Access Issues — Archives
- Carson National Forest Released Travel Management Environmental Assessment for 'West-side' Districts
- Cibola National Forest Releases Long-Awaited Mount Taylor Travel Management Environmental Assessment
- Mt Taylor Ranger District (Cibola National Forest) Releases Proposed Action for Managing Motorized Travel
- Sandia DistrictTravel Management Decision Notice is Released!
Last Updated: January 11, 2010
The Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest has issued a decision for the Environmental Assessment for Travel Management on the Sandia Ranger District. You can read the entire 22 page document by using the link below. They have also released maps showing the route designations for the District. These routes will be included on the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) that will be published after the appeal process is completed. Designations made with past decisions will also be shown on the MVUM. After the MVUM has been released, travel off the designated system will be prohibited unless authorized by permit or other authorization.
The Deciding Officer selected Alternative 4 with a few minor modification added from Alternative 5. Major points of the decision includes:
1) Prohibiting cross county motorized travel off of the designated system on the Sandia Ranger District.
2) Designating 42.66 miles for motorcycle use, 1.76 miles for vehicles under 50” (ATVs and motorcycles) and 10.12 miles open to all vehicles (including OHVs.) There are also 7.02 miles designated for highway legal vehicles only.
3) Approval to construct 3.5 miles of trails. SOme of this is reroutes around resource concerns and some is to allow safer access for motorized use.
4) Approval to construct an additional trailhead facility to accommodate motorized recreation.
5) Allowing use of the Oak Area in the Oak Flat Picnic Ground as a motorized trailhead in addition to the reservation group picnic area use.
Since the official decision was published on July 14th, members of the public with standing have until Aug 28th (45 days) to file any appeals.
- Mount Taylor Ranger District Travel Management Rule Starting Point Maps Available and Two More Public Meetings
- Comment Period Extended for Travel Planing for the Glade Run Recreation Area (aka Chokecherry Canyon)
- Socorro Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement Finally Released!
NM State Legislation
- They Are At It Again! Congress Trying to Ram Through a 2010 Omnibus Lands Bill that AFFECTS NEW MEXICO OHV Access