Rock Pits Environmental Assessment

Project Summary

JW Associates served as the lead contractor for an environmental assessment (EA) for establishing road material sources for Coconino and Kaibab National Forests in Arizona for the next 20 years. This EA permitted 32 rock pits for use by both national forests and would establish direction for reclamation of abandoned pits. It will reduce long-term costs of road building and maintenance by providing rock sources throughout two national forests. The issues include, potential impacts on Walnut Canyon National Monument and reclamation of existing pits. 

The project included; scoping (including scoping meetings), development and refinement of the proposed action, and issues and alternatives. We managed the drafting and revising of 8 specialist reports, including the Biological Evaluation/Biological Evaluation Assessment. Brad Piehl was the project manager and watershed/soils lead. Jessica Wald was the public involvement lead, writer/editor and air quality specialist. John Baas was the socio-economics, recreation and visuals lead, and Laura Scotford was the vegetation lead.