Recreation User Group

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The Recreation Users Group (RUG) was formed at the suggestion of Tonto National Forest officials to engage the users and community to help develop a more sustainable and complete multi-use recreation plan for an area bounded, in part, by Picket Post Mountain, the Town of Superior, and Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden, Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

The RUG, a subcommittee of the Community Working Group (CWG) of Superior, is designed to resolve conflicts, make better decisions that incorporate the interests and concerns of all affected users, and meet the needs of Tonto National Forest decision-makers.

The RUG includes hikers, mountain bikers, miners, climbers, business people, horse riders, ranchers, off highway vehicle drivers, explorers, Town of Superior leaders, birders, hunters, campers, National Forest planners and experts, and others who live in and care about this part of Arizona.

The group has proposed a comprehensive recreation plan to the Tonto National Forest – consisting of 55 miles of new and existing trails – that will likely be only the first step in an eventual larger scenario for an area that is destined to grow as one of the Southwest’s premier playgrounds.

Recreation User Group Documents

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Nov 142018

Recreation User Group November 14, 2018

The RUG received a briefing from Tonto National Forest minerals staff about proposed exploration activities in the vicinity of the trail plan. Download PDF Summary [...]

Aug 22018

Recreation User Group July 25, 2018

The RUG approved a comprehensive trail plan (first phase) to be submitted to the Tonto National Forest for environmental review. This plan was completed as a collaborative effort of all [...]

Apr 252018

Recreation User Group April 11, 2018

The RUG approved a semi-final version of the western portion of the trail system established from field work, and viewed photos of trail segments.

Mar 72017

Recreation User Group February 8, 2017

The RUG heard presentations on recent recreation user surveys in the Copper Corridor and on requirements for Environmental Assessments under the National Environmental Policy Act. They also adopted Operating Policies.

Dec 282016

Recreation User Group December 7, 2016

The RUG heard a presentation by Forest Service representatives on the proposed Apache Leap Special Management Area Plan, and discussed trail proposals from Tonto Recreation Alliance.

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