|Boondocking in Coconino National Forest|
The decision which was made on Thursday, November 3rd, by the Forest Service and started the clock on a 45-day comment period.
If no changes come as a result of the comments they receive the new Travel Management Plan (TMP) rules will go into effect next March.
The original version of the TMP allowed dispersed camping within 100 feet of any open road but was extended to within 300 feet of both sides of 581 miles of designated road and one side only of 32 miles of road. With the new rule, campers will also be allowed to camp along any open road, so long as they are parked within 30 feet of the roadway.
"We changed what we were going to do after going out and collecting data on over 4,000 dispersed campsites and then tried targeting our dispersed camping corridors to where they were at and where they would cause the least impact to sensitive resources," said Mike Dechter, spokesman for the forest, according to the Verde Independent.
A map and a complete copy of the decision are posted on the Coconino National Forest Website. Dechter also said that the forest will be publishing an app for smart phones, where RVers can see exactly where they are on the map so they can make accurate decisions on where they can drive and where they can boondock. The Coconino NF will be the first forest in the nation to publish such an app.