The Deschutes National Forest is proposing the Lava Rock OHV System as part of the Travel Management process. Deschutes County 4-Wheelers are actively working with the Forest Service on this project and would like all 4-wheelers to respond to the scoping letter.
Here is the response info and talking points for the Lava Rock OHV System Scoping Letter. Please feel free to expand on these points when you write your letters or emails or phone in. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO RESPOND!!!
Lava Rock OHV Scoping Letter Talking Points
Mail to: Shane Jeffries, District Ranger
Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District
1230 NE 3rd Street, Suite A-262
Bend, Oregon 97701
Email to: comments-pacificnorthwest-deschutes-...firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put “Lava Rock OHV Scoping” in the subject line. Comments must be submitted as part of the actual e-mail message, or as an attachment in Word, rich text format .(rtf) or portable document format (.pdf) only.
Phone to: (541) 383-4000
Comments can be phoned in 8 am-4:30 pm Monday – Friday
• The Lava Rock OHV System is desperately needed by the Class II OHV community.
• It is critical that the existing powerline route through this area be available to Class II users.
• The existing routes and ascents southwest of Sugar Pine Butte on Road 800 must be included.
• The existing routes and ascents south of Sugar Pine Butte in the southeast corner of Section 24 must be included.
• The large lava flow in Section 33, 34, 35 and in section 26, T22S, R12E are critical and should be designated as a play area.
• Road 500 which parallels the above lava flow should be designated as a Class II trail to provide egress and bypass from the lava flow.
• The Class II trail needs to connect from the north side of Paulina Creek at McKay Crossing to the south side of Paulina Road 21 near the intersection with Road 9736.
• A staging area will be needed at the intersection of the powerline and China Hat Road.
• A staging area will be needed at the intersection of the powerline and Road 9724.
• A staging area will be needed near McKay Crossing.
• Additional site specific comments will be provided when larger maps are available and less snow is on the ground.
• Deschutes County 4-Wheelers want to work with the IDT members to identify additional features and site specific routes along the generally mapped route.
• Essential trail elements include 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.
• Trail head staging areas are needed for parking and kiosk information signs and maps.
• Primitive campground facilities need to be provided.
• It is everyone’s birthright to use the national forests.
• OHV use has been determined to be an acceptable use of our forests by former Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth.