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Forest Service requests input on Ely travel management plan

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usfs-logo-150x150-1390412-5759719USFS NEWS RELEASE

ELYThe Ely Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, is requesting public input regarding the Ely Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Maps (Travel Plan) to determine what changes may be needed.

On February 9, 2009, a Decision Notice/Finding of No Significant Impact was signed for the Ely Ranger District Travel Management Project.  This decision designated which roads and trails were open to motorized use on the Ely Ranger District.  In 2010, motor vehicle use maps were published for the Ely Ranger District in accordance with the decision signed in 2009.

Travel Management regulations at 36 CFR 212.54 provide for revision of designated roads, as needed.  As the Ely Travel Management Plan has been implemented, Ely District staff has received comments from the public that there are roads that were overlooked, roads that may not be passable to the vehicle class identified, and roads and trails that may need different designations.  Between now and November of 2012, Ely District staff are requesting public comments and participation to identify where changes need to be made to the Ely Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Maps (Travel Maps).

Over the next eight months, Ely District staff will hold a series of open houses with extended office hours for the public to look over maps and talk about specific concerns.  The following are the dates and times for each open house:

  • Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2012, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 23, 2012, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 21, 2012, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

All of the open houses will be held at the Ely Ranger District Office on 825 Avenue E., in Ely.     In the meantime, interested parties are encouraged to review the Ely Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Maps, which are available at the office at the address above or on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest web site at:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5246242

Learn more about this release by talking with Jose Noriega, Ely District Ranger, at 775-289-5100, or Joshua Simpson, Ely Ranger District Recreation Staff, at 775-289-5129.

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