Petrified National Forest National Park Fire Management Plan EA
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The National Park Service (NPS) is in the process of preparing a new fire management plan and environmental assessment (EA) for Petrified Forest National Park. The proposed fire management plan is intended to be both strategic and operational, guiding the full range of wildland fire program activities that support land and resource management objectives.
In preparing a new fire management plan for Petrified Forest National Park, the NPS seeks to adjust management direction from the previous plan by accommodating new national and NPS policies and new scientific information. More specifically, the proposed fire management plan intends to ensure the health and safety of firefighters, NPS staff, and the public; protect cultural and natural resources within the park and properties adjacent to the park; and enhance public education and expand training for NPS staff regarding fire management and safety.
An environmental assessment will be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to provide the decision-making framework that 1) analyzes a reasonable range of alternatives to meet project objectives, 2) evaluates issues and impacts to park resources and values, and 3) identifies mitigation measures to lessen the degree or extent of these impacts.
The NPS encourages public participation throughout the planning process. There will be two opportunities to comment formally on the project—once during initial project scoping and again following release of the environmental assessment. The NPS is currently in the scoping phase of the proposed project. Please continue to return to this webpage for updates on the project schedule and opportunities for you to submit written suggestions, comments, and concerns regarding the project.
If you have questions about the project or would like more information, please contact Patricia Thompson, Project Manager, at (928) 524-6228 ext.