National monuments seek public comment on draft of fire management plan

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments have announced that the National Park Service (NPS) is in the process of preparing an Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect for a Fire Management Plan. The purpose of this notice is to inform interested parties of the Fire Management Plan/Environmental Assessment (FMP/EA) process to allow the public the opportunity to comment on the draft; addressing those issues and concerns they feel have particular significance.

The FMP/EA will address a full range of wildland fire activities, including the suppression of unwanted wildland fires, the use of prescribed fire to protect cultural and natural resources, and the use of mechanical and chemical treatments to reduce hazardous fuel loads and protect structures.

Public input is sought regarding the issues and alternatives proposed for achieving the management goals as outlined in the FMP/EA. Issues of major importance that have been identified include the effects of the implementation of a wildland fire program on firefighter and public safety, geology and soils, vegetation, special status species, wildlife, air quality, soundscapes, hydrology/water quality, visitor use experience, monument operations, archeological and ethnographic resources, historic structures and cultural landscapes.

The public comment period closes 30 days after the date at the top of this letter. If you wish to comment on the EA please go to http://parkplanning.nps.gov, scroll down to Fire Management Plan EA/AEF, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot. You may comment on the document at the above address or you can send your comments to:

Dorothy FireCloud, Superintendent, Montezuma Castle National Monument, PO Box 219, Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Please note that names and addresses of people who comment become part of the public record. If you wish us to withhold your name and/or address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment.

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