The Forest Service prepared this environmental assessment (EA) to determine whether amending the forest plan and implementing the contents of the Apache Leap SMA management plan may significantly affect the quality of the human environment and thereby require the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS). By preparing this EA, they are fulfilling agency policy and direction to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. For more details on the proposed action, see the “Proposed Action and Alternatives” section of this document.
The Southwestern Region of the Forest Service has received six objections to the Apache Leap Special Management Area and associated plan amendment for the Tonto National Forest. The objections, along with the Legal Notice, the Tonto National Forest’s proposed management plan, an environmental analysis document, and additional supporting documents are located under the Public Involvement tab.