Current Access Issues & Actions To Take:
Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger District Road Closures(Where Shoe Creek, Big Levels etc is located)
The Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger District recently (September 24th) released thier seasonally closed road list (http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gwj/ne...TELPRDB5437419
). Unfortunatly they have decided to make changes that affect dual sporters in the district.
1. Enchanted Creek FDR1881 is a great dual sport route - included in the BRT - that goes under the BRP - and is one of the better off road rides off of the parkway. For years it has been open from April 1st through December 31st. This year the USFS has decided to push the opening out to August 1st - significantly limiting our ability to enjoy the route during good weather.
2. Bobletts Gap FDR4008 (incorrectly listed as 3004) on the press release has been open year round. This is another neat road that winds its way underneath the Blue Ridge Parkway. This year is is closed from January through August - only reopening for a few months. I have been told this is in the interest of public safety - as an elderly driver took the road this spring in his sedan and wrecked / stranded his car.
3. They have also pushed the opening dates of Inch Branch FDR1823 and Panther Mountain FDR1286.
Here is an older schedule for comparison: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gwj/ne...TELPRDB5338584
Actions you can take:
I have spoken with Dave Whitmore who is in charge of roads in the District. Super nice guy - seems reasonable. He said this is experimental - and is seeking user input. Send him a letter letting him know you would like these roads open in the spring and not late summer. Feel free to cite your interest in dual sporting - and if you are hunter - access for spring Turkey. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
- you can also CC Annie Downing at email@example.com
The George Washington National Forest Plan will be arriving any moment. This document directs how the forest will be managed for the next 10+ years. I do not expect it to be favorable to our sport. We will need to comment and get involved if we need to appeal any decisions.
To get a sense of what is to come check out the travel planning documents:
Report - http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5299426.pdf
Spreadsheets that highlight every road in the GW - its current status - and what they are looking to close: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...db5299427.xlsx
Maps to view what is at risk: North http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5322940.pdf