Here is an article taken from today's Wenatchee World. This would be great news, but it should have happened years ago! I used to be one of the violators that used the road, then I got my bike plated. Off-road vehicle trail project back on track By Michelle Partridge, World staff writer LAKE WENATCHEE - Seven years after the project was halted by environmentalists, the U.S. Forest Service is again proposing to build new off-road vehicle trails near Lake Wenatchee. The agency released on March 8 a new environmental analysis saying the Goose-Maverick ORV Tie Trail would have little or no impact on wolf and grizzly bear habitat, old growth forests and northern spotted owl habitat, mule deer, birds, and sensitive plants. The proposal is being reviewed by seven state and national conservation groups that challenged the project in 1997 in U.S. District Court, said Karl Forsgaard of the North Cascades Conservation Council, one of the seven. Their earlier concerns included impacts to wildlife and fish, and increased noise and erosion caused by motorcycles. The other groups that plan to comment on the latest proposal include the Sierra Club, Mountaineers, Wilderness Society, Washington Trails Association, Northwest Ecosystem Alliance and Washington Wilderness Coalition, Forsgaard said. They will submit comments before the public comment period ends in early April, he said. The project's initial environmental study was completed in 1997 and work began on the trails. A U.S. District Court judge later issued an injunction on the project after ruling that the Forest Service had not adequately addressed impacts to wildlife. The new trails would connect the Lower Chiwawa Trail east of Lake Wenatchee with Maverick Saddle in the Entiat Ranger District, allowing motorcycles, mountain bikes, horses and hikers to reach the Mad River trails. Motorcycles can now use the Chikamin Tie and Alder Ridge trails to reach the Entiat Valley late in the summer season. But there are no trails between Lake Wenatchee and Entiat that are open to motorized vehicles earlier than mid-July. Many riders of non-street-legal motorcycles have illegally used a Forest Service road between Goose Creek Campground and Maverick Saddle to reach the Mad River trails, according to the analysis. The proposal is to build more than three miles of new trails and a new bridge over Deep Creek, convert sections of roads to trail, and obliterate roads that are already closed to vehicles and about a mile and a half of unofficial trail that was created by users. Forest officials estimate that about 1,700 motorcycles use the trail system each year, which would increase by about 10 percent with the new trails. - How to comment: Call the Lake Wenatchee and Leavenworth Ranger Districts at 548-6977 By mail, to District Ranger Glenn Hoffman, Lake Wenatchee and Leavenworth Ranger Districts, 22976 Lake Wenatchee Highway, Leavenworth, 98826. Fax to (509)763-3211, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Roger Ross at 763-3103, Ext. 230. Comments must be received by the U.S. Forest Service by April 11. Copies of the document are available at the Lake Wenatchee Ranger District, 22976 Highway 207.