[AZ-Observing] Observing on Tonto National Forest - proposed travel management plan

  • From: Ken Reeves <kreeves5@xxxxxxx>
  • To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2012 19:20:35 -0700

For those of you that observe in the Tonto National Forest, the Travel 
Management Plan is well underway.  The following is contained in the 
Travel Analysis Process Report regarding "dispersed camping" (which is 
what most observers do):

"Motorized Dispersed Camping and Big Game Retrieval
Roadside parking up to one-vehicle length from the edge of the road (FSM 
7716.1) would
continue for purposes of dispersed motorized camping, but motor vehicle 
use off designated roads
and trails for purposes other than dispersed camping would not be allowed"

Please take this into account for future observing sessions to avoid an 
unexpected visit and possible fines from forest rangers.

All of the national forests are in the process of setting up the Travel 
Management Plan and are in different phases (I believe Prescott and 
parts of Kaibab are complete), and the different forests have different 
rules for dispersed camping.

For more information, refer to the Tonto National Forest web pages below.

The Tonto National Forest travel management page can be found at:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/home/?cid=fsbdev3_018761

Ken

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