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Ouachita NF Announces 30-Day Comment Period on Proposed Travel Mgmt Plan

March 05, 2008 7:00 AM

BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Ouachita NF Announces 30-Day Comment Period on Proposed Travel Management Project

The Ouachita National Forest has released the detailed proposed action for their Travel Management Project for a 30-day public review and comment period. The Travel Management Project will be implemented throughout the Forest, which is comprised of approximately 1,435,000 National Forest System (NFS) acres in western Arkansas and 355,000 NFS acres in southeastern Oklahoma. 

The detailed proposed action consists of:

1. Designating a system of roads and trails for public use of motorized vehicles including Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs).
2. Limiting motorized vehicles for the most part to those designated roads and trails.
3. Including provisions that would designate corridors for motorized access to retrieve legally-downed white-tailed deer and black bear during October and November.
4. Providing motorized access for dispersed camping. 

The 30-day comment period provides another opportunity for the public to provide input into the Travel Management Project. Only individuals or organizations that provide comments during the 30-day comment period will be eligible to administratively appeal the subsequent project decision(s).

All comments must include your name and address, title of the proposed action, and signature or other verification of identity upon request. The final project decision is expected in June 2008.  Route designations would be implemented immediately upon publication of the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs), anticipated in October 2008.  

The public is invited to review the detailed proposed action, including maps, on the Forest web site at www.aokforests.comor at any ranger district office and provide comments during the official 30-day comment period that began February 21, 2008.  Oral or hand-delivered comments must be received within normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at any Forest Service office.  Comments may be emailed to comments-southern-ouachita@fs.fed.us.   Hard-copy comments should be mailed to:  Ouachita National Forest, Travel Management Planning, PO Box 1270, Hot Springs, Arkansas  71902. 

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

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

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