Assessment Report of Ecological/Social/Economic Sustainability,
Conditions, and Trends for the Tonto National Forest
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of initiating the assessment phase of the Tonto National
Forest land management plan revision.
SUMMARY: The Tonto National Forest, located in Arizona, is initiating
the forest planning process pursuant to the 2012 Forest Planning Rule.
This process results in a Forest Land Management Plan which describes
the strategic direction for management of forest resources for the next
ten to fifteen years on the Tonto National Forest. The first phase of
the process, the assessment phase, has begun and interested parties
have been invited to contribute in the development of the assessment
(36 CFR 219.6). The Forest hosted a series of listening sessions with
key stakeholders in January 2014, and will be hosting workshops in
March 2014. Additional information on public participation
opportunities will be available on the project Web site
. The trends and
conditions identified in the assessment will help in identifying the
need for change, in the development of plan components.
DATES: A draft of the assessment report for the Tonto National Forest
is expected to be completed by early to mid-winter 2014/2015 and will
be posted on the following Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/TontoForestPlanRevision
. From January 2014 through November 2014
, the public is invited to
engage in a collaborative process to identify relevant information and
local knowledge to be considered for the assessment. The Forest will
then initiate procedures pursuant to the NEPA and prepare a forest plan
revision. The Forest will again be inviting the public to help us
identify the appropriate plan components that will become a proposed
action for the land management plan revision.
ADDRESSES: Written comments or questions concerning this notice should
be addressed to Tonto National Forest, Attn.: Plan Revision, 2324 E.
McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken Born, Forest Planner, 602-225-
5280. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD)
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. More
information on the planning process can also be found on the Tonto
National Forest Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/TontoForestPlanRevision
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of
1976 requires that every National Forest System (NFS) unit develop a
land management plan. On April 9, 2012, the Forest Service finalized
its land management planning rule (2012 Planning Rule), which provides
broad programmatic direction to National Forests and National
Grasslands for developing and implementing their land management plans.
Forest plans describe the strategic direction for management of forest
resources for ten to fifteen years, and are adaptive and amendable as
conditions change over time.
Under the 2012 Planning Rule, the assessment of ecological, social,
and economic trends and conditions is the first stage of the planning
process. The second stage is a development and decision process guided,
in part, by the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) and includes the
preparation of a draft environmental impact statement and revised
Forest Plan for public review and comment, and the preparation of the
final environmental impact statement and revised Forest Plan. The third
stage of the process is monitoring and feedback, which is ongoing over
the life of the revised forest plans.
With this notice, the agency invites other governments, non-
governmental parties, and the public to contribute to the development
of the assessment report.For the full notice.... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-02-26/html/2014-04006.htm