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Coconino and Kaibab National Forests, Arizona EIS
« on: August 12, 2011, 11:33:14 pm »
The Forest Service is preparing an environmental impact
statement (EIS) that proposes to conduct restoration activities on
approximately 600,000 acres on the Coconino NF and Kaibab NF. Of this
total, approximately 361,379 acres would be treated on the Coconino NF
and 233,991 acres would be treated on the Kaibab NF. Restoration
actions would be focused on the Flagstaff district with fewer acres
included on the Mogollon Rim and Red Rock districts of the Coconino NF.
On the Kaibab NF, activities would occur on the Williams and Tusayan
districts. 

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-12/html/2011-20496.htm

Both forests have identified the needed road system for public and
administrative motorized use through the Travel Management Rule (TMR)
process. As a precursor to the TMR process, the Coconino NF identified
roads that should be closed to public travel, decommissioned, or
considered for other uses because they were no longer needed to meet
resource management objectives (USDA 2010). A review of 2010 data
indicates there is a need to decommission approximately 941 miles of
existing system and unauthorized roads on the Coconino NF. Similar to
the Coconino process, the Kaibab NF identified resource risks and
access benefits associated with all roads. A review of Kaibab NF data
indicates approximately 170 miles of unauthorized roads are recommended
for decommissioning. The desired condition is to have soils in
satisfactory condition so that the soil can resist erosion, recycle
nutrients and absorb water. There is a need to decommission the roads
that have been identified.
    In addition to the need for decommissioning roads, there is a need
to have adequate access to the project area for implementation. There
is a need to upgrade road segments which have resource or health and
human safety concerns, construct temporary roads that could be used for
access, and temporarily open existing closed roads. Once the project is
completed, there is a need to decommission the temporary roads and
closed roads.

DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received
by August 26, 2011. The draft environmental impact statement is
expected by January of 2012 and the final environmental impact
statement is expected in the summer of 2012.

 Two open houses are planned during the comment period. The first open house
will be held on August 18, 2011 at the Williams Ranger District, 742
South Clover Road, Williams, Arizona, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The
second open house will be held on August 20, 2011 at the Coconino
National Forest Supervisor's Office, 1824 S. Thompson Street,
Flagstaff, AZ 86101, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please contact Paula Cote
at (928) 226-4686 for additional information.
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