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Travel Management/Route Designation Program
« on: April 29, 2008, 10:57:58 AM »
 Tahoe National Forest
                Travel Management/Route Designation Program
                            Spring 2008 Update

Status of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Hi all - As you remember, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
for the Tahoe National Forest was to be printed and available for public
review during the winter of 2008.  After several internal reviews, however,
there were a variety of recommended changes.  The interdisciplinary team is
continuing to refine alternatives and assess effects of routes on various
different resources.   At this time, we expect the DEIS to be available for
public review during the summer of 2008.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement will assess 3 questions:
1)    Which of the unauthorized routes should be added to our existing
system of roads and motorized trails and which should be closed to
motorized use?
2)    What seasonal closures should be placed on roads or trails to
minimize damage to forest resources?
3)    What class (type) of vehicle should be allowed on which roads due to
safety concerns?  (Example – Do youngsters riding ATVs on smoother surface
roads along with passenger vehicles at higher speeds present a safety
concern?)

Range of Alternatives
In the DEIS, a range of alternatives is being developed which provide a
variety of answers to the above questions. These alternatives are based, in
part, on the public comments received last spring.    The DEIS will look at
the effects of each alternative.  In all alternatives, cross-country travel
off authorized roads, trails or areas will be prohibited.

Reviewing the DEIS
In previous updates, we asked you how you wanted to review the DEIS.  The
entire document will be available on-line.  If you would like to be sent a
hard copy of the DEIS, the summary or map packet, we need to hear back from
you with your mailing address.  Click on the following link if you have not
replied and would like a hard copy mailed to you.  If you already
responded, you do not need to do so again.  We need to hear from you by May
9, 2008.
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe/projects_plans/ohv_inv/DEIS-response.php

Introducing Tom Quinn – New Forest Supervisor
Tom Quinn arrived on the Tahoe National Forest in February as the new
Forest Supervisor, having spent the previous 5 years as Forest Supervisor
from the Stanislaus NF.   Quinn’s 27 year career has traversed National
Forests in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, New Mexico, Arizona and California in
a wide variety of Forest Service programs and with line officer
responsibilities.   He is very knowledgeable about the route designation
process and currently serves on the Travel Management Steering Committee
for the PSW Region.   “This is a complex and challenging issue.  I look
forward to meeting many of you in the next several months and during the
DEIS comment period.  I hope that we can engage in thoughtful conversations
on how to maintain a successful motorized trail system that provides a
variety of experiences while minimizing impacts to forest resources and
nonmotorized recreation,” stated Quinn.

Background on the Route Designation Process (For those that are new to this
process)
A five-step process has been used for National Forests in California in the
route designation/travel management process.  For the Tahoe National
Forest, this planning effort began in 2004 as the Forest roads, trails and
areas were inventoried.  These were mapped and the maps shared with the
public at several public meetings for verification.  A temporary forest
order was signed requiring all motorized wheeled vehicles to stay on these
trails, roads, routes, and areas.   The public also assisted in developing
a proposed system of motorized routes via more public meetings.  This
proposal was revised following a Forest Service interdisciplinary review
and was issued for public comment in the spring of 2007.  A draft
environmental impact statement (DEIS) is currently being developed.  Once
this is issued, the public will have another opportunity to share their
views during the public comment period.  A final EIS will then be developed
as well as the final motorized vehicle use map.

Additional Information on the Route Designation Process
For background information on the route designation process, log onto the
Tahoe National Forest website www.fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe .  If you would like
to be added or deleted from the route designation e-mail list, contact Ann
Westling, awestling@fs.fed.us (530) 478-6205. If your name rejects from any
mailings due to an old e-mail address, your address will be deleted from
the mailing list, so please let us know when you change addresses.

If you have specific questions about the route designation planning
process, contact Dave Arrasmith – ID Team Leader (530) 478-6220.


Ann Westling
Tahoe National Forest
Public Affairs Officer
(530) 478-6205



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