Forest Service

Stewardship: A Year in Review

Stewardship: A Year in Review

CRC’s Stewardship Program had an active 2023. Working with partner organizations, we amassed over 750 hours of volunteer time. In the winter, we installed wilderness portal signs in several Chiricahua locations, including Price Canyon, Rucker Canyon, and Cave Creek Canyon. The program organized monthly trail maintenance days for the Portal-Rodeo Hiking Group. These dedicated volunteers…

Peloncillo FireScape Project

Peloncillo FireScape Project

The USFS recently announced a Scoping notice for the Peloncillo FireScape Project. (See below.) More detailed information is available on the project website and in this letter from Doug Ruppel. This project presents both opportunities and concerns for intact habitats, and we will continue to monitor progress on it. The scoping comments period has now…

Decision on the South Fork Day Use project

Decision on the South Fork Day Use project

On October 11, 2022, the US Forest Service issued the below letter saying that they are “withdrawing the draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact and cancelling the South Fork Day Use project.” This is a significant victory for all citizens concerned with preserving intact habitats. CRC applauds the USFS in reaching this…

National Public Lands Day 2022

National Public Lands Day 2022

On September 24, 2022, the USFS and Korrina Rantz celebrated a National Public Lands Day volunteer event at the Visitor Information Center in Portal.  Improvements were made to the new connector trail linking the VIC to other Cave Creek Canyon trails. Following the work, CRC, Friends of Cave Creek Canyon, and Wild Arizona supplied food…

21 – Permits (2010)

(This is a part of a series of gleanings from the history of CRC’s 30 years of work; additional posts available here.) On May 27, 2010, CRC and Peg Abbott arranged a meeting with the US Forest Service to resolve problems involving permits for guiding and research on the Forest. The FS had been denying new…

15 – Fees (1999-2002)

15 – Fees (1999-2002)

(This is a part of a series of gleanings from the history of CRC’s 30 years of work; additional posts available here.) Another Forest Service proposal that CRC sought to influence from about 1999 through 2002 was the USFS Fee Demo Program, painfully slow in its development. The fee program had been authorized by Congress,…