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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
- 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
- Gila National Forest Releases Travel Management Draft EIS
Last Updated: March 30, 2011
The Gila National Fores Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Travel Management is NOW available on the Gila National Forest's web site. The official release of this document (expected in the next few days) will start the official 60 day comment period for the draft EIS document.
This draft EIS proposes some really BIG changes from the current situation. In addition to the elimination of all cross country travel, the Forest's Preferred Alternative (Alternative G) would close nearly 1300 miles of currently existing road and limit dispersed camping to only 25% of the Forest's existing roads. All of the alternatives being considered for implementation would also limit the public's access for motorized big game retrieval. The Preferred Alternative would limit motorized big game retrieval to a narrow 600 foot corridor on only about 1300 miles of road. All other motorized big game retrieval would be banned completely.
The public has until March 7th, 2010 to comment on these issues by submitting letters or emails. Only those who provide comments during this comment period will be eligible to appeal the final decision.
The purpose of the Travel Management EIS is to designate a motorized road and trail system for the Gila National Forest. 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, all of the maps of the travel routes for the alternatives, and suporting documentation is available on the Gila National Forest's Travel Management website link below.
There will be a series of four Open House/Public Meetings to explain the Travel Management alternatives to the public. The detailed schedule of where and where these meetings will occur is also available below. These meetings will be an opportunity to meet with the Forest Service and ask questions about the project and the proposed closures. Comments on the draft EIS can be submitted by postal mail, email, and fax. A link for specific instructions and contact information for making comments is also provided below.
For further information, please contact the Forest Travel Management Coordinator for the Gila National Forest, Lisa Mizuno at (575) 388-8267 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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- Socorro Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement Finally Released!
NM State Legislation
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