BEND- The Deschutes National Forest has opened a public comment period for an analysis of developing
jeep trails in the Rim Butte area of the Forest.
The 30-day public comment period on the Rim Butte OHV Jeep Trail Project environmental assessment
opened this past Tuesday, May 28, 2013. The environmental assessment analyzes the effects of creating
designated routes for off-highway vehicles (OHVs) within the Rim Butte area, located east of State Highway
97 and south of Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
The environmental assessment considered two alternatives in addition to the no action alternative. One
alternative includes 33 miles of looped trails. The other alternative includes 17 miles of looped trails with
more difficult technical terrain. Both alternatives include toilets, staging areas and campsites. Designated
routes would be located on areas of existing disturbance, such as skid trails, as much as possible. Areas of
new trail would require minimal disturbance to define the trail tread. In some cases trees and shrubs may
be cut. In most cases obstacles would be left to create technical difficulty.
This comment period is intended to provide those interested in or affected by this activity an opportunity to
make their concerns known. The 30 comment period began on May 28, 2013.
Those interested in commenting can find the document and directions for commenting at
http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39213 or by stopping by the Bend-Fort Rock
District Office, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701.
For more information, please contact Peter Sussmann at (541) 383-5594