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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Coronado National Forest is offering the public the opportunity to help update many of the outdated programs at Sabino Canyon, whose last recreational plan was finalized more than 20 years ago. 

On Thursday, May 1, the Santa Catalina Ranger District is hosting a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center (5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.). The meeting will be to discuss the 1993 Sabino Canyon Recreation Concept Plan. 

Members of the public will be able to comment on how they envision recreation will be managed at the Sabino Canyon Recreation area, according to a recent release from the Coronado National Forest.  

Topics up for discussion will include - facilities, trails, visitor experience, interpretive education, transportation, fees and general operations. For many years the U.S. Forest Service has been compiling data from guests and user groups on recommendations for the planned update. 

Several proposed updates for Sabino Canyon include - additional parking and trailhead facilities north of Sabino Canyon; a new scenic train on the southeast side of Sabino Creek that will provide emergency access when it floods; closing off and restoring redundant and unnecessary trails; an improved eco-friendly transportation system including new bicycle routes, and an expanded visitor center.

For more information please contact Linda Stamer at (520) 749-8700; or via email at lstamer@fs.fed.us.

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