How to Comment to Forest Service Updated 7/1/07

 
List of Important Trails to add back
 
At the bottom of this page you will find a list of high value trails which need to be added back into the Forest trail plan, but first here are some examples of comments for those of you who are not sure what to say.
 
Comments are due no later than 7/16/07
 
Yes this is a bunch of work, but aren't your trails worth a little of your time
 
One key comment everyone should include in their letters is to object to the proposed closure of the the trails from 11/15-5/25 of each year. Trails are currently open all year & we see no system wide reason to require this change.
 
 
COMMENT EXAMPLES
For your comment to have the most impact you will need to add comments next to each trails
 
For example, and this is just an example Do not copy this as your comments as these are comments being submitted by others:
 
We need a route that provides access from the Landers area to the Lake Isabella basin. This is a traditional route taken by riders seeking a longer distance experience. This route also allows riders to refuel and reprovision as there is no fuel and limited water in the back country. It is important for riders to be able to exit the trail system via this route if they begin to experience fatigue and dehydration.
 
Alternative routes to achieve these goals include the trail North of Dry Meadow, Little Dry Meadow trail, and Willow Gulch trail.
 
Of these trails Willow Gulch is technically the easiest route. The trail north of Dry Meadow has the advantage of offering a longer ride, but is more challenging. Little Dry is the most challenging route in the region but also offers the best view opportunity as well as technical challenge for the expert rider.
 
Because each route has unique qualities all three routes should remain on the system."
 
Or, " Of the three routes the trail North of Dry meadow is the preferred route because it has fewer switchbacks, the tread is in better condition, and the rocky terrain of this trail will require less maintenance"..
 
Or, "trail X and trail Y have the same destination but there is a problem area (erosion, wildlife habitat, arch site) on trial X so trail Y would be preferred as it avoids the area of resource damage".
 
Or, "trail X and Trail Y have the same end destination but trail Y allows riders to avoid the road not open to green sticker vehicles".
 
The above are the kind of comments Forest Service is looking for.
 
Here is the comment form
 
Here is the evaluation criteria
 
How to write substantive comments to an NOI
 
 
It is critical that trail users participate in the designation process to make sure that your favorite trails are incorporated into the plan. The comment period for this preliminary notice will remain open until July 15th, 2007. Written comments should be submitted to:
 
Chris Sanders
Travel Management
Sequoia National Forest
1839 S. Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257
 
csanders@fs.fed.us
 
Please email a copy to Stewards at 
stewards@stewardsofthesequoia.org
 
Below is a list of high value trails which need to be added back into the Forest trail plan
Please use this list as a basis for your comments. Please change around the order of the trails in your letter.
 
In the Piute Mountains at least 73 trails are proposed to be closed in total or in majority. Below are 68 of the more important trails to add back in.
 
Piute Trails to add back to the system: 
32E52 Little Dry trail
34E41 Willow Gulch trail
34E34 Brightsar trail
U00013 Sunday trail
34E42 Woolstalf Meadow trail
U00160 Bob Rabbit trail
U00232 Lower Bear Trap
U00434 Steve Springs trail
U00132 Trophy trail
U00144 Access Connector to Mack Meadow Trail
U00344 Mack Meadow trail
U00064 Mooreland Mine & Bright Canyon Mine Road
U00032 Mine below Alaska Flat
U00075 Gold trail
U00076 Gold trail
U00021 Gold trail
U00042 Blue trail
U00043 Dark Canyon trail
U01234 Canyon Trail extension
33E65 Liebel Peak trail
33E68 Cold Springs trail
33E45 Clear Creek trail
U00057 Badrock Ridge trail
U00050 Glen Olive Mine trail
U00055 Mining Spur near Glen Olive
U00056 Mining Spur near Glen Olive
U00072 Near Piute Peak
U00074 Near Piute Peak
U00053 Brown Peak trail
U00067 near Brown Peak
U00066 Near Brown Peak
U00443 Hillock Trail
U00446 Connector to 0931
U00049 Eastern trail
U00831 Western trail
U00011 Climber trail
U00008 BBQ Heaven trail
U00009A Flat Tire trail
U00010 Squirrel Trail
U00034 Easy Creek trail
U00145 Mouse trail
U00037 Stubbs trail
U00004 Deer Canyon trail
U00004A Canyon trail
U00004B Upper Deer Canyon trail
U00020 Saddle trail
U00051 Sorrell Anyone trail
U00038 Saddle trail
U00112 Jawbone trail
U00312 Jawbone trail
U00012 also known as 29S02A access to cabin
U00022 Corkscrew trail
U00019 Corkscrew trail
U00033 Corkscrew trail
U00833 Weldon trail
U00554 Grouse Meadow extension
U00354 Grouse Meadow extension
U00831 Weldon trail
U00931A Twist & Shout trail
U00931 Twisty trail
29S03 Road next to Grouse Meadow trail
U00154 Spur north of Grouse
26S25 Road near Alaska Flat
U00047 Connector trail part of Brown Peak trail, part of Rim of World Loop
U00341 Spur near Twisty trail
U00241 Loop near Twisty trail
U00333 Loop near Corkscrew
  
Greenhorn Breckenridge Mountains at least 206 trails are proposed to be closed in total or in majority, below are 86 of the more important ones to add back in
 
Greenhorn Trails to add back to the system: 
31E80 Golf Meadow 4WD
U01051 Connector to Golf Meadow 4x4
U01053 small loop out from Golf Meadow 4x4
U01007 Spur off 28S10 near Breckenridge Campground
U01008 Spur off 25S19 near Breckenridge Campground
U01020 Spur off 28S34 near Breckenridge Campground
U01023 Spur off 28S34 near Breckenridge Campground
U01058 Spur off 32E49 Kern River trail may connect to 28S67
U01119 loop option off of U01149
U01150 Ridge trail
U01157 Deloneghe Jeep road
31E22 Deloneghe Jeep road
U01154 Quartz Mountain trail
U01155 could provide less steep alternate to Bradshaw 4WD if it was connected
U01156 Loop off Bradshaw 4WD
32E47 Section north of Quartz Mountain
U01193 possible route onto BLM
U01093 possible hunting access spur off 31E22
U01151 possible hunting access spur off 31E22
U01152 possible hunting access spur off 31E22
U01108 possible camping spur west of Evans Flat
U01107 possible camping spur west of Evans Flat
26S01A possible camping spur west of Evans Flat
26S01B possible camping loop road west of Evans Flat
26S01 possible camping loop road west of Evans Flat
U01127 possible camping loop road west of Evans Flat part of West Evans Loop
U01125 possible camping loop road west of Evans Flat
U01142 possible camping loop road west of Evans Flat
U01130 possible camping loop road west of Evans Flat
U01133 possible camping loop road west of Evans Flat
U01131 Hogeye Ridge trail
U00016 Just Delightful trail
26S20B Possible camping spur north of Evans Flat
26S20A Possible camping loop north of Evans Flat
U00620 Connects 26S16 to 26S20A, probably a road not user created
U00622 Likely camping loop off 26S19
26S23 Camping/hunting road near Red Mountain
26S23A Camping/hunting road near Red Mountain
U00626 Camping/hunting spur near Red Mountain
25S04G Camping/hunting road near Red Mountain
U00421 Canopy Trail
U00217 Provides an excellent connection and loop for the Wagy Flat area. Old logging route, Very nice single track continuation of trails from BLM & loop opportunity
U00417 Provides an excellent connection and loop for the Wagy Flat area. Old logging route, Very nice single track continuation of trails from BLM & loop opportunity
U00318
U00121 Loop near Alta Sierra
U00221 Loop near Alta Sierra
U00018 Scorpion Trail, Cook Peak Connector from Old State
U00721 Hunting camping atv access road near Greenhorn Summit
U00722 Hunting camping atv access road near Greenhorn Summit
U00126 Hunting camping atv access road near Greenhorn Summit
25S26 Hunting camping atv access road near Greenhorn Summit
25S20 Hunting camping atv access road near Greenhorn Summit
U00523 Hunting camping atv access road near Greenhorn Summit
U00825 Hunting camping atv access road near Greenhorn Summit
U00725 Hunting camping atv access road near Greenhorn Summit
U00227 Hunting camping atv access road near Greenhorn Summit
25S27A Hunting camping atv access road near Sunday Peak
25S28A Hunting camping atv access road near Sunday Peak
U00223 Mazanita trail
U00323 Connector To manzanita trail part of Owl Mine trail
U00423 Connector To manzanita trail part of Owl Mine trail
25S40 Hunting camping atv access road north of Greenhorn Summit
25S19 Hunting camping atv access road north of Greenhorn Summit
U00125 Hunting camping atv access road north of Greenhorn Summit
U00823 Portuguese Pass trail Spur A
31E83 Virginia trail
U00328 Virginia trail
U00428 Hunting camping atv access road southwest of Sunday Peak
U00429 Hunting camping atv access road southwest of Sunday Peak
U00228 Hunting camping atv access road southwest of Sunday Peak
24S35C Hunting camping atv access road near Bull Run
24S46 Hunting camping atv access road near Bull Run
24S46A Hunting camping atv access road near Bull Run
U00001 Hunting camping atv access road near Bull Run, may be access road to private property
31E59 Portuguese Pass trail beyond
24S50C Road parallel to Sequoia Monument
U01120 Loops around the Evans Flat Campground area for family recreation & to Woodward peak
U01123 Loops around the Evans Flat Campground area for family recreation & to Woodward peak
U01118 Loops around the Evans Flat Campground area for family recreation & to Woodward peak
U01117 Loops around the Evans Flat Campground area for family recreation & to Woodward peak
U01101 Spur near Basket Pass
U01097 Spur near Basket Pass, part of West Evans Loop
U01096 Spur near Basket Pass, part of West Evans Loop
U00016 Just Delightful
31E66 Sunday Peak Trail
 
Stewards has taken great pains to try to make this list as accurate as possible with the limited information provided to us to date by the Forest Service. Stewards cannot therefore be held responsible for any errors.Those wishing to find out more should attend meetings & request further documentation from the Sequoia Forest Service.
 
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