Improve water quality and reduce soil loss by plugging abandoned oil wells, removing flowing lines, restoration of stream channels and associated floodplains, and managing /maintaining the many open roads in the Sand Lick Fork area.
Sand Lick Fork Watershed Project Scoping Notice-August 21, 2012 (PDF 1939kb)
A description of the project mailed to the public via hardcopy and electronic mail on August 24, 2012.
Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS (PDF 180kb)
Notice of Intent to prepare and environmental impact statement published in the Federal Register on September 11, 2012. The publication of this document is the official start of the public comment period.
Cover letter for project description-August 24, 2012 (PDF 116kb)
Cover letter sent with project description on August 24, 2012To read the full notice.... http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=18901Comment period closes on 11 October 2012Off-highway Vehicle Use: As resource extraction declined in the watershed, the use of
specialized vehicles for off-road recreation became popular in Kentucky. Individuals discovered
the challenges and intrigue associated with the labyrinth of old roads in the watershed (Figure 4).
The high density of roads, the fact that some of them made loops and the technical difficulty of
boulders, ledges, and steep climbs made the area a popular place for off highway vehicle (OHV)
By the early-1990s the clean gravels in Sand Lick Fork
had washed away, leaving behind bedrock and no
habitat for fish (Figure 5). Ruts measuring eight-feet
deep had formed in unmaintained roads. Small mud
puddles became so deep and large that only vehicles
with specialized snorkel air intakes could pass through
At that time, the 1985 Forest Plan allowed OHV use in
the area. However, the intense use and associated
impacts that were occurring across the DBNF prompted
the Forest Service to amend the Forest Plan in 1998 to
provide additional direction for the management of
motorized recreation, and limited public use of OHVs
to open Forest Service roads and designated
trails. The 2004 Land and Resource Management
Plan for the Daniel Boone National Forest
(Forest Plan) retained this direction. Street legal
vehicles were, and are still, permitted on open
National Forest System roads as shown on the
“Motor Vehicle Use Map” (MVUM).9 There are
currently no designated motorized