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Old 11-16-2017, 06:12 PM
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Just picked up a nugget from John Stewart of Cal4 and 4x4Wire that the Pacific Crest Trail Association is pushing for a 500 yard buffer each side of the trail in California. Not knowing the area the trail goes through up here, can someone that does give me an idea how that idea metastasizing north may affect OHV / 4x4 in the forests it passes through?

What I've gotten back so far is anything like this will affect the Naches Trail above Greenwater, and some areas around Pyramid Peak.
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Old 11-18-2017, 11:32 AM
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In Oregon, the PCT traverses several desiginated Wilderness Areas, so in those, really no effect.

However, in the Santiam Pass area, there are a few designated OHV and snowmobile routes (depending on the season of use) that either cross or parallel the PCT. And am sure there are other OHV areas, primarily for ATV's and motorcycles further south in the state that could be impacted.

Something for us to keep an eye on in Oregon and Washington, at least to grandfather in what is there, or squash it completely outside of designated Wilderness.

That over half mile wide buffer would affect anything in future planning, and possibly existing, outside of designated Wilderness (or other designations where motorized use is not permitted) in any of the three states.
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Old 11-18-2017, 05:14 PM
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Default Effects of the Pacific Crest Trail -

According to the official posting of the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest - " At Government Meadows find Camp Urich - located south and a few hundred yards on the Pacific Crest Trail #2000"; PCT does cross the Naches Trail.

Yes, I would say a 500 yard buffer on either side of the #2000 would effect the motorized trail system.

John Stewart has the four wheelers in mind - and I'm sure we'll hear more on this issue even before it hits the Oregon border.

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Old 11-18-2017, 06:09 PM
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Following is from WOHVA FB page:

"Comment from Mr. Stewart in reply to a question about if it meant the whole 2600 miles..."Beginning in California but, the PCTA does work the entire length. The current effort is to achieve this unprecedented legislative action of creating a buffer under guise of “travel management” in California forests currently in a planning process. The current OSV travel management is immediate area at risk.

Point is, the legislation creating the PCT (and Appalachian Trail on east coast) has no provision for designating a buffer zone. In truth, the enabling legislation designates no specific trail corridor and PCT does cross private property in many places — without negotiated easements."

"Dave, thanks for reposting my comment. For some additional context... There has been some developing controversy concerning sanctity of PCT when it transits through non-federal lands. As this is basically private property where checkerboard with public lands exists, PCTA has been behind motorized intrusion claims. This area is roughly from Tehachapi Mtns north of LA north to Sequoia NF.

There is on-going controversy within Sequoia NF where PCT transits a designated trail area where there are several places OHV trails cross the PCT. some crossings are marked.

The current effort deals with Over Snow Vehicle travel management planning in the Shasta-Trinity/Plumas NF area.

Currently, Sequoia, Inyo and Sierra NF are undergoing forest plan revisions. Within this effort, Sequoia NF has the most length of PCT outside of wilderness area.

As such, the buffer effort is being focused on Sequoia NF and adjacent BLM lands.

Of concern is acceptance of an administrative determination that a “buffer” is required. Not true, now legislate require a “buffer” zone."
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And we have this:

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/s...185422863.html
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