- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A central Arizona forest that’s popular with off-road enthusiasts has released a decision that designates what roads are open and closed to motorized travel.

The Tonto National Forest released its travel management plan Friday after reviewing 5,000 miles of roads and trails. It won’t become final until after a 45-day objection period.

Forest supervisor Neil Bosworth says the plan strikes a balance between resource protection and recreational use on one of the country’s largest national forests.

Environmentalists say the plan is irresponsible and puts endangered species, watersheds and cultural resources at risk.

The Tonto forest first outlined a system of trails and roads in 2012 but pulled it back to do a more thorough environmental review.

All other Arizona national forests, except the Apache Sitgreaves, have issued travel management decisions.

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