I got this via Winter Wildlands Alliance email. Even though this issue below is about snowmobiles, it also includes the travel management issues that we are facing in many of our forests.
We need comments about this sent to the link below.
Also, this group has not been on my radar for this area, and is a new one to me. Not that they are new, but this is the first time they have come onto my radar.
Please Speak Up for Quiet Use on the Bitterroot National Forest!
> Please send your comments on the Bitterroot NF Travel Plan - by
> February 29th.
> DUE TO A RECENT CONTENTIOUS PUBLIC MEETING IN DARBY, THE FOREST
> SERVICE CANCELLED A SECOND MEETING AND EXTENDED THE COMMENT PERIOD
> FROM JANUARY 30th TO FEBRUARY 29th.
> Winter Wildlands Alliance is working with the Bitterroot Quiet Use
> Coalition to comment on the Bitterroot National Forest Travel Plan.
> The Forest is including winter use in its plan, which includes closing
> a number of roads to over-snow vehicle use in order to protect
> adjacent wilderness areas and to retain a quite backcountry recreation
> To view all available documents, see the Bitterroot's Travel Planning
> PLEASE SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS:
> The Bitterroot NF plan has some strong points, and ones needing
> support due to the opposition coming from snowmobile groups that don't
> want ANY trails or area off-limits to them. First, commend the
> Bitterroot for including winter use in its travel planning, and for
> protecting wilderness character and quiet backcountry recreation by
> their proposed closures.
> Strong support of these closures by the public will be required to
> keep them closed!
> Specific closures in the Proposed Action include:
> Stoney Mountain Area Areas adjacent to the Selway-Bitterroot
> Wilderness Trails adjacent to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Areas
> adjacent to the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness Blue Joint Area Finally,
> ask them to describe in detail in the Travel PLan how the Forest plans
> to enforce the travel restrictions they propose, specifically keeping
> snowmobiles out of recommended and designated wilderness areas.
> You can mail your comments to:
> Motorized Recreation Planning
> Bitterroot National Forest
> Forest Supervisor's Office
> 1801 N. First
> Hamilton, MT 59840-3114
> For more information about the Bitterroot Quiet Use Coalition, visit
> THANK YOU from WINTER WILDLANDS ALLIANCE!