Located in central Nevada, the Austin and Tonopah Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are inviting public comments on the proposed Combined Travel Management Project. This project includes adjustments to the current forest transportation system, additions of user-created routes to that system and the prohibition of motor vehicles off designated routes.
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A scoping document and maps describing the project are online at http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/projects/. Hard copies (either printed versions or CD) can be obtained by contacting the Austin Ranger District Office at (775 ) 964-2671 or by written request to Austin Ranger District, P.O. Box 130, Austin, NV 89310.
In summary, the Proposed Action would prohibit motor vehicle use off the designated NFS roads and NFS trails. The Proposed Action also includes changes to the current forest transportation system located on the Austin and Tonopah Ranger Districts. These include changes to the status of NFS roads and NFS trails. The Proposed Action includes the addition of some user-created routes to the current forest transportation system. Motor vehicle use on these routes may be authorized by the type of vehicle permitted and by the time of year.
The Proposed Action does not include the designation of OHV areas where motor vehicles would not be restricted to designated routes nor does it provide for game retrieval. The Forest would continue to be open to other forms of cross-country travel, such as by horseback, hiking, over-snow machines and cross-country skiing.
To assist the Forest Service in identifying and considering issues and concerns on the Proposed Action, comments or suggestions should be as specific as possible. It is also helpful if comments refer to specific events, conditions, or practices, whenever possible. Comments may also address the Proposed Action, issues, and alternatives described in the scoping document.
Steven Williams, Austin and Tonopah District Ranger James Winfrey, Project Manager
100 Midas Canyon Road 1200 Franklin Way
P. O. Box 130 Sparks, NV 89431
Austin, NV 89310
If anyone has questions regarding the planning process or timeframes as they relate to this project, please contact Project Manager James Winfrey at (775) 778-6129. If you have questions regarding specific roads, or if you would like to arrange for a Forest Service representative to attend your meetings or visit with your group to provide additional information, please contact District Ranger, Steven Williams at (775) 964-267l.
JUST REMEMBER, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN, PLEASE GET INVOLVED!