DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Tonto National Forest; Arizona; Revision of the Land Management Plan for the Tonto National Forest
Notice to reinitiate opportunity to object to the revised land management plan and the Regional Forester's list of species of conservation concern for the Tonto National Forest.
The Forest Service is revising the Tonto National Forest's Land Management Plan and has prepared a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for its revised Land Management Plan (LMP) and a draft record of decision (ROD). This notice is to inform the public that the Federal Register notice and legal notice posted on March 25, 2022, had an incorrect website to submit objections electronically through the comment analysis and response application (CARA). The correct website to submit an objection is listed below. This notice reinitiates the 60-day period where individuals or entities with specific concerns about the Tonto National Forest's revised LMP, draft ROD, and the associated FEIS may file objections for Forest Service review prior to plan approval. This is also an opportunity to object to the Regional Forester's list of species of conservation concern (SCC) for the Tonto National Forest. Those that submitted objections during the original objection period must resubmit their objections to be considered.
The publication date of the legal notice in the Tonto National Forest's newspaper of record, Arizona Capitol Times, initiates the 60-day objection period and is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection (36 CFR 219.52(c)(5)). An electronic scan of the legal notice with the publication date will be posted at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51592.
The Tonto National Forest's revised LMP, FEIS, draft ROD, SCC list, and other supporting information is available for review at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51592. Hard copies of the Tonto National Forest's revised LMP, FEIS, draft ROD, and Regional Forester's list of SCC can be obtained at the Tonto National Forest Supervisor's Office, 2324 E McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006, Phone: (602) 225-5200.
Objections must be submitted to the Objection Reviewing Officer by one of the following methods:
- Electronically to the Objection Reviewing Officer via the CARA objection web form: https://cara.fs2c.usda.gov/Public//CommentInput?Project=51592. Electronic submissions must be submitted in a format (Word, PDF, or Rich Text) that is readable and searchable with optical character recognition software.
- Via regular mail to the following address: USDA-Forest Service Southwest Region, ATTN: Objection Reviewing Officer, 333 Broadway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
- By Fax: 505-842-3173. Faxes must be addressed to “Objection Reviewing Officer.” The fax coversheet should include a subject line with “Tonto National Forest Plan Revision Objection” or “Tonto Species of Conservation Concern” and specify the number of pages being submitted.
- To submit an objection via hand delivery, please contact your local district office.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Forest Planner, Kenna Belsky, at email@example.com (602) 225-5200.
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf or hard of hearing (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.
The decision to approve the revised Land Management Plan and the Regional Forester's list of species of conservation concern for the Tonto National Forest will be subject to the objection process identified in 36 CFR part 219 Subpart B (219.50 to 219.62). Per 36 CFR 219.53, only individuals and entities who have submitted substantive formal comments related to a plan revision during the opportunities for public comment attributed to the objector may file an objection unless the objection concerns an issue that arose after the opportunities for formal comment.
How To File an Objection
Objections must be submitted to the Objection Reviewing Officer at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. An objection must include the following (36 CFR 219.54(c)):
- The objector's name and address along with a telephone number or email address if available. In cases where no identifiable name is attached to an objection, the Forest Service will attempt to verify the identity of the objector to confirm objection eligibility;
- Signature or other verification of authorship upon request (a scanned signature for electronic mail may be filed with the objection);
- Identification of the lead objector, when multiple names are listed on an objection. The Forest Service will communicate to all parties to an objection through the lead objector. Verification of the identity of the lead objector must also be provided if requested;
- The name of the plan, plan amendment, or plan revision being objected to, and the name and title of the responsible official;
- A statement of the issues and/or parts of the plan, plan amendment, or plan revision to which the objection applies;
- A concise statement explaining the objection and suggesting how the draft plan decision may be improved. If the objector believes that the plan, plan amendment, or plan revision is inconsistent with law, regulation, or policy, an explanation should be included;
- A statement that demonstrates the link between the objector's prior substantive formal comments and the content of the objection, unless the objection concerns an issue that arose after the opportunities for formal comment; and
- All documents referenced in the objection (a bibliography is not sufficient), except the following need not be provided:
- All or any part of a Federal law or regulation,
- Forest Service Directive System documents and land management plans or other published Forest Service documents,
- Documents referenced by the Forest Service in the planning documentation related to the proposal subject to objection, and
- Formal comments previously provided to the Forest Service by the objector during the proposed plan, plan amendment, or plan revision comment period. It is the responsibility of the objector to ensure that the Objection Reviewing Officer receives the objection in a timely manner. The regulations generally prohibit extending the length of the objection filing period (36 CFR 219.56(d)). However, when the time period expires on a Saturday, Sunday, or a Federal holiday, the time is extended to the end of the next Federal working day (11:59 p.m. for objections filed by electronic means such as email or facsimile machine) (36 CFR 219.56).
- All or any part of a Federal law or regulation,
The responsible official who will sign the draft ROD for the revised LMP and associated FEIS for the Tonto National Forest is Neil Bosworth, Forest Supervisor, Tonto National Forest, Tonto National Forest Supervisor's Office, phone: (602) 225-5201. The responsible official for the list of SCC is Michiko Martin, Regional Forester, USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region, 333 Broadway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
The Regional Forester is the reviewing officer for the revised LMP, draft ROD, and FEIS since the Forest Supervisor is the responsible official (36 CFR 219.56(e)). The decision to approve the SCC list will be subject to a separate objection process. The Chief of the Forest Service is the reviewing officer for SCC identification since the Regional Forester is the responsible official (36 CFR 219.56(e)(2)).
This authority may be delegated to an individual Deputy Chief or Associate Deputy Chief for the National Forest System, consistent with delegations of authority provided in the Forest Service Manual at sections 1235.4 and 1235.5.
Dated: July 4, 2022.
Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.
[FR Doc. 2022-14534 Filed 7-7-22; 8:45 am]
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DatesThe publication date of the legal notice in the Tonto National Forest's newspaper of record, Arizona Capitol Times, initiates the 60-day objection period and is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection (36 CFR 219.52(c)(5)). An electronic scan of the legal notice with the publication date will be posted at https:// www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51592.
LinksAs published in the Federal Register