98 miles could be opened up
By Damon Arthurdarthur@redding.com
Efforts to open more roads in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest to off-highway vehicle (OHV) users could be taking another step forward.
The U.S. Forest Service is taking public comment on a proposal to add 12 segments of roads in the national forest that would be open for OHV riders.
Leonard Moty, chairman of the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, said the Forest Service's decision to study making more roads available to OHV users is good news. The board had been at loggerheads with the Forest Service over a plan approved last year to restrict OHV access on some forest roads.
But last fall the board and Forest Service officials worked out a plan to open up some roads acceptable for those vehicles.
"I see the whole thing as a very positive step forward," Moty said.
He said the issue is important to hunters, those who have limited ability to walk and other outdoor enthusiasts. It also is important to the north state recreation and tourism business to keep forest roads open to OHV riders, Moty said.
"There have been a lot of people who have come forward to express their concerns," he said.For the full article go to... http://www.redding.com/news/2012/feb/16/forest-service-seeks-input-on-ohv-road-plan/