ACTION: Notice of proposed rule; request for public comment.
SUMMARY: Consistent with a court order on March 29, 2013, the U.S.
Forest Service (Forest Service) is proposing to amend the agency's
travel management rule (TMR) to require designation of National Forest
System (NFS) roads, NFS trails, and areas on NFS lands where over-snow
vehicle (OSV) use is allowed, restricted, or prohibited. Under the
amended subpart C, the responsible official could establish a system of
routes and areas where OSV use is prohibited except where allowed or a
system of routes and areas where OSV use is allowed unless prohibited.
The proposed rule would continue to exempt OSV use from subpart B of
the TMR, which provides for designation of a system of routes and areas
where motor vehicle use is allowed and prohibits motor vehicle use off
the designated system.
DATES: Comments must be received in writing by August 4, 2014
ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically by following the instructions
at the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov
Comments also may be submitted by mail to the U.S. Forest Service,
Attn: Joseph Adamson, Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources
Staff, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 1125, Washington, DC 20250-
1125. If comments are sent electronically, please do not send duplicate
comments by mail. Please confine comments to issues pertinent to the
proposed rule, explain the reasons for any recommended changes, and,
where possible, reference the specific section and wording being
addressed. All comments, including names and addresses when provided,
will be placed in the record and will be available for public
inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received on
this proposed rule in the Office of the Director, Recreation, Heritage,
and Volunteer Resources Staff, 5th Floor SW., 1400 Independence Avenue
SW., Washington, DC, on business days between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Those wishing to inspect comments are encouraged to call ahead at (202)
205-0813 to facilitate entry into the building.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Adamson, (202) 205-0931,
Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources Staff.
Background and Need for the Rule
Between 1982 and 2009, the number of people who operated motor
vehicles off road increased by more than 153 percent in the United
States (``Outdoor Recreation Trends and Futures, a Technical Document
Supporting the Forest Service 2010 RPA [Resources Planning Act]
Assessment,'' p. 135 (H. Cordell, 2012)). While both motor vehicle use
and OSV \1\ use are increasing in the National Forests and Grasslands,
so are many other types of recreational activities. From 1982 to 2009,
the number of people in the United States participating in viewing or
photographing birds increased 304.2 percent, the number of people
participating in day hiking increased 228.2 percent, the number of
people participating in backpacking increased 167 percent, the number
of people participating in fishing increased 36 percent, and the number
of people participating in hunting increased 34 percent (id. at 135-
36). Providing for the long-term sustainable use of NFS lands and
resources is essential to maintaining the quality of the recreation
experience in the national forests and grasslands.
Please read the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-18/html/2014-14273.htm