The Forest Service will be presenting information and gathering preliminary public feedback for the Rim Country Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) draft Proposed Action at an informational meeting Tuesday, May 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Messinger Funeral Home in Payson, AZ.
The Rim Country EIS is the second landscape-scale, multi-forest EIS in the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI). It will analyze restoration treatments on approximately 1.25 million acres of National Forest System Land across the Mogollon Rim near Blue Ridge, Payson, Show Low, and Springerville.
The meeting, hosted by the 4FRI Stakeholder Group, is open to all members of the public interested in 4FRI the crucial treatments proposed in the Rim Country EIS. The meeting will begin with a 45-minute presentation by the Forest Service on 4FRI projects, other projects around Payson, and the draft Proposed Action for the Rim Country EIS. The remainder of the meeting will be an open house where the public will have an opportunity to visit with resource specialists and provide feedback on the draft Proposed Action.
“This is an informal, informational meeting that we are offering ahead of the formal public scoping meetings and comment periods identified by the National Environmental Policy Act,” says Annette Fredette, 4FRI Planning Coordinator. Those meetings and opportunities to provide comments for the public record will occur this summer with the release of the Notice of Intent and Proposed Action.
“Our intent for the meeting on May 10 is to involve the public in the collaborative process before the formal planning process even begins. It’s important to us that members of the local communities be part of this every step of the way.”