Over the past few decades, the availability and capability of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) has increased tremendously. On National Forest System lands (NFS), managed OHV use results in more sustainable trails by addressing: erosion, watershed and habitat degradation, and mitigating impacts to cultural resource sites. Additionally, it is Forest Service policy to provide a diversity of road and trail opportunities for experiencing a variety of environments and modes of travel consistent with the National Forest recreation role and land capability (FSM 2353.03(2)).
The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is initiating scoping and requesting public input for the Motorized Recreation Project (Project) Environmental Assessment (EA). The Project area includes identified maintenance level 1 (ML1) roads, trails, and areas across the SNF, outside of the designated Wilderness areas. Based on the purpose and need for action and as a result of the minimization criteria analysis process, the SNF proposes approximately 45 miles of trails and 12 areas (11 acres) to the National Forest Trail System. Of those 45 miles of proposed routes, 3.8 miles are proposed to change from ML1 roads to trail. The Project is bound by the Kings River to the south, Merced River and Yosemite National Park to the north, west of the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness areas, within the confines of the SNF.
A detailed description of the need for the Project and the proposed action is available on the Forest website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55572. Using information gathered during this scoping period, an interdisciplinary team will develop and analyze viable alternatives to the proposed action. You will have an additional opportunity to comment as the Project is developed.
To assist the SNF in identifying and considering issues and concerns on the proposed action, comments should be as specific as possible and explain the reason behind your thoughts. Please access maps available on the web page to aid in your comment specificity. Comments received in response to scoping will be considered part of the public record. Public scoping period is 30 days, ending at midnight on Monday June 17th, 2019.
- Send written comments to: Dean Gould, Forest Supervisor, c/o Jody Nickerson-Powell, Sierra NF, 1600 Tollhouse Rd, Clovis, CA 93611
Please include full citations for all referenced literature in your scoping comments, this will enable the SNF to best utilize your comments. The SNF reserves the right to request copies of any literature cited in the scoping comments.
We would like to invite you to join us on June 11, 2019, for a public meeting at the Clovis Supervisor’s Office, 6:00 to 7:30pm. We encourage you to take this opportunity to ask SNF employees questions about the proposed action and other details that would assist you in commenting during this scoping period.
See attachments for additional information. Complete maps and original notices are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55572