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NMOHVA Has Appealed the Questa Ranger District Travel Management Decision

Last Updated: March 9, 2012

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA) has appealed the Carson National Forest's decision on Travel Management for the Questa Ranger District. The agency's Nov 17th decision closes popular roads and trails to motorized use, including Middle Fork Lake Road. In addition, NMOHVA and the Town of Red River co-signed another appeal challenging the inadequate economic impact analysis in the Environmental Analysis (EA). The Forest Service is closing roads and trails to motorized use, severely restricting camping, and eliminating motorized big game retireval. The EA doesn't show that vehicles are causing damage. Overall, the EA concludes the Forest's wildlife, soils, and water quality are all fine. The Carson doesn't even have traffic count numbers for vehicle use. There is no logical connection between the facts and the decision. The NMOHVA appeal explains how the EA disobeys NEPA laws and Forest Service planning regulations. It ignores specific laws banning buffer zones around widlerness areas. It makes no connection between the existing motorized activitiy and any measuable detrimental impact to resources. We carefully pointed out all of these errors in our comments on the Draft EA. The agency did not fix these errors in the Final EA they published. The Forest Service also did not adequately address our comments on the draft EA as they are required by law. Some of the responses provided by the agency don't even mention the topic we raised in our comment. The appeal will be reviewed by Region 3 of the Forest Service. The Forest Service has to provide a written decision on the appeal within 45 days. If Region 3 fails to hold the Carson National Forest accountable for not following the approved process, the next step would be to consider legal action. More information is available by visiting www.nmohva.org or by contacting NMOHVA at 505-321-3155

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

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

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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Governor Richardson Signs SB379 into Law