Environmental Management

NEPA Compliance Services, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Arizona

Location: White Mountains, Arizona
Client: U.S.D.A. Forest Service

Cardno TEC recently completed the Black River Land Exchange Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in east-central Arizona. Cardno TEC assisted the Forest Service in upgrading a previous consultant’s Environmental Assessment (EA) to an EIS in response to public comments on the EA and a court order to provide additional environmental analysis. The land exchange will consolidate federal land ownership and preserve valuable perennial stream habitat. Following the successful completion of this project, Cardno┬áTEC is currently working on another land exchange EIS for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

After decades of fire suppression many ponderosa pine forests in the Southwest are characterized by unnaturally dense stands that are highly susceptible to catastrophic wildfires. The Rodeo-Chedeski Fire in 2002 is the largest documented wildfire in Arizona history burning nearly 500,000 acres. Cardno TEC is currently helping the Forest Service complete the South Show Low Thinning Project EA that will analyze environmental consequences and propose mitigation measures for forest-thinning efforts. The project, funded through the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, will reduce wildfire risk and restore the forest to more natural conditions.