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Trail Sustainability: Moving Forward with Travel Management

For Immediate Release                                          CONTACT: Ann Vance
May 19, 2008                                                          PHONE: 888-458-0131
                                                                             EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Trail Sustainability: Moving Forward with Travel Management - A Continuation of the NOHVCC Route Designation Workshop Series

For Land Managers, OHV Enthusiasts and Other Stakeholders

June 13 - June 14, 2008

Rich Mountain Community College
Abernathy Building
1100 College Drive
Mena, AR 71953
479-394-7622

www.rmcc.edu

Classroom Sessions: Friday, June 13, 8AM - 5PM
Field Sessions: Saturday, June 14, 8AM - 4PM


The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) is conducting a workshop aimed at helping to ensure successful implementation of the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule after the initial motorized route designation process has been completed including the development of partnerships, resources, and techniques to achieve trail sustainability.  This workshop will be conducted on June 13-14, 2008 in Mena, Arkansas and is for US Forest Service personnel, OHV enthusiasts, and other stakeholders interested in travel management on National Forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The purpose of this workshop is to assist the US Forest Service and other stakeholders in gaining knowledge and developing skills and partnerships that will result in long-term sustainability and improvement of trail systems. The workshop is open to all who want to attend and there is no charge. Other state and federal agency personnel are welcome and encouraged to attend both days. Continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM on Friday.  Lunch and refreshment breaks will be provided on both days.

Please note this is not a US Forest Service meeting to gather comments on any particular travel plan.  Rather, this workshop will help you understand the implementation of the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule after the initial Route Designation has been completed and will assist you in developing the skills and tools required to sustain a viable trail system on public lands.

A workshop registration form is included with this release. Registration deadline is June 9, 2008.  After that date, registration may be possible if space is available. For questions or availability contact Ann Vance at 888-458-0131 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lodging is available in Mena, AR. The Sun Country Inn (479-394-7477) the Lime Tree Inn (479-394-6350) currently have space available, or see http://hotel-guides.us/arkansas/mena-ar-hotels.html for other lodging options.

This national workshop series is sponsored by Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA), the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA). Coordination of the workshops is provided by the NOHVCC. Design of the workshop sessions was a collaborative effort by professional trail consultants, ARRA, MIC, SVIA, American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC), United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), and NOHVCC; with input from USFS trail managers.

The Workshop objectives are:



To develop the strategies and skills necessary to implement decisions made under the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule;

To develop the partnerships and resources to maintain and improve the designated route system on Forest Service lands;

To facilitate efforts to improve volunteer effectiveness, organization, and management;

To develop a common understanding of trail maintenance techniques;

To examine a range of OHV trail signing protocols and principles;

To explore a variety of techniques to achieve required trail monitoring; and

To improve working relationships and increase partnerships between the USFS, state and local agencies, the OHV industry, OHV enthusiasts, and other stakeholders.

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council is a non-profit educational foundation.  For information regarding the NOHVCC and its workshop programs, visit its website at www.nohvcc.org.

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Trail Sustainability:
       Moving Forward with Travel Management
      A Continuation of the NOHVCC Route Designation Workshop Series


      Rich Mountain Community College
      Abernathy Building
      1100 College Drive
      Mena, AR 71953
      June 13 - 14, 2008

       

Workshop Registration Form


Name___________________________________________     

Agency___________________________  or  Club/Association _________________________

Address______________________________________________________________________

City_______________________________  State____________   Zip Code ________________

Phone_____________________________  E-mail* _____________________________

Type of OHV you ride ____________________

Dates attending: Friday _________ Saturday _________ Both Days _________

*E-Mail address necessary for Registration confirmation.

In Case of Emergency, Contact:                      Name: ____________________
                                                                Phone: ____________________

Special Physical Requirements: ______________________________________
 

    
Return this form by  June 6 to:
Ann Vance *  NOHVCC
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or fax: 208-458-0136
P.O. Box 402, Teton, ID 83451

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John Stewart

Tahoe National Forest Releases DEIS For Motorized Travel Plan


1) No Action - This alternative is required by the National Environmental Policy Act and provides a baseline for comparing other alternatives.  Under this alternative, no changes would be made to the current Transportation System of roads and trails.  Motorized cross-country travel would not be prohibited.

2) Motorized Recreation and Access Opportunities - All site-specific routes that were recommended for addition during the earlier public scoping process were added to this alternative, totaling 72 miles in addition to 2 "open areas."  The reservoirs east of Truckee would also be designated as "open" below high water line.  Cross-country travel would be prohibited.  A modified deer closure would be incorporated; however, no wet weather closures would be included.  481 miles of smoother surface roads would be changed to "Open to all Vehicles."

3) Cross-Country Travel Prohibited with No Changes to Existing National Forest Transportation System - The only change in this alternative would be to prohibit cross-country travel.

4) Modified Proposal by Environmental Group Coalition - This would prohibit motorized travel off system roads and trails, would add wet weather closures, and would add 31 miles of new trails to the system.  None of the trail additions would be in Roadless Areas or in spotted owl/goshawk-protected activity centers.

5) Modified Proposal by BlueRibbon Coalition - This would prohibit motorized travel off system roads and trails, would establish seasons of use to incorporate modified deer and wet weather closures, would maintain most of the roads open to both street legal and off-road vehicles; and would add 238 miles of trail to the system.  481 miles of smoother surface roads would be changed to "Open to All Vehicles".

6) Preferred Alternative - This would prohibit cross-country travel, would establish seasons of use to incorporate modified deer and wet weather closures, and would add 70 miles to the trail system.  None of the trail additions would significantly impact Roadless Area character or spotted owl/goshawk-protected activity centers.  Considering public need and public safety, 276 miles of smoother surface roads would be changed to "Open to All Vehicles."

7) Notice of Intent - This was the proposal released in the spring of 2007, and would prohibit cross-country travel and add 45 miles to the trail system.

The DEIS discloses the various effects of alternatives for each of the different resources, including: air quality, archeology, watershed resources, wildlife species, plant communities, recreation, transportation, Roadless Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, fire, adjacent ownerships, and socio-economic impacts.

Copies of all DEIS documents and maps are available on the Forest's website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe/projects_plans/ohv_inv/DEIS_overview.shtml  Please review the documents and maps closely and try to make your comments as site-specific as possible, preferably by referring to those specific roads or trails you have concerns with. It is important to remember this proposal is just a draft. Your comments will be critical in refining this draft proposal prior to the final decision in March 2009.

THE COMMENT DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 26, 2008

Mail written comments to:
Travel Management Team
631 Coyote Street
Nevada City, CA. 95959

Email comments to:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Comments must be postmarked by: November 26, 2008.

Technical questions can be addressed to:
David Arrasmith, Forest Planner
631 Coyote Street
Nevada City, CA 95945
(530) 478-6220
EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open House/Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Open House 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm., Orientation 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Nevada City Elks Lodge
518 Hwy 49 North
Nevada City, CA

Friday, October 3, 2008          Open House 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm., Orientation 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sierraville Ranger Station
317 So Lincoln Hwy, (Hwy 89)
Sierraville, CA

Tuesday, October 7, 2008      Open House 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm., Orientation 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Resort at Squaw Creek
400 Squaw Creek Road
Olympic Valley, CA

Thursday, October 9, 2008     Open House 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm., Orientation 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Ridge Golf Course
2020 Golf Course Way
Auburn, CA

If you know of someone who would like to be added to the mailing list, please have him or her email their address to Ann Westling, Public Affairs Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. call (530) 478-6205.

JUST REMEMBER, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN, PLEASE GET INVOLVED!
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John Stewart

TELLICO LAWSUIT DISMISSED

TELLICO LAWSUIT DISMISSED - FOREST SERVICE TO RELEASE NEW PLAN

O
ctober 30, 2008

Court papers filed today indicate that the lawsuit brought by motorized recreation advocates against the US Forest Service over the Upper Tellico Off-Highway Vehicle Area will be voluntarily dismissed.  The case was filed by the BlueRibbon Coalition, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, and Southern Four Wheel Drive Association and challenged temporary closure orders issued by the Forest Service in December 2007.  According to a stipulation entered by all parties to the case, it is the Forest Service's "stated intention to complete a public planning process and announce a new decision in the near future which will likely substantially impact or change the interim orders referenced in the complaint..."  The Forest has provided proposed management alternatives and received comments through July 2008, on the new plan from the recreation organizations and many others interested in Tellico management.

"We are pleased that the Forest Service has made active management of Tellico a high priority, and that this planning process seems to have avoided some of the diversions that have delayed similar decisions in other areas," observed Jay Bird, immediate Past President of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association.  "Under these circumstances, and mindful of the desire for both Forest Service personnel and recreational enthusiasts to focus on the new decision and future management, we agreed that dismissing this action was the right thing to do," Bird concluded.

The dismissal is without prejudice, meaning that these same organizations or other interested parties could file administrative appeals or lawsuits challenging the ultimate outcome of the new planning process.  Further information about the plaintiff organizations, including information about the ongoing planning process at Tellico and developments in other matters, can be found as indicated below.

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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. 1-800-258-3742. www.sharetrails.org

United Four Wheel Drive Associations is an international organization comprised of four wheel drive enthusiasts, clubs, associations, and businesses dedicated to providing community services around the world, education in responsible land use and safe vehicle operation, and protection of our natural resources through conservation practices. 1-800-448-3932.  www.ufwda.org

Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) was founded in 1987 to promote responsible land use and to keep public lands accessible for motorized recreation. Since the formation of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, the focus and mission is to promote responsible land use and to help keep public lands open for motorized recreation.  For more information on the activities and accomplishments of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, please visit www.sfwda.org or contact us at 1483 N. Mt. Juliet Road, PMB # 222, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

 

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John Stewart

Race Promoters Meeting Over Permit Issues

“Racing in the deserts puts a considerable amount of money into the Southern California economy and our industry. Ensuring it continues safely is in the best interest of everyone involved,” Fred Wiley President/CEO of ORBA.

During the meeting, BLM emphasized their continuing efforts in reviewing established procedures and guidelines relative to Special Recreation Permits. Although a majority of the discussion focused on current event stipulations, changes that the race/rescue organizations might suggest to the BLM were also discussed.

Off road permitted racing has had a positive safety record over the years however with the recent incident in Johnson Valley, BLM representatives stated that working closely on all future events with the off road community will go a long way to ensure that safe racing events continue.

“We applaud the proactive efforts of the off road community to ensure that future events are conducted properly and in the safest manner possible,” stated Teri Raml, BLM California Desert District manager.

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John Stewart

Shasta-Trinity National Forest Motorized Travel Management EIS

[Federal Register: August 8, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 154)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - Forest Service

Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California; Shasta-Trinity National Forest Motorized Travel Management EIS

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.

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