Any help here would be great.
I have discovered a decision letter from Jim Pena US Forest Service supervisior that he is shutting down all lands under his control on Dec 31st. This is some of the best riding that few know about, and there is well over 300miles of little known single track. I have attached a copy of his letter with contact info. I called and spoke with Fred Krueger to see if they would extend the mapping period. He said the 1000 miles of "new" trail is more than they can handle, so there will be nothing added. If they can't examine all of the 1000 miles by '08, whatever they don't get to will just be whiped off the map.
( the "appoved" map he is talking about includes only logging/fire roads) I have reviewed it. There is very little, if any, imput form our side.
Temporary Order Restricting
Motorized Wheeled Vehicles
Plumas National Forest, 2006
As Forest Supervisor of the Plumas National Forest, and in accordance to 36 CFR 261.56, I have decided to issue a Forest Order to prohibit cross-country motorized wheeled vehicle use. The Order prohibits the possession or use of a motorized wheeled vehicle off National Forest System roads, except for routes, open areas, and National Forest System trails shown on the maps in Exhibit A. For purposes of this order, a wheelchair is not considered to be a motorized wheeled vehicle. Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order: 1. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty. 2. Persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission. This decision encompasses Plumas National Forest System lands. These lands are located in Plumas, Sierra, Lassen, Butte, and Yuba counties on the Beckwourth, Mt. Hough, and Feather River Ranger Districts in Townships 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, South, Ranges 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 East, Mount Diablo Base and Meridian. Copies of this Decision Memo, the Forest Order and maps are available at Plumas NF Supervisors Office in Quincy, Beckwourth Ranger Station in Blairsden, CA Mount Hough Ranger Station in Quincy, CA and Feather River Ranger Station in Oroville, Ca. This information is also available at local OHV shops, visitors bureaus etc. This will be in effect for one year beginning on December 31, 2006, and possibly could be extended, prior to a final system of routes, trails and areas being designated. The order will apply to National Forest System lands administered by the Plumas National Forest in Plumas, Lassen, Sierra, Yuba, and Butte Counties in California. In recent years, the number of recreationists using motorized wheeled vehicles to access the national forest has surged, leading to the proliferation of unplanned routes and associated resource damage. The purpose of this order is to prevent resource damage to wildlife, soils, plants, water and other resources caused by unregulated cross-country travel by motorized wheeled vehicles. This order is temporary. It is intended to stop resource damage and the creation of new routes while forest managers analyze the current motorized wheeled-vehicle roads, trails and areas and designate those open to motor vehicle use. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act Regulations at 40 CFR 1507.3((2)(ii), I have determined that Forest Service policy allows this action to be categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) or an environmental impact statement (EIS). This action falls within Forest Service Handbook (FSH) Category 31.12 (1): Orders issued pursuant to 36 CFR Part 261- Prohibitions to provide short-term resource protection. I find that this order fits within this category of actions because it is short-term (approximately one year) and it is needed to protect resources. Therefore an EA or EIS is not required. Documentation and other records providing evidence of resource damage are located in the administrative record file at the Supervisors Office of the Plumas National Forest. Prior to taking this action, I consulted with an interdisciplinary team (IDT) to determine whether any extraordinary circumstances exist that would require preparation of an EA or EIS per FSH 1909.15, Chapter 30.3. IDT members included: Fred J. Krueger, Project Leader
Will Gainok, Soil Scientist and Hydrologist George Garcia, Wildlife Biologist
Joel Schultz, Wildlife Biologist
Linnea Hanson, Botanist
Kevin McCormick, Heritage
Deborah Schoenberg, Recreation
Based upon my review of this action and the administrative record, including consultation with the IDT and public involvement, I find no extraordinary circumstances related to the proposed action. Extraordinary circumstances include, but are not limited to, the presence of the following: Threatened or endangered species or sensitive species TES Flood plains, wetlands, or municipal watersheds Congressionally designated areas
Inventoried Roadless Areas
Research Natural Areas
American Indians and Alaska Native religious or cultural sites Archeological sites or historic properties My decision is based on the following evidence that this action is needed now to prevent further resource damage: specialist reports on soil and hydrology, federally listed threatened and endangered species, Forest Service sensitive plants and animals, and heritage resources showing that damage has occurred to valuable resources in the past and that the action is needed to prevent damage in the future. In addition, I have examined the resource damage maps, photographs, and the background summaries describing the national, regional, and local situation. I have also reviewed the biological evaluations for threatened, endangered, and sensitive plant species, and terrestrial animal species. These documents and photographs are contained in the administrative record. Taking this action now will prevent violations of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Noxious Weed Act. II. Public Involvement.
Public notification and scoping were conducted to help determine whether significant issues or extraordinary circumstances exist regarding the area closure. Public meetings were held in the fall of 2003 (3) and 2004 (4) to explain the process as well as keep the public involved in this process. During the summer of 2005 three field trips were also sponsored by the Plumas NF that explained the inventory to the public as well as demonstrated how the public could assist the Plumas with the route validation and evaluation process. The public also had the entire summer and fall of 2005 to identify any routes the National Forest possibly missed in its inventory. Notice of Plumas' proposal to restrict the use of OHV's to routes trails and areas appeared in local papers at the same time the public meetings and field trips were announced. The same information has also been posted on the Plumas' website. The Plumas NF has posted this action in the Forest's Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) since September 2004. All press releases and external and internal meeting notices as well as written public comment received are available in the Supervisor's Office. No objections, substantive comments, or extraordinary circumstances were identified during scoping as potentially having effects, which may significantly affect the environment. III. Findings Required by Other Laws
This area closure is consistent with the Plumas National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, as amended by the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment. No laws, executive orders, or regulations would require a finding as shown in IDT reports. This action is in compliance with the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended and codified in 36 CFR 800, and the Programmatic Agreement between the California State Historic Preservation Officer and the Forest Service regarding the treatment of historic properties by the National Forests of the Sierra Nevada. This action is also consistent with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Forest Management Act, Clean Water Act, and all other applicable acts. This action will not discriminate against any group or protected class because it applies to use of all wheeled motor vehicles. This process is open to the public and does not exclude anyone based on age, race, religion, sex, etc. IV. Implementation Date
This decision will be implemented 30 days following publication of the Legal Notice in the Feather River Bulletin. ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OR APPEAL OPPORTUNITIES This decision is not subject to appeal pursuant to Forest Service Regulations at 36 CFR 215, Notice, Comment, and Appeal Procedures for National Forest System Projects and Activities, Section 215.12(f). V. Contact Person.
For more information concerning the motorized wheeled vehicle restriction order, or to receive notices concerning opportunities to participate in the upcoming route designation process for the Plumas National Forest, contact the Project Leader, Fred J. Krueger, at (530) 283-7840. Signed: /s/ James M. Pea, Forest Supervisor Date: Nov. 20, 2006
Published FRB, IVR, CP, PR
Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 2006