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Glass Containers Banned at Oak Creek and Fossil Creek

Jeff Maltzman | Oak Creek

Jeff Maltzman | Oak Creek

It’s April 22 … yep, Earth Day. As such, we thought this reminder about following the Leave No Trace Principles was especially appropriate. Unfortunately, LNT is an ethos that is frequently ignored (as you’ll read below and in our upcoming June issue), and that’s a dangerous problem. Now, our friends at the Forest Service have implemented this latest ban to keep visitors safe and, hopefully, eliminate dangerous litter.

The Coconino National Forest is implementing a prohibition on glass food and beverage containers on federal lands near Oak Creek and Fossil Creek, two popular public swimming areas. This ban will be in effect beginning April 1, 2014. Broken glass containers are to blame for cut feet and litter in many locations along these two streams. This prohibition will enhance health and safety and reduce hazardous waste in the stream corridor.

Along Oak Creek near Sedona, glass containers are prohibited on Forest land within 300 feet of the edge of Oak Creek except within designated picnic and campgrounds or within a motor vehicle. This prohibition extends from Red Rock Crossing upstream through Oak Creek Canyon to Pumphouse Wash.

For Fossil Creek, glass containers are prohibited within the entire Wild and Scenic River area ¼ mile on either side of Fossil Creek from the Fossil Springs area downstream to below Stehr Lake. This includes portions of the Coconino and the Tonto national forests. Visitors may have glass containers within their vehicle.

Forest visitors are encouraged to abide by the prohibition so that the stream corridor is safer for everyone. Visitors should bring alternate types of containers with them if they are picnicking stream-side. The prohibition will be posted at all bulletin boards and entry areas. Per Title 16 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and/or (b), violation of this Order is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both.

Contact the Red Rock Ranger District at (928)-203-2900 or for additional information.


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State Highway 366 to Riggs Lake Opens Today

Monika Ragland | Mt. Graham

Monika Ragland | Mt. Graham

A message from our friends at the Forest Service:

The unpaved portion of State Highway 366, also known as the Swift Trail which accesses the upper reaches of Mt. Graham, will open Tuesday, April 15.

The Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest will open all seasonally-closed camping areas on April 15. Twilight, Upper Arcadia, Arcadia, Round the Mountain, Noon Creek and Stockton Pass are usually open year round, weather permitting.

Drinking water will be available at Treasure Park and Columbine Corrals Memorial Day Weekend.

No campfire or smoking restrictions are in place at this time.  All forest visitors are urged to be extremely careful with fire, including cigarettes and other smoking materials.

While camping or picnicking, visitors are reminded to be “Bear Aware”.  As the weather warms, all animals on Mt. Graham become more active, including black bears. Some safety recommendations  include:

  • Keep camping and picnic areas clean at all times
  • Clean cooking utensils after meals
  • Stow food and garbage out of sight and smell range of wildlife
  • Wash hands and face, and change clothes before lights out

More information can be obtained by calling the Safford Ranger District at (928) 428-4150, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For information on recreational opportunities on the Coronado National Forest, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado/.

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Help the Forest Service Keep an Eye on Mother Nature

Photo by Reid Helms

Photo by Reid Helms

From our friends at the Forest Service:

PHOENIX – The U.S. Forest Service is understaffed but is getting more help in monitoring more than 1 million acres of Arizona wilderness. Over the weekend, another 30 volunteers for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition stewardship program received training to begin monitoring ecological and recreational conditions in the state’s wild areas.

According to the Coalition’s Central Arizona director, Sam Frank, it’s a chance for people to give back while enjoying something they already love: being outdoors.

“It’s a great thing for families, it’s a great way to get exercise and it’s a great way to get to know the lands better in your backyard. It’s really beneficial,” Frank said. “And also, they have a sense of stewardship in helping take care of these areas that technically belong to them.”

Sound like a good gig? Why not volunteer and give Mother Nature some much needed TLC? For more information, visit: www.azwild.org/action/wilderness_stewardship.php.

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Save the Date! Forest Service to Waive Fees Starting June 11

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 –The U.S. Forest Service will waive the day-use fees associated with many recreation sites or amenities on national forests nationwide on June 11, the first of several fee-free days this year.

“The Forest Service waives fees every year to encourage more Americans to get outdoors and experience the wide array of recreation opportunities provided on our forests and grasslands,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We hope that these experiences on our lands will foster a lifelong appreciation and stewardship of precious natural resources.”

This year’s fee waiver dates are as follows:

 * National Get Outdoors Day – June 11

* National Public Lands Day – September 25

* Veterans’ Day Weekend – November 11-13

Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Forest Service for these listed dates. Concessionaire-operated, day-use sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate.

Fees are not charged for 98 percent of national forest and grasslands. More than two-thirds of developed recreation sites can be used for free. The Forest Service operates approximately 18,000 recreation sites nationwide, many including day-use areas, picnic and shelter sites, beach and lake areas, boat launches, trails and trailheads, and campsites and cabins.

The fee waiver days support the goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside program. AGO helps to raise awareness about the serious challenges natural resources face today, particularly the loss of prime agricultural and forests lands that provide a wealth of benefits to Americans, including clean water, wildlife habitat, food and fiber, and more. The Let’s Move! Outside program promotes regular outdoor activity to help kids maintain a healthy weight, boost immunity and bone health, and lower stress. By linking parents to nearby parks, trails and waters, and providing tips and ideas, Let’s Move! Outside can help families develop a more active lifestyle.

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