The Gila National Forest, located in southwestern New Mexico, will be hosting a series of Travel Management workshops during the month of September. The meetings will take place in several communities in and around the forest, including Las Cruces, and are a follow-up to meetings and open houses held in 2006.
The purpose of the workshops is to provide an opportunity for the public to review a draft proposal of the designations and provide input to the Forest. Anyone interest in motorized vehicle use on the National Forest is encouraged to attend one of these workshops.
The Forest is seeking input that will assist in improving the draft proposal for a designated motorized system. Maps and tables of the draft proposal will be available for review at the workshops. The Forest will also provide information on the Travel Management Rule and the Forest designation process, which includes public input received since the first meetings in 2006.
Information to be presented at the workshops will be posted on the Forest website beginning in early September: http://www2.srs.fs.fed.us/r3/gila/
. The website will allow individuals and organizations an opportunity to obtain information and provide public input on the draft proposal, plus allow sufficient time to review prior to the workshop.
Travel Management Workshop Schedule:
Black Range Ranger District (R.D.)
September 17, 2008 Winston Winston Community Center 6:00 to 8:00 pm
September 20, 2008 Las Cruces NM Game & Fish office 10:00 am to noon
September 24, 2008 Hillsboro Community Center 6:00 to 8:00 pm
September 25, 2008 Truth or Consequences Black Range R.D. 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Glenwood Ranger District
September 15, 2008 Mule Creek Community Center 6:00 to 8:00 pm
September 16, 2008 Mogollon Fire House 6:00 to 8:00 pm
September 22, 2008 Glenwood Glenwood School 6:00 to 8:00 pm
September 23, 2008 Alma Alma Grill 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Quemado Ranger District
September 11, 2008 Luna Community Center 6:00 to 8:00 pm
September 12, 2008 Quemado Quemado School 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Reserve Ranger District
September 13, 2008 Reserve Community Center 10:00 am to noon
Silver City Ranger District
September 27, 2008 Silver City Gila National Forest, 10:00 am to noon
Wilderness Ranger District
September 24, 2008 Mimbres Wilderness District Office 2:00 to 7:00 pm
JUST REMEMBER, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN. PLEASE GET INVOLVED!