USDA Forest Service

This document shows, by phase, where the 2012 Rule specifies public participation, outreach, and collaboration with minority and low-income populations, referred to collectively in this document as “environmental justice populations.”

Creosote bush occurs throughout the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan deserts.

Arizona - Reserving lands within national forests for use of the Forest Service as campgrounds, recreation areas, or for other public purposes

Public Land Order 1229 of September 27, 1955, which withdrew from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws, certain national forest lands for campgrounds, picnic grounds, and roadside zones, is hereby modified to the extent necessary to open the following described lands to all forms of appropriation under the public land laws applicable to national forest lands, except under the U.S. mining laws.

This action is necessary to ensure that National Forest System roads provide for public uses of National Forest System lands; provide for safe public access and travel; allow for economical and efficient management; to the extent practicable, begin to reverse adverse ecological impacts associated with roads; and meet all other current and future land and resource management objectives.

The Coconino National Forest, Land and Resource Management Plan defines the direction for managing the Forest for the next 10 to 15 years. The Forest Plan provides for integrated multiple-use and sustained-yield of goods and services from the Forest in a way that maximizes long-term net public benefits in an environmentally sound manner.

Topics include land use, demographics, specific industry sectors, the role of non-labor income, the wildland-urban interface, the role of amenities in economic development, and payments to county governments from federal lands.

Establishes new authority sections that include a cross-reference to FSM 5430.1 and lists additional laws, executive orders, and departmental regulations applicable to land exchanges.


Comments from each of the six public hearings are available for viewing. Note that the public comment period is now closed.

Public Hearing Comments

Draft EIS

The draft EIS public comment period closed November 7, 2019. All 30,000+ comment submittals are now under review for consideration in the compilation of the final EIS.

Media & General Info

Point of Contact
John Scaggs
Tonto National Forest

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website