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WYOMING - Shoshone National Forest Travel Management Meetings Set for December

December 07, 2015 8:03 PM

The Shoshone National Forest will hold the next round of public meetings for travel management in mid-December. These meetings will give the public an opportunity to see all proposals submitted for summer motorized use, gain an understanding of what factors will go into the decision making process for the Shoshone National Forest, and be introduced to the process for winter motorized use. Meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

WYOMING - Shoshone National Forest Travel Management Meetings Set for December

Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,

The Shoshone National Forest will hold the next round of public meetings for travel management in mid-December.

These meetings will give the public an opportunity to see all proposals submitted for summer motorized use, gain an understanding of what factors will go into the decision making process for the Shoshone National Forest, and be introduced to the process for winter motorized use.

Meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

    December 15, Headwaters Art and Convention Center, 20 Stalnaker St., Dubois, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    December 16, Lander Community Center, 950 Buena Vista Drive, Lander, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    December 17, Grizzly Hall, Park County Library, 1500 Heart Mountain Street, Cody, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Through the travel management process, the Shoshone National Forest is committed to working with all members of the public to identify opportunities for motorized use that fit with Forest plan direction while maintaining 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 on the Shoshone National Forest's travel management process, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/shoshone/home/?cid=stelprd3846526

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. 2
 

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