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Unread 04-05-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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Court Order Prohibits Motorized Vehicle Travel on 42 Popular OHV Routes

Release Date: Apr 4, 2012 Placerville, CA
Contact(s): Frank Mosbacher

Forty-two off-highway-vehicle routes that cross meadows in the Eldorado National Forest may be closed to motor vehicle travel this recreation season while the Forest Service completes an environmental analysis, announced Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy.
The potential travel prohibitions are the result of a February 2012 court order by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton. The order said the Forest Service failed to comply with the National Forest Management Act in 2008 when it designated “open for public motor vehicle use” portions of 42 routes that cross meadows. Judge Karlton ordered the Forest Service to “set aside” the decision that designated these segments as open and to reconsider the decision.
A final court order with further direction to the Forest Service is pending. In the interim, Karlton ordered the 42 routes remain closed to motorized public use. The final order will identify specifically where travel will be prohibited until a new environmental decision is made.
“I know that prohibiting travel on these routes will be a big disappointment to forest visitors, but we have to be responsive to the order.” said Hardy. “I have a team of people lined up to complete a supplemental environmental impact statement as quickly as possible.”
The SEIS is scheduled to begin in April or May 2012 and to be completed by April 2013.
Hardy says many popular high county routes may be affected by the closure. Some of these routes include: Barrett Lake Jeep Trail; Squaw Ridge Four Wheel Drive Trail; Clover Valley/ Deer Valley Trail; Strawberry Four Wheel Drive Trail; Carson Emigrant Trail; Allen’s Camp Motorcycle Trail and the Bucks Pasture Motorcycle Trail. The Rubicon 4wd Trail is not affected by this court order.
Maps and a complete list of the routes affected by the court order will be posted on the Eldorado National Forest website at: Eldorado - Home. These maps will be modified to reflect the final court order once it is received. A free-of-charge motor vehicle use map that shows the routes that are open to wheeled motor vehicle use will be available at all Eldorado National Forest offices in June 2012 reflecting the final order.
“I intend to close the routes where it makes sense to do so if the final order prohibits travel on routes that cross meadows,” said Hardy. “A route may be closed near a meadow or some distance away depending on how difficult it is to turn a vehicle around.”
Some routes will also be closed indirectly because they branch off closed routes and will not be accessible.

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Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Meadow Court Order
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List of 42 Routes
Route No Name
08N23B Prothro Headwater
08N35 Upper West Panther
09N01 Blue Lakes
9N04 Pardoe 4WD**
09N08 Stockton Camp
09N15 Leek Springs Valley
09N54 Leoni
9N82 Squaw Ridge 4WD Trail**
09N83 Clover Valley/Deer Valley Trail
09N95 Cosumnes Head
10N01 Spur off Woods Lake**
10N03 Devil’s Gate Sumer Home
10N06 Pebble Ridge
10N13
Strawberry 4WD Trail and road
connecting to County Road**
10N14 Mule Canyon
10N21 Long Canyon 4WD Trail
10N26** Sciots Creek
10N32 South Beanville Creek
10N98 Jim Quinn Spur
10NY04 Middle Long Canyon
10NY05 Rocky RoadEldorado National Forest Travel Management Meadow Court Order
04/03/12
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10NY06 Upper Long Canyon
11N09A Bryan Creek
11N22** *Strawberry Creek
11N23F North Shanty Spur
11N26F Barrett lake 4WD Trail
11N70** McManus
11NY32 47 Milestone
12NY06 Crystal Shortcut
12NY15 West Robbs Peak
13N24** Dry Lakes
14N05 McKinstry Lake
14N27 Bunker Meadow
14N39 Richardson Lake 4WD
14N58 Jerrett Peak
17E12 Motorcycle Trail to Lover's Leap
17E16 Little Round Top
17E17 Bucks Pasture motorcycle trail
17E19 Allen's Camp motorcycle trail
17E21 Horse Canyon motorcycle trail
17E24 Carson Emigrant Trail
17E28 Long Valley motorcycle trail
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Unread 04-05-2012, 09:35 PM   #2
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Barret and strawberry is unfortunate. Have no clue what the others are
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Unread 04-06-2012, 06:01 AM   #3
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Goodness. we don't even have that many trails in the whole state of TN.
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Wow, hopefully the trails open again in 2013. Seems that we loose too many trails every year.
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Wow, hopefully the trails open again in 2013. Seems that we loose too many trails every year.
When have you ever see the government reopen a trail?
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Unread 04-06-2012, 04:31 PM   #6
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It has happened to few areas in CA, so we can live in hope and keep bugging them.
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Yeah be the squeaky wheel then, maybe you'll overcome!
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Need report!!!
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Anti-offroaders used to try to close entire routes. Now they will try to slice routes at critical points such as meadows or inserting wilderness "study" areas that effectively cut the route in half. The next step is to show the declining use on the leftover "halves" and then close them entirely.
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