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Carson

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

Cibola

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

Last Updated: October 6, 2010

The Cibola National Forest has released the Draft Environmental Assessment for Travel Management for the Mount Taylor Ranger District. This release starts the official 30 day comment period for the Environmental Assessment (EA) document.

The draft EA proposes some really BIG changes from the current situation. In addition to the elimination of cross country travel, the Proposed Action (Alternative B) would close nearly 350 miles of currently existing road (although some of the closed road would be designated for motorized trail use). Of perhaps even greater impact, Alternative B would also eliminate dispersed camping on all but a 200 foot corridor along a mere 80 miles of roads. By its own admission, this would result in an 85% reduction in the available camping sites that are currently being used by the public. Three of the four alternatives being considered would also completely ban motorized big game retrieval.

The public has 30 days to comment on these issues by submitting letters or emails. The 30 day comment period will end on September 14, 2010. Only those who provide comments during this comment period will be eligible to appeal the final decision.

The purpose of the Travel Management EA is to designate a motorized road and trail system on the Mount Taylor 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 Mount Taylor Ranger District Travel Management website.

Two Open House public meetings will be held on August 25th and August 26th in Gallup and Grants. 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.

Wednesday, Aug. 25th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm Gallup Community Center 410 Bataan Veterans St. Gallup, New Mexico

Thursday, Aug. 26th, 5 :00pm - 7:00pm National Guard Amory 2001 East Santa Fe Ave. Grants, NM

Comments can be submitted by postal mail, email, and fax. Specific instructions and contact information are available here.

For further information, please contact the Travel Management Team Leader for the Mt. Taylor Ranger District, Arnold Wilson at (505) 287-8833 or mt_taylor_travel@fs.fed.us.

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

NMOHVA Files Appeal on Gila Travel Management Decision
Gila National Forest Announces Travel Management Decision
Gila National Forest Releases Travel Management Draft EIS
GILA NATIONAL FOREST RELEASES PROPOSED ACTION FOR TRAVEL MANAGEMENT

Lincoln

LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST RELEASES TRAVEL MANAGEMENT DECISION

Santa Fe

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

BLM

Carlsbad

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

Farmington

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

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

Proposed Wilderness

Trackways

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!
NM ANTI-OHV BILL PROPOSED
State Agencies Release OHV Report

National

Forest Service

BLM

Forest Service

Other

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
NMOHVA AWARDED GRANT FOR $450,000 PROJECT AT CEDRO PEAK
STOP the Land Grab on Mt. Taylor
Governor Richardson Signs SB379 into Law