Wisconsin -USFS Travel Mgt Rule Mtgs

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  1. Cannonshot

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    This will be of interest to some of the Big Woods folks and others who ride in the C-N National Forest.

    This is important stuff. If the path is not on the list, no access will be allowed. Much easier to work to keep access now rather than to try to get it on the list later.


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    <st1:date w:st="on" Year="2007" Day="19" Month="9">September 19, 2007</st1:date> - Rhinelander, WI--- Want to know all about the Travel Management Rule? The <st1:placeName w:st="on">Chequamegon-Nicolet</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">National Forest</st1:placeType> will be hosting five Open Houses across the <st1:place w:st="on">Forest</st1:place> during October 2007 to present the initial proposal for the Travel Management Rule. The initial proposal is based on comments gathered last winter/spring from the public, local governments, tribes and Forest Service resource specialists.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Open Houses will include a brief presentation of the Travel Management Rule and the process for determining designated roads and trails as available for motorized use. The <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Chequamegon-Nicolet</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">National Forest</st1:placeType></st1:place>&#8217;s initial proposal of designated roads and trails will also be discussed. Forest Service staff will be available after the presentation to answer your questions and receive your written comments. You will have an opportunity to view maps of the current transportation system and the initial proposal. Comments and suggestions regarding designations for motorized vehicle use are welcome. As of early October the maps will also be available at District Offices and on the <st1:place w:st="on">Forest</st1:place> web site at www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf. <o:p></o:p>
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    Open Houses are scheduled as follows:<o:p></o:p>
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    Presentation: <st1:time w:st="on" Minute="0" Hour="18">6:00 to 6:45 p.m.</st1:time> Open House: <st1:time w:st="on" Minute="45" Hour="18">6:45 to 8:00 p.m.</st1:time><o:p></o:p>

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    The Travel Management Rule requires that the Forest Service designate those roads, trails and areas that are open to motorized vehicle use. If appropriate, class of vehicle and season of use will be designated also. &#8220;Open Houses will be held in each Ranger District, providing the public an opportunity to interact with <st1:place w:st="on">Forest</st1:place> personnel ask questions and learn more about the Travel Management Rule,&#8221; Forest Supervisor Jeanne Higgins said. The Rule, which moves the <st1:place w:st="on">Forest</st1:place> to a designated system of roads and trails for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use, prohibits cross-country travel. &#8220;This does not mean that OHVs are not allowed on the <st1:place w:st="on">Forest</st1:place>,&#8221; stated Higgins, &#8220;In fact, in the right places and managed carefully, OHV recreation is an appropriate use of the National Forest. The Travel Management Rule provides that OHVs are to be operated on roads and trails that allow for that use.&#8221; <o:p></o:p>
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    For additional information on the Open Houses, please call Joan Marburger, 715-762-5178, or BJ Johnson, 715-362-1335. If you plan on attending an Open House and need special accommodations, please call in advance.<o:p></o:p>
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    To learn more about the Travel Management Rule, please visit www.fs.fed/r9/cnnf or call your local Forest Service office.<o:p></o:p>

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  2. mogwai

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    This one has more impact on cheesehead dual sport and dirt riders than the Northern Highlands mgmt plan. The Feds have >million acres across da nortwuds.
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    Just announced.

    As a result of the actions taken by people pressing for forest access, the USFS added 200 miles of roads for motorized use in the CNNF.

    The USFS planned to eliminate about half of the roads in the forest (2,500 miles worth).

    One big argument against the action was that closing too many roads would make it difficult to hunt deer.

    The USFS received about 400 comments and on Monday restored 200 miles of roads (from what they were taking away) - about 64% of what the public asked for.

    Changes take effect in January. It will be important to get a copy of the Motor Vehicle Use Map when it is published as you are responsible to know if you are on an open road or not.

    Still a lot of aggravation out there - particularly with hunters.
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    Cool, perhaps now I may not need to drive 250 miles to the UP to take my WR out for a walk.

    These newly-opened roads for motorized use: might you happen to know if this will be similar to the other trails in Wisconsin (ATV good, dirtbike bad), or will this be dirtbike-good? Good would be very good indeed! :clap

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    The roads are not newly opened. They were taken out of the pot of roads that were proposed for closure. So instead of losing 2,500 miles of roads and trails, we are only losing 2,300 (in rough figures).

    The closure is bad, but also involves a lot of unauthorized, environmentally unsound, or "unneeded" access roads that the USFS wanted to get rid of. Access will be a problem for many with these closures. For dual sporters, this means that we lost a couple thousand miles of potential riding opportunities - whether we used them up to this point or not.

    The closures and adjustments are being made in all of the National Forests over time. Much of it has to do with correcting past wrongs.
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    Dear Forest Stakeholder,
    On September 22, 2008, I signed my decision regarding the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) Travel Management Project. You are receiving this letter because you submitted a comment on the CNNF Travel Management Project Environmental Assessment during the 30-day comment period or you requested a copy of the decision.
    The enclosed CNNF Travel Management Project Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI) describes my decision and rationale in detail. The DN/FONSI also provides information on the opportunity to appeal my decision pursuant to 36 CFR 215.
    The comments received during the 30-day comment period along with the Forest Service responses to those comments, the CNNF Travel Management Project DN/FONSI, and the maps to accompany my decision are posted in the CNNF website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf/rec/tmr/index.html. For hard copies of the response to comments or the maps please contact Joan Marburger at 715-762-5178.
    If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Joan Marburger at the phone number listed above.

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    JEANNE M. HIGGINS


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    Op-Ed from Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Supervisor Jeanne Higgins about the Travel Management Project ​
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    Our nation&#8217;s population has tripled since the Forest Service was founded. With this increase in population recreation use on national forests has vastly grown. Over the years the way people access their forests has dramatically changed as new types of motorized vehicles are being used. As a result the Forest Service established new regulations in 2005 to require a designated route system for wheeled motorized vehicle use. These regulations are known as the Travel Management Rule (TMR).
    In 2006, The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) began the process of designating this route system. The result of our efforts to gather input and comments from the public has brought us to the eve of the first decision for this on-going effort. I realize there has been confusion about what the end result will look like. I am taking this opportunity to help forest visitors understand what may or may not change.
    The tangible product from our efforts and decision will be a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM), the first to be available in January 2009. The MVUM will be the tool for you to use to know where you can go, what type of wheeled vehicle you can use and when you can travel on roads and trails in the forest. This effort is solely focused on the use of wheeled motorized vehicles and does not affect snowmobile use or other types of access (including administrative access to manage the forest and suppress wildfires, etc.). The MVUM will change over time as it will be updated annually to incorporate roads of interest. The second map will be available March 31, 2010.
    I have heard the concern that once the first MVUM is produced it will be a "done deal." I assure you, no roads will be physically closed as a result of this decision. In the future, any roads that are physically closed by gate or berm would go through a separate site specific environmental analysis and decision that would include public involvement.
    One specific point of confusion has been which roads would be available or unavailable for wheeled motorized use. Most of the roads that will become unavailable are not part of the managed road system (known as unauthorized roads). These are most often old logging roads or roads created and maintained by forest users. Many of these roads are overgrown and no longer accessible by vehicle.
    I recognize people are currently using some of these unauthorized roads. Our message has been and will continue to be, if you would like to continue using a particular road, please let us know. When we receive specific information about the road it will be evaluated through our roads analysis process. If a road will have minimal environmental impact, and is important for public access, it will likely be added to the map.
    Many roads analyzed have been added to the map since we started this process. Please be aware that roads brought to our attention to be considered for taking off the designated
    system will also be evaluated using the same process. The list of the roads that have been evaluated so far will be available on the CNNF web-site at the end of Sept.
    Even though we have received over 1,000 comments over the last two years I know there will likely be many visitors to the CNNF who may not know about this effort until after the MVUM has been produced. I pledge to you that we will continue efforts to reach all users of the CNNF. The first year we will focus our efforts on education, but you will have the responsibility to know where you are in relation to what is shown on the map as available for your use. We intend to assist with this effort by posting all system roads with road number signs to aid in orientation. ​
    I truly am interested in hearing from everyone. Continued collaboration will be the key to the success of the Travel Management Project. For more information please visit us on the web at www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf or you may call Joan Marburger, Travel Management Coordinator at (715) 762-5178.
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    [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman][FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]Updated 7/31/2008 [/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) Travel Management
    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is the Travel Management Rule (TMR)? ​
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    [/FONT]The Travel Management Rule is a national rule regarding travel management on National Forest System lands. It clarifies policy related to motor vehicle use, including off-highway vehicle (OHV) use. It provides management direction for providing sustainable access for motor vehicles, including OHVs, on national forests.

    • The rule requires each national forest to designate those roads, trails, and areas that are open to public motor vehicle use. Designations will include class of vehicle and, if appropriate, the time of year.

    • Designated roads, trails and areas will be identified on a motor vehicle use map (MVUM).

    • The complete text of the TMR can be found at the following link:

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    Why is the Travel Management Rule needed? ​
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    [/FONT]Previous Forest Service regulations were developed before the recent increases in OHV use and advances in OHV technology.

    • The Forest Service is responding to the growing motorized vehicle use demand on its roads and trails.

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    Why does the Forest Service allow OHV use on National Forests? ​
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    [/FONT]National Forests are used by the public for multiple purposes. When properly managed, OHV use is a legitimate use of National Forest System (NFS) lands. The intent of the proposed changes in OHV management on National Forests is to provide sustainable OHV use while limiting environmental impacts.

    • These changes also allow for a balance between motorized and non-motorized recreation.

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    What classes of vehicles are subject to the rule? ​
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    [/FONT]The technical definition of an OHV is: "any motor vehicle designed for or capable of cross-country travel on or immediately over land, water, sand, snow, ice, marsh, swampland or other natural terrain." (36 CFR, Part 212, Subpart A 1).

    • The new regulation applies to all classes of motor vehicles (not just OHVs) except aircraft, watercraft, and snowmobiles.

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    Which roads on the CNNF will be affected? ​
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    [/FONT]The rule only applies to roads and trails under sole Forest Service jurisdiction.

    • Roads under the jurisdiction of the state, counties, or towns are not subject to designation by the Forest Service.

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    What types of vehicles will be allowed on the CNNF? ​
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    [/FONT]The CNNF allows either highway legal vehicles (HLVs) or all terrain vehicles (ATVs). Both types of vehicles could be allowed on any given road.

    • Motorcycles are included in the CNNF’s definition of an ATV.

    • Utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) are not allowed at this time as they do not fall within the CNNF’s definition of an ATV.

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    What is the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) and how will it be used? ​
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    [/FONT]The MVUM is the tool the Forest will use to identify the designated network of roads and trails available for motorized use.

    • The MVUM will only display authorized public motorized use for Forest Service roads and trails. The public will need to check with other jurisdictions for allowed use on their roads and trails.

    • The MVUM is a law enforcement tool and the public will be responsible for knowing where they are on the ground through the use of this map.

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    When will the MVUM be effective? ​
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    [/FONT]The CNNF is scheduled to publish its first MVUM in January 2009. It is effective upon publication.

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    Where will the public be able to obtain the MVUM? ​
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    [/FONT]The MVUM will be available free of charge at all Forest offices and on the CNNF website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf/rec/tmr/index.html

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    Will roads be signed? ​
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    [/FONT]As a convenience to the public, the CNNF will sign with a road/trail number at the major and interior intersections of designated roads and trails.

    • ATV routes will be signed with both a number and ATV placard.

    • Implementation will take time. It will take several years to completely sign these intersections.

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    Will the MVUM be updated? When? ​
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    [/FONT]Yes, the MVUM will be updated annually.

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    Will the public have any input into the MVUM updates? What is the process? ​
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    [/FONT]Yes. Public involvement and input is critical to the success of the Travel Management process. The public will have an opportunity to submit suggestions continually to either add or remove specific roads or trails to the designated network.

    • A window of opportunity will be established and comments received after the closing of the window will be addressed in the following year’s update. Any suggested additions or deletions will be evaluated in the same manner as all the roads suggested thus far.

    • The CNNF will post the annual evaluation results on the Forest’s Internet website.

    • This project’s decision this fall will fully describe the update process.

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    [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman][FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]Updated 7/31/2008
    What is the CNNF Travel Management Project? ​
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    [/FONT]The CNNF Travel Management Project is the CNNF’s [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman][FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]implementation [/FONT][/FONT]of the national Travel Management Rule.

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    What is the CNNF Travel Management Project Environmental Assessment (EA) and how was it developed? ​
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    [/FONT]The CNNF Travel Management Project EA documents the assessment of the nature and importance of the physical, biological, social and economic effects of the Forest’s Proposal and its alternatives.

    • It provides the deciding official with the necessary information to make an informed decision.

    • The CNNF Travel Management Project Environmental Assessment was developed by an interdisciplinary team of resource specialists from the following resource areas: transportation planning; hydrology; soils; threatened, endangered and sensitive species; wildlife; non-native invasive species; heritage resources; recreation; social; and economic.

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    What is the CNNF’s proposal in the Travel Management Environmental Assessment? ​
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    [/FONT]The CNNF is proposing to reduce motorized access on 55% of the miles of sole Forest Service jurisdiction roads.

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    • While the CNNF is proposing to reduce motorized access on 55% of the miles of roads under sole Forest Service jurisdiction, these roads are only part the total miles of roads accessing the Forest. The 55% of miles of sole Forest Service jurisdiction roads equates to 28% of total miles of roads on the Forest.

    • Most of the roads proposed for closure are unauthorized roads. Unauthorized roads are not part of our current road system. Many of these roads are only accessible by high clearance vehicles or not accessible at all.

    • The number of miles of ATV trails is unchanged. ​
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    Does the CNNF’s proposal include road closures due to the wolf population? ​
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    [/FONT]No, wolves were not the reason for any of the road closures.

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    • While one of the outcomes of this project would be a reduction in the number of miles of open roads within wolf pack territories, it is ​
    [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman][FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]not [/FONT][/FONT]one of the purposes of this project.

    • Wildlife was used as one of the resource risks in the roads analysis along with public values. Wolves were a sub-category in wildlife and were always assessed low risk.

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    Did the public have input into the CNNF Travel Management Project EA? ​
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    [/FONT]Yes. Public involvement and input was critical to the development of the Forest’s Proposal and alternatives, which are documented in the CNNF Travel Management Project EA.

    • The CNNF held 15 open houses in 2007 where public input on specific roads was solicited. Ten open houses were held in Jan/Feb 2007 – five for the public and five for governmental entities. Five open houses were held in Oct 2007 to present our initial proposal to the public and to solicit additional comments.

    • The CNNF is accepting comments for 30 calendar days following the release of the Travel Management Project EA in July 2008. See below for instructions on how to comment.


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    Where can the public obtain a copy of the CNNF Travel Management Project EA?

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    [/FONT]If you specifically requested a copy of the EA, you will receive one in the mail. Otherwise, the EA may be obtained at any Forest Ranger District office and at either Supervisor’s Office or it may viewed/printed on the CNNF’s Internet website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf/rec/tmr/index.html

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    When and how can the public comment on the CNNF Travel Management Project EA? ​
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    [/FONT]The EA is scheduled for release in July 2008. Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of Legal Notice in the [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman][FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel[/FONT][/FONT], Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The publication date in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the comment period for this analysis (planned publication date is the week of July 14, 2008).

    • Please see the cover letter accompanying the EA for the specifics on how and where comments may be submitted. The cover letter is posted on the CNNF’s Internet website at the following link: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf/rec/tmr/index.html


    • Comments should be as specific as possible to help the Forest Service understand what additional considerations should be addressed prior to its decision. ​
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    How did the CNNF decide which roads to designate? ​
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    [/FONT]The roads considered in this process were only those specific roads brought forward by the public, governmental entities and Forest personnel. The Forest considered whether to designate motorized use on these roads. Changing the current authorized use was also considered.

    • These roads were analyzed against resource risk and access value criteria. This analysis was the basis for recommending designated motorized use on a particular road. Subsequently, an environmental analysis that considered physical, biological, social, and economic effects was also conducted.

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    so you gonna have the cannontracks out before the maps? :lol3
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    +1...:lol3 My thoughts exactly as I was reading it.
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    Thanks buddy! Good info to have in my files. We need to talk winter ride location.
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    Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, sportsmen compromise on road access

    By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel
    Posted: Dec. 23, 2008

    Managers of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and a coalition of hunting, fishing and trapping groups have struck a compromise on access to roads that had been slated for closure in the sprawling northern forest.

    The U.S. Forest Service has agreed over the next three years - 2009 to 2011 - not to issue citations to those who are using roads with motorized vehicles that were to be closed.

    Instead, visitors to the forest will be issued a written warning. They will also receive information on how to petition the Forest Service to open a closed road for motorized use.

    Last summer, many outdoors groups were caught off guard by the forest service's plans to close 55% of all roads in the Chequamegon-Nicolet. Forest service managers responded by adding 200 additional miles of roads.

    There are an estimated 4,657 miles of roads. But the forest service said many were underused and nearly impossible to drive on. Those being closed are often near wetlands and waterways.

    Though certain roads would be closed to cars, trucks, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, all the roads would remain open to hiking.
    As part of the agreement, the forest service will continue to issue citations to anyone who is violating restrictions on the use of motor vehicles in the forest, or causing environmental damage.

    "This agreement extends the opportunity for individuals to request roads to be open for use without fear of enforcement over the next three years," said George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, which brokered the compromise with the forest service.

    Suzanne Flory, a spokeswoman for the Chequamegon-Nicolet, said: "The priority for us is to make sure that people have the access that they need. This is why we are going to focus on using education."


    (Not on the CNNF web site yet.)

    (This also shows how influential some of the sportsmen's groups are. In this case it went to our benefit. This serves as a reminder of why it is important to be respectful of and work together with other groups. These guys would be a formidable enemy. Motorized groups submitted protests as well.)
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    nice, thanks for the update. I guess I'll see how many citiations I'll get :dunno. once the real map is released, I'll modify my routes accordingly. until I get real sick of it and stick to the U.P. and SW US. 3 years should give me enough time. :augie

    then off to baja. :lol3


    cheers Bryan.:thumb
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