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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

Last Updated: July 18, 2010

The Carson National Forest has released the Travel Management Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Canjilon, El Rito, and Tres Piedras ranger districts (these three Districts are referred to as “West-side” by the EA).

A quick overview of the Forest Service’s Proposed Action:

1. Eliminate all cross country travel on all three District to comply with the Travel Management Rule. 2. Close ~363 miles of Forest system roads that are currently open to motorized use. 3. Limit dispersed camping and big game retrival to 150 foot or 300 foot corridors. 4. Add ~20 miles of road to the existing system. 5. Seasonally restrict motor vehicle use for soil and watershed protection and wildlife habitat security. 6. Seasonally restrict motor vehicle use to May 1 to December 31 on all roads in the vicinity of Comanche Canyon and east and south of FR 97 on the El Rito and Tres Piedras Ranger Districts, for soil and watershed protection and wildlife habitat security. 7. Seasonally restrict motor vehicle use to July 26 to April 30 on 8 miles of FR 80 on the Tres Piedras RD for elk calving habitat security.

The Ranger Districts covered by this EA may not get as much use as other Forests in New Mexico but that may very well change as we lose access closer to where we live. Let’s make sure that we continue to have places to ride and drive in these Ranger Districts.

The EA should be available shortly on the Carson National Forest Travel Management web site at:

Until then, the EA is available during normal business hours at the Carson National Forest Supervisor's Office (575-758-6200); Canjilon Ranger Station (575-684-2489); El Rito Ranger Station (575-581-4554); or the Tres Piedras Ranger Station (575-758-8678).

The public has 30 days to comment on the draft EA. The 30 day comment period will end on July 17, 2010. Only those members of the public who provide comments during this comment period will be eligible to appeal the final decision.

Interest expressed or comments provided on this project prior to or after the close of this comment period will not constitute standing for appeal purposes.

Comments may be submitted by email to

The words “Travel Management-West-side” must be in the subject line of the email! Comments can also be submitted by mail to:

Forest Supervisor 208 Cruz Alta Rd Taos, NM 87571

Or by fax to 575-758-6213).

The submission of comments must include a name and address of the commenter and the title of the proposed actions, “Travel Management-West-side”. Comments may also be hand delivered weekdays 8:00 am - 4:30 pm at the above stated address.

NMOHVA will work with the Carson National Forest to extend the comment period so that we get a full 30 days to comment AFTER the EA is available on the web site but there are no guarantees. Make your comments now.

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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



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

Help NMOHVA Stop the Legislative Thievery!
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