Proposed activities include designation of over-snow motorized use areas and non-winter trail management. There are two proposed seasons of motorized over-snow vehicle travel. Season One (December 1 – March 31) would allow travel on over 36,000 acres and approximately 12.5 miles of designated over-snow motorized vehicle routes. Season Two (April 1 – May 31) would allow travel on over 4,000 acres and approximately 32.9 miles of designated over-snow motorized vehicle routes. Non-winter trail management proposals include designating trails that allow hiking, stock, or mechanized use.
While some of this proposal was included in the scoping package for the Galton project that was publicly scoped in June of 2009, the Kootenai Forest Supervisor decided that travel management merits its own analysis process and has split it from the previous project. Thus, we have chosen to re-scope the proposed action for this area as Ten Lakes Travel Management.
The Proposed Action is available for review online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/kootenai/landmanagement/projects . Scroll down to Kootenai National Forest Current and Recent Projects and select Ten Lakes Travel Management. A hard copy is available upon request by contacting project leader Moira McKelvey at (406) 296-2536, or by stopping by either the Murphy Lake or Eureka Ranger Stations. Instructions for how to comment on this project are contained in the Scoping Letter also located at the above website.
Fortine District Ranger Bryan Donner says, “Comments from those individuals and groups who have an interest in the over-snow vehicle and trail use of the Ten Lakes area are very valuable to us. Input from those affected will give the Forest Service the on-the-ground knowledge that helps us make the best plan possible.”