The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project footprint includes a patchwork of:
- Arizona State owned lands
- City of Flagstaff Open Space
- Areas of Coconino National Forest that have been previously analyzed (before FWPP) and are ready for approved treatments to begin
- Areas of Coconino National Forest that have been approved under the FWPP Final Record of Decision (Oct. 22, 2015). These analyses on federal lands follow procedures established by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
What is NEPA?
The National Environmental Policy Act is our basic national charter for protection of the environment. It establishes policy, sets goals, and contains provisions to make sure federal agencies act according to the spirit of the act.
The NEPA process involves conducting scientific analyses and incorporating input from agency experts and the public when planning environmental projects on federal lands. This results in a comprehensive examination of the project – including all the possible activities that could take place and subsequent consequences of those activities – which enables us to make the best decisions before we proceed with implementation. The NEPA analysis was completed on Oct. 22, 2015 with a Final Record of Decision: click here