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Kisatchie National Forest Announces Preliminary Alternatives for Designated

February 11, 2007 7:00 AM

BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Attention Louisiana recreationists!

The Kisatchie National Forest is formulating a new travel plan that will eliminate motorized cross country travel and limit ALL vehicles to designated roads, trails and areas. The Forest Service (FS) is currently developing alternatives for designated routes and is asking for your help.
 
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. 

The forest has released their Preliminary Alternatives and is asking for your comments. Your comments will help determine the final alternatives that will be included in the Environmental Assessment (EA) which is projected to be released in May 2007.

The deadline to submit your comments is February 28, 2007, so please act now.

Preliminary Alternatives are:

Alternative 1 - No action. Motorized travel would remain the same; cross-country travel would be allowed on 51 percent of the Forest. The proposal would not be implemented and compliance with the National Rule would not be met.

Alternative 2 - Prohibit motorized travel off designated routes forest wide. Designated motorized routes and areas would not change.

Alternative 3 - Scoping Proposal. Prohibit motorized travel off designated routes forest wide. Reduce designated open roads approximately 414 miles. Add approximately 6 miles of 100-foot wide camping corridors for highway legal vehicles. Designated motorized trails would not change.

Alternative 4 - Prohibit motorized travel off designated routes forest wide. Reduce designated open roads approximately 456 miles. Add approximately 6 miles of 100-foot wide camping corridors for highway-legal vehicles. Change approximately 43 miles of designated multiple-use trails from open year-round to open April-December.

Alternative 5 - Prohibit motorized travel off designated routes forest wide. Designate approximately 47 miles of 300-foot wide big game retrieval corridors for ATV use in the National Wildlife Management Preserves. Reduce designated open roads approximately 193 miles. Change approximately 272 miles of roads from highway-legal vehicles year round to ATVs during October - January 15 (deer-gun season). Add approximately 6 miles of 100-foot wide camping corridors for highway-legal vehicles. Change approximately 66 miles of motorcycle trails from open April-December to open year round.

Alternative 6 - Prohibit motorized travel off designated routes forest wide. Reduce designated open roads approximately 188 miles. Change approximately 591 miles of roads from highway legal vehicles year-round to ATVs during October - January 15 (deer-gun season). Add approximately 6 miles of 100-foot wide camping corridors for highway-legal vehicles. Change approximately 162 miles of designated motorized trails from open year-round to open April-December.

Actions Common to All Alternatives - Elimination of night riding - Trail riding would be allowed 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. Night riding would be prohibited. Temporary trail closures - Trail closures would occur during wet conditions, generally when 2 inches of rain are received within 24 hours.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
If you recreate in the Kisatchie, you should definitely take a close look at each of the alternative. Once final, all roads and trail not designated will be closed. Send in your comments to the U.S. Forest Service at the address below. 

MAIL OR HAND DELIVER COMMENTS TO:
Margrett L. Boley
USDA, Kisatchie National Forest
2500 Shreveport Hwy.
Pineville, LA 71360

EMAIL INSTRUCTIONS
Address your email to:  Forest Supervisor,
comments-southern-kisatchie@fs.fed.us
Include your name, mailing address, and phone number with all comments.  Comments should include specific facts or information along with supporting reasons that should be considered in reaching a decision.

For more information: Contact Jackie Duncan, 318-473- 7128 or Email: jduncan@fs.fed.us.

PLEASE, IF YOU RECREATE IN THE KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST, GET INVOLVED NOW!

Thank you in advance for your action on this important matter.
Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102

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