Groups review California OHV area under study
A field review by national and local motorized recreation groups of the Sierra National Forest near Yosemite in California reveals the complex nature of travel management planning on federal lands.
The BlueRibbon Coalition, a national recreation group, and the Fresno, Calif.-based Stewards of the Sierra National Forest toured proposed routes in the forest’s Miami Motorized Vehicle Use Area on Sept. 14.
Throughout the country, units of the USDA Forest Service are in various stages of the route inventory and designation process as outlined in the National Travel Management Rule.
The Sierra National Forest published a notice of intent in September 2007, in which the proposed action would preclude motorized use on about 90 percent of presently-open and historically traveled routes. That proposal could even ban OHV use on the popular Stagecoach Trail.
Stewards of the Sierra National Forest are submitting comments and proposing an alternative that they hope will inspire the Forest Service to meet users halfway. Some club members are hopeful the agency will come forward with a plan that designates at least 250 miles of historic user routes in this once open area, where cross-country travel was the legal and valid travel prescription.
Don Amador, Western representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, said in a press release, “I think the success of travel planning will depend on whether the public perceives the agency as striking a balance and meeting all users at a middle point. Just how the Forest Service recognizes the validity of historic user routes, which often have official agency signs and are on current federal maps, will determine how the public accepts the route designation process.
“The organized OHV community recognizes the importance of, and generally supports, the designation process. As these plans are finalized, it will behoove all involved for the agency to enlist the organized recreation community’s help in the implementation of the program.”
Further details regarding the Forest Service’s planning process are available at www.fs.fed.us/r5/sierra/projects/ohv/index.shtml.
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