Appraiser Selected for Proposed Campus Site


Tonto National Forest Selects Appraiser for Proposed Campus Site

May 14, 2014, Payson Arizona —  Another milestone was achieved this week in the US Forest Service appraisal process for the 250 acre site that remains the preferred location for the university campus in Payson.  Following their review of responses to the recently released Request for Qualifications, the USFS Tonto National Forest Contracting Office  (USFS TNF) selected a qualified appraiser to conduct the appraisal of the property.

The Arizona-based USFS TNF selection team reviewed the proposals and selected the proposal that best matched the selection criteria. The chosen appraiser will complete the appraisal of the USFS property and submit the appraisal report, including the price of the USFS TNF land.  It is now anticipated that the appraisal will be completed by mid-August.

Once the RCEA Board has agreed with the price for the property, the Board will finalize the proposed financial model for the campus and its educational partner. The RCEA will contract with its designated vendor to conduct the cultural mitigation work on the USFS TNF property.  

Once the final mitigation work is completed, the contracted mitigation firm will draft a final mitigation report, as required by the USFS for the sale of the land. The USFS TNF Supervisors Office will prepare the required direct sale and deed transfer documentation for review and final approval.

About Rim Country Educational Alliance

Rim Country Educational Alliance (RCEA) is a Separate Legal Entity formed in 2011 by an intra-governmental agreement between the Towns of Payson and Star Valley, AZ for the specific purpose of engaging in activities that further the concept of higher or advanced education, and economic and workforce development in Arizona’s Rim Country.  A Separate Legal Entity (SLE) is a stand-alone political subdivision of the State of Arizona.  SLEs typically are formed for specific governmental functions and ordinarily include a county, city, town, or school district. 

Contact for more information about Rim Country Educational Alliance:
Mary Kastner
Vice Chairperson
Rim Country Educational Alliance
(928) 595-2088


Contract for more information about this press release:
Laura Ann Bartlett-Armstrong
Marketing and PR Committee Lead
Payson University Campus Volunteer Committee

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