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Old 08-22-2012, 06:02 PM
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OREGON- Wallowa-Whitman NF Postpones Travel Management Meetings

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Folks in Northeast Oregon probably know that the previous Forest Supervisor, Monica J. Schwalbach, has been sent packing. That's certainly good news.

The new Supervisor, Kevin Martin, has (probably wisely) decided to delay the planned "community engagement workshops" the Forest was going to have on travel management scheduled for September. Martin says he is committed to being an active participant in the local communities.

According to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Press Release, Martin will be "reaching out" to county commissioners and other elected officials, Tribal governments, interest groups, community organizations, individuals and employees to appreciate and gain a better understanding of what has been happening in regards to travel management. He will also need to familiarize himself with the Wallowa Whitman National Forest he now manages.

Here is where you come in...
We put "reaching out" in quotes because we can never take our access for granted. All OHV and snowmobile clubs and organizations in the region should "reach out" to him. Let him know your concerns, and, if appropriate, let him know what trails and areas you ride in and why they must be kept accessible.

Martin has committed to make the community engagement workshops "an open and transparent process, and scheduled at times when most people will be able to attend." He says his goal is to not only learn about the travel management plan but also to listen to the concerns of the public.

Keep an eye on the USFS webpage for schedule information on the workshops and releases to local newspapers and radio stations.

Please feel free to contact Acting Public Affairs Officer, Jodi Kramer, at 541-523-1246 or Public Affairs Specialist, Matt Burks, at 541-523-1246 if you have any questions.

As always, please call or email if you have any questions or comments.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

MORE ON THE WEB:
Forest leader: 'I need to listen'
http://www.bakercityherald.com/Local...need-to-listen

Forest postpones travel plan meetings
http://wallowa.com/free/forest-postp...-meetings.html

The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BlueRib - www.sharetrails.org
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:39 AM
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Don't put a lot of faith in the "reaching out". We can't get any class II (4x4) action out of Umatilla. It falls on deaf ears. I have been trying for the past 8 years. Look for it to remain pretty much intact as is with some very minor changes to make it seen like a little less bitter pill. Kevin is there on a temporary basis to get it ironed out, then back home to Umatilla.

Notice the "acting" in all these folks titles. That will tell you where it is going to go. They will do the deed and beat feet for home waters as soon as it is signed .
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:28 AM
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On Saturday there was an article in our local paper (Albany Democrat Herald) that the Baker City Herald reports that there may be no change in the TMP until 2016. The Observer (location??) reported that they got about 3300 letters, most form letters in favor of closures, many of the rest were detailed objections. USFS says next step will be more accurate maps of the roads.

Now for the teeth in the hindquarters......USFS has said the next round will be to get down to a road system that is sustainable with funding available for upkeep. That is supposed to start this year and be done by 2015/16. My guess is the new TMP will include this next step in it, and kill two birds with one set of closures.
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