The Three Trails OHV Project out of Crescent, Oregon, has released the preliminary alternatives which will be analyzed in the EA. The Forest Service is asking for comments on these alternatives. The Deschutes County 4-Wheelers Trails Committee has reviewed these alternatives and has prepared the following talking points. We ask that everyone please email your comments before August 19th. Comments are to be emailed to Joan Kittrell at:
You will receive an electronic reply acknowledging receipt of your comments. Please put Three Trails Alternatives Comments in the subject line.
• Alternative C with modifications as listed here is my preferred alternative.
• Essential trail elements must be included such as 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.
• Shared Use Roads cannot be considered as Class II trail mileage.
• A single Shared Use Road is needed between the main areas and all other Shared Use Roads should be converted to Shared Use Trails with essential trail elements constructed.
• Simply posting signs designating existing roads as trails without significant trail enhancement will result in failure of this project.