The Lassen National Forest has now completed Step 1 and Step 2 of the Route Designation process. Contractors completed an inventory of 4,088 routes across the Forest in November 2004. They mapped a total of 1,121 miles.
A public review of the inventory in 2005 lead to the submission of maps showing some missed routes. This added another 320 miles to the Forest inventory. A few more miles were also mapped in 2006. The final inventory maps were completed in October 2006 and posted on the Forest’s website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lassen/projects/NEPA_projects/route/maps/
As of June 5th, 2007, Step 2 of the Route Designation process has been completed. This included preparing a Forest Order map and Issuing a temporary Forest Order prohibiting travel off designated routes. This Forest order will go into effect July 12, 2007. Once the Order is in effect, maps will be available free of charge at Lassen National Forest Offices.
The forest is currently working on Step 3 of the Route Designation process. Step 3 involves the identification of a motorized road and trail system to determine what types of motorized vehicles are appropriate on what parts of the system and if seasonal restrictions will apply.
A “discussion draft” of the proposed transportation system has been developed based on public feedback and other evaluation criteria. The public is invited to review the “discussion draft” and assess whether the proposed routes provide a sustainable OHV system.
The “discussion draft” includes loops and access to fishing areas or favorite dispersed camp sites with as many linking roads as possible. Route evaluation criteria for Step 4 (the environmental analysis of the proposed system) will also be presented.
Two workshops are scheduled for July 2007 to review the discussion draft. The workshops are designed to be informal. The public can come any time during the day to review maps of the “discussion draft”, visit with Forest staff and share their comments.
A general overview of the “discussion draft” with time for questions will be held every two hours at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
If you wish to review maps of the “discussion draft” routes ahead of time, they will be available on July 6 through their website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lassen/projects/NEPA_projects/route/maps/index.shtml
. CDs of the maps will also be available at that time as well as at the open houses.
The two workshops will be held at the following locations:
Thursday, July 14, 2007 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Chester Memorial Hall
corner of Gay and Bridge Streets
Thursday, July 21, 2007 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Burney Lions Hall
37006 Main Street
For additional information contact Allen Nosler, OHV Route Designation Coordinator, at (530) 252-6637 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Norton, Public Services Officer, at (530) 252-6645 or by email to email@example.com
For those close to this National Forest, please take the the time to be involved in this process.
It benefits us all in the future.