Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Seek Input
October 1, 2019
Comment period on revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement for motorized travel ends Tuesday, Oct. 29.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) have released a revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for ASNFs Public Motorized Travel Management Plan.
The purpose of the plan is to comply with the federal Travel Management Rule by providing a system of roads, trails, and areas designated for motor vehicle use while protecting biological, physical, and cultural resources.
Alternative 2 Favored
According to the comment period cover letter on the ASNFs' website, the revised DEIS analyzed three alternatives. The preferred alternative is Alternative 2 – The Proposed Action, which would designate a system of roads, trails, and areas for motorized use as well as limited motorized access for dispersed camping and limited motorized access for big game retrieval. The proposed action is detailed in the DEIS.
"This document will address public issues raised during the formal objection process of the EIS," said Forest Supervisor Steve Best in an ASNFs news release.
All Outdoor Enthusiasts Encouraged
Hunters, campers, OHV enthusiasts, wildlife watchers and all other outdoor enthusiasts who utilize the forest are encouraged to read the revised DEIS to review the issues and the revised alternatives.
A 60-day public comment period opened will run through Tuesday, Oct. 29. Comments may be submitted electronically on a web form at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/TMPWrittenComments, or they can either be: sent by mail to Travel Management Plan Comments, P.O. Box 640, Springerville, AZ 85938; sent by fax to 928-333-5966 (please mark "Attention: Travel Management Plan Comments"); or hand delivered to Supervisor's Office, 30 S. Chiricahua Dr., Springerville, AZ 85938 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.
Comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as verification on electronic comments.