Phoenix, AZ– Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Tonto National Forest (TNF) officials are soliciting public input on managing approximately 70,000 acres of federal lands associated with the Horseshoe Ranch.

The Horseshoe Ranch, which was recently acquired by AGFD, is located south of Cordes Junction and east of I-17 in the Bloody Basin area.

This management area is split between the Horseshoe allotment on the BLM-managed Agua Fria National Monument and the Copper Creek allotment in the Cave Creek Ranger District of the TNF. The three agencies have entered into an agreement concerning the management of the Horseshoe Ranch grazing allotments.

Decisions about managing these allotments will be conducted according to a Coordinated Resource Management Plan (CRMP) process which involves community input and interaction with the agencies throughout the process.

A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2, starting at 6 p.m. at the Albins Community Center in Black Canyon City, 19055 East K-Mine Road.

Field trips to the Horseshoe Ranch area are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 9. Details of the field trips will be provided at the public meeting.

For further information please contact:

Pat Crouch, Arizona Game and Fish Department, (480) 981-9400, pcrouch@azgfd.gov.

Louise Congdon, Tonto National Forest, (480) 595-3300, lcongdon@fs.fed.us.

Rem Hawes, BLM Agua Fria National Monument, (623) 580-5532, rhawes@blm.gov.

For information about the cooperating agencies, visit www.azgfd.gov, www.fs.usda.gov/tonto, and www.blm.gov/az.

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