The agency put the process on hold in late 2011 to conduct an inventory of spur roads, called maintenance level 1 roads. With the inventory of the 2,500 roads in hand, Carlton feels better equipped to make a decision.
“We must comply with the Travel Management Rule by closing cross-country travel,” said Carlton. “I intend to maintain current uses where it makes sense and curtail use on roads with unacceptable environmental damage.”
She added that she’s already heard it is important that people be able to use dispersed sites and to maintain access for fire response and Search and Rescue efforts. In contrast, she’s heard that all spur roads should be closed to motorized use.
An interdisciplinary team is working on a new environmental assessment to designate a system of motor vehicle routes and areas that fulfills the requirements of the Travel Management Rule. The draft document will be released for comments in June with a 30-day comment period and public meetings.
The agency will issue a free Motor Vehicle Use Map in January 2014 that will be updated annually.