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CALIFORNIA - Travel Analysis Process Public Meetings Planned

August 19, 2015 5:40 PM

The Eldorado National Forest announces that three public meetings to share the Draft Travel Analysis Report (TAR) are planned for: Monday, August 24, 2015 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Pollock Pines Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines, CA 95726. Tuesday, August 25, 2015 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Georgetown Ranger Station, US Forest Service, 7600 Wentworth Springs Road Georgetown, CA 95634. Thursday, August 27, 2015 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Amador County Admin

CALIFORNIA - Travel Analysis Process Public Meetings Planned

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Eldorado National Forest announces that three public meetings to share the Draft Travel Analysis Report (TAR) are planned for:

  • Monday, August 24, 2015 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Pollock Pines Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines, CA 95726
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Georgetown Ranger Station, US Forest Service, 7600 Wentworth Springs Road Georgetown, CA 95634
  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Amador County Admin Building, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642

Eldorado National Forest staff will share how they developed the Draft Travel Analysis Report, answer questions about the Travel Analysis Process and have the Draft Travel Analysis Report available for review at the public meetings.

The Travel Analysis Process (TAP) is required by the 2005 Travel Management Rule and requires that forests provide a safe, financially, and environmentally sustainable road system that can realistically be maintained. Due to increased use, aging infrastructure and decreasing budgets, the forest cannot maintain all roads to standards for safety and environmental protection. The Travel Analysis Process fulfills the requirement in Subpart A of Travel Management that states each forest uses a science-based roads analysis to help identify the minimum road system.

The Eldorado National Forest, like other national forests in the country, is required to complete Travel Analysis by September 30, 2015 to receive federally appropriated funds for its road system. Under the Travel Analysis Process, the forest must determine the risks, benefits and opportunities for every designated system road and identify possible changes or repairs to the road system. These would include safety, the cost of maintenance, recreational experience and environmental impacts. The results will be shared in the Travel Analysis Report (TAR).

BRC urges motorized users to highlight existing OHV recreational opportunities during the TAP process.

Identify ML 3 roads that could be reclassified as ML 2 roads for backcountry OHV touring and extended loop opportunities.

Identify ML1 roads (many are administratively closed to the public) that could provide looped OHV opportunity if they were open and managed as a motorized trail.

Identify ML 3 roads that should be designated as Mixed-Use to provide connectivity for non-street legal OHV recreation and touring opportunities.

Identify County road segments that could provide connectivity to the OHV trail network.  Users should work with county officials to have the county designate them as Combined Use (for paved sections) or Non-Highway (for native surfaced county roads) for use by green-sticker vehicles.  In many areas, county roads provide important connectivity between FS routes.  BRC believes that counties have an important role to play as a partner with users and the FS to create new OHV tourism opportunities.

Any future project proposals regarding the forest's system roads will be subject to a site-specific analysis and environmental documentation. The Travel Analysis Report will be used by those future projects to identify issues and benefits associated with that road. The Travel Analysis Process does not replace the decision made during Travel Management, Subpart B; which designated routes for the National Forest Transportation System (NFTS) for the Eldorado National Forest in 2008.

For more information regarding this project go to the Eldorado National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
 

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and collaboration among recreationists.
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