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Moonset Pit to re-open in May with limited use

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Kaibab National Forest (KNF), in cooperation with the communities of Parks and Sherwood Forest Estates, will reopen Moonset Pit May 13 to local residents to dispose of herbaceous materials from private property.

However, dates will be limited for use this year as scheduled renovations to expand the site an additional five acres are expected to begin by July.

“Opening up the space within the pit will allow for separation between the cinder operations and the woody debris piles, which will provide for a much safer environment for all users” said Deirdre McLaughlin, Lands and Minerals staff officer. “This will also provide a larger capacity and accommodate more users for this popular site in the future.”

Officials are planning to close the pit as monsoon rains arrive, which typically occur in July. Because of the limited schedule for use this season, residents are strongly encouraged to get to the pit early this year. Once the pit is closed, it will not re-open until 2018. The pit will open on the following four Saturdays from 7 a.m. - 2p.m. May 13, May 27, June 10 and June 24.

The Moonset pit serves the local area providing a location for the disposal of natural forest debris. No garbage, household trash, building materials, lumber or other items are allowed. Materials should not be bagged.

The success of this community provision is largely attributed to the volunteers of the Parks Area Connection and Sherwood Forest Fire Department who staff the pit on Saturdays during the open hours of operation. This annual service is also supported by the KNF and the Rural Communities Fuels Management Partnership.

Moonset Pit is located west of the Parks community on a dirt road east of Spitz Springs on the north side of old Route 66. More information or to volunteer to staff Moonset Pit on open dates is available from Anne Dudley at (928) 635-0417 or Joanie Raetzel at (928) 635-0059.

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