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Fossil Creek

The Forest Service is beginning to create a comprehensive management plan for Fossil Creek. 

In an effort to best manage the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River and meet the requirements of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Coconino and Tonto national forests are releasing a Notice of Availability of a draft comprehensive river management plan (CRMP) and a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), with proposed forest plan amendments.

The public is invited to comment over a 90-day period, beginning Dec. 1, 2018, through Feb. 28, 2019, on the project’s management alternatives, including a proposed action, the draft CRMP, and the environmental effects analysis. The draft CRMP, DEIS, and supporting documentation can be accessed online at for review.

The CRMP will guide Forest Service management of the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River for at least the next 15 to 20 years. The goal of the plan is to protect and enhance Fossil Creek’s free flow, water quality, and its defined outstandingly remarkable values while providing for public use and enjoyment of this unique Arizona environment. 

The public can submit comments in writing through one of several methods:

• Electronic: E-mail to (include “Fossil Creek CRMP” in the subject line).

• Regular mail: Mail to Coconino National Forest, Attention: Fossil Creek CRMP, P.O. Box 20429, Sedona, AZ 86341.

• Fax: (928) 203-7539; Attn: Fossil Creek CRMP.

• In person: Provide written comments in person at the Red Rock Ranger District Office, 8375 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86351.

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