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New Mexico

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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
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

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The End of Southern?
NMOHVA Appeal Rejected by Forest Service

Last Updated: June 5, 2011

The Forest Service's Region 3 Appeal Deciding Officer has rejected NMOHVA's latest appeal. NMOHVA had appealed the Forest Service's decision on the Environmental Assessment for Travel Management on the West-side of the Carson National Forest. The West-side decision was for the Tres Piedras, El Rito, and Caniljon Ranger Districts. The NMOHVA appeal claimed the Forest Service had refused to consider adding more motorized recreatino by improperly limiting the alternatives considered.

The appeal by NMOHVA and one submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) were the only two appeals received by the Forest Service on the Carson West-side Travel Management Decision. The CBD appeal was only marginally more successful. The Appeal Officer ruled that Forest Service must drop seven miles of unauthorized road that they intended to add to the road system until they complete a more complete analysis. An appeal is the last step in the NEPA process that allows the public to challenge a decision.

While our latest appeal didn't win like our recent Mountainair Ranger District appeal, being an active part of the decision process and fully utilizing all of the avenues available to the public are still vitally important. The numerous comments submitted and the appeals filed serve notice to the Forest Service that we are completely serious about holding them accountable. Our full participation throughout the NEPA process also increases our understanding of the process and provides sharp opposition to the people who want to kick us out.

"It is difficult to win them all and we consider this one sort of a 'draw'," said Mark Werkmeister, NMOHVA's past President. "We don't agree with the Appeal Deciding Officer but we took the process as far as we can without dragging them into court."

The Carson National Forest has not yet released its proposed actions for the Questa or Camino Real Districts. We expect both of those documents to be released before the summer. Watch our Access Alerts, the NMOHVA newsletter, and website so you don't miss out on the opportunity to preserve and protect our roads and trails in those last two Carson districts.

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