Ironwood National Forest approved management plan released

TUCSON - An updated Resource Management Plan for Ironwood Forest National Monument near Tucson has been released.

KVOA by Faye DeHoff

After extensive public involvement over several years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tucson Field Office today released the Record of Decision (ROD) and the Management Plan (RMP) for the Ironwood Forest National Monument.

The ROD and RMP provide a balanced, adaptive approach that encourages public use of the land while protecting the area's irreplaceable natural and cultural resources.

The 128,400-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument is recognized for its dramatic mountain backdrop, the Tucson basin's last remaining population of desert bighorn sheep, several endangered and threatened plant and animal species, and abundant rock art sites and other archaeological objects of scientific and cultural interest. The National Monument receives more than 24,000 public visits a year.