Motorized Access on the Malheur National Forest

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Malheur National Forest Travel Management Rule PowerPoint Presentation (pdf file - 1.51 MB)

In November 2005, the U.S. Forest Service published the “Final Travel Management Rule,” which directs all National Forests to designate a system of roads, trails and areas for motorized vehicle use. The Malheur National Forest currently has about 6,000 miles of roads and trails available for motorized vehicle use.

In accordance with the Travel Rule, the Malheur National Forest proposes to manage motorized travel outside of these existing designated routes. The proposal would not close existing designated routes open for motorized use, but would eliminate unregulated cross country travel on the Forest. Motor vehicle use for dispersed camping would be allowed within 300 feet of existing designated roads.

Following the project decision; roads, trails, and areas will be open to motorized travel as designated on the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). The map would be provided to the public free of charge and would be updated annually.

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  • comment on the Malheur NF Travel Management Plan

Write us at:

Malheur National Forest
PO Box 909
John Day, OR 97845

or call 541-575-3000, or

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In 2005, the Forest Service published the Travel Management Rule rule for providing motor vehicle access to the national forests and grasslands. The purpose is to adapt Forest Service travel management policies to:

  • Provide consistency for motor vehicle use across the nation.
  • Enhance and secure recreational opportunties for public enjoyment for both motorized and non-motorized users.
  • Better protect natural and cultural resouces.
  • Address use conflicts.

The Travel Management Rule states:
“Each (Forest Service) unit or district shall designate those roads, trails, and areas open to motor vehicle use by vehicle class and, if appropriate, by time of year.” (36 CFR 212.51)