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Plan Revision for the Coronado National Forest, Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz Counties, AZ; and Hidalgo County, NM

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
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SUMMARY: As directed by the National Forest Management Act, the USDA Forest Service is preparing the Coronado National Forest revised land management plan (Forest Plan) and will also prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for this revised Forest Plan. This notice briefly describes the nature of the decision to be made, the proposed action and need for change, and information concerning public participation. It also provides estimated dates for filing the EIS and the names and addresses of the responsible agency official and the individuals who can provide additional information. Finally, this notice briefly describes the applicable planning rule and how work done on the plan revision under the 2008 planning rule will be used or modified for completing this plan revision.

The revised Forest Plan will supersede the current Forest Plan previously approved by the Regional Forester on August 4, 1986. The current Forest Plan has been modified through eleven amendments and three change notices since its approval. Amendments included: Establishing new management areas, adding and modifying management direction for fire, caves, cultural resources, roads, and trails, and adding direction for the Mexican spotted owl, the northern goshawk, and old growth. This current amended Forest Plan will remain in effect until the revised Forest Plan takes effect.

DATES: Comments concerning the need for change provided in this notice will be most useful in the development of the draft revised Forest Plan and draft environmental impact statement if received by February 19, 2010. The agency expects to release a draft revised Forest Plan and draft environmental impact statement for formal comment by fall, 2010 and a final revised Plan and final environmental impact statement by fall, 2011.

Click here to read the complete Federal Register Notice

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