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LauraA
08-20-2007, 12:01 PM
I got this email today from Gabrielle Kenton, Assistant Forest Planner with The Tonto National Forest.
They're going to begin having meetings again in early 2008 regarding usage of our National Forests, although decisions will not be made until a permanent order is ruled upon. I would like to urge anyone interested in keeping our forests and access roads open, to get in contact with your local National Forest office and try to stay on top of the proposed changes. If we don't make our feelings known, we'll lose access to a lot of the places we want to explore.


Outcomes of Public Meetings
The first two rounds of public meetings held in each of the six districts helped the Tonto planners start to identify what the forestís stakeholders see as needed changes on the Tonto. These meetings are the beginning of a dialog we will continue over the next few years. At the first round of
public meetings, attendees were asked what they thought needed to change in the management of the Tonto National Forest. The responses were varied and
often complex. The planning team identified 25 main topics of concern. The four most frequently mentioned topics were: Forest Service processes, law enforcement, access Ė especially motorized travel access, and forest health
and ecosystem function. Many, if not most, of the topics that people identified as needing change were things that would not be addressed in a
forest plan, and many are beyond control of the Tonto National Forest or
the Forest Service in general.
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Whatís Next?

The Tonto National Forest planning team is putting together a list of all the suggested changes identified by the public, other agencies, organizations, and specialists. The team will then determine which can be
addressed through changes to the forestís management plan. Once that list is completed, the team will again work with the public and other organizations to get more specific on what current conditions are related
to that topic, how much and in what way changes can be made, and the means to get there Ė especially what activities the forest might permit or undertake to lead toward the desired changes. At those future meetings, members of the public may be asked if they are willing and able collaborate with others to work on specific areas of review and ****ysis to answer some of those questions.
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Gabrielle Kenton
Assistant Forest Planner
Tonto National Forest

Johnnie
08-21-2007, 07:12 AM
I got this email today from Gabrielle Kenton, Assistant Forest Planner with The Tonto National Forest.
They're going to begin having meetings again in early 2008 regarding usage of our National Forests, although decisions will not be made until a permanent order is ruled upon. I would like to urge anyone interested in keeping our forests and access roads open, to get in contact with your local National Forest office and try to stay on top of the proposed changes. If we don't make our feelings known, we'll lose access to a lot of the places we want to explore.


Outcomes of Public Meetings
The first two rounds of public meetings held in each of the six districts helped the Tonto planners start to identify what the forestís stakeholders see as needed changes on the Tonto. These meetings are the beginning of a dialog we will continue over the next few years. At the first round of
public meetings, attendees were asked what they thought needed to change in the management of the Tonto National Forest. The responses were varied and
often complex. The planning team identified 25 main topics of concern. The four most frequently mentioned topics were: Forest Service processes, law enforcement, access Ė especially motorized travel access, and forest health
and ecosystem function. Many, if not most, of the topics that people identified as needing change were things that would not be addressed in a
forest plan, and many are beyond control of the Tonto National Forest or
the Forest Service in general.
__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ ___
Whatís Next?

The Tonto National Forest planning team is putting together a list of all the suggested changes identified by the public, other agencies, organizations, and specialists. The team will then determine which can be
addressed through changes to the forestís management plan. Once that list is completed, the team will again work with the public and other organizations to get more specific on what current conditions are related
to that topic, how much and in what way changes can be made, and the means to get there Ė especially what activities the forest might permit or undertake to lead toward the desired changes. At those future meetings, members of the public may be asked if they are willing and able collaborate with others to work on specific areas of review and ****ysis to answer some of those questions.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Gabrielle Kenton
Assistant Forest Planner
Tonto National Forest



Thanks Laura, for keeping us all posted with the latest information.

Johnnie & Sheila