Ken, Great info...thanks. Seeing your report made me think about SAC's observing site (Frederickson's Meadow) in the Coconino National Forest. Their Travel Management Plan/Rule restricts dispersed camping and cross-country motorized travel in certain areas. According to a map entitled "Travel Management Rule - Coconino National Forest Record of Decision," the portion of FR 229 adjacent to Fredrickson's Meadow is now classified as a "Road open to all vehicles, yearlong" and an area designated for motorized dispersed camping [us] "Out to 300 feet either side of road centerline." A quick review of aerial photography shows that we typically fall within these parameters, so we shouldn't have any issues with the Forest Service. For those who utilize other areas of the Coconino National Forest, like Karen and I do, you might want to review the following information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino/landmanagement/projects/?cid=stelprdb 5263010 Clear skies, Chris Hanrahan SAC President -----Original Message----- From: az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ken Reeves Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2012 7:21 PM To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [AZ-Observing] Observing on Tonto National Forest - proposed travel management plan 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 -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list. -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.