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More Wilderness on the Carson National Forest?
Carson National Forest Starts SCOPING for Forest Plan Revision
NMOHVA Has Appealed the Questa Ranger District Travel Management Decision
Questa Ranger District Travel Management Environmental Assessment Released for Comment
NMOHVA and Town of Red River Co-Sign Travel Management Comments
Carson National Forest Released Travel Management Environmental Assessment for 'West-side' Districts
Carson National Forest Releases Draft EA for Jicarilla District for 30 Day Comment Period
Carson National Forest to Provide Full Travel Management EA's for Public Comment
Carson National Forest Releases Proposed Action for Travel Management for Questa District
Carson National Forest Releases Proposed Action for Travel Management on Four Districts


Get Involved - Next Step in the Cibola National Forest "Forest Plan Revision"
Draft Decision for Magdalena Travel Management Released
Cibola National Forest Starts SCOPING for Forest Plan Revision
Public Comment Period Starts for the Magdalena Ranger District Travel Management
Cibola National Forest Releases Revised Mountainair District Travel Management EA
NMOHVA Wins Appeal!
Cibola National Forest Releases Long-Awaited Mount Taylor Travel Management Environmental Assessment
Forest Service Proposes to Close 500 Miles of Roads in Magdalena Ranger District
Forest Service Proposes to Close 83% of Roads in Manzano & Gallinas Mountains
Cibola Annouces Start of Magdalena District Travel Management Planning
Mountainair Ranger District Travel Management Proposed Action Now Available
Mt Taylor Ranger District (Cibola National Forest) Releases Proposed Action for Managing Motorized Travel
Sandia DistrictTravel Management Decision Notice is Released!
Press Release 0801 - NMOHVA Reacts to Sandia Ranger District Travel Management Decision Notice
Cibola NF Mt Taylor District has posted 'Starting Point' maps
Mount Taylor Ranger District Travel Management Rule Starting Point Maps Available and Two More Public Meetings
Mt. Taylor Ranger District Kicking Off Collaborative Process on Travel Management Rule


Gila National Forest Announces Community Meetings for Assessment Process
NMOHVA Files Appeal on Gila Travel Management Decision
Gila National Forest Announces Travel Management Decision
Gila National Forest Releases Travel Management Draft EIS

Last Updated: October 28, 2009

Since 2006, you've been hearing how the Forest Service's Travel Management Rule could close roads and trails to motor vehicles. Years passed, and it seemed like nothing was happening with Travel Management and route designation. But Travel Management has NOT 'gone away'.

On September 11th, the Gila National Forest (GNF) released its Proposed Action for the Travel Management Rule. This is the first step leading to the Forest writing an Environmental Impact Statement (the 'EIS'). The EIS will lead to the decision on which roads and trails are closed or open to vehicles. The Proposed Action is the start of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The first step in this process is called Scoping. Scoping is the public's opportunity to tell the Forest what YOU want. What roads and trails do you want open to motor vehicles?

We know many of you have already provided comments and input to the GNF. Your efforts to date have shown the GNF that the public cares deeply about access to forest lands But before the NEPA process starts, the Forest is under no legal obligation to pay any attention to what we want. The start of the NEPA process means that changes.

Now is the time when our voices really mean something. If you have already provided comments to the GNF on Travel Management, please send them in again now. You MUST submit your comments during the official 45 day Scoping period. Scoping ends at midnight on October 26, 2009. Only comments received by this deadline will be considered.

After Scoping, the Gila will write the EIS. The writing, public review and final decision for the EIS could take well over a year. Patience and persistence are important! If you have any questions about the NEPA process or how to provide comments, please contact the NMOHVA at

Your participation during Scoping and in the coming months will help determine whether the GNF's roads and trails stay open to motor vehicles, for the public to use and enjoy.


READ THE PROPOSED ACTION AND EXAMINE THE MAPS - The Proposed Action is only 10 pages. It and the maps can be downloaded from the forest's website. The maps are very large files and may take time to download. You can see full sized printed maps at all ranger district offices and the Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, and Sierra County offices. Check the maps to see if your favorite roads and trails are included. If they aren't on the maps it means the Forest wants to close them.

ATTEND THE PUBLIC WORKSHOPS - The GNF has announced a series of public workshops to explain their proposed action and collect public input. Ask questions and give input but REMEMBER - Unless your comments are in writing and properly submitted during the official Scoping period, the Forest Service can ignore them. Do not assume that filling out comment forms at meetings is good enough. Send your comments by mail, fax, or email, and be sure to keep copies for yourself.

WRITE SCOPING COMMENTS - Give the Forest as much specific information as you can on the roads, trails, or areas you want to be open for motor vehicles. Include supporting information and reasoning. Tell the GNF why those roads and trails are important to you for public access and recreation.

DON'T FORGET THE DEADLINE - The Scoping period for this Proposed Action is 45 days. Scoping comments must be received by the Forest Service by midnight on October 26 in order for them to be considered. If you have already provided comments to the GNF on Travel Management, you MUST resubmit the comments during this official Scoping period to ensure that they are official. The Forest Service must respond to the concerns voiced in official scoping comments.

The GNF is encouraging electronic mail. If submitting comments electronically, the format of attachments must be in plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), MS-Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf).

Send electronic comments to: Please enter "TM comments" in the subject line of the e-mail.

Send written comments to:

Attn: Travel Management Coordinator 3005 E. Camino del Bosque Silver City, NM 88061

You can also fax written comments to 575-388-8222 or hand deliver them to the Gila National Forest Supervisor's Office or any District Ranger Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.



Santa Fe

Santa Fe National Forest Announces Dates for "Assessment Meetings"
NMOHVA Board Votes to Appeal Federal Court's Decision
Judge Rules Against NMOHVA
Santa Fe National Forests Forest Plan Revision Meetings
Lawsuit Schedule Resumes - Court of Appeals Grants Intervener Status to Greens
Judge DENIES Intervener Status to "Big Green" in the NMOHVA Lawsuit
NMOHVA Files Opening Brief on Historic Travel Management Lawsuit
NMOHVA Wins Struggle Over Lawsuit Documents
NMOHVA on the Radio - Listen to a Recording of the Broadcast
Lawsuit Update 4/17/13
NMOHVA Files Lawsuit Against Santa Fe National Forest Travel Management Decision
Jemez Springs and Acequia Coalition Join NMOHVA Appeal against Forest Closures
SFNF Decision Closes 70% of Existing Roads and Trails
All Quiet…..But Far From Over
Forest Service Proposes to Close Over Half of Santa Fe National Forest Roads
NMOHVA Responds to NM EMNRD's SJM40 Survey
Albuquerque Journal Prints NMOHVA Responses
Santa Fe National Forest Travel Management Plan Scoping has Ended! Now What?
Santa Fe National Forest FINALLY Provides Documents Under FOIA



Carlsbad BLM Starts Revision of Resource Management Plan with Public Scoping Period


Successful Protest Against Taos BLM Closures & Land Swap
NMOHVA Protests Taos BLM's Land Deal with Local Pueblo
Comment Period Extended for Travel Planing for the Glade Run Recreation Area (aka Chokecherry Canyon)
Preserve OHV USE in the Glade Run Recreation Area (aka Chokecherry Canyon) at Farmington
Taos BLM Releases their Draft Resource Management Plan for YOUR Review and Comment

Las Cruces

NMOHVA Brings NEPA Comments Seminar to Southern NM's Farm and Ag Organizations
Las Cruces BLM Undertakes 'Prehistoric Trackways National Momument' Plan
Blue Ribbon Magazine Highlights Innovative Land Use Bill Introduction

Rio Puerco

Rio Puerco (Albuquerque) Resource Management Plan Revision


Socorro Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement Finally Released!

Proposed Wilderness


Proposed Trackways National Monument

NM State Legislation

NM Association of Counties Oppose Forest Service Travel Management
Wrap-Up: The 2009 Legislative Session is History
SB 379 Status: A Different Committee and Another List of Senators to Call
OHV Regulation Bill (SB379) Introduced TODAY!
State Agencies Release OHV Report


Forest Service

Southwestwestern Colorado Single-Track Threatened


Forest Service


The End of Southern?
NMOHVA Appeal Rejected by Forest Service
They Are At It Again! Congress Trying to Ram Through a 2010 Omnibus Lands Bill that AFFECTS NEW MEXICO OHV Access
NMOHVA Files Appeals on Travel Management Plans
STOP the Land Grab on Mt. Taylor
Governor Richardson Signs SB379 into Law