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Old 08-20-2009, 01:30 PM
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Default Freemont-Winema Travel Management Plan

Here is the official posting from the Forest Service (our comments are posted below):

The Fremont-Winema National Forests invite you to comment on the Travel Management Proposed Action. The Proposed Action identifies designated routes, vehicle class and season of use, motorized access to dispersed camp sites and designated areas for use by motorized vehicles.

The Forest's Travel Management Planning effort embraces a collaborative approach to involve the public, including user groups and adjacent landowners. In order to accomplish this task, a multi-phased approach was developed. Phase I will meet the intent of the Travel Management Rule by publishing the first Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). The intent of Phase II is to continue the ongoing collaborative process to resolve outstanding needs and issues. In the spring of 2010, available information will be used to publish the first MVUM. Regular revisions to this map will occur, integrating additional information like localized Ranger District planning efforts.

Submitting Comments:
Written, faxed, hand-delivered and electronic comments will be accepted until August 28, 2009.

Written comments can be faxed to 541-883-6709 or mailed to:

Glen Westlund, Forest Environmental Coordinator
2819 Dahlia Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Hand delivered comments should be brought to any of the Fremont-Winema National Forests' offices. Office hours for submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Electronic comments should be submitted as part of the actual e-mail message or as an attachment in Microsoft Word, rich text format (RTF), or portable document format (PDF) and sent to

r6_frewin_travel_mgmt_planning@fs.fed.us.

For electronically mailed comments, the sender should normally receive an automated electronic acknowledgement from the agency as confirmation of receipt. If the sender does not receive an automated acknowledgement of the receipt of the comments, it is the sender's responsibility to ensure timely receipt by other means.

All materials sent in mailings along with information about public meetings will be posted on the Fremont-Winema National Forests Travel Management website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/frewin/travel-mgmt/index.shtml

If you have any questions concerning the project, please phone either Robert Wetherell or Glen Westlund at (541) 883-6714.

Thank you for taking time to review this project. Your comments, concerns and observations are important to the development of the final project.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/frewin/travel-mgmt/index.shtml

Our comments:

This is a bad plan for sure!!!!!!!!! Please comment!!! Some concerns the Deschutes County 4-Wheelers and the Klamath Falls Four Runners have brought to the table are listed below. (If you copy please re-word.)

1. The TMP has no Class II trails designated.

2. No consideration has been given to the comments and suggestions made by the Class II community during the comment period. In particular, the Klamath Falls Four Runners time, energy, GPS’ed maps and monies spent have been ignored.

3. Unmarked Level I roads have been used historically in this area under the old plan which allowed cross country travel if no damage was done to the area traversed. The new plan is a blanket closure of all of these Level I roads called trails, two tracks or ways used by the public for decades.

4. Class II use is a legitimate use of public lands. The Travel Management Plan has been mandated since 2005. This is not a “Plan” this is a closure. Unwarranted closures to pacify a mandate are poor planning or no planning. Closing all Level I roads and trails will limit the use of the forest unduly. However, designation of the Level I roads as Class II Trails will generate monies for the Fremont-Winema National Forest from state and federal ATV funding grants.

5. The mandate to manage recreation will be difficult if not impossible. The Class II user, whether they be hunting, fishing or sightseeing, will find no opportunity for a fulfilling Class II opportunity available.

6. Phase II has no time line and is not an option that is acceptable. Class II use should be included and planned for in the initial TMP. Forest ways should not be closed without their actual replacements being initiated.
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