How you can help keep the Tonto wild!

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Palo Verde Group June Program:
TONTO NATIONAL FOREST ASSESSMENT &
FOREST PLAN REVISION OVERVIEW

Tonto National Forest is revising it's assessment and forest plan, and we all have a chance to have a say.

Attend our June Program and find out about recently held collaborative community forums, and also about forums yet to come.

Play a part in this important process!

The four-year plan revision process involves three phases:

1. Assessment of forest resource conditions and trends
(We are currently in this phase)

2. Development of a revised plan

3. Monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the plan

KEY DISCUSSION POINTS:

• What is the Forest Plan and Why Does it Matter?

• Why revise now?

• What is new about the 2012 Planning Rule?

• What are the components of a forest plan?

• What is the purpose of an Assessment?

• How will the Assessment Report Analyze Current, Reference, and Future Conditions?

• 1985 Plan Direction for Fish and Wildlife

• How will the new Plan protect wildlife habitat?

• How the Assessment Report will identify Species of Conservation Concern (SCC)

ABOUT OUR FEATURED SPEAKER:

Bea Vizcarra, Wildlife Lead Planner for the Tonto National Forest, is a native of Mexico. She immigrated to the United States at age 18, and became a U.S. citizen in 2010. For the past ten years, she has been involved with various wildlife research and management projects.

Prior to that, Bea was the coordinator for the Hawaiian Hoary Bat Program at the U.S.-Army Garrison Base on the Big Island of Hawaii. There, Bea established an acoustic research study to better understand the habitat use and seasonal patterns of this insectivorous endangered bat.

In addition, Bea has conducted bat research and surveys in Arizona, California, Nevada, New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Sonora. This work has included roost and mine surveys, bat surveys using single and triple-high mist-nets and harp traps, radio telemetry, exit counts, and acoustic monitoring.

Bea's experience includes presence-absence surveys to assess occupancy rates, indices of activity, and long-term population trends. She also has extensive experience Reviewing Biological Opinions and coordinating with federal, state, universities, and private land owners in addressing mitigations for Threaten and Endangered Species.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s degree in Forestry, both from Northern Arizona University. For her Thesis project, Bea used acoustic and occupancy sampling to determine habitat use of bats along the Lower Colorado River.

As always, refreshments are free.