Ranger District plans travel changes
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking your comments on a proposal to add about 254 miles of motorized routes to the Ely Ranger District's transportation system. The Forest Service also proposes to restrict motor vehicles to a designated route system.
“Off-highway vehicle or OHV use has skyrocketed in the past few years, and unfortunately, so has conflicts with non-motorized visitors, and damage to our natural resources,” said Pat Irwin, Ely District Ranger. “What we want to do is keep motor vehicles on designated routes to reduce impacts to resources.”
The Ely Ranger District remains open to other forms of non-motorized recreation, such as horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, over-snow machines, and cross-country skiing. With the proposed changes, the Ely Ranger District transportation system would include 1,062 miles of roads and trails open to motor vehicle use.
In all, the proposed action includes the following six items:
-- Adding 174 miles of motorized trails to the district trail system. Motorized trails receive little maintenance and can be very rough and difficult to travel. About 15 miles of motorized trail will be added for OHV use, 2 miles for single-track use, and 156 miles open to all motor vehicles.
-- Adding 80 miles of high-clearance four-wheel drive roads to the forest transportation system.
-- Prohibiting over-snow vehicles in the Murry Watershed.
-- Restricting motorized use on the Ranger Trail north of the Duck Creek area by vehicle type (ATV, single track).
-- Restricting motor vehicle use to designated motorized roads and trails.
Designated National Forest System (NFS) roads and NFS motorized trails will remain open to motorized vehicles (i.e., ATVs).
Compact discs (CDs) and hard copies of the maps are available at the Ely Ranger District Office at 825 Avenue E in Ely, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by calling the office at 775-289-3031.
“Public involvement will continue throughout the analysis. However, to ensure your comments are reviewed prior to the next phase of analysis, they must be received by June 21. We will make all comments, including the names and addresses, a part of the public record and available for public inspection,” Irwin said.
“You can also provide an electronic comment by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
. To remain on this mailing list, you must comment, or ask to continue receiving updates. To help us identify and consider issues and concerns, comments or suggestions should be specific, and refer to specific events, conditions, or practices, whenever possible,” the ranger added.
For more information, contact Ely District Ranger Pat Irwin or Project Manager Jim Winfrey at 775-778-6129, or visit the website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/