Just an FYI that BRC has been working on the new Mendocino Wet Weather Closure policy and talked with the Forest Supervisor today about how these extended closures are not warrented. I posted a blog on Nov. 29 (with a link to a Nov. 15 BRC letter about the new "Policy") that has the Forest contact info to get signed up for wet weather closure alerts http://thegeneralsrecreationden.blogspot.com/2010/11/new-mendocino-nf-wet-weather-ohv-policy.html Be assured that I have this issue as one of my highest priorities this week. Not a good way to start the winter riding season on the Mendocino. Thanks, Don Here is the Dec. 7 News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grindstone Ranger District OHV trail system remains closed WILLOWS, Calif. – The Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trail system on the Grindstone Ranger District of the Mendocino National Forest will remain closed to vehicle traffic through Friday, December 17. The closure is in addition to the OHV trail closure on the Upper Lake Ranger District, which also goes through December 17. The closure on the Grindstone Ranger District is due to the recent storms that left the trails saturated. An assessment of the trail system by OHV technicians and managers lead to the recommendation that the OHV trail system on the District remain closed through December 17, conditions permitting. The trails are scheduled to reopen the morning of Saturday, December 18. If conditions improve, the closure order could be lifted earlier. As the winter storm season starts and wet weather becomes more common, visitors planning OHV trips to the Forest are encouraged to visit the Mendocino National Forest web site at www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino, or to call the Forest at 530-934-3316 to verify that trails are open before travelling. Using the trails in their current condition would result in damage not only to the trails, but would also impact other resources including soils, water quality, and wildlife habitat. “We appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation with continuing the temporary OHV trail system closure on the Grindstone Ranger District,” said Forest Supervisor Tom Contreras. “By closing the trails now and preventing further damage, we are reducing the risk of longer closures for costly repairs and restoration efforts. Waiting for conditions to improve and the trails to dry out will help us continue to provide quality recreation areas for OHV riders.” The Emergency Trail Closure for the Mendocino National Forest is formally referenced under Order Number 08-10-11. 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 www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.