MINTURN, Colo. – The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District of the White River National Forest has announced a decision to designate 143 miles of forest roads as open to use by unlicensed vehicles.
The proposal was generated in response to feedback from communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals seeking a change in the Forest’s Travel Management Plan completed in 2011. The district received more than 150 comment letters about the proposal.
“Many of the comments were very supportive; however, several raised issues about how this use by ATVs, UTVs and motorcycles would be managed. We looked closely at all aspects in an effort to address these issues elevated by the public,” said Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger Dave Neely.
The Environmental Assessment, Draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact are entering a 45-day objection period.
“We really believe this brings much better balance to our travel system for motorized users, while still maintaining great quiet recreation, and we hope the public agrees. We plan to implement the project this May before the road system opens to wheeled traffic,” said Neely. “If no objection is received the 2014 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) will reflect the changes detailed in this proposal. If objections are filed, we go through a negotiation process to try and address the concern.”
Until the 2014 Motor Vehicle Use Map is published, the use of Forest roads and trails is governed by the 2013 Motor Vehicle Use Map.
Posted by Holly Wagner