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nuclearlemon
07-31-2006, 06:34 PM
Dear Colorado BRC Action Alert Subscriber,



I just got off the phone with Jerry Abboud, the new Executive Director of the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO http://www.cohvco.org ). Jerry and I were discussing the freshly minted Draft Travel Plan for the White River National Forest (WRNF).



Abboud was telling me that at 2.3 million acres, the White River NF advertises itself as the top recreation Forest in the nation. Their website touts itself as something to offer every outdoor enthusiast. "Well," Jerry said, "except for the motorized enthusiasts!"



I agreed. Although Ive only flipped though the phone-book-sized Draft, it doesnt look as if the WRNF is giving motorized enthusiasts a fair shake.



The WRNF Travel Plan is available for review on the web. CD copies are available to anyone who requests them and the agency will host public meetings where you can meet with forest staff to get answers to any questions you may have.



BRC, COHVCO and each of our member clubs and organizations are going to sweat the details and report back to you with our analysis and comment suggestions at a later date. Please keep an eye out for future updates and ACTION ALERTS.



But for now....

I'd like to put a call out to all outdoor enthusiasts with route-specific knowledge of the WRNF, especially snowmobile enthusiasts: Please take a close look at each of the alternative maps. If you have any site-specific into you think will help COHVCO and BRC with our comments, please contact us.



Thanks in advance for your action,

Brian Hawthorne

BlueRibbon Coalition

208-237-1008 ext 102



WHERE TO GET ADDITIONAL INFO:

The WRNF has a webpage with the DEIS for download here:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/projects/travel_management/index.shtml



If you have any questions or would like the WRNF to visit your group or organization about the Travel Plan please feel free to contact Wendy Haskins at 970-945-3303 or via email at: whaskins@fs.fed.us





WHERE TO SEND COMMENTS:

Send written comments to:

WRNF Travel Management Plan and DEIS c/o Content Analysis Group

P.O. Box 2000

Bountiful, UT 84011-2000



Email comments to:

wrnftmp@contentanalysisgroup.com



FAX comments to:

1-801-397-2601





LIST OF PUBLIC MEETINGS:



August 8, 2006 -- Dillon Ranger District

Location: Dillon Ranger District Office, Dillon

Time: 3PM  7PM

Point-of-Contact: Rick Newton

Phone: (970) 468-5400



August 9, 2006 -- Holy Cross and Eagle Ranger Districts

Location: Eagle Town Hall

Time: 4PM  7PM

Point-of-Contact: Cal Wettstein

Phone: (970)328-6388



August 10, 2006 -- Blanco Ranger District

Location: Killowatt Corner (6th and Market in Meeker)

Time: 3PM  6PM

Point-of-Contact: Glenn Adams

Phone: (970) 878-4039



August 16, 2006 -- Rifle Ranger District

Location: Rifle Fire Station 1200 Railroad Ave, Rifle

Time: 6PM  8:30PM

Point-of-Contact: Mike Hearth

Phone: (970) 625-2371



August 23, 2006 -- Aspen and Sopris Ranger Districts

Location: El Jebel County Building

Time: 3PM  7PM

Point-of-Contact: Bill Westbrook

Phone: (970) 963-2266





BRIEF INFO ABOUT WRNF TRAVEL PLAN ALTERNATIVES AND DECISIONS TO BE MADE:



The WRNF developed four theme-based alternatives including the no-action alternative that is used primarily for comparison and contrast (the no-action alternative is not a viable alternative for the WRNF).



The WRNF alternative D was identified as the preferred, however, the forest will consider all aspects in part or in whole of the other alternatives when formulating the final decision.



The alternatives and themes are:

1) No-action alternative BThis alternative considers the minimum actions needed to bring the forest travel system into compliance with forest plan direction. This alternative was developed to create a feasible baseline for estimating effects of other alternatives.



2) Alternative C: This alternative considers optimizing the forests travel system. It takes advantage of accommodating recreation for more users where possible. It emphasizes shared use and optimization of available facilities, thus providing for a greater capacity for recreation across the forest.



3) Alternative D: This alternative considers the experience of the recreational user, even some exclusive use. It emphasizes reducing recreation conflicts among users and providing a more sustainable program in the long term.



4) Alternative E: This alternative considers emphasizing natural resource and habitat values while still considering recreation utilization.



Decisions to be made:

1) Designation of the summer road and trail system:

a) Defining designated, forest roads and trails;

b) Defining what modes of travel are accepted on each road and trail;

c) Deciding whether to incorporate or rehabilitate unauthorized routes;

d) Determining if certain forest routes are no longer needed as part of the system and schedule those for decommissioning.

2) Designation of winter uses:

a) Determining winter area strategies for allowable winter activities;

b) Defining routes and play areas for winter activities

JadeRunner
07-31-2006, 07:36 PM
I just recieved 2 cd's from them in the mail today with the travel plan. I havn't looked them over yet.