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National Forests in Mississippi Travel Plan Meetings

January 30, 2007 7:00 AM

BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Attention Mississippi recreationists!

As you know, the FS 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. 

National Forests in Mississippi are formulating a new travel plan that will limit ALL vehicle use to designated roads, trails and areas. The Forest Service (FS) will be hosting a series of public meetings on the Travel Management Rule planning process during the month of January and February. 

The open houses will be held at a variety of locations around Mississippi (see schedule below). This will be the first step in the local planning process which will finalize with the production of a motor vehicle use map by May 2008.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

The meetings will be informal and held in an open house format. The meetings will give you the opportunity to discuss the new Travel Management Rule, ask questions, review maps of each district's current travel management system and suggest routes to be considered in the new travel system. 

PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, January 30, 2007       Holly Springs District           6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
                                                         Oxford Conference Center
                                                         102 Ed Perry Blvd.
                                                         Oxford, MS  38655

Thursday, February 1, 2007       Chickasawhay District         4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
                                                           Chickasawhay Ranger District Office
                                                           968 Highway 15 South
                                                           Laurel, MS  39443

Tuesday, February 6, 2007         Homochitto District              6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
                                                           Franklin County Public Library
                                                           106 First St.
                                                           Meadville, MS  39653

Thursday, February 8, 2007       De Soto District                      6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
                                                           Wiggins Historic Train Depot
                                                           115 East Hatten Ave.
                                                           Wiggins, MS  39577

A second round of public meetings will be held approximately four weeks after the initial round of meetings.  Complete details on the second round of meetings, including dates, times and locations will be available at the initial meetings. 

You can also submit your comments by mailed to: Forest Recreation, 100 West Capitol Street, Suite 1141, Jackson, MS 39269, or by faxing them to (601) 965-1780.

For more information, contact Jeff Gainey, Recreation Program Manager at (601) 965-1617 or by email to jgainey@fs.fed.us.

PLEASE, IF YOU RECREATE IN MISSISSIPPI NATIONAL FORESTS, GET INVOLVED NOW!

Thanks in advance for your support,
Brian Hawthorne
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102

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