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DRASTIC CHANGES in the Tonto NF | Forest Resource Management Plan | All you need to k

New plan changes how the Tonto National Forest is managed


Closure of Forest Roads that cross rivers or unstable soil. (e.g., avoiding hilltops, ridges, riparian areas, and any route alignments with greater than 10% surface grade) to mitigate erosion and to promote sustainable design.

Prioritize decommissioning of roads that impact flow regimes, are redundant routes, cause mass movement of soils and sediment, are built within the riparian management zone or have substantial negative impacts to at-risk species.

Decommission of recreation sites and campgrounds that are deemed unsustainable, low-use, a hazard to public safety or have no remarkable destination value.

Dispersed camping near cultural sites, sensitive species areas, and interpretive sites, and within 200 feet of trailheads is prohibited by closure order.

Permit systems and management areas requiring a fee for OHV areas, wilderness areas, and target shooting areas.

Implementing off-highway vehicle permit zones to increase public awareness and improve compliance in areas with high user conflicts or resource damage.

Plans of operation shall be required for all mineral operations that will likely cause significant disturbance of surface resources.

49 recommended wilderness areas; about 375,576 acres

20 recommended Wild and Scenic Rivers

5 proposed Botanical Areas

5 proposed Natural Research Areas


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