March 19, 2010 - Coconino National Forest, located in Coconino and Yavapai Counties in Arizona, has published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for its Travel Management Plan. Currently, the Coconino National Forest does not have a forestwide designated road or trail system and cross-country motorized travel is permitted except in areas that are signed closed or restricted to seasonal use. Among the alternative proposals in the DEIS, the preferred plan would provide the least amount of access for motorized use. If approved, the DEIS would:
1. Designate 3,280 miles of roads as open to the public and prohibit cross-county travel off of designated roads and motorized trails;
2. Add 64 miles of user-created routes as roads and provide over 600 miles of corridor for motorized dispersed camping alongside certain designated roads;
3. Include 25 miles of existing trails; and
4. Designate 13,700 acres as open for OHV use.
Comments on the DEIS will be accepted until May 17, 2010. It is important that OHV enthusiasts get involved in the designation process by contacting Forest staff. Comments may be submitted by email to CNFtravelcomments@fscomments.org
, by fax to 916-456-6724 or by mail to: CNF Travel CommentsP.O. Box 1919Sacramento, CA 95812 Additional information found online: View Full Text of DEIS; Supporting Documents; and Maps http://www.arra-access.com/site/R?i=...MysPqKfY5QZ3pQ
For further information, please contact Jim Beard at Coconino National Forest at 928-527-3474.