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Old 02-06-2009, 02:57 PM
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Default Three Trails OHV System

The Deschutes National Forest is proposing the Three Trails 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.

The Scoping Letter has been released for the Three Trails OHV System which is located just south of Crescent. There are three areas included in this project.

The Walker area is the portion of the project area that is east of Highway 97 and includes Walker Rim. While roads maintained for high clearance vehicles would be available to all OHV classes, the southern area would have developed trails for the Class II user. Approximately 12 miles of closed roads would be converted to Class II trails. A seasonal closure would be in effect for the entire Walker Trail system for two weeks during the mule deer rifle season. However, those roads within the “green dot system” and have a green dot, which is designed to reduce big game harassment during hunting season, would remain open to all motor vehicles.

A staging area would be developed along the 9755-060 near junction with the 9755. Access to viewpoints on Walker Mt would be on Class II roads from the Marmot Pass Road to reduce conflicts on the 94 road, where street legal vehicles are required. Approximately 12 miles of high clearance and formerly closed roads south of Little Walker Mountain (between the 9755 and 9753) would be converted to Class II trails. To offset a potential decrease in availability to an existing wildlife guzzler, a new guzzler would be placed off the 9755-195 road. The following roads would be closed to alleviate road/trail densities associated with creation of the trail system: 9765-760, 9765-750, 9765-720, 9768-480, 9768-479, 9768-470, 9768-457, 9768-450, and 9768-390.

The Junction area is the northern portion of the project area near the town of Crescent Lake Junction. This area focuses on Class I and III users and concentrates use around the staging area and the availability of services at Crescent Lake Junction. Junction Snow Park would become the staging area. The Junction area will provide approximately 20-25 miles of looped trails for ATVs and motorcycles within a 135-acre designated area. This area uses existing snowmobile trails to access Crescent Lake Junction. Existing user-created trails within the Junction designated area would be utilized, but may be modified with new trails, to provide varying degrees of difficulty and/or for safety. In addition the following roads would be closed to all motor vehicle traffic to offset the creation of the trail system: 4672-200, 4672-800, 4672-060, 5814-500, 5814-700, 5815-250, 5815-700, 5815-800, 5815-900 at the private road junction, 6020-500 at the 6020-750 junction, 6100-707, 6100-725, and 6100-740.

The Rivers area is the middle portion of the project area that includes Muttonchop Butte near the Two Rivers North subdivision and south to the district boundary. This area also focuses on Class I and III users with four areas of developed trails with a total of 80-100 miles across approximately 3,400 acres. A Forest Plan Amendment is proposed to modify the Hemlock Key Elk Area and the Muttonchop Designated Old Growth Management Area boundaries to remove areas of high road/trail densities, a fire area, and/or poor quality habitat to include more appropriate areas. For example, a rock pit is currently located within a designated Old Growth boundary on Muttonchop Butte. The pit receives high use by the motorized community and provides marginal wildlife habitat. This proposal would move the designated Old Growth boundary to the north and include the pit in the trail system. As in other areas, excess user created trails that are not in suitable locations would be rehabilitated. In order to provide for safety and to provide a connection between the east and west portions of the Rivers trail system, a railroad crossing and an underpass for Highway 97 is proposed.

Here is the response info and talking points for the Three Trails 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!!!

Mail to: Holly Jewkes, District Ranger
Crescent Ranger District
P.O. Box 208
Crescent, OR 97733

Email to: comments-pacificnorthwest-deschutescrescent@fs.fed.us.
Please put “Three Trails 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) 433-3200
Comments can be phoned in 8 am-4:30 pm Monday – Friday

Three Trails OHV Scoping Letter General Talking Points
• The Three Trails OHV System is desperately needed by the Class II OHV community.
• 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.

Walker Specific Points:
• Technical ascents with tight turns and water bars are essential elements which need to be included, particularly between Road 9755 and Road 200 at the intersection of Road 800 and Road 9755; and between Road 9755 and Road 150, as shown on the DC4W proposal.
• A technical ascent trail needs to connect from the intersection of 9753600/9753950 to the intersection of 9753990/9755600.
• The red shared use roads as shown on the DC4W proposal should be classified as “Easy” trails, while the blue trails on the DC4W proposal should be classified as “More Difficult” and “Most Difficult” trails.
• This system should be open year-round rather than May 1 to October 31, with the exception of the proposed two week hunting season closure. Class II users enjoy over the snow travel.
• The existing powerline access road from Road 100 up the hill in Section 23 should be made available for Class II ascents, with a turnaround area part way up.
• Additional trails need to be added to this system around and over Little Walker Mountain as shown on the DC4W proposal.
• The existing dispersed campsite located near the intersection of Road 9755 and Road 9753 needs to be developed as a staging area with campfire rings and pit toilets.
• Road 200 is shown as a dead end in Section 23 on the proposal map, however the road actually continues and curves around into Section 24. This trail should be extended to form a loop that connects at the intersection of Road 200 and Road 560 and be included in this trail system
• Road 150 should be extended to connect with Road 200 in Section 26 and included in this trail system, as shown on the DC4W proposal.

Rivers Specific Points:
• Although a specific Class II proposal was not submitted due to time and weather, Class II users should be included in this area.
• Class II trails should be developed into and around the existing rock pit.
• The railroad crossing and highway underpass must be constructed with a width of 80 inches to provide access for Class II users.
• The Backcountry Discovery Route needs to be available to Class II users.

Junction Specific Points:
• Although a specific Class II proposal was not submitted due to time and weather, Class II users should be included in this area.
Patti Pyland
Deschutes County 4-Wheelers
Oregon Executive Director Staff
PNW Forum Leader Team Member
Region 6 Delegate
Bend, Oregon
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