BRC Public Lands Webpage & NF Travel Plan Link for AR

August 17, 2006 6:00 AM

BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

As you know, the Forest Service published a new rule requiring the agency to formally designate a system of roads, trails and areas where motorized vehicle use would be allowed. Forest Service regulation and other laws require the agency to conduct a planning process in collaboration with the public to help design the designated system. 

Over the past few months the public lands department, along with other volunteers from the off-road community, have spent numerous hours on the phone with FS officials compiling the most up-to-date information on Travel Planning on the National Forests.  As a result of that hard work we are now able to get this information out to our members and supporters.

Below is the information on Arkansas's National Forests along with the link to the BlueRibbon Coalition's Beta version of our new Public Lands Page, where we have posted all the information, by state, on the National Forest we have so far.  This Information is updated as soon as the information comes in, so bookmark this site and check back often.

Any updates from our members will help in keeping this information as current and accurate as possible.  If you have information about your area's National Forest please email Ric Foster, Public Lands Assistant at brrichard@sharetrails.org.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact BRC.
Thanks in advance for your involvement,

Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102

Public Lands webpage http://archive.sharetrails.org/public_lands/  then click on the Forest Service button.

Arkansas National Forests:

Ouachita National Forest:   http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/ouachita/
Box 1270
Federal Building
Hot Springs, AR 71902
Phone: 501-321-5202

The Ouachita National Forest is in the beginning of the Travel Management Plan process.  They are completing Step 1, do an inventory and map current road systems and any trail systems that would be designated for OHV use. Also Step 2, identify opportunities to provide a safe and efficient travel system and for administration, utilization, and protection of national forest system lands. Identify costs of road and trail-associated effects on ecosystem values, taking into account public safety, affordability, and management efficiency.

On the Ouachita National Forest, the system of designated routes necessary to implement the travel management rule will require extensive public involvement. With a goal of having a designated system in place by September 2008, the Ouachita National Forest expects to solicit public input to develop the travel management system in early summer 2007. The Ouachita National Forest intends to designate a system of roads and trails for public use of motorized vehicles, including OHVs and, at the same time, limit motorized vehicles to those designated roads and trails (i.e., no cross-country travel). Until that system of designated routes is established, public use of motorized vehicles may continue on routes and in areas where such use is not prohibited. Routes closed to vehicle use by a gate, berm, or other obvious means and areas posted closed to cross-country travel by motorized vehicle (e.g., wildernesses, walk-in turkey hunting areas during certain seasons, portions of wild and scenic river corridors) will remain unavailable for public use of OHVs. Additional area closures may be necessary in the period between the release of the Revised Forest Plan and the designation of suitable routes.

The remaining steps are Step 3, identify potential changes to the travel management system, Step 4, complete public involvement and the NEPA process and Step 5, publish the Motor Vehicle Use Map. For more information you can contact Alett Little, Forrest Planner, at alittle@fs.fed.usor by phone at(501) 321-5372 or Bubba Brewster at bbrewster@fs.fed.usor by phone at(501) 321-5368. You will find some information of the forest's website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/ouachita/recreation/ohv/index.shtml.

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests:   http://www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark/
605 West Main
Russellville, AR 72801
(479) 964-7200

The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests are doing their Travel Management Planning and route designation in two stages.  Stage One will designate existing routes and trails that follow safety guidelines established by trails team and engineering staff. This will be done on a Forest-wide scale.

Stage Two will determine the need for further designation of closed roads and look at the possibility of new connector trail construction.  They will also be looking at user created routes for possible inclusion. This will be done on a District level.

Open house meetings are being held during the month of August 2006, to encourage participants to review maps showing proposed designations, discuss OHV issues with Forest personnel and provide an opportunity to submit written comments on the proposed designated roads and trails on the Ozark National Forest. The public meetings will be in a "come and go" open house format to facilitate better participation by the entire group.

More information is available online at www.aokforests.comor call Jake Lubera, Recreation Specialist at (479) 964-7200 or by email to jlubera@fs.fed.us.

 

May 31, 2016 10:48 AM
MONTANA - Custer Gallatin NF Forest Plan Revision June Public Meetings Announced
In January, the 3.1 million acre Custer Gallatin National Forest started on a Forest Plan Revision, a four-year process that will ultimately give way to a new forest plan. The Forest Service will host a second set of public meetings across various communities between June 14 and June 30. The focus of this second set of meetings will be the preliminary results from the Assessment of Existing Conditions to date and provide a forum for those attending the meetings and
May 23, 2016 1:40 PM
Sawtooth National Recreation Area Wants Your Input on the Wood River Travel Plan
The Sawtooth National Recreation Area (NRA) is announcing the availability of the proposed action for the Big Wood Travel Management Plan. The purpose of this plan is to bring road and trail use into compliance with the Forest Plan, laws, and regulations; to provide a system of roads and trails for public access and recreational travel; to manage resource impacts that are occurring due to the use of roads and trails; and to rehabilitate non-system routes identified as a problem
May 20, 2016 8:32 AM
CALIFORNIA - Public Invited to Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle Area Tour and Comment
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Barstow Field Office, has scheduled three tour rides of the Rasor Road Off-Highway Vehicle Area OHV area to identify locations used for riding, camping, as well as to assess use habits and general conditions of the area. The California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan of 1980 mandated a recreation plan to address the intensive OHV activity of the Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area. Public meetings were held on April 28, May 5, and May 12
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