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Cal4Wheel submits objections to Sierra National Forest Motorized Recreation Plan

| Rose Winn, Cal4Wheel Natural Resources Consultant | Access Issues

Cal4Wheel submitted Objections to the Sierra National Forest Motorized Recreation Plan (MRP) update. The MRP update would add a mere 30 miles of trails to the National Forest Trail System and Motor Vehicle Use Map. Cal4Wheel asserted that this limited addition of mileage is insufficient and does not serve to fulfill the purpose and need for the MRP update - which is to enhance motorized recreation in SNF, provide a linked system of routes that accesses more diverse riding opportunity, create looped routes, and increase access to dispersed camping and recreation.

After analyzing the MRP Environmental Assessment, Cal4Wheel believes that the Forest Service has failed to resolve significant, critical concerns and legal violations on the following Plan components:

  1. NEPA analysis
  2. Alignment with existing Plans and Policies
  3. Negative cumulative impacts
  4. Negative economic impacts
  5. Analysis of impacts to endangered and threatened species

Additionally, Cal4Wheel called on the Forest Service to fulfill their contracted responsibility to balance the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum by analyzing all un-inventoried, non-system, and user-created OHV routes for consideration of addition to the MRP.

Read the full objection letter via this link

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