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MONTANA - Custer Gallatin NF Forest Plan Revision June Public Meetings Announced

May 31, 2016 4:48 PM

In January, the 3.1 million acre Custer Gallatin National Forest started on a Forest Plan Revision, a four-year process that will ultimately give way to a new forest plan. The Forest Service will host a second set of public meetings across various communities between June 14 and June 30. The focus of this second set of meetings will be the preliminary results from the Assessment of Existing Conditions to date and provide a forum for those attending the meetings and

MONTANA - Custer Gallatin NF Forest Plan Revision June Public Meetings Announced

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber, 

In January, the 3.1 million acre Custer Gallatin National Forest started on a Forest Plan Revision, a four-year process that will ultimately give way to a new forest plan. The Forest Service will host a second set of public meetings across various communities between June 14 and June 30. 

The focus of this second set of meetings will be the preliminary results from the Assessment of Existing Conditions to date and provide a forum for those attending the meetings and webinars to tell the Forest Service what they care about and want to see from the Forest.

Public meetings are set for 8 communities, along with 3 webinars:

  • Tuesday, June 14 - Ashland, MT - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Ashland Public School
  • Wednesday, June 15 - Ekalaka, MT - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Carter County Fairgrounds Building
  • Thursday, June 16 - Buffalo, SD - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Buffalo Recreation Center
  • Monday, June 20 - Big Timber, MT - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Sweet Grass County High School Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, June 21 - Red Lodge, MT - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Edgar Gruell Bldg, Carbon County Fairgrounds
  • Wednesday, June 22 - Gardiner, MT - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Gardiner Community Center
  • Tuesday, June 28 - West Yellowstone, MT - 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Povah Community Center
  • Wednesday, June 29 - Bozeman, MT - 4:30 p.m.  - 7:30 p.m. - Chief Joseph Middle School Multipurpose Rm.

Webinar (Virtual Option): *All times listed are Mountain Standard Time, webinars available on mobile device through Adobe Connect App.

  • Thursday, June 23 - 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 30 - Two Sessions - 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. OR 4:30 p.m.  - 7:30 p.m.

Login information:          URL - https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/cgfpr-500/
Audio - 1-888-844-9904, passcode - 2320673#

Forest Plan Revision meetings provide an overview of where they are in the process, and the opportunity to share local knowledge, while also giving a preview of what's coming next.  Meetings will begin with one-on-one time, followed by a brief presentation by forest staff and concluding with topic conversations and feedback. Opportunities to provide information will exist. 

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BRC believes it is important to comment on areas of the Forest that we want open to multiple use recreation, active forest management, and responsible resource development. Feel free to include any studies of science in regards to the benefit of multiple use access in the areas of economics, social benefits, wildlife impacts, soil impacts, grazing benefits, fuel load reductions, weed control, search and rescue, etc.

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

ML 3 Roads to Trails - Reclassify ML3 roads to ML2 roads. Reclassify ML2 roads 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.

Mitigate Trail Impacts from Non-Recreation Projects - The impacts from non-recreation projects often include obliteration of the trail or removal of water control structures such as rolling dips and catch basins.  Those soil erosion measures can often cost $15,000 to $20,000/mile to install (or replace). Other sections such as at-risk species, water quality, and ecosystems have the same recreation mitigation deficiencies. BRC recommends that "trail mitigation" guidelines be added to relevant non-recreation projects.

Review non-motorized land designations - BRC believes the Forest should review current non-Wilderness areas that could be reclassified, reopened, or have cherry-stemmed routes designated for connectivity and/or touring opportunities.  Many 1980-1990s-era Forest Plans used non-Wilderness "non-motorized" classifications to restrict or prohibit summer wheeled recreation. In many cases, OHV was simply not at the table or given substantive consideration during these programmatic planning efforts. In some areas these classifications such as "Near Natural" or "Semi-Primitive Non-Motorized" had the effect of functionally banning OHV use including designation of cherry-stemmed routes. The Forest Plan Revision process is the appropriate planning tool to reclassify lands for managed OHV recreation.

For more information or to subscribe to the mailing list visit: www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin and click Forest Plan Revision (upper right-hand quick link).

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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May 31, 2016 10:48 AM
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