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WYOMING - Shoshone National Forest to hold fall Travel Management meetings

September 14, 2015 5:40 PM

As a next step in the travel management process, the Shoshone National Forest will be holding public meetings later this month. The public is invited to bring any proposed changes to the existing travel system to these meetings. This includes either adding new routes or removing existing routes. The proposals will be used to help develop a proposed action and alternatives for the upcoming environmental analysis necessary for the travel management process.

WYOMING - Shoshone National Forest to hold fall Travel Management meetings

Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,

As a next step in the travel management process, the Shoshone National Forest will be holding public meetings later this month.

The public is invited to bring any proposed changes to the existing travel system to these meetings. This includes either adding new routes or removing existing routes.  The proposals will be used to help develop a proposed action and alternatives for the upcoming environmental analysis necessary for the travel management process. Meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

September 23, Grizzly Hall, Park County Library, 1500 Heart Mountain Street, Cody, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
September 24, Headwaters Art and Convention Center, 20 Stalnaker St., Dubois, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
September 25, Lander Community Center, 950 Buena Vista Drive, Lander, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

To allow for proper planning and adequate space for the meetings, please RSVP to one of our offices by September 22 if you plan to attend one or more of the above meetings:

    Wapiti Ranger District, 307-527-6921
    Wind River Ranger District, 307-455-2466
    Washakie Ranger District, 307-332-5460

If you would like to present a proposal, please contact the appropriate district office with what you might need (projector, screen, etc.) to ensure that the required equipment is available for use at the meeting. Through the travel management process, the Shoshone National Forest is working collaboratively with the public to find opportunities for motorized trails that fit with Forest plan direction and do not take away from other uses or change the backcountry character of the Shoshone National Forest.

If not already part of the current travel plan, BRC believes the agency should develop travel management strategies. Here are several concepts that should be included in the travel planning process:

ML 3 Roads to Trails - Reclassify ML3 roads to ML2 roads. Reclassify ML2 road to motorized trails or manage appropriate ML2 roads as "roads managed as trails." Manage appropriate ML1 roads as "motorized trails."

ML 2 Roads to Trails - Convert "roads-to-single track trails" or "roads-to-motorized trails less than 50 inches in width" and "roads managed as motorized trails greater than 50 inches in width" as a tool to help the agency achieve its budget objectives while still providing a substantive and high quality recreational route network.

Single Track Trails - 2005 Forest Service Travel Management Rule (TMR) Subpart B planning efforts in California and other Western States resulted in the loss of many, if not most, of our historic single-track motorcycle trails. Historic and legal motorized single-track opportunities such as enduro trails, old pack-mule/mining or pioneer trails were simply eliminated from consideration due to time constraints.

During those early planning efforts, agency representatives promised the OHV community that once these initial "foundational" route networks were established and codified that they would work with the users to either bring some of these historic single-track opportunities "back onto the system" or construct new engineered single-track system trails.

BRC believes that a strategy should be developed to replace the lost single- track experience. Retention or enhancement of high quality single-track dirt-bike trails is no different than keeping or enhancing "quiet" single-track hiking, equestrian, and mountain-bike trails.

Wet Weather Closures - Any TMR-based wet weather closure strategy should allow for native surfaced trails and roads to be open when soil conditions/lack-of-rainfall permits. If a wet weather closure is needed, the implementing Forest Order should be for the shortest period of time rather than a longer time period. In NEPA, it is always easier to extend a short closure versus repealing a longer closure.

For information and updates, visit the Shoshone National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/shoshone/.

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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