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JamesT
09-01-2004, 09:58 AM
Notice of Decision for Verde Wild and Scenic River, Comprehensive River Management Plan, Coconino, Prescott and Tonto National Forests, Gila and Yavapai Counties, Arizona.

As the Responsible Officials, Forest Supervisors Nora B. Rasure (Coconino National Forest), Michael R. King (Prescott National Forest) and Karl P. Siderits (Tonto National Forest) signed a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on June 14, 2004 approving the Verde Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP). The selected alternative includes a modification to the Proposed Action that will amend the three Forests’ Land and Resource Management Plans to incorporate the approved CRMP and make changes to each Forest’s road and trail management plans. This CRMP will better protect the outstandingly remarkable values that were the basis for Congressional designation of the 41-mile segment of the Verde River for protection under the Wild and Scenic River Act.

Copies of the Environmental Assessment and Decision Notice/FONSI are available electronically at www.fs.fed.us/r3/verde_crmp/ . Additional information and printed copies can be obtained from Mr. Carl Taylor, USDA Forest Service, 2324 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006 or by phone: 602-225-5200.

Decision Subject to Appeal
Elements of this decision are subject to administrative review under three separate appeal regulations.

The decision to approve the CRMP and incorporate it into the three Forest Plans is subject to administrative review (appeal) pursuant to 36 CFR 217 (November 4, 1993). This notice of appeal must contain sufficient narrative evidence and argument to show why the decision to amend the Plans should be changed or reversed, and it must include the content specified at 36 CFR 217.9(b).

The decision to decommission, convert, close, or designate specific roads or trails is subject to appeal pursuant to 36 CFR Part 215. Individuals or organizations who submitted substantive comments during the comment period specified at 215.6 may appeal this decision. The notice of appeal must meet the appeal content requirements at 36 CFR 215.14.

Those who hold written authorizations to occupy and use National Forest System lands and whose authorization will be affected by implementation of this decision may appeal pursuant to 36 CFR 251, Subpart C instead of 36 CFR 215. Notices filed under this regulation must contain sufficient narrative evidence and argument to show why the decision should be reversed or changed and include the content specified at 36 CFR 251.90.

The appeal must be filed (regular mail, fax, email, hand-delivery, or express delivery) with the Appeal Deciding Officer. Written comments must be submitted to: Regional Forester, Attention: Appeal Deciding Officer, USDA Forest Service, 333 Broadway Boulevard SE, Albuquerque NM, 87102. The FAX number is 505-842-3173. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered appeals are: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (MDT) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc) to appeals-southwestern-regional-office@fs.fed.us . The appeal must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as verification on electronic appeals.

Appeals, including attachments, must be filed within 45 days from the publication date of this notice in the Flagstaff Daily Sun, the Prescott Courier and the East Valley Tribune (Mesa and Scottsdale), the newspapers of record. The publication date, the notice is being published in all three newspapers on the same date, is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an appeal. Those wishing to appeal this decision should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

Implementation of Decision
If no appeals are filed within the 45-day time period, implementation of the decision may occur on, but not before, 5 business days from the close of the appeal filing period. When appeals are filed, implementation may occur on, but not before, the 15th business day following the date of the last appeal disposition.


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