Shoshone National Forest Travel Management; Shoshone National
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.
SUMMARY: The Forest Service intends to prepare an environmental impact
statement to analyze and disclose the environmental effects of
implementing travel management activities that include designating the
class of vehicles, seasons of use, additions, and subtractions to the
roads, trails, and areas open for recreational motorized use during
summer and winter. The Forest is proposing changes to its Motor Vehicle
Use Map (MVUM) and publication of the initial Over Snow Vehicle Use Map
(OSVUM) per the requirements of 36 CFR parts 212 Travel Management,
Designated Routes and Areas for Motor Vehicle Use, Final Rule (Federal
Register 2005: 70 FR 68264).
DATES: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received
by June 27, 2016
. The draft environmental impact statement is expected
March 2017 and the final environmental impact statement is expected
ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Rob Robertson, 333 East Main
Street, Lander, Wyoming, 82520. Comments may also be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
, or via facsimile to
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rob Robertson at 307-335-2156 or email@example.com
Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD)
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
Purpose and Need for Action
The overall objective of the proposed action is to provide a
manageable system of designated public motor vehicle access routes and
areas within the Shoshone National Forest, consistent with the Forest
Plan, Executive Orders 11644 and 11989, and the travel management
regulations at 36 CFR 212 subparts B and C. The decisions associated
with the designations of roads, trails, and areas open to the public
will be published in maps for both summer and winter travel.
There were needs identified through the Forest Planning effort to
examine the existing system and identify current routes with resource
concerns or enforcement issues which could be removed or changed in the
There is a need to provide some level of motorized routes
to a growing user group on the Shoshone National Forest. The Forest
Plan directs us to look for opportunities to provide ``loop''
opportunities for motorized use.
An additional need of equal importance is to ensure or
improve compliance and accountability on the existing road and trail
Another need is to consider if there are current routes
with resource concerns or enforcement issues which could be removed or
changed in the system.
Finally, there is a need to designate roads, trails, and
areas for winter motorized travel and produce an over snow vehicle use
map. This direction stems from a recent court decision and a subsequent
revision of the 2005 Travel Management Rule.
Additionally, the Regional Forester, in The Record of Decision for
the SNF Land Management Plan Revision acknowledged the Forest's
recognition of these needs and directed the Shoshone National Forest to
analyze additional motorized opportunities during the Travel Management
planning process.Read the full notice...https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-27/html/2016-12069.htm