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Three Trails OHV Project Talking Points
• Alternative C is our preferred alternative with the modifications discussed in these comments.
• In order for any designated OHV system to be successful, the system must meet the desires of its users. In order to meet the desires of Class II users, roads must be obliterated and reconstructed with the following trail elements: native trail surface; slopes over 30 percent; obstacles such as rocks, logs, ledges, mud and/or snow; trail filters; narrow trail corridors; sharp turns and curves; loops and destinations; play areas; cattle guards; and water bars.
• The design parameters for an OHV Class II trail are presented in the Forest Service Handbook 2309.18, Chapter 20, 23.23. Based upon OHV Class II user preferences, a Class 2 trail is the most desirable and would be considered a “More Difficult” trail.
• NEPA requires accurate and expert site-specific and cumulative impacts analysis.
• In order to be a factually based document, Class II trail mileage must be broken out each and every time that OHV trail mileage is given, as the miles are not equal.
• If these proposed trails will be open to both motorized and non-motorized users, then ALL of the impacts must be analyzed in the DEIS, not just those associated with the motorized users.
• Unrestricted cross county travel is currently legal in most areas of the forest. Although Maintenance Level 1 roads are not considered “open”, they are legal for use under the current status of “unrestricted cross country travel”. OHV enthusiasts often use these ML1 roads because they provide a desirable experience without causing resource damage, and their use does not increase the mileage of user-created trails. The phrase “non-authorized use from motorized travel (primarily OHVs)” inaccurately infers unlawful behavior.
• This DEIS proposes a season of use from May 1 to October 31. Throughout the Deschutes National Forest, winter OHV closures are from December 1 to March 31. Adopting a different closure season than the rest of the forest will create confusion for the OHV community.