6/10/2014 2:47:00 PM Forest Service lifts bald eagle closure on Verde
CAMP VERDE - The Forest Service has lifted the closure order on the bald eagle nesting area along the Verde River, south of Camp Verde.
The Ladders Bald Eagle closure area is closed annually to the public from December through June in order to protect bald eagles, a sensitive species, from disturbance during their breeding and nesting period. In addition, the site is monitored annually by eagle watchers from the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Nestwatch program to observe eagle biology and behavior. The site was occupied this season but there was no successful reproduction by the eagles.
The Ladders closure area is located south of Camp Verde along a two-mile section of the Verde River and adjacent National Forest lands in the vicinity of the "Verde Falls" downstream to below Sycamore Canyon. Roads now open to public use include Forest Road 9709R from its junction with Forest Road 574 and parts of Forest Road 500 and Forest Road 9244 south of Cottonwood Basin.
The Closure Order and the Bald eagle Nestwatch Program are two of many management actions that agencies use to ensure that Arizona will always have bald eagles for the public to enjoy. The Forest Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department would like to thank the residents of the Verde Valley and of Arizona for their cooperation with this bald eagle closure area.
If you have any questions please contact Albert Sillas at (928) 567-4121.