Nebraska National Forest to Present Proposed Action for Route Designation

January 08, 2008 7:00 AM


Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Nebraska National Forest to Present Proposed Action for Route Designation

The Forest Service (FS) is seeking your comments on their Proposed Action (PA) to implement the Travel Management Rule on the Nebraska National Forest, (Bessey and Pine Ridge Ranger Districts); the Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest; the Oglala National Grassland in Nebraska; and the Buffalo Gap National Grassland in South Dakota.

The Nebraska National Forest currently has 576 miles of open system road and 25 miles of motorized system trail. Cross-country OHV travel occurs on National Forest System lands in Nebraska with few restrictions. The National Travel Management Rule provides a national framework under which the Nebraska National Forest can provide OHV opportunities while sustaining the health of National Forest System lands and resources.

Locations of proposed designated routes and areas open to motor vehicle use are shown on maps for each Unit. These maps are available for viewing at each Nebraska National Forest unit office and on the National Forests in Nebraska website: Please contact Mark Reichert (contact information on first page) if you wish to receive hardcopies of the maps through the mail.

In addition, the FS is hosting a series of open houses at which you may also submit written comments. Although each open house is focused on a particular National Forest or National Grassland area, comments are welcomed for all areas. Open houses will have maps for all affected areas. See schedule below for dates and locations of the open houses.

Location & Date Time Focus Area

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 3:00-5:00 PM Bessey Ranger District (includes
Minnechaduza Foundation and the McKelvie and Bessey units)
1481/2 East 1st 6:00-8:00 PM Pine Ridge Ranger District
Valentine, Nebraska (includes the Oglala and Pine
Ridge units)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 2:00-4:00 PM Pine Ridge Ranger District
Motel 6 and (includes the Oglala and
755 Microtel Drive 6:00-8:00 PM Pine Ridge units)
Chadron, Nebraska

Thursday, January 17, 2008 1:00 - 4:00 PM Buffalo Gap National Grassland
Best Western - Ramkota Hotel (includes Wall and Fall River
in the Lincoln Room Ranger Districts)
2111 LaCrosse Street
Rapid City, South Dakota

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 3:00-5:00 PM Bessey Ranger District (includes
Quality Inn and Suites and the McKelvie and Bessey units)
Hwy 83 and I-80 6:00-8:00 PM Pine Ridge Ranger District (includes
North Platte, Nebraska the Oglala and Pine Ridge Ranger
District Pine Ridge units)

Thursday, January 17, 2008 3:00-5:00 PM Bessey Ranger District (includes
Holiday Inn - Interstate 80 and the McKelvie and Bessey units)
7838 South Hwy 281 6:00-8:00 PM Pine Ridge Ranger District (includes
Grand Island, Nebraska the Oglala and Pine Ridge units)

Comments may be submitted by fax, e-mail, or U.S. mail. Although comments are welcome throughout the planning process, providing your comments by January 25, 2008 will allow the FS time to consider your input during alternative development and analysis. Comments are a matter of public record and as such may be provided to interested parties upon request. Questions about this proposal should be directed to one of the people listed below or to your local Forest Service office.

Mark Reichert 530-841-4422
Paul Sweeney 715-627-6285

ACT2 USFS Enterprise Unit
P.O. Box 377
Happy Camp, CA 96039

The ACT2 Forest Service Enterprise Unit is working closely with local Forest Service units on the Nebraska National Forest, assisting in planning and analysis for this project and is knowledgeable about the proposal. Your comments will also be accepted at your local Forest Service office.


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

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