Wild and Scenic River

Fossil Creek was designated a Wild and Scenic River on March 30, 2009 as part of the 2009 Omnibus Bill. The legislation states that the Forest Service had three full fiscal years to complete a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for Fossil Creek (October 2012). This deadline has not been met and the Forest Service is continuing to work on a set of alternatives that outline various levels of recreational use in the area. The current project lead is Beth Dykstra, Coconino National Forest Supervisor’s Office. Beth is working with a team of resource specialists from the Coconino and Tonto National Forests.

Each stakeholder and member of the public has the opportunity to provide the Forest Service with valuable information and input as the agency develops the content of the CRMP and makes decisions about the area’s future management.

This page will provide updated information as it becomes available about the Forest Service CRMP planning process and how stakeholders can be involved. This planning process is an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to let the Forest Service know your thoughts about appropriate management of Fossil Creek. See the links at the bottom of this page for relevant additional information about Wild and Scenic River planning.

Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) Proposed Action Development: Updates from the Forest Service

May 28, 2013:Beth Dykstra, Forest Service team leader for the Fossil Creek CRMP has provided an update on recent happenings and changes involving the drafting of the CRMP: Beth will be meeting with the Regional Office Recreation Director and his staff next week to review and get their feedback on the Desired Conditions statements in the CRMP draft.  A review draft of the preliminary alternatives will not be released until internal Forest Service review has been completed.

Earlier in May, several members of the Forest Service Interdisciplinary team and the Regional Office staff met with the Yavapai Apache Nation Elders and Council members on site. Beth indicated that the meeting was a memorable experience and continues to demonstrate the uniqueness and value of Fossil Creek.

Several personnel changes have taken place within the Forest Service that involve the CRMP:

1) Heather Provencio will be leaving the Red Rock Ranger District the end of May 2013. Heather is bound for Colorado as the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the White River NF.  Jen Hensiek, the Deputy District Ranger on the Flagstaff Ranger District will be Acting District Ranger at Red Rock until the position is filled late summer or early fall.
2)  Mary Lata, Coconino NF 4 Fri Fuels Specialist will be joining the CRMP Interdisciplinary Team. Mary is replacing Linda Wadleigh who recently became the Mogollon Rim Ranger.
3) Jean Szymanski, Regional Office Environmental Conservation Education Coordinator and Public Affairs Officer, will join the Forest Service Interdisciplinary Team and provide support during the planned CRMP open houses/public meetings tentatively scheduled for later in the summer 2013.

Documents related to Wild and Scenic River designation and planning:

Page 157 (Fossil Creek) of Omnibus Bill
Entire Omnibus Bill (HR146) (1 MB)
A Compendium of Questions and Answers Relating to Wild & Scenic Rivers,  Technical Report of the Interagency Wild and Scenic Rivers Coordinating Council. Revised June 2006.
Arizona Wilderness Coalition Proposed Fossil Crk ORVs (2003) (Outstanding and Remarkable Values)
Forest Service Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and Collaboration (prepared by Peter Williams, USFS, October 23, 2009)
Wild and Scenic Rivers Study Process (prepared by the WSR Interagency Council, 1999)