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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
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


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

Last Updated: November 10, 2011

It is not often that we get a SECOND CHANCE to make comments on a Travel Management Environmental Assessment (EA). NMOHVA successfully appealed this Travel Management decision last summer. The Forest Service's Region 3 then directed the Cibola NF to revise and re-release the EA for another public comment period. Now ALL of us get the opportunity to provide new or additional comments to the EA. Those of us who missed the deadline the first time around get another chance to help preserve existing motorized access to this important nearby area.

The Travel Management EA for the Mountainair Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest is available NOW on the Cibola's NEPA page. The official release of the EA on September 29th started the public's official 30 day comment period. The public's deadline to submit comments is October 31st. Only those who provide comments during this comment period will be eligible to appeal the final decision. The Mountainair District covers the areas of the Cibola to the south and east Albuquerque. Why should you care what the Forest Service is planning?

The District includes 471 miles of existing road that are open to public use. Of these miles, 410 miles are currently managed for high-clearance vehicles, such as pickups, Jeeps, or other sport utility vehicles (the other 60 miles are graded gravel or paved roads). The Forest Service's Proposed Action would close 304 miles (a full 75%) of those high clearance roads!

Motorized dispersed camping (camping off the side of the road) is currently allowed everywhere on the District. The Forest Service's Proposed Action would limit dispersed camping to narrow corridors on a mere 14.7 miles of road!

It is currently legal to use motorized vehicles to retrieve downed big game across 168,000 acres of the District. The Forest's Service's Proposed Action would eliminate ALL motorized big game retrieval on the District!

If you are okay with the dramatic changes that the Forest Service is proposing for the Mountainair Ranger District, your job is easy. All you have to do is NOTHING but wait and your access will be limited very soon. But if you disagree with the Forest Service's Proposed Action, you have less than thirty days remaining to READ the EA, WRITE your comments, and SUBMIT them to the Forest Service.

The purpose of the Travel Management EA is to designate a motorized road and trail system for the Mountainair Ranger District of the Cibola 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 motorized travel off the designated system will be prohibited.

The full text of the EA document(including the maps) and the supporting Specialist Reports are available for public review on the Cibola National Forest's NEPA page here. You can also get hard copies or CD's of the EA from the Cibola National Forest Supervisor's Office in Albuquerque or at the Mountainair Ranger District Office in Mountainair, NM.

Comments on the draft EA can be submitted by postal mail, email, and fax. Written and electronic comments on the EA must be submitted to the Responsible Official:

Nancy Rose

Cibola National Forest and Grasslands

2113 Osuna Rd, NE

Albuquerque, NM 87113

505-346-3900 phone

505-346-3901 FAX

Electronic comments may be submitted by email as documents (.doc), rich text format (.rtf), text(.txt), and hypertext markup language (.html) to Please note that the Forest Service is not currently accepting the latest version of Word documents (.docx).

For further information on the EA or the comment process, please contact the Erin Hudson, Travel Management Project Leader, at 505-346-3900.

A second chance to comment on a local Travel Management document is a rare thing, MAKE THE MOST OF IT!!

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

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