Cibola National Forest's Mount Taylor Ranger District Releases Travel Management Draf


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Cibola National Forest's Mount Taylor Ranger District Releases Travel Management Draft EA
Dear BRC Members and supporters in New Mexico,
We wanted to pass along an alert sent by the folks over at the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA). The Mount Taylor Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest has released their Draft Environmental Assessment (EA).
There is more information in the alert, which is pasted below, and also available on NMOHVA's Current Issues webpage. Keep up to date on this and other OHV issues by subscribing to NMOHVA's email Action Alert list.
As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

Cibola National Forest Releases Long-Awaited Mount Taylor
Travel Management Environmental Assessment

The Cibola National Forest has released the Draft Environmental Assessment for Travel Management for the Mount Taylor Ranger District. This release starts the official 30 day comment period for the Environmental Assessment (EA) document.
The draft EA proposes some really BIG changes from the current situation. In addition to the elimination of cross country travel, the Proposed Action (Alternative B) would close nearly 350 miles of currently existing road (although some of the closed road would be designated for motorized trail use). Of perhaps even greater impact, Alternative B would also eliminate dispersed camping on all but a 200 foot corridor along a mere 80 miles of roads. By its own admission, this would result in an 85% reduction in the available camping sites that are currently being used by the public. Three of the four alternatives being considered would also completely ban motorized big game retrieval.
The public has only 30 days to comment on these issues by submitting letters or emails. The 30 day comment period will end on September 14, 2010. Only those who provide comments during this comment period will be eligible to appeal the final decision.
The purpose of the Travel Management EA is to designate a motorized road and trail system on the Mount Taylor District. 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 is on the Mount Taylor Ranger District Travel Management website.
Two Open House public meetings will be held on August 25th and August 26th in Gallup and Grants. This will be an opportunity to meet with the Forest Service and ask questions about the project and the proposed closures. The meeting will begin with a short presentation on the alternatives at 5:00pm, followed by the open house.
Wednesday, Aug. 25th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Gallup Community Center
410 Bataan Veterans St.
Gallup, New Mexico
Thursday, Aug. 26th, 5 :00pm - 7:00pm
National Guard Amory
2001 East Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM

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