Help keep White River Nat'l Forest in CO open

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  • Dougie

Posted September 29, 2002 - 07:33 AM


If some of you guys get some free time, take a few minutes to write and help keep White River Nat'l Forest in Colorado from closing a large portion of it's area. Thank you, Doug

September, 2002

As many of you know, the White River National Forest recently completed a
revision of its forest plan. This is a big deal, because forest plans are
usually revised only once every ten or fifteen years. This new plan for the
White River, then, will determine where we can and cannot ride for the
foreseeable future.

COHVCO, joined by the Colorado 500, with the assistance of the White River
Forest Alliance, filed an appeal of the revised forest plan because the
plan cuts motorized areas by about 25% for no good reason. The plan reduces
open acreage by more than 200,000 acres for summertime riding, and by more
than 300,000 acres for wintertime riding.

The COHVCO/CO-500 appeal sits in Washington, D.C., awaiting a decision by
the Chief of the Forest Service. Meanwhile, the bureaucrats in charge at
the White River National Forest headquarters in Glenwood Springs decided
that the forest should start its travel management process, even though the
COHVCO/CO-500 appeal will, in all likelihood, force the Forest Service to
make significant changes to the areas where motorized recreation will be
allowed. The travel management process, for those unfamiliar with how these
things work, is the actual on-ground route designation, while the forest
plan is the equivalent of zoning.

COHVCO has demanded that the travel management process must stop for now
and await the resolution of the COHVCO/CO-500 appeal. However, the White
River bureaucrats just won't listen, and are determined to go forward with
route designation.

What can you do? Talk to your clubs. Ask if anyone knows of motorized roads
and trails in the White River National Forest that should be designated to
stay open. This includes routes that have no designations now. Write
letters to the White River (see the address below), telling the Forest
Service, in as much detail as possible, about your favorite trails (or,
indeed, any trails you've ever ridden in the White River) and demanding
that those trails stay open to motorized use. If everyone contributes, we
can keep off-highway travel alive in the White River.

The deadline for comments to the Forest Service is October 31, 2002.
Letters should be sent to: Dottie Bell, White River NF, PO Box 948,
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.


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