The Draft EIS for the Route Designation Project on the Eldorado National Forest has been released, and if it goes through in it's current state WE WILL BE GETTING SCREWED BIGTIME! I've just started going over it but here are a few items of note: The proposed alternative is Alternative C, not the worst one, but definitely restrictive. Here is a direct quote on seasonal closure: Seasonal Closure A seasonal closure will be instituted on all native surface roads and trails each year from November 1 to April 30 to protect routes from wet weather damage. If it is determined by the Forest Supervisor during the months of November, December, or April, based on soil moisture evaluations, rainfall, road or trail conditions, and weather forecasts, that during this period areas are suitable for use, the Forest Supervisor has the authority to open those areas for a specified amount of time. The public will be notified when areas are open and, also, when the seasonal closure is reinstated. Here is just a brief list of permanent trail closures: Horse Canyon Trail near Silver Lake The Switchback Trail at Silver Lake (out of Plasse's Resort) Mud Lake - Long Valley Trail The Caples Creek Loop (aka Three Man Trail) The "Out and Back Trail" that goes from Strawberry Jeep Trail to the PC Trail Lovers Leap Trail THE ABOVE ARE SOME OF THE BEST HIGH SIERRA TRAILS IN THE ELDORADO NATIONAL FOREST Plus pretty much everything that they have already closed over the last couple of years. I'm sure there is a lot more, and we really need to go over this document and start preparing Public Comments to be submitted starting July 20th. By the way, if you don't submit any Official Public Comments you will not have any standing towards further action later, such as appealing the final decision.