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We feel that some articles and information are so important that they should always be accessible. We've listed them below and hope that everyone will read them.

Tellico ORV Area Under Attack

MOAB Under Attack!

US Forest Service Abusing programs and we're losing land use!

Editorial Article about the misuse of Recreation Site Facility Master Planning (RSFMP) program

National Forests Could See Large Closures - enough said!

California OHV Funding At Risk!

Informative Article About The US Government and the Recreation Site Facility Master Plan (RSFMP) program. - a must read!

Articles of Interest To The Off Road Community

October 8, 2007
El Dorado National Forest Travel Management Plan
The El Dorado National Forest Travel Management Plan is in and it is a butcher job! According to their travel management plan there currently exists 2,830 miles of roads and trails that have OHV traffic, and that the Forest Service manages 2,110 miles for such use. This is by far the most detailed proposal released for a travel management plan (at least the most detailed that I have seen). I have linked to the executive summary with the heading link, but if you want to check out the complete plan go here. The proposals are:

  • Alternative A - no change in trails or road use, and cross country travel allowed.
  • Alternative B - 1,120.8 miles of road and 20.71 miles of trail would be open to OHV use with open cross country travel prohibited.
  • Alternative C - 1,064.1 miles of road and 177.1 miles of trail would be open to OHV use with open cross country travel prohibited.
  • Alternative D - 844.3 miles of road and 217 miles of trail would be open to OHV use with open cross country travel prohibited.
  • Alternative E - 751.6 miles of road and 136.3 miles of trail would be open to OHV use with open cross country travel prohibited.

You can see that they are really gutting the riding opportunities. Note that all 3 of the alternatives which propose change (you know one of these is what will be implemented) close open cross country travel. Couldn't they at least give us some designated areas for cross country travel?

You can send your comments up to October 22nd regarding these alternatives by Email to :

comments-pacificsouthwest-eldorado@fs.fed.us

or by snail mail to :

Eldorado National Forest
Forest Supervisor Ramiro Villalvavo
"Eldorado National Forest Travel Management DEIS"
100 Forni Road
Placerville, CA 95667

or by fax to:

530-621-5297

Let Your Voices Be Heard!

Appalachicola National Forest Travel Plan Chosen By Forest Service and It S-cks!
In an announcement that was to be officially published last week (but we cannot find it anywhere) the Forest Service has chosen its preferred alternative that was proposed in July. It establishes 55 miles of motorcycle trails, 34 miles of trails for motorcycles and ATVs (this is down from 370 miles of trails), and 52 miles of mixed-use roads for all types of vehicles. Licensed vehicles, including trucks and Jeeps, will be restricted to 1,652 miles of numbered forest roads. They really reamed the full-size vehicles with this plan. They are not given any trails for 4x4 recreation!

The decision can be appealed within 45 days after the notice is published. Exactly why it hasn't been published yet is not known. We're looking for it, and will continue in our efforts to find it.

City of Wichita, KS considers Opening Off-Road Park
Wichita city officials are considering opening a $1 million off-road park on land the city owns near 85th North and 127th East. It could be weeks or months before they take a vote on the proposed action. The park would be on 160 acres the city already owns, and it would include tracks for motorcycles, ATVs, and 4x4s. There are also plans for a campground with utility hookups.

Red Creek Off-Road Park (MS) Makes Changes To Appease Neighbors
In a second meeting with residents and the County Board of Supervisors, Red Creek management stated that they were making the following changes to address neighbors' complaints concerning the park:

  • putting in additional buffer zones on the property
  • directing guests after 9 pm to operate their ATVs in designated areas only
  • reconfiguring their entrance points and roads to direct traffic away from the residential community.
  • going from one lane to six lanes in the park entrance area to remove congestion on the public roadways

These changes seemed to satisfy the neighbors as well as the Board. Another meeting is scheduled next month to review the matter and see if the changes resulted in improved conditions.

September 25, 2007
Sierra National Forest Proposed Trail Changes
Sierra National Forest officials will lay out two proposals that could result in sweeping changes for off-road enthusiasts and other recreational users in a series of public meetings. One proposal will prohibits all motorized cross-country travel, limiting the use of OHVs to a designated network of roads and trails. The Sierra National Forest contains about 70 miles of designated OHV routes, and according to the Forest Service, over the years users created another 520 miles of unauthorized (their words not mine) trails that have been inventoried and mapped. Under terms of the Notice of Intent, published on September 14 in the Federal Registry, 54 miles of these "unauthorized trails" would be added to the designated trail system, giving us a total of 124 miles of trails for OHV use. The rest would be closed, and further cross-country travel prohibited. That means we would be losing 466 miles of trails!! Review the plans at Sierra National Forest Projects & Plans web page.

Upcoming public meetings concerning this plan will be held at-

  • September 26th 6:30-9:00 pm
    Sierra NF Headquarters
    1600 Tollhouse Rd
    Clovis,CA
  • September 27th 6:30-9:00 PM
    High Sierra Ranger Station
    29688 Auberry Rd
    Prather, CA
  • October 2nd 6:30-9:00 PM
    Oakhurst Community Center
    Road 425B
    Oakhurst, CA

Each forum will include an overview of the proposal, a chance for the public to meet with forest service staff and a question and answer session. No input will be taken at the meetings. A Forest Service spokeswoman said, "We want people to leave these meetings with a full understanding of what these proposals are, so they can put together the best information and respond back to us....When you take input at these kinds of meetings, you inevitably get people who stand up and say, 'I want all areas to stay open.' That kind of input doesn't really help us."

Black Hills Travel Management Plan / OHV Trail Reduction Proposal
The US Forest service's initial proposal is the following:

  • Roads Open Only To Highway Vehicles - 1,075 miles
  • Roads Open To All Motor Vehicles - 2,213
  • Trails Open To All Motor Vehicles - 165 miles
  • Trails Open Only Vehicles Less Than Or Equal To 50 Inches In Width - 437 miles
  • Trails Open Only To Motorcycles - 79 miles
  • Special local designation (Rock Crawlers) - 29 miles

The above plan would eliminate all motorized cross-country travel. This is what happens when OHV enthusiasts are not out in full force for these Travel Management meetings prior to the development of the travle plan. Take a look at the actual travel management plans for the Black Hills here. Notice that no where in this plan do they tell you what amount of trails there used to be? Or open acreage for cross-country travel? They are getting smarter folks. They are not going to give us any information for us to make arguments on how much we're losing in this battle! For instance, the entire Black Hills area used to be open cross-country travel, and under this proposal we are losing all of it!! That is outrageous!

You can snail mail them at :

Travel Management Planner, Tom Willems
Black Hills National Forest
1019 North 5th Street
Custer, SD 57730

Or phone them at: 605-673-9200

Someone needs to file a freedom of information request for the information concerning the trail inventory the US Forest Service took.

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