Public Meetings on 4FRI Rim Country Project

April 13, 2017 5:00 PM

Two public meetings are scheduled in April for the Forest Service to present, and obtain public comment upon, draft alternatives for proposed forest restoration activities across the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) “Rim Country” project area. This Rim Country environmental analysis covers 1.2 million acres of our National Forest lands. These draft alternatives describe various ways to meet restoration goals, and input is desired by 4FRI project proponents to ensure your interests are included!

These alternatives were developed in response to comments from earlier public scoping as well as National Forest staff’s continuing research and analysis of the Rim Country project area. Treatments are planned for the Black Mesa and Lakeside Ranger Districts of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the Mogollon and Red Rock Ranger Districts of the Coconino National Forest, and the Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts of the Tonto National Forest. This environmental analysis is the largest of its kind in the country, and will set the stage for forest restoration treatments in its footprint for the next 10 or more years.

Public meetings have been scheduled for the following dates, times, and locations:

·         5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 13: Julia Randall Elementary School Gymnasium, 902 W. Main St., Payson, AZ 85541

·         4:30 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 18: Show Low City Hall, Deuce of Clubs meeting room, 180 N. 9th St., Show Low, AZ 85901

This is one opportunity to hear more about proposed forest treatments in our National Forest lands. Once alternatives are finalized, the specifics of each will be analyzed and presented to the public in the form of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) next year.

Current and continuing information can be found here: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/4FRIRimCountry

The Rim Country EIS is the second landscape-scale, multi-forest environmental assessment for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), a collaborative effort between the U.S. Forest Service, the public, and a stakeholder group representing nearly 40 individuals, organizations, and government entities. For more information, visit www.4fri.org

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