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FW: Tribal liaison position on the Coconino NF, Flagstaff, AZ

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  • Jackson Underwood
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2009

      Tribal Liaison


      �Caring for the Land and Serving People�

      The Coconino National Forest will soon be filling a Tribal Liaison position, GS-193-11, located in the Supervisor�s Office in Flagstaff, Arizona.

      The position is supervised by the Forest Supervisor and will provide assistance to the Forest Supervisor and District Rangers in coordinating government to government tribal relationships for the forest. The incumbent will also work closely with the Forest Archeologist to help coordinate the heritage work load and project consultation efforts associated with the program of work. The individual in this position will be responsible to assure that the forest will meet its legal requirements associated with Indian Tribes under provisions of the National Preservation Act (NHPA), Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and Forest/Tribal MOU�s. The Coconino National Forest works with 13 different tribes in the southwest and we are beginning discussions with several of the tribes on repatriation of remains under the NAGPRA.

      Interested applicants or those desiring further information about the position, please contact
      Nora Rasure, Forest Supervisor, at (928) 527-3600 or nrasure@....

      FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA: The Coconino National Forest is headquartered in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Forest Service has three offices in Flagstaff: the Supervisor�s Office, Mormon Lake District Office and the Peaks Ranger District Office. Most people think of Arizona as being hot, with desert vegetation. This is certainly not true in Flagstaff. Flagstaff is surrounded by the Coconino National Forest, which in this area is primarily ponderosa pine with a variety of wildlife and snow-capped San Francisco Peaks in the winter.

      Flagstaff, Arizona is located at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40, and is the largest city in Northern Arizona. As a mid-sized city, Flagstaff has approximately 76,000 people living in and around it. The city is also the regional center and county seat for Coconino County, the second largest county in the 48 contiguous states. The City of Flagstaff, becoming a town in 1894, incorporated as a city in 1928, and currently comprising of just over 64 square miles, is nestled at the base of the San Francisco Peaks and surrounded by one of the largest pine forests on earth. Flagstaff drew its name from a very tall pine tree made into a flagpole in 1876 to celebrate our nation�s centennial. At nearly 7,000 feet, Flagstaff is also one of the highest elevation cities in the United States. The city is a year-round mecca for visitors and many Arizonans maintain second homes here.

      NAU, the largest employer in the City, has a major economic impact annually. The campus is used year-round and hosts many professional athletes, e.g., Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns, and Olympic athletes that choose Flagstaff as training site because of the climate, altitude, and available facilities. The University, in partnership with the City of Flagstaff and the State of Arizona, has institutionalized this with the development of the High Altitude Sports Training Center. The Center invites athletes worldwide to train at our 7,000 feet elevation, which has proven to offer a competitive advantage. The Center offers facilities, health assessments, and other services to these international athletes.

      Five business and industrial parks are situated with excellent access to the Interstates (I-40 and I-17). One additional site resides within 15 miles of the City limits. Major manufacturers include W.L. Gore & Associates (of Gortex renown), manufacturer of medical equipment; Nestle Purina Petcare Products, manufacturer of pet food; SCA Tissue, manufacturer of tissue paper; and Joy Cone, manufacturer of ice cream cones.

      HOUSING: The cost of housing in Flagstaff ranges from $200,000 to $400,000. Private housing, rentals, and apartments are available but thought to be in the expensive range depending upon where you are moving from. The average price of residential properties sold in the first quarter of 2009 was $325,000. Real estate in Flagstaff, AZ will always be a good investment because of the amount of available land in the area is limited. Flagstaff has excellent choices of real estate companies and real estate agents with which to work. Government housing is limited and typically used for our temporary seasonal workforce.

      WEATHER: Flagstaff enjoys four distinct seasons. Moderate summer temperatures average twenty degrees less than Phoenix, and are punctuated with afternoon rain showers in July and August. The winter brings an average annual snowfall of 99.5 inches, much to the enjoyment of skiers, ice skaters and snowboarders. As the snow thaws into spring, blooming wildflowers are abundant and fragrant along Flagstaff�s many hiking trails. Autumn is highlighted with the changing of the aspen leaves that transform the surrounding mountains into a golden tapestry of color. Flagstaff averages 283 days without precipitation each year, so it is not surprising that our residents love the great outdoors, and the mild climate encourages year-round outdoor activities

      Flagstaff serves as the cultural hub of Northern Arizona. Because arts and cultural activities enhance the quality of life and have an economic impact, the City supports these endeavors. Funding support for these activities comes from the Bed, Board and Booze tax, and the General Fund. The Arts and Science Commission will disburse these funds. Throughout the year, there are art shows, festivals, live theater performances, and Native American arts and crafts exhibits to satisfy the most ardent enthusiast.
      The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit corporation dedicated to bringing world-class musical performances to their audiences, and to providing innovative programs in music education for youth across northern Arizona. The FSO conducts six concerts from September through April form the core of the Symphony's season, with additional Young People's Concerts for children in the Flagstaff Unified School District, and a Lollipop concert in December for families with young children. Regular concerts are held in 1500-seat Audrey Auditorium on the campus of Northern Arizona University.
      Lowell Observatory was founded in 1894 by Boston mathematician Percival Lowell. Best known for the discovery of Pluto, Lowell Observatory is also where astronomer V.M. Slipher gathered the first evidence that the universe is expanding. The Observatory also maintains a vigorous education and outreach program, headquartered in the Steele Visitor Center on Mars Hill. Each year, about 70,000 people visit the Observatory to learn about astronomy by participating in multimedia programs, private and school programs, special events, and other educational activities. The Observatory offers daily-guided tours and evening programs.
      The Museum of Northern Arizona offers internationally recognition exhibits in archeology, ethnology, geology, biology, and fine art of the Colorado Plateau. Four especially notable exhibitions, which attract national and international visitors, include the annual Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, and Hispanic Exhibitions with contemporary and traditional pottery, weaving, jewelry, and sand paintings, as well as native artist demonstrations and traditional dance.

      Known as the �City of Seven Wonders,� Flagstaff attracts millions of tourists each year due to its easy access to such scenic destinations as the Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, Oak Creek Canyon, Meteor Crater, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki National Monument, and the San Francisco Peaks.

      SCHOOLS: Flagstaff Unified School District #1 has 9 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 2 alternative schools, 5 magnet schools, and 3 high schools. In addition to the public school system, there are 10 charter schools run by private parties. These schools provide educational opportunities for children in kindergarten to high school. The schools specialize in everything from specific learning styles to programs focused on the Arts.

      Coconino County Community College offers 33 associate degrees, 29 certificate programs, continuing education, and special programs for small businesses. Flagstaff's commitment to education is enhanced by Northern Arizona University's contribution to the community. Established in 1899, NAU is one of Arizona's three state universities.

      TRANSPORTATION: Flagstaff is a major crossroads for the west. Interstates 17 and 40 provide road access to major west coast markets, including San Francisco, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Diego, parts of Mexico, and of course, Phoenix and Tucson. US Highway 89 provides access to the states north of Arizona and Highway 180 provides access to the Grand Canyon.
      Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway serves the city of Flagstaff with more than 100 trains passing through town daily. Amtrak also services Flagstaff twice daily connecting with Los Angeles and Chicago. Bus services are available for within the city (Mountain Line), intra and interstate (Greyhound), and several tour guide companies provided service around Northern Arizona. In addition, there are several taxicab companies.
      Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, located four miles south of downtown Flagstaff on I-17, provides frequent daily flights to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where national and international connections can be made.
      Additionally, the City is committed to the development of a non-motorized urban trail network (FUTS), which will interconnect virtually all areas of the City when completed and will serve as an important transportation element as well as a recreation amenity. The current draft of the proposed City/County regional plan shows an estimated 55 miles of FUTS. The City has completed approximately 32.8 miles to date.
      SHOPPING: Flagstaff has an array of shopping centers, including; Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and other drug stores, auto parts stores, hardware stores, Home Depot, Sam�s Club and the Flagstaff Mall with a wide selection of department stores such as, Dillard�s, Sears and JC Penny�s. There are a wide variety of grocery stores and several health food stores. Downtown Flagstaff recently experienced revitalization as part of the Main Street USA program, and features many quaint shops and galleries.

      MEDICAL FACILITIES: Flagstaff has an extensive array of medical facilities and resources in the areas of traditional, integrative and alternative healthcare. Flagstaff Medical Center is the Northern Arizona Regional referral center for trauma, cancer, rehabilitation, cardiac care, high-risk maternal/fetal, MRI/CT scans, and more. More than 148 physicians are on active staff at the hospital, representing 36 medical specialties.

      CHURCHES: All denominations of religion are well represented in the Flagstaff area.

      RECREATION: Flagstaff sports a multitude of outdoor and indoor recreation activities. Horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, down-hill skiing, indoor pools, soccer, basketball, little league, baseball, softball and volleyball, are available for all age groups at very little cost to the individual.

      City of Flagstaff Parks and Recreation Department and the Flagstaff Athletic Center East and West offer numerous indoor and outdoor activities. In addition, there is an extensive Urban Trail System throughout the area connecting the city with the forest trails system.

      Nearby National Parks and Monuments include: the Grand Canyon, Montezuma Castle, Walnut Canyon, Monument Valley, Painted Desert and Sunset Crater.

      LIBRARY: There is a community library in town which also serves the outlying communities with a book-mobile which visits different areas of the community on different days of the week. The university also has a full service library.

      MOTELS AND RESTAURANTS: There is no shortage of motels or restaurants in the community. Being located at the junction of two interstates (I-40 and I-17) and being the major community south of the Grand Canyon makes Flagstaff an ideal location for major motels and restaurants.

      Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Website (www.flagstaff.az.us) or email (chamber@...). Coconino National Forest Website (www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino) or call us at (520) 527-3600.
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