The document and background information are available on the Kaibab National Forest website at http://go.usa.gov/kpQV. The 30-day comment period begins tomorrow and runs through May 11.
Specifically, the Kaibab National Forest is proposing to:
- Designate approximately 291 miles of camping corridors along all or portions of several system roads on both districts. The corridors would extend 200 feet from either side of the centerline of the road, except where limited by topographical factors, resource concerns or private land.
- Add 15 spur roads to the open road system on the Tusayan district. These spurs total 1.3 miles and would provide access to areas historically used for motorized camping.
- Close approximately 9 miles of currently open roads across the two districts.
- Add approximately 16 miles of roads to the open road system across the two districts. This includes 12 miles of formerly closed roads and 4 miles of user-created routes.
- Develop an adaptive management strategy for making future changes to the transportation system for the two districts based on changing needs and/or new information.
The proposed action and alternatives were all developed based on several years of monitoring following implementation of the Travel Management Rule on the two districts, which included documenting public concerns about recreational access and other issues.
Additional information and methods to submit comments are available at http://go.usa.gov/kpQV