Under the proposed Hopi land swap (AZ Daily Sun, Feb 18, 2018) 9,400 acres of land in 12 parcels would be transferred from Coconino National Forest to the Arizona State Land Department. This would be compensation for other... land to be transferred to the Hopi Tribe.
The land around Flagstaff that would be included in the swap is primarily used for recreation. These parcels contain all or sections of the Flagstaff Loop Trail, Arizona National Scenic Trail, Sandy Seep Trail, Christmas Tree Trail, Rogers Lake Connector Trail and Campbell Mesa Trail System.
These 12 parcels are some of Flagstaff's prime recreational and open space assets. Loss of these parcels would be a devastating blow to Flagstaff's residents and visitors.
Under the current federal control, the use of these parcels can't change without public comment. Under state control, the land can be leased or sold without public comment. The State Trust Lands commonly have a "No Tresspassing" sign on them, which discourages recreational use. Worse yet would be the possibility of these lands being sold for private development.
Please write your Senators and Congressman to let them know you oppose including Flagstaff's land in this swap.