The Coconino National Forest is closing an area of forest starting Wednesday in an effort to protect an active peregrine falcon nest. Officials say the nest is located by the biologists on the cliff face of the popular climbing area Peaks Crag recently. To protect the nest, the decision was made to temporarily restrict access to the area so the adult falcons have the opportunity to raise their young. During the closure, it is prohibited to enter the area north of the Peaks Crag Kiosk at Forest Road 522, or Freidlein Prairie Road. The restriction is expected to last until July 30th. The peregrine falcon was delisted from the Endangered Species Act in 1999, but the species is still monitored by both federal and state agencies in Arizona.