plan revision process and how to get involved.
The draft land management plan (draft forest plan) and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) documents are available for public review and comment. The Notice of Availability (NOA) was published in the Federal Register on December 13, 2019 which initiated the 90-day comment period. A legal notice was also published in Arizona Capitol Times. The planning team has worked hard to incorporate all the information received since starting the plan revision process. For more information, refer to the Draft Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement Documents below. The Tonto NF will be hosting public meetings throughout the comment period to share information and gather feedback.