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Tahoe NF to Initiate OHV Route Designation Process

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 12:59 pm    Post subject: Tahoe NF to Initiate OHV Route Designation Process Reply with quote

The off-highway vehicle (OHV) use in the Tahoe National Forest as well as in other National Forests Nation-wide has continued to escalate. In an effort to manage the growing wheeled vehicle use, the Forest Service is beginning a process to inventory existing trails, identify a system of routes that offers the best trail system, and protect environmentally sensitive areas. This may mean improving some routes, consolidating others to eliminate duplication, closing a few routes that are of the greatest environmental concern or perhaps even building some additional trails. The Tahoe National Forest is beginning a 5-step process in a 95,000 acre area on National Forest System land near Truckee this fall, and then will be expanding the study to the entire TNF in future years. This process will not lead to decisions affecting OHV use on private property.

The 5-step process includes the following steps:

1. Complete an inventory of existing roads, trails, and open areas used by wheeled vehicles.
2. Issue Temporary Forest Order prohibiting wheeled vehicles off mapped/existing roads, trails, or designated open areas.
3. Propose a system of OHV routes.
4. Make final decision as to which routes will be designated for OHV use.
5. Issue Forest Orders for designated OHV routes, sign the routes, and provide user maps.

"We are beginning this process by focusing the effort this fall and winter on a 95,000 acre area near Truckee. We plan to have steps 1 and 2 done for the Truckee area completed later this winter. And we hope the public will assist us with this process. The decision as to the construction of any new trails, closure of some trails, or modification of trails to protect environmentally sensitive areas will be made during later steps of this process, probably a year from now.” stated Steve Eubanks, Forest Supervisor.

“During September and October, I would like to invite anyone that is knowledgeable about the location of existing wheeled vehicle trails in the Truckee area to take a look at our draft maps and verify the trails they know about are on the map. These maps will soon be available at Tahoe National Forest offices, various OHV and/or mountain biking shops, and on the web. We would also welcome the opportunity to visit mountain bike, OHV, or other groups to explain the process and leave maps for them to verify the trails they use are on the map. And if individuals would like to be on our e-mail list for information, please send a message to requesting to be on the list to receive electronic updates,” continued Eubanks.

In addition, two informal public workshops will be held toward the end of October or early November in Nevada City and Truckee. The purpose of both workshops is meet with those folks that have not had the opportunity to review the maps and to explain the process. The existing route identification process and completion of the temporary forest order for the Truckee area is expected to be completed during the winter, 2005.

This entire process is expected to take 4 years to complete and is being funded by the State OHV Commission through a Memorandum of Intent. For more information contact: David Michael, TNF Trails Coordinator at the Tahoe National Forest Headquarters, (530) 478-6183 or at or contact Jeff Wiley, OHV Coordinator for the Sierraville and Truckee Ranger Districts (530) 994-3401 ext 6667 or at

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