Comments Needed on Wild Bill OHV Trail Project‏


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Comments Needed on Wild Bill OHV Trail Project
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
Mona Ehnes, with the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA), forwarded us a call to action from the Capital Trail Vehicle Association (CTVA) regarding the Flathead National Forest's Island Unit Trail System Additions Project, specifically the Blacktail Wild Bill OHV Motorized trail Designation and Trail Additions.
I've used the information Mona sent for an Action Alert below; please take a minute to read it over and take action today.
Please pass this important alert on to your friends and family, and please ask them take action as well.
Thanks in advance for your support,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

The Forest Service is requesting public input on the "Island Unit Trail System Additions Project." This is the unit that the Blacktail Wild Bill OHV trail system is in. Here is some of what they propose:
Blacktail Wild Bill OHV Motorized trail Designation and Trail Additions:
1. Designate approximately 10.69 miles of existing currently CLOSED year round roads in the Wild Bill area as TRAILS OPEN TO FULL SIZE VEHICLES. Convert 2.94 miles of road 9662 as motorized trail open to full size vehicles. CONSTRUCT two segment totaling about 2.0 miles of new trail open to full size vehicles. This would expand the OHV system from 10.3 miles to about 26.
2. Construction of an ATV Motorized Trail in Upper Stoner Creek. Designate approximately 14.3 miles of existing (currently closed) roads and construct approximately 1.5 miles of connector trails in Upper Stoner Creek to create an ATV loop trail system of approximately 15.8 miles designed to accommodate motor vehicles 50 inches or less in width.
The Forest Service also proposes two separate non-motorized trails one from Lakeside to Blacktail Mountain, and one from Foys Lake to Blacktail. If you need more information please contact Andrew Johnson (406-837-7507) or Sue Tebay (406-837-7521).

Please take a minute to send a comment to the Forest Service. Comment suggestions are below to make it quick and easy.
Send your email to:
District Ranger, Swan Lake Ranger District, 200 Ranger Station Road, Bigfork, MT 59911

Thank you for helping to keep existing OHV opportunities open in Montana and to help support the new opportunities proposed as part of this project.
Comment suggestions:
There is a great shortage of ATV and motorcycle trails in the Flathead National Forest. For this reason, we strongly recommend and support the development of a Pro-Recreation Alternative. The starting proposal by the Flathead National Forest is a good start towards a Pro-Recreation Alternative but we would recommend and support additional motorized opportunities due to the current gross unbalance of opportunities.
Please consider including the trails in the Patrick Creek area. These trails were a very popular day trip from Kalispell. Including this area in the plan would leverage the OHV community and its volunteer effort toward efforts to clean up the party sites and reduce impacts from recreational shooting and dispersed camping.
I support the under 50" trail Upper Stoner Creek loop on the east side of the Unit as there is a huge shortage of motorcycle single-track trails in the Flathead National Forest and the forest has been closing the last remaining motorized single-track trails at an alarming rate. The public needs more motorized single-track trail and this loop will greatly benefit them.
The new trails for full size vehicles on the east side will make a great loop driving opportunity in the Island Unit. Rather than driving the existing inverted-T shaped trail up and back, or back on a road, you could drive an entire day and never leave the trail, nor follow your own tracks out. This also extends use above Lakeside which will support local Lakeside businesses including restaurants/gas stations.

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