Access Issues — Archives
- 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
- 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
- NMOHVA Files Appeals on Travel Management Plans
Last Updated: December 8, 2010
NMOHVA has filed two appeals on recent Forest Service decisions for Travel Management. The first appeal formally challenges the Decision Notice and 'Finding of No Significant Impact' (FONSI) for the Jicarilla Ranger District of the Carson National Forest. Our appeal argues that the Environmental Assessment the Forest completed for Travel Management on the District did not include a range of alternatives as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The appeal means the Carson's decision must be reviewed at the next higher level (Region 3) of the Forest Service organization.
The second appeal was filed against the recent Decision Notice and FONSI issued by the Mountainair Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest. NMOHVA's appeal states the Forest's decision violated federal law on many NEPA requirements. This appeal will also be reviewed at the Region 3 level.
"We want the National Forests to follow all the NEPA rules for their Environmental Assessments," said Mark Werkmeister, NMOHVA Board member, "The rules are there for a reason. NEPA was written to make sure that the Forest applies logic and science to their decision. They can't lock us out just because they feel like it."
This has been a long, long process. The Travel Management planning started FIVE years ago! NMOHVA has been there at every step to keep you informed and to defend motorized recreation on National Forest-managed land in New Mexico. If these appeals are decided against us, we will be at our last option: filing lawsuits against the National Forests. We've always known there was a strong chance we'd have to oppose the Forest Service in court. NMOHVA's Access Defense Fund was created for just this purpose. Now is the time we need your on-going commitment and generous donations. You can donate to the Access Defense Fund on this website using Paypal. You can also send a check to our business address at:
13170-B Central Avenue SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123