Attention Oregon Recreationists!
The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland are formulating new travel plans that will limit ALL vehicle use to designated roads, trails and areas. Over the past few months the Deschutes/Ochoco Travel Management Working Group has been busy. The working group is made up of Tribal, Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies; interest groups such as tourism, recreationists (both motorize and non-motorized), users and industry; and private individuals that use or are neighbors to the forest.
They have been developing criteria dealing with motorized access to dispersed campsites and motorized trails. The Working Group recommendation focuses on two general options for motorized access to dispersed (undeveloped) camping:
1. Road Adjacency - allows for access a specific distance (up to 300') from a designated route. Routes excluded from this option would be determined based on site conditions (i.e. sensitive species & soils, adjacent to wilderness, etc.)
2. Designated Routes - designating new or existing routes in the National Forest system of roads and trails to access specific sites.
The Working Group identified landscape areas on the two Forests and Grassland that were most important and had the most community support to focus their initial efforts to modify existing designated routes to provide for specialized motorized trails.
Community Supported Areas - areas where there is conditional support for considering modifying the existing designated system to provide for specialized motorized trails. These areas include:
* Crescent Ranger Dist. (Two Rivers and Boundary Springs Subdivisions)
* Bend/Ft. Rock Ranger Dist. (Lookout Mtn./Edison; Portions of Horse Butte, Lava Cast, Hole-in-the-Ground and East Fort Rock Trails)
* Crooked River National Grassland (Grassland East, North Henderson Flat)
* Lookout Mt. & Paulina Ranger Dist. (Ochoco East)
Important Areas - areas where there is agreement that there is a problem, need, or demand for addressing unmanaged motorized recreation, but no agreement at this time on how to address the problem. These areas include:
* Lookout Mt. Ranger Dist. (McKay Creek Area; Maury Mountains)
* Sisters Ranger Dist. (Meadow Lakes Area; Melvin Butte/Three Creeks Area)
Final recommendations will be presented to the general public in a series of workshops this summer.
PUBLIC WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:
Monday, July 9, 2007 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Summit High School
2855 NW Clearwater Dr.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 6:30 - 8:30 pm
LaPine High School
51633 Coach Rd.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Crook County High School
1100 SE Lynn Blvd.
Thursday, July 19, 2007 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Redmond High School
675 S.W. Rimrock Dr.
Note: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made by contacting Rachel Griffin at (541) 383-5554. Please direct ALL other questions to:
Mollie Chaudet, Project Manager - or - Peggy Fisher, Project Co-Manager
Phone: (541) 383-5517 Phone: (541) 383-5633
PLEASE, IF YOU RECREATE IN THE DESCHUTES AND OCHOCO NATIONAL FORESTS OR CROOKED RIVER NATIONAL GRASSLAND, GET INVOLVED NOW!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
National Forest Service Travel Management Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/index.shtml
The Travel Management Rule:http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/final.pdf
Central Oregon Off-Highway Vehicle Information:http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/recreation/cohvops/index.shtml
Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests & Crooked River National Grassland Travel Management Site:http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/travelmgmt/index.shtml
Oregon State Parks - OHV Site:http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/ATV/index.shtml