The seasonal bald eagle closure on the Tonto National Forest is in effect Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
The seasonal closure provides protection from human disturbance for bald eagle nesting, incubation, nestlings and fledglings during the critical reproductive period.
Forest officials remind visitors that active seasonal breeding area closures include: (1) Goldfield on the Mesa Ranger District, (2) Lower Verde and Cliff on Cave Creek Ranger District, and (3) Seventy-Six, Armer, Bachelor, Pinto, and Tonto on the Tonto Basin Ranger District. River rafters may pass on the Lower Verde River in the closure area but may not stop or exit the river.
The forest orders and maps of the closed areas are posted on the forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/home/?cid=STELPRD3825951
Thank you for helping to protect the bald eagles during the short-term seasonal closure.