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- 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
- Mount Taylor Ranger District Travel Management Rule Starting Point Maps Available and Two More Public Meetings
- LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST RELEASES TRAVEL MANAGEMENT DECISION
Last Updated: October 28, 2009
The Lincoln National Forest has issued its Travel Management decision. The decision is to keep the current system of designated roads and trails which are open to motorized use. The policy continues to restrict motor vehicles to the designated routes and bans cross-country travel but allows traveling up to 300 feet from designated routes to access dispersed campsites. This current policy was adopted in 1987 and governs the use of all motorized vehicles over the entire Lincoln National Forest.
In November 2005, the National Forest office in Washington finalized the Travel Management Rule. This Rule requires each National Forest to designate a system of roads, trails, and areas for motor vehicle use. The Rule allows a National Forest to continue their existing policies if those policies satisfied the Rule.
"Our conclusion was the system and policy has served the public and natural resource management programs well. Public input and internal analyses have helped point out specific locations where changes need to be considered," said Ron Hannan, Public Services Staff Officer.
Starting this week, the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) for the Lincoln will be available to the public at no cost. The maps are available at all District Ranger stations, the Forest Supervisor's office, and online. The MVUM tells the public which roads and trails are open to motorized use.
Even though the initial designation process is completed for the Lincoln, there will be chances to add roads and trails to the designated system. "Information the public shared with us has helped update our road and trail data and our maps. Proposed changes will be considered on a project-by-project basis," said Hannan.
The MVUM will be revised and reissued annually or as needed, to accommodate future changes to the designated transportation system on the Lincoln National Forest.
- 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