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ARIZONA OUTINGS LOCATION ADVISORIES

Postings of Fragile, Overused, or Politically Sensitive Areas (FOPS)

Arizona Restrictive Advisory include the following areas:
Agassiz Peak
Lake Powell
Mount Baldy Wilderness Area
Mt Graham
Ragged Top- Silverbell Mountains
Western Superstition Wilderness Area

Coconino National Forest, Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Agassiz Peak
Land Agency: US Forest Service

Reasons: All commercial (and fundraising) outings to Kachina Peaks Wilderness are prohibited.  Those local outings traveling on the Weatherford Trail between Weatherford and Fremont Saddle need to be aware that Agassiz Peak is off limits to hikers.

The indigenous and threatened plant, the groundsel (Sececio Franciscscanus), inhabits the Alpine tundra life zone.  In addition, there are 38 plant species found nowhere else in AZ but on the peaks. The peaks are also an important gathering area for medicinal plants important to traditional Navajo people.

Duration of status: 1 year

Submitted January 2007 by Jim Vaaler, Grand Canyon Chapter Chair, (602) 553-8208, jimvaaler@msn.com and Bob Sutherland, Plateau Group Chair, (928) 774-9309, ars@infomagic.net

Additional Information: Coconino National Forest Peaks Ranger District, (928)-526-0866 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell)
Land Agency: National Park Service

Reasons: Considering the long-term efforts of the Sierra Club to decommission Glen Canyon Dam, the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Clubs recommends that the National Sierra Club mandate that trips on Lake Powell not be sponsored a Chapter or National outings unless the Grand Canyon Chapter has reviewed and approved the outings.

Duration of status: 1 year

Submitted January 2007 by Jim Vaaler, Grand Canyon Chapter Chair, (602) 553-8208, jimvaaler@msn.com and Bob Sutherland, Plateau Group Chair, (928) 774-9309, ars@infomagic.net

Additional Information: Glen Canyon NRA Park Headquarters, (928)- 608-6200 

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Mount Baldy Wilderness Area
Land Agency: US Forest Service

Reasons: Sierra Club Leaders and their participants should be aware that the last one quarter mile to the summit of Baldy Peak (11,043 ft) involves trespassing onto the Fort Apache Tribal Lands.  This is a politically sensitive issue with the Native American community.  Persons wishing to climb Baldy Peak should be aware that they are trespassing into an official "CLOSED AREA" and are subject to whatever penalties/fines the tribe may wish to impose on individuals or groups caught trespassing. 

Duration of status: 1 year

Re-submitted January 2007 Jim Vaaler, Grand Canyon Chapter Chair, (602) 553-8208, jimvaaler@msn.com and Jerry Nelson, Grand Canyon Chapter Outings Editor, (602) 279- 4668, peakbagger2@cox.net

Additional Information: For further information and a map of the White Mountain Apache Reservation, go to www.wmat.nsu.us or call/write to:
Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Division
P.O. Box 220
Whiteriver, AZ 83941
Phone: (928) 338-4385
gamefish@wmat.us

Mt Graham, Pinaleno Mountains
Land Agency: US Forest Service

Reasons: Visitors are asked to support protection of native species by following restrictions in the Pinaleno Mountains (Mt. Graham). The upper part of State Highway 366 (Swift Trail) will be closed from November 15 to April 15, or later depending on the snow conditions.  No entry is allowed within the 1750 acre refugium for the Mt. Graham red squirrel without authorization from the Safford District Ranger at any time of the year.  These closures were required by the Arizona-Idaho Conservation Act and US Fish & Wildlife Service Biological Opinion for Protection of the Mt. Graham Red Squirrel.  The refugium starts at 9800 feet in elevation and continues to the summit of Mt. Graham at 10,720 feet.  Although the website states "9500 feet in elevation" as the boundary, the ranger assued the Grand Canyon Chapter that the elevation should read 9800 feet in elevation.

Duration of Status: 1 year

Submitted January 2007 by Jim Vaaler, Grand Canyon Chapter Chair, (602) 553-8208, jimvaaler@msn.com and Keith Bagwell, Rincon Group Chair, (520) 623-0269, akbagwell@hotmail.com

Additional Information: For further information see the website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/srd/News/news.html or call the Safford District Ranger Station at (928) 428-4150

Ragged Top- Silverbell Mountains, Ironwood National Monument
Land Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Reasons: Persons should not be conducting outings in this area during the month of February as this is the lambing season for the bighorn sheep.  Also, breeding season occurs during the months of August and September, so plan your outings accordingly.  Disease (blindness caused by bacterial pinkeye) is the major stress factor that is affecting the sheep in this area.  The sheep may have contracted this disease from an escaped herd of domestic goats.  Efforts are underway to control this problem and protect the sheep.

Duration of Status: 1 year

Submitted January 2007 by Jim Vaaler, Grand Canyon Chapter Outings Chair, 602-553-8208, jimvaaler@msn.com and Stu Williams, Rincon Group Outings Chair, (520) 465-0322, az_kuaaina@yahoo.com   

Additional Information:

Western Superstition Wilderness Area, Tonto National Forest
Land Agency: US Forest Service

Reasons: Peralta, Heiroglyphic Springs, and First Water trailheads are overcrowded and not managed in a fashion conducive to the furthering of a wilderness ethic as spelled out in the 1964 Wilderness Act.

1) The FS does not currently have trailhead hosts to inform visitors about the do's and don'ts in a wilderness area.

2) Encroaching urbanization is causing more and more pressure on the trailehads.  This urbanization is caused by development of adjacent state trust lands.

3) Desert Bighorn Sheep have migrated into this area from their original release area on Goat Mountain in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area.  Visitors should be aware that lambing takes place in the late winter and spring.  Recent severe drought conditions have had an adverse impact on the sheep.

4) Non-system travelways established by use alone are slowly being developed in this area, particularly from Carney Springs to Superstition Peak and across to Superstition Mountain and down Siphon Draw.  An unauthorized "paint dot" trail exists from Heiroglyphic Springs to the summit of Superstition Peak.

5) Persons doing technical climbing on Weavers Needle and Miners Needle need to be aware that crowded conditions could exist, presenting a possible safety problem.

Duration of Status: 1 year

Submitted January 2007 by Jim Vaaler, Grand Canyon Chapter Chair, (602) 553-8208, jimvaaler@msn.com and Don Steuter, Grand Canyon Conservation Chair, (602) 956-5057, donsteuter@aol.com

Additional Information: Mesa Ranger District Station, (480) 610-3300

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