Sedona AZ (December 11, 2012) – Join us on Thursday December 20, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for the third trail and ecosystem protection planning meeting. This meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel on Ridge Trail Drive in the Village of Oak Creek.
The Red Rock Ranger District, in partnership with the City of Sedona and the Big Park Council, are seeking to create a non-motorized trail plan that will reflect local values and recreation needs and promote regional benefit while protecting the resources that draw people to this special area. This is the third in a series of monthly meetings to update the trail plan for Forest lands near Sedona and Big Park. All members of the public are welcome. Your voice, values, and ideas are vital for this collaborative planning effort.
Agenda items for the December 20 meeting will include:
- Forest Service “trail facts” and standards.
- Discussion of what works and what doesn’t work about the trail system for trail users.
- Discussion about what information is needed to assist the planning process and who will gather it.
National Forest trails in the Red Rock area are used by over 600,000 people each year. Trail popularity and use continues to increase particularly for hiking and mountain biking. What will the future of our trails be? What new trail opportunities are appropriate? How can trails be sustainably maintained into the future? These are some of the challenges that can be addressed by this planning process. For more information about the trail planning process please call Jennifer Burns at 928-203-2900 or go to our website at www.fs.usda.gov/coconino click on land and resource management, planning, and red rock trails.