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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
- Forest Service Proposes to Close 83% of Roads in Manzano & Gallinas Mountains
Last Updated: May 10, 2010
The Mountainair Ranger District revealed its Travel Management proposal today which would ban the use of all motor vehicles on over 80% of the roads in the Manzano and Gallinas Mountains. This will affect all vehicles includes motorcycles, ATVs, and 4WDs. It also affects all members of the public, including hunters. According to the proposal, there are currently 471 miles of unpaved roads legally open to vehicles, 411 miles of which are 'Jeep' roads. The proposal would ban motor vehicles from all but 179 miles.
The proposal also virtually eliminates using a motor vehicle for camping alongside roads. Known as 'dispersed camping', motor vehicle camping would be allowed on less than 15 miles of road. This is a reduction of 97% of the currently allowed vehicle camping.
The public has 30 days to comment on these issues by submitting letters or emails. These proposals are in the Draft Environmental Assessment for Travel Management on the Mountainair Ranger District. The 30 day comment period will end on April 3, 2010. Those who provide comments during this comment period will be eligible to appeal the final decision.
The purpose of this proposal is to designate a motorized road and trail system on the Mountainair District. Designation will include class of vehicle and time of year for motor vehicle use. The decision will result in the publication of a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). After the MVUM has been released, ALL other motorized travel off the designated system will be prohibited. The full text of the document is on the Mountainair Ranger District Travel Management website.
Three Open House public meetings will be held on March 9th, 10th, and 11th. This will be an opportunity to meet with the Forest Service and ask questions about the project and the proposed closures. The meeting will begin with a short presentation on the alternatives at 5:00pm, followed by the open house.
Tuesday, March 9th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm Mountainair Senior Center, 107 N. Summit Avenue, Mountainair.
Wednesday, March 10th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm Corona Senior Center, 451 Main Street, Corona.
Thursday, March 11th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm Torreon Community Center, 18 E Torreon Heights Road, Torreon.
Comments can be submitted by postal mail, email, and fax. Specific instructions and contact information are available here.
Additional information regarding this proposal can be obtained from:
Erin Hudson, Travel Management Project Leader, at 505-346-3900
- 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
- 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