The project designates existing routes to the Forest Transportation System (FTS) to provide access to dispersed recreation areas in the West Carson watershed. Some routes will also be decommissioned because they are causing resource damage to the area’s unique meadow and forest environment. Following these adjustments, the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) will be updated and the public will be able to access the approved routes.
“In 2008, when we published the first Motor Vehicle Use Maps, we knew future corrections would occur,” said Mike Rowan, Acting Carson District Ranger. “Now that we have spent some time assessing how our visitors enjoy this area, we have coordinated with Alpine County, the public and local stakeholders to improve the areas transportation system.” Rowan said the decision strikes a balance between providing recreation opportunity and protecting natural resources. Many of the area’s existing dispersed campsites will be designated, as well as some trails that provide motorized recreation opportunities.
This decision consists of the following:
Designation of 62 unauthorized routes (11.8 miles) that provide access to dispersed recreation sites as National Forest System (NFS) roads and trails;
Removal of 21 current NFS roads (14.7 miles) from the Forest transportation system;
Designation of three NFS roads as motorized trails open to all vehicles to reflect actual conditions: and,
Designation of one NFS road as a non-motorized trail to reflect actual conditions.
This decision is subject to administrative review (appeal) pursuant to 36 CFR Part 215. The appeal must be filed (regular mail, fax, email, hand-delivery, or express delivery) with the Appeal Deciding Officer. Written comments must be submitted to: Appeal Deciding Officer, 324 25th Street, Ogden, UT 84401; fax: (801) 625-5277; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered appeals are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding federal holidays.
Electronic appeals must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc). Learn more about this release by contacting the Carson Ranger District at 775-882-2766.