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Kaibab National Forest proposes Vegetation Management Project

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - The Kaibab National Forest is proposing a project to reduce hazardous fuels and forest tree densities on the Tusayan Ranger District on approximately 8,000 acres of national forest system lands. The Russell Vegetation Management Project is located about 11 miles east of State Route 64 and 12 miles southeast of the community of Tusayan.

Project objectives include improving wildlife habitat, promoting forest health and reducing the risk of severe wildfire. Proposed treatments include noncommercial thinning and prescribed burning. Included in the proposal is the opportunity for commercial and personal fuelwood permits from thinning activities.

The purpose of this notice is to invite meaningful public involvement on the project proposal. Public input will help the agency determine the scope of issues related to the proposed action that will be addressed in the environmental analysis.

Information can be found about the proposed project on the web at: http://fs.usda.gov/goto/kaibab/russell. Copies of the proposed action and project area map can be obtained from the Tusayan or Williams Ranger District. Comments may be written, hand-delivered, oral, and electronically delivered for 30 calendar days following the date of publication of the legal notice in the Arizona Daily Sun. Hand-delivered comments can be submitted to the Tusayan Ranger District office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. E-mail comments also may be submitted via electronic mail (.doc, .txt, .pdf, and .rtf only) to: comments-southwestern-kaibab-tusayan@fs.fed.us. Please include "Russell Project" in the subject line of the email for easy identification.

Questions and written comments regarding this proposal can be submitted to:

Heather McRae, Forester, Tusayan Ranger District, P.O. Box 3088, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023-3088. She can be reached via e-mail at hmcrae@fs.fed.us or by phone at (928) 635-8232.

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