Sorry guys but here's another LATE NOTICE.............. Forest Service is hosting a scoping meeting TUES, JANUARY 20, 2004.

The meeting is at 6:00 p.m. and is important that we get OUR INPUT to them that if they close the Verde crossing at Childs the only other crossing is at Perkinsville. This is not acceptable.

I don't know this area well but many OHV recreationists will be affected if they close the Childs crossing because of this da*ned Wild and Scenic River BS...................... STAND UP AND BE HEARD!!

I will be out of town the 20th and 21st so any of you that can take a few minutes to attend this presentation and BE HEARD would be a huge help.................. for those of you that can make it please bring forms and contact information so the rest of us can write. Sanford Cohen from the Prescott Open Trails Assoc will attend the meeting on the 21st at Camp Verde......... we need to cover the Phoenix meeting. THANKS all !!! WEAR RED!!!!

Sandee

For Immediate
Release
> Contact: Vinnie Picard (602) 225-5200 or
> Date: January 13, 2004 Connie
> Birkland (928) 203-7505
> Forest Service to hold Verde River meetings
>
> Sedona, AZ (January 13) - A new comprehensive management plan for the
Verde
> River is currently up for public review, and the USDA Forest Service
> is holding two open houses for the public to ask questions and submit
> comments.
>
> The 41-mile segment of the Verde that runs through the Coconino,
> Prescott and Tonto national forests is the only stretch of river in
> Arizona to
carry
> the Wild and Scenic River designation. This new proposed Verde Wild
> and Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan, with related
> environmental analysis, will amend the three forests' Land and
> Resource Management Plans to provide consistent management direction
> for protecting and enhancing the Verde's unique values.
>
> The Forest Service welcomes public input on this proposed plan, and
> all submitted comments will be considered prior to any decisions being
> made.
>
> The first open house will be held in Phoenix Jan. 20 at the Embassy
> Suites Hotel, 1515 N. 44th Street. On Jan. 21, the second open house
> will be held in Camp Verde at The Lodge at Cliff Castle, 333 Middle
> Verde Rd. Both open houses will run from 4 to 7 p.m. A variety of
> stations covering different topics will be set up and staffed by
> Forest Service specialists familiar with both the proposed plan and
> on-the-ground conditions.
>
> In accordance with federal regulations, a 30-day comment period is
> being offered to collect public input.
>
> A description of the proposed action and supportive information are
> available for review at forest supervisor's offices located in
> Flagstaff, Prescott and Phoenix. Written comments or requests for
> additional information regarding this action can also be directed to:
> Carl Taylor, 2324 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006, 602-225-5200 or
> FAX to 602-225-5295. Electronic information can be obtained at
> www.fs.fed.us/r3/verde_crmp/.
>
> Comments can also be submitted electronically in a format such in an
> email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf) or Word
> (.doc) to comments-southwestern-tonto@fs.fed.us.