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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fossil Creek open house Thursday in Pine

Pine, Ariz. – The Coconino and Tonto national forests will hold a public open house the first week of September in Pine so the public can provide comments and feedback on new concepts regarding the management of Fossil Creek and its future.

The open house will be Sept. 5 at the Senior Center in Pine at 3916 N. Highway 87 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The public will have a chance to meet with Forest Service personnel, view the concepts and maps, and provide comments on the concepts.

“Fossil Creek is a unique place in our forest and it deserves to be protected and enhanced,” said Jennifer Hensiek, Acting District Ranger.  “Through the engagement of the public, we hope to make sure we haven’t left out any options or interests.” 

Congress designated a portion of Fossil Creek as a Wild and Scenic River in 2009.  With that designation, the Forest Service is required to “protect and enhance” the river’s free-flowing condition, water quality and its outstanding remarkable values.

Together, these are the basis for managing the wild and scenic river corridor.  The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act also requires the Forest Service to consult with state and local governments, tribal governments, and the public.

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