No camping within 1/4 mile of either side of the creek from the old dam down to the Fossil Creek Bridge. Camping below the bridge is allowed with a 100 foot limit from the creek.
Camping is allowed above the old Fossil Creek dam.
No campfires within 1/4 mile from the creek, from the head of Fossil Creek to 10 miles downstream to the Stehr Lakebed.
Construction of new or improvement of old campsites is prohibited.
Driving offroad is prohibited.
Violations are punishable with fines up to $5000 and/or 6 months in jail.
te-wa wrote:in this case, wouldnt "leave no trace" act as supervisor? even yahoos are eduacte-able.
dysfunction wrote:The problem with this is that we've lost all common sense..
snakemarks wrote:With parks closing and FS manpower down to a skeleton crew, it's pointless to keep making rules they can't possibly enforce.
dysfunction wrote:In response to snakemarks:
eh, while some possess common sense, the vast majority of the population certainly doesn't at all anymore
they're also the segment of the population that would cause a problem in the first place....
joe bartels wrote:I haven't been in years but from what I understand they go everywhere now. Especially around the bridge.
Personally I don't care how green the water is I don't get excited to go there anymore. It's like Havasu and more or less managed the same when you get down to the end result IMO. Guess some say Havasu is better now so maybe that isn't even a fair judgement...lol Hopefully the whole US doesn't turn into Tijuana... or worse
Llamas, Volunteers and Businesses Join in Effort to Protect Fossil CreekFor Immediate Release
Date: April 12, 2010
Contact: Coconino Supervisor's Office - 928-527-3600
Sedona, AZ —As the Forest Service prepares for the thousands of recreationists expected to splash down in Fossil Creek this summer, volunteers and local businesses are helping to clean up the area and spread the word about campfires, parking and camping changes at Arizona’s newest Wild and Scenic River.
Charged with maintaining and protecting Fossil Creek’s special values, the Forest Service has prohibited campfires and camping in much of the area. New regulations are posted on area signs and bulletin boards.
In recent weeks, Forest Service crews have demolished as many as 300 campfire rings, installed new signs and set up boulders to discourage off-road driving. “We’ve been contacting as many visitors as we can to inform them of the new regulations,” said Payson Ranger District Assistant Recreation Staff Officer Chelsea Muise. “There is some confusion over the new rules, but the majority of the folks are happy to see the changes and ready for them to be enforced.”
Muise says the campfire ban is to protect the soil and the trees. “So many have been chopped down for firewood. The loss of trees means a loss of shade and a hotter river that will have a negative impact on the fish and wildlife. We also have been concerned about the threat of wildfire caused by abandoned campfires.”
Since the March 8 implementation of new regulations more than two dozen citations have been issued, mostly for illegal campfires.
In March, the Cinder Hillbillies 4-H Club of Flagstaff sent down a subgroup known as the Llucky Llamas to join in the effort to protect Fossil Creek. The group, mostly youth and their parents, packed out some 200 pounds of garbage on eight llamas, including ash and cinders from campfires as existing fire rings were dismantled by the Forest Service and Coconino Rural Environmental Corp.
“It’s such a beautiful riparian area and it’s being trashed because of the numbers of people impacting this desert oasis,” said Llucky Llamas group leader Eric Souders. “We want our 4-H kids to understand the importance of preservation of our natural areas and the destruction that can be done by those who do not understand the accumulative damage of seemingly small actions of cutting trees to build fires and leaving trash in these fragile areas.”
John Bittner of the Fossil Creek Creamery also helped haul out trash and reminds campers who stop at his store near Strawberry about the new regulations. “We are glad to see the enhanced protection of Fossil Creek and have signs posted about the changes. No camping on the creek is being widely received. Most campers appreciate it. The biggest change is the need to pack in a camp stove if you’re planning to cook down there.” Under the new regulations only gas fired stoves and grills are allowed.
As the Forest Service develops a long-term Comprehensive River Management Plan, rangers are stepping up their efforts to inform recreationists about how the area is being managed and launching the Respect the River campaign to connect people to their riparian environments. Efforts to educate visitors and restore riparian habitat are supplemented by the Arizona Water Protection Fund Commission.
Forest Service officials suggest Fossil Creek visitors be prepared to pack out all garbage to appropriate disposal sites and plan their food, shelter and clothing needs to accommodate the no fires policy. For more information, log on to http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/ or http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto/home.shtml or call the Red Rock Ranger District at 928-282-4119 or the Payson Ranger District at 928-474-7900.
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