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Tonto National Forest- Federal

November 10, 2017

Notice of Formal Public Comment Period on the Tonto Preliminary Proposed Plan The Tonto National Forest’s Preliminary Proposed Plan, the first step toward revising the current land and resource management plan, was released for public comment on Monday, November 6, 2017, for a 45-day comment period. Copies may be obtained by visiting www.tontoplan.org, emailing tontoplan@fs.fed.us, or calling (602) 225-5200 to request a copy. Forest officials are hosting eight public meetings in November to share information with the public about the preliminary plan, the next steps in the plan revision process, and how to get involved to help shape the future management of the Tonto National Forest. Meeting dates, times, and locations are available on the website www.tontoplan.org or by calling (602) 225 – 5200. The Preliminary Proposed Plan was developed based on public and resource specialist feedback and is intended to update the 1985 Tonto Plan as well as address the issues identified in the assessment. The Tonto National Forest is committed to collaborating with the public at various stages throughout the planning process. At this stage, the forest is requesting comments specific to the Preliminary Proposed Plan. Comments submitted by December 21, 2017 will be of most value to the Forest Service. Send electronic comments to tontoplan@fs.fed.us or written comments to: Forest Planner, Tonto National Forest, 2324 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006. Comments received in response to this notice, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record and are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered in the NEPA process; however, anonymous comments do not enable the agency to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents, nor will anonymous commenters have standing for the objection process. At the end of forest plan revision, the decision to approve the revised forest plan will be subject to the objection process identified in 36 CFR Part 219 Subpart B (219.50 to 219.62). According to 36 CFR 219.53(a), those who may file an objection are individuals and entities who have submitted substantive formal comments related to plan revision during the opportunities provided for public comment during the planning process. For further information on the plan revision process, contact: Kenna Belsky, Forest Planner, Tonto National Forest, 2324 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006; electronically at tontoplan@fs.fed.us, or by phone at 602-225-5200. 11/10, 2017 edition Arizona Capitol Times

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