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We recently received a package from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest
containing several packets of info about the Motorized Travel Management Plan
that has been in the works since 2005. It took several reads to fully
understand exactly what they were planning and in many ways it was the typical
government verbiage and a fairly complex explanation. While we
respect the enormous task they are trying to undertake, we felt we
could help with the job of explaining what's
happening. This an attempt to sum up what they are planning
to do, specifically on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, but this should help
you understand the overall national plan as well.
In 2005 the United States Forest Service undertook a huge project for which all routes that are open to motorized use needed to be documented. There are numerous National Forests across the United States and each have individual districts within, and the deadline to have everything documented and published was January 2010. The requirement was to include a finalized map (Motorized Vehicle Use Map, or MVUM) showing all of the trails and roads where motorized vehicles were allowed – everything else will be off-limits.
In 2005 the Shasta-Trinity National Forest completed their inventory of all the roads and trails in the forest (both designated and unauthorized routes). They foundd 5,329 miles of roads, 87 miles of designated OHV trails, and 1,252 miles of unauthorized OHV trails, so the next step was to figure out which trails would get approved for motorized use in the future, and hence be shown on the MVUM map.
There is a lengthy process involved in determining the permitted use for each route, requiring input from various departments and organizations and from the general public. In order for any road or trail to be considered for OHV use, it must be first added to the official National Forest Transportation System (NFTS). And in order for this to happen, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) must approve of the trail/route and add it to the NFTS.
The DEIS has two main purposes. The first purpose is to evaluate previously unauthorized or newly discovered routes and put them into the NFTS, and the second is to establish what method of action is going to be taken to add trails to the forest. So once a route is added to the NFTS, it must then be evaluated and and approved so it can get added to the Motorized Vehicle Use Map.
The Forest Supervisor makes the final decision on the permitted use of the trails, and the official MVUM is then created.
Stage 1: Identify existing trails
Stage 2: Add trails to NFTS
Stage 3: Public feedback and debate
Stage 4: Classification of each trail - (with final bessing given by the forest supervisor)
Stage 5: Creation of the MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map)