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The comment period for the Travel Management proposed action has been extended to January 30, 2015. See comment form link below.

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is proposing changes to motor vehicle use on specific roads, trails and areas within the non-wilderness portion of the Forest. Winter -- over the snow motorized use --  will not be analyzed at this time and is not part of this proposal.

Proposed Action for Motorized Travel Management

The proposed action is to close the Forest to cross-country motorized travel off the existing National Forest system road network, and existing National Forest system motorized trails, consistent with current designations of vehicle type and seasonal closures.

  • All roads currently open for motorized use (maintenance levels 2-5) would remain open to highway legal vehicles.
  • All motorized trails would remain open to the current vehicle designation (4x4, ATV (<50 inches wide), or motorcycle).
  • All closed roads (maintenance level 1) would be closed to all motorized vehicles, unless part of a motorized system trail.

Motorized vehicles would be allowed to drive up to 30 feet from the edge of all open roads to park. As displayed on the proposed action maps, motorized access to dispersed camping within 300 feet of specifically designated roads would be permitted.

Motorized travel would be restricted to existing routes within those corridors and not permitted closer than 100 feet from water. An exception to the 100 foot set-back from water would apply for identified Respect the River sites.

Motorized travel off the identified system of roads and trails, and off established routes to access dispersed camping within corridors, would be prohibited.

December 2014 
Travel Management Newsletter
[2-page PDF]

Proposed Action Purpose and Need
[4-page PDF]

Proposed Action Maps

Comment Form

The comment period for the Travel Management proposed action has been extended to January 30, 2015.

Please follow the link below to submit comments.

The preferred comment method is online via this website:

Comment on Motorized Travel Management Proposed Action  ]

You can also print and fill out this Comment Form, and mail it in.


For more information contact Jennifer Zbyszewski, Interdisciplinary Team Leader at:


WATV Information

Due to the passing of a new state law in Washington (HR1632), there’s a need to clarify the Motor Vehicle Use language as it pertains to driving ORV on National Forest roads. More Information


Information from Past Scoping

Since 2005, when the Travel Rule was published, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has been working with interested organizations and individuals to develop a Forest-wide travel management plan that included site specific decisions. Largely due to the complexity of displaying analysis of site specific effects for individual motorized roads and trails across the 4 million acre Forest, that endeavor was not proving successful. Therefore, the Forest Leadership has decided to provide the input gathered an analysis conducted over the past several years to the Ranger Districts. The Districts will work together in zones to further develop and analyze site specific proposals for motorized travel management. The Scoping information from the previous analysis that will be carried forward into those site specific proposals remains available online HERE

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