Once again, the Forest Service is proposing to buy trails sign and post them on roads. Please write an email to the following address before December 21 demanding actual trails rather than open roads.
Here are our comments:
The Ochoco Summit OHV Trail System as proposed in the Scoping Document does not adequately address the needs of the Class II 4x4 OHV community. According to the Scoping Document, there will be 48 miles of Class II "network". This "network" consists of 28 miles of open roads, 8 miles of existing closed roads and only 12 miles of new trail.
The Scoping Document states on page 5 of 15:
"The intent of providing trails for OHVs is to provide routes with sufficient technical difficulty, diversity of experience and interesting features to keep the riders interested, challenged and engaged with staying on the designated route. The intent of providing mixed use roads is to provide riders with access to a variety of locations on the forest..."
Mixed use roads are just that - ROADS - and cannot be classified as "trails" for the Class II community. These 28 miles of "Class II network" will be suitable for a truck towing a trailer to easily navigate. THAT IS NOT A TRAIL!!! The 8 miles of existing closed roads are just a continuation of this illogical and irresponsible thinking. These closed roads have been bladed and do not offer sufficient technical difficulty. This leaves only 12 miles of sporadically place "trail" within the system.
This proposed system will do nothing to encourage 4x4 users to remain on the trail. If the Forest Service wants to provide trails, then build trails. But do not take open forest roads, post a trail sign, and call it good.
We strongly urge the Ochoco National Forest to meet the needs of the OHV community.
Deschutes County 4-Wheelers