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Contact: Bob Love, 520-377-5060
The National Park Service (NPS) is making an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Tumacacori National Historical Park Fire Management Plan available for public review and comment.
"The proposed new Fire Management Plan calls for the implementation of a range of fire management activities," said Tumacacori Superintendent Bob Love. "The aim of these activities and treatments is to improve public and firefighters safety, while reducing fuels and wildfire intensity."
The EA evaluates a "no action" alternative and a "preferred alternative." Under the "no action" alternative, the Tumacacori National Historical Park fire management program would not have a valid Fire Management Plan, and fire management activities would be restricted to emergency wildfire suppression actions only. The "preferred alternative" includes the use of prescribed fire, manual and mechanical hazardous fuel reduction activities, and targeted herbicide application to reduce hazardous fuels, and restore and maintain desired vegetation conditions. Under the "preferred alternative," management responses to wildfire would be a suppression strategy.
Because public participation is very important to the success of the project, the NPS encourages your review of and comments on the EA. The EA will be available for public review with comments accepted through August 10, 2015. The document is available online by visiting https://parkplanning.nps.gov/tuma, or at the Tumacacori National Historical Park visitor center. Comments may be made online or mailed to: Superintendent, Tumacacori National Historical Park, P.O. Box 8067, Tumacacori, AZ 85640.
Commenters should be aware that their entire comment -- including personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While commenters can ask that their personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the NPS cannot guarantee that this will be possible.