This Special Order implements the February 12, 2010 Record of Decision Enacting the Forest Plan Travel Management Direction for Certain Areas of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. These Areas, Roads, and Trails are closed to provide quiet recreation opportunities and to provide and protect wildlife security and winter ranges.
Order 2015-BD-D1-023 was signed on October 19, 2015. This order is necessary to implement the February 12, 2010 Record of Decision Enacting the Forest Plan Travel Management Direction for Certain Areas of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The Restricted Area is shown on the attached maps. This order prohibits possessing or using a motor vehicle anywhwere not designated open to vehicle use. For purposes of this order, it is prohibited to use or possess a motor vehicle, excluding snowmobiles, off of a route designated as open by the February 12, 2010 Record of Decion Enacting the Forest Plan Travel Management Direction for Certain Areas of the Beaverhead-Deerldoge National Forest.
The Beaverhead-Deerldoge Forest Supervisor signed a letter on October 7, 2015 clarifying UTV use on motorized trails. The use of vehicles 50 inches or less in width is permitted on roads and trails designated as open per the FEIS and ROD of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Travel Plan direction and the published MVUMs. Vechile width is defined as the overall width outside of the to outside of the tire.
Side-by-sides or Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs) that are less than 50 inches wide and are "trail vehicles" are considered to be within the scope of the definition of an ATV under our existing travel decisions.
Over this past winter, the Pintler Ranger District has worked with a logger to remove the large overstory lodgepole pine within Piney Campground and Boat Launch to provide for public saftey. This decision was made in the fall of 2014, and did not come easily. We understand and appreciate that Piney Campground, located along the northwestern shore of Georgetown lake, has become a special place for many people over the years. Continue Reading . . .
Forest Trail No. 4143 (Ditch Saddle Trail) is closed to all public use to ensure public health and safety during construction on the trail and within 1/8 mile buffer along the new construction segments: beginning at the junction of Norton Trail #4095 in T3, R10W, Section 36 and continuing in a southwesterly direction for approximately 5 miles to the junction of Burnt Mountain Trail #4125 in T2N, R10W, Section 8. The closure is in effect from July 1, 2016 until October 15, 2016 unless rescinded earlier when construction is complete.
For more information contact the Butte-Jefferson Ranger District at (406) 494-2147
The China Ditch (structure) from the old Phosphate Mine in the SE 1/4 of Section 9, T8N, R11W near Forest Service road #302 (Pikes Peak Road) to the SW 1/4 of Section 3, T8N, R11W near Forest Service road #5167 (Emery Ridge Road) is closed for public safety due to unstable soils and recent failures due to ditch bank instability. The closure is in effect from May 16, 2016 to May 16, 2017 unless rescinded earlier.
The portions of the Nez Perce Trail #7092 in T4N, R6W, Section 17 and continuing in a southeasterly direction to the terminus in T3N, R6W, Section 14; approximately 15 miles north of Butte is closed for public safety due to trail reconstruction. The closure is in effect from August 28th to October 15th unless rescinded earlier.
Before traveling or going outdoors to play, it's good to check the current weather and weather forecast. Especially in mountainous areas, local conditions can change quickly. Be well prepared so you can enjoy your trip!