SEQUOIA Trail Plan Workshops Updated 2/1/09

The Sequoia Forest is hosting workshops to discuss their proposed plan for which trails will remain open to motorized use. We hope you can attend and voice your support for keeping trails open

FROM THE FOREST PRESS RELEASE-
The focus of the next 60-days will be to communicate what is in the Draft EIS, to help the public understand the proposal, to review the analysis, and to attend public meetings to discuss issues and concerns. Following the analysis of public comments, Forest Supervisor Terrell will make a final decision and create a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD). This decision is scheduled to be made late spring, 2009.
Five public workshops will be held throughout forest communities to display maps and information, and explain key features of the document. The workshop schedule is:
 
 
 Location Date Time
 Kerr-McGee Center/ Fossil Falls Room
100 W. California Ave., Ridgecrest, CA
 Tuesday, February 17, 2009 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 Forest Supervisors Office
1839 S. Newcomb, Porterville, CA
 Saturday, February 21, 2009 9:30 am - 11:30 am
 Clarion Hotel
3540 Rosedale Highway, Bakersfield, CA
 Saturday, February 21, 2009 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
 Lake Isabella
Location To Be Announced later.
 Saturday, February 28, 2009
  9:30 am - 11:30 am
Clarion Hotel
3540 Rosedale Highway, Bakersfield, CA
 Saturday, February 28, 2009 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
 
 
The workshops and open houses are opportunities for interested people to drop in during the event hours to informally meet with Forest Service staff and learn about the Draft EIS. Each meeting will feature maps and other information that illustrate and explain an overall travel management system. Displays and Forest Service personnel will be on hand to help guide people to the information they want.
 
The Draft EIS, ten maps representing the alternatives, and other project information will soon be available on the Sequoia National Forest website at www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia/projects/ohv_route_designation, or a CD with the Draft EIS and maps can be requested by email from sequoiaroutes@fs.fed.us, or by contacting Chris Sanders, Project Team Leader, at (559) 784.1500.
 
This travel management project is part of a Forest Service initiative designed to address the impacts of unmanaged recreation on the health of national forests. The DEIS proposes to regulate and manage wheeled motor vehicle use in the Sequoia National Forest and to identify roads and trails where this use will be allowed. It also addresses seasonal closures of wheeled motor vehicle routes. Other National Forests in California are developing similar management direction.
 
See the whole press release here:
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