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Sandee McCullen
05-15-2007, 05:00 PM
ALERT.................

Coronado National Forest is back to the table for MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION PLANNING.............. Coronado is on the top of the list regarding closures of OHV trails and/or areas so we best be at the table to ensure our access. If we're not at the table............ our access is GONE.


Dear Interested Party:


The Coronado National Forest is holding an open house to give the public an opportunity to provide input on the motorized transportation system on the Safford Ranger District. This open house, scheduled for 6:00 to 8:00 pm, May 30, will give you an opportunity to give us information about the roads you use and how you use them. We are also seeking information about dispersed motorized camping and would like to know where you camp, how you camp, and what areas you are most interested in having available for motorized camping. We will begin with a presentation about the Forest Service’s Travel Management Rule and the travel planning process on the Coronado National Forest. Then you will have an opportunity to view maps of our existing authorized road system and provide input.

On November 9, 2005, the Forest Service published a final rule, entitled Travel Management: Designated Routes and Areas for Motorized Vehicle Use.
This new travel management rule requires each national forest and grassland to identify and designate those roads, trails and areas that are open to motor vehicle use by September 2009 with the publication of Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs). Once the designation process is complete, motor vehicle use off these routes and outside designated areas will be prohibited.
Designation will also include class of vehicles and, if appropriate, season of use.

Over the next few years National Forests and Ranger Districts across the country will engage the public and coordinate with state, county, and tribal governments to identify which routes should be designated and for which classes of motor vehicles. On the Coronado National Forest, this process coincides with the revision of the Forest land management plan. We have already received many public comments related to travel management during our public meetings for the forest plan revision. That information can be viewed on our website at www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado.

Changes to the Coronado National Forest’s transportation system must undergo an evaluation process called travel analysis, and are subject to National Environmental Policy Act analysis. The following are a few of the factors that must be considered when designating routes:

· Effects on soil, watershed, vegetation and other forest resources;
· Effects on wildlife and significant disruption of wildlife habitats;
· Conflicts between motor vehicle use and existing or proposed
recreational uses of National Forest System lands;
· Conflicts among different classes of motor vehicle uses of National
Forest System lands or neighboring Federal lands

Another consideration will be the agency’s ability to maintain the road system. There are over 2,000 miles of authorized roads on the Forest and hundreds of miles of unauthorized roads and motorized trails. The Forest currently has a backlog of maintenance needs on the existing authorized road system. Thus, in order to add routes to the system we may need to consider the decommissioning of some existing roads where they are no longer serving a purpose or where resource damage cannot be mitigated.

Our travel management decisions will depend on information about existing use patterns, user demand, natural resource conditions, violation and accident patterns, and social and economic interactions. Public participation and collaboration is an important and necessary part of the process. Motor vehicle use maps for all five ranger districts on the Coronado National Forest are scheduled to be published by September, 2009.
The May 30 open house is one of the first steps in identifying what the future transportation system will look like on these ranger districts. If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to provide input you may contact Laura White at 520-338-8419 or e-mail travel_management@fs.fed.us. You may also mail your comments to Travel Management, Coronado National Forest, 300 West Congress, Tucson, AZ., 85701.

More information about the Travel Management Rule can be found at the following websites:

www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv

www.fs.fed.us/r3/projects/travel-mgt/index.shtml

Sandee McCullen
05-16-2007, 02:10 PM
Coronado National Forest is back to the table for MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION PLANNING.............. Coronado is on the top of the list regarding closures of OHV trails and/or areas so we best be at the table to ensure our access. If we're not at the table............ our access is GONE.

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Dear Interested Party:


The Coronado National Forest is holding an open house to give the public an opportunity to provide input on the motorized transportation system on the Safford Ranger District. This open house, scheduled for 6:00 to 8:00 pm, May 30, will give you an opportunity to give us information about the roads you use and how you use them. We are also seeking information about dispersed motorized camping and would like to know where you camp, how you camp, and what areas you are most interested in having available for motorized camping. We will begin with a presentation about the Forest Service’s Travel Management Rule and the travel planning process on the Coronado National Forest. Then you will have an opportunity to view maps of our existing authorized road system and provide input.

On November 9, 2005, the Forest Service published a final rule, entitled Travel Management: Designated Routes and Areas for Motorized Vehicle Use.
This new travel management rule requires each national forest and grassland to identify and designate those roads, trails and areas that are open to motor vehicle use by September 2009 with the publication of Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs). Once the designation process is complete, motor vehicle use off these routes and outside designated areas will be prohibited.
Designation will also include class of vehicles and, if appropriate, season of use.

Over the next few years National Forests and Ranger Districts across the country will engage the public and coordinate with state, county, and tribal governments to identify which routes should be designated and for which classes of motor vehicles. On the Coronado National Forest, this process coincides with the revision of the Forest land management plan. We have already received many public comments related to travel management during our public meetings for the forest plan revision. That information can be viewed on our website at www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado.

Changes to the Coronado National Forest’s transportation system must undergo an evaluation process called travel analysis, and are subject to National Environmental Policy Act analysis. The following are a few of the factors that must be considered when designating routes:

· Effects on soil, watershed, vegetation and other forest resources;
· Effects on wildlife and significant disruption of wildlife habitats;
· Conflicts between motor vehicle use and existing or proposed
recreational uses of National Forest System lands;
· Conflicts among different classes of motor vehicle uses of National
Forest System lands or neighboring Federal lands

Another consideration will be the agency’s ability to maintain the road system. There are over 2,000 miles of authorized roads on the Forest and hundreds of miles of unauthorized roads and motorized trails. The Forest currently has a backlog of maintenance needs on the existing authorized road system. Thus, in order to add routes to the system we may need to consider the decommissioning of some existing roads where they are no longer serving a purpose or where resource damage cannot be mitigated.

Our travel management decisions will depend on information about existing use patterns, user demand, natural resource conditions, violation and accident patterns, and social and economic interactions. Public participation and collaboration is an important and necessary part of the process. Motor vehicle use maps for all five ranger districts on the Coronado National Forest are scheduled to be published by September, 2009.
The May 30 open house is one of the first steps in identifying what the future transportation system will look like on these ranger districts. If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to provide input you may contact Laura White at 520-338-8419 or e-mail travel_management@fs.fed.us. You may also mail your comments to Travel Management, Coronado National Forest, 300 West Congress, Tucson, AZ., 85701.

More information about the Travel Management Rule can be found at the following websites:

www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv

www.fs.fed.us/r3/projects/travel-mgt/index.shtml[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=Sandee McCullen;179578]ALERT.................
UPDATE............... ADDED THE TIME AND LOCATION OF THE OPEN HOUSE.

[COLOR="Red"]Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Graham County General Services assembly room
921 Thatcher Blvd., Safford, AZ[/COLOR

FrenchChili
05-24-2007, 06:22 PM
I don't know if I can attend that meeting but I'll try....