Fremont-Winema National Forest's Motor Vehicle Use Map Available on Feb. 14, 2012

Release Date: Sep 28, 2011  

Contact(s): Erica Hupp 541-883-6715


Lakeview, Ore. – The Fremont-Winema National Forest’s Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM), which displays designated motorized vehicle routes available for public use, will be released to the public on Feb. 14, 2012. Issuance of the map will officially implement the Forest’s 2010 Motorized Travel Management Decision.

“We’ve worked with the public and our partners to provide public access throughout the Forest and balance that with our ability to sustain a road and motorized trail system.” said Rick Newton, Deputy Forest Supervisor. “This system of designated routes provides approximately 6,426 miles of roads and 173.5 miles of trails (total of 6,599.5 miles) for motorized use.”

“The Forest had originally planned to release the MVUM early in 2011,” said Newton. “Publication of the map was delayed due to multiple technical challenges in designing a map that would meet national standards and be useable by the public.”

The MVUM is a black-and-white map with limited landmarks and reference points that are intended to identify what roads and motorized trails are available for public use. It is not a stand-alone map and is intended to be used in conjunction with other Forest Service maps, such as the Forest Visitor Map. The MVUM will be free to the public and available at all Forest Service offices. It will also be available on the Forest’s Web site (www.fs.usda.gov/goto/fremont-winema/travelmanagement) and on a national site listed by state and forest (http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/ohv_maps.shtml).

The U.S. Forest Service’s 2005 Travel Management Rule required each of America’s 155 National Forests to designate a travel system for motorized vehicles. The Rule was established to limit user conflicts and the negative environmental effects associated with unregulated recreational motor vehicle use on National Forest land.

Once the MVUM is released on February 14, 2012, Forest users will be expected to comply with the motorized use regulations shown on the MVUM, as well as other federal, state, and local laws and regulations. “It is the responsibility of motorized travelers to be aware of which routes are legally designated for their use and stay on them to ensure responsible use and enjoyment of our National Forest,” said Newton.

Newton also stressed that the public will continue to have an important role to play in future route designations and encourages them to remain involved in motorized route identification. The Forest’s 2010 Motorized Travel Management Decision provides a baseline for future planning efforts. New maps will be issued annually to correct mapping errors or discrepancies and update travel management decisions.

For additional information on the Fremont-Winema National Forest’s 2010 Motorized Travel Management Decision, please visit:

 www.fs.usda.gov/goto/fremont-winema/travelmanagement