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Forest Service seeks input on change of use at Cataract Lake
Comments due March 15

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Kaibab National Forest is proposing a project to change the Cataract Lake Campground on the Williams Ranger District from overnight use to a day-use fishing and picnic facility. The proposal would keep existing facilities in place and would keep the site on the National Capital Improvement list to compete for reconstruction funding.

Most of the facilities at Cataract Lake are past the end of their service life and no longer meet Forest Service design standards. There are no accessible features for campers, other than the toilet facility. In addition, Cataract Lake Campground does not meet the Forest Service guidelines - the number of campsites - for refurbishing the campground.

The facilities at the lake - a toilet, picnic tables, garbage bins and parking spaces - would not change. The season of operation designated in the Forest Land Management Plan, as amended, would remain unchanged, from May 15 until Oct. 31 of each year. The new campground loop installed at Kaibab Lake Campground in 2012 would accommodate the overnight use from Cataract Lake Campground.

The purpose of this notice is to invite public comment on the project proposal. Public input will help the agency determine the scope of issues related to the proposal.

Comments can be submitted to: Deirdre McLaughlin, Williams Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest, 742 S. Clover Rd., Williams, Arizona 86046; Telephone (928) 635-5662; or by email to comments-southwestern-kaibab-williams@fs.fed.us on or before March 15.

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