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Mendocino National Forest Trail 6 Closed

Willows, March 30, 2010 - Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail 6 on the Grindstone Ranger District of the Mendocino National Forest is closed between the intersections of Forest Roads 17N70 and 17N69 beginning today.

The approximately 2,000 foot section of trail, less than half a mile, will be closed until further notice for the evaluation of resource damage. Specifically, specialists will be looking at archaeological resources affected by the trail.

Forest archaeologists will be excavating the site to determine if it is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Until that determination is made, the section of trail will remain closed.

The trail can be found on the Motor Vehicle Opportunity Guides for the Grindstone Ranger District.

The Emergency Trail Closure for this section of the OHV trail system is formally referenced under Order Number 08-10-02.

Violation of this closure order is punishable by a fine of no more than $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for an organization, or up to six months imprisonment or both.

For more information, please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316 or visit

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Is this in reference to obamas plan to make the are into a national monument?

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Can't bring to mind exactly where Trail 6 is......Can someone enlighten me?

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Trail 6 is the trail over the top, was there last with the lake county boys.

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Why is there no more Stonyford/Upper Lake OHV maps? O.ld format kicked a $$

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Honestly it does not change much up there. That trail does not get as much traffic being more remote and they are only closing a chunk. Hopefully once they dig out their arrowheads it will be open again

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closures aren't often reopenings,

they should be sued for not making a reroute prior to closure, much like a detour would be mandated on a highway.

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I called Tamara Schmidt (real nice lady...) a few days ago after seeing this on their website It appears as though the FS has been keeping an eye on this section of trail for a few years. She said the actual discovery is proprietary information and couldn't/wouldn't give me any specific information about what the find actually entailed. There is something there, but they don't know if it is of any historical significance yet. If it is, they are required to protect it under the National Historic Preservation Act. This could cause the trail to be re-routed. I asked why the trail didn't get re-routed years ago when they first discovered whatever it is that's out there, rather than waiting for more erosion and thus resulting in a total closure of the trail. She didn't really have an answer, as trail designation isn't her area of expertise (understandable) but she did say that most of the work will be done starting in early May and that the trail could be open by July if there is nothing significant. She said that, from a budgetary standpoint, everyone involved is hoping it is nothing significant. She did agree with me that it would have been far better to just re-route the trail ahead of time and go about their busines without anyone knowing anything about any "cultural resources" being out there. It would have prevented people nosing around there trying to find out what it is that's so top-secret and special. I must admit, I'm intrigued and I am not above donning hiking boots and backpack and tromping down there myself to see what it is. I did let her know, if a very pleasant yet firm manner, that it is quite natural for us dirt riders to perceive this as the proverbial first nail in the coffin, since we tend to end up on the short end of the stick anytime there is some sort of conflict.

WoodsChick

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It's just a little section with a road bypass already in place.

Cant even accept that anymore without making waves.

Keep saying that and it will all be road bypasses (sp?). Theres already plenty of road to ride in every national forest in the state.

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It's just a little section with a road bypass already in place.
Cant even accept that anymore without making waves.

Keep saying that and it will all be road bypasses (sp?). Theres already plenty of road to ride in every national forest in the state.

Exactly. We should be losing not even one measly little foot of trail.

In no other sport is it so frickin' hard to hold on to what we have....never mind getting anything extra or new, regardless of the fact that our sport is growing by leaps and bounds as the legal riding areas get fewer and far between.

I'm not picky. I'm not greedy. I don't want anything extra. I don't want more than my fair share. All I want is what I already have, and I'd prefer to not have to fight for each and every bit of it...nothing more and nothing less. It shouldn't be such an uphill battle.

WoodsChick

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closures aren't often reopenings,

How true is this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is how its going to start in Stoneyford. All the old timers (guys who have been riding more than the last couple of years) understand once the government gets involved they will have the offroad community whittled down to riding around Davis flat.

I am sure glad I have been paying the extra fees (green sticker & red sticker) otherwise the forest service (F.S) would never have had the resources to excavate the site, but yet lack the funding to create an equal alternate route. I think if there was something they wanted to protect, there would be no way they would have let people continue to use the trail when the F.S. thought there was an issue.

One more thing, If my bike fees are going to train new forest personel to keep me out of the forest, then I would like to see the rangers be more up to date on information of why I am not allowed in areas. It seems all the rangers know is no one is allowed and nothing else. (Its like going to the bike shop and the sales guy tells you get on and ride it, then knows nothing about the knobs and gadgets the bike has, or where you pour the oil in) aaaahhhh, I'm done. Its just more unanswered questions.

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So as everyone here has heard, stonyford is on the national monument list that Obama can sign into wilderness. The rangers are looking for reasons to declare the area as such. It's not just a trail closure, it's a stonyford closure.

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