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   Inyo National Forest to Hold Transportation System Route Designation Workshop

The Inyo National Forest is inviting the public to a Saturday Workshop to
provide input on a number of different topics in the on-going 5-Step Route
Designation Process.  The Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 30,
from 10:00 to 3:00, at the First United Methodist Church, 205 N. Fowler
Street in Bishop.  If you use the dirt roads of the Inyo for fuelwood
gathering, for access to favorite fishing and hunting and climbing areas,
or for exploring or recreational experiences, you may be interested in this
process.  Things will kick-off at 10:00 with an over-view presentation on
the Route Designation process, with ample opportunity for questions and

The Inyo has been involved in this Route Designation process for the past
several years, beginning with an inventory of all roads and motorized
trails on the Forest.  The public has had access to the draft inventory
maps and has been providing helpful input and comments for over a year.
The Forest Service is currently looking for specific route information,
concerns, opportunities, and other thoughts the public might have on what a
Designated Transportation System should look like.  Paper copy maps, as
well as CDs of all mapped and inventoried routes, will be available to view
and work on at the Workshop. Next year the Inyo will conduct an
environmental analysis of all proposed new additions to the existing
transportation system, as well as any proposals to close existing system
routes.  By the end of 2008, at the end of Step 5 of the process, the Inyo
will have a Designated Transportation System which will be fully displayed
on maps available to the public.

The Inyo is not alone in developing a Designated Transportation System, as
currently all 154 national forests in the nation are going through a
similar process.   Across the nation people are coming together to help the
Forest Service in designating systems of routes that provide access and
recreation experiences, reduce impacts to natural and cultural resources,
and are sustainable.

Forest Supervisor Jeff Bailey stated that, “At this point in the process we
would really like to get more feedback from people who use the dirt roads
in the Inyo National Forest.  We have put together a workshop so people can
tell us what they think about things such as the criteria for determining
if a non-system route should be studied for inclusion into our designated
transportation system.”

Saturday September 30 is also National Public Lands Day, which makes it a
great day to join with others in talking about the roads and routes on the
Inyo National Forest.  Due to the fact that many people will be out
participating in volunteer projects on the Forest that day, or will just be
out enjoying the great public lands of the Eastern Sierra, the workshop has
been broken up into a variety of segments, all of which will be held at
least twice.   People who want to just participate in the morning or the
afternoon will be able to do just that.   For those who have lots of input
and more time to give, they can stay for the full day from 10:00 to 3:00.
A light lunch will be served at 12:00.

For a full schedule of the rotating sessions and discussions that will be
held that day, please go to the Inyo National Forest website at  For more information, or if internet access is not
available to you, or if you have special needs in order to participate in
this workshop, please contact Nancy Upham at 760-873-2427.  The services of
a sign language interpreter will be provided upon 14 days prior

Nancy Upham
Public Affairs Officer,      Inyo National Forest
voice:   760/ 873-2427      fax:   760/ 873-2458
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