Forest Service Prepares Long-term Management Plan for Rowher Flat/ Drinkwater Flat Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area

ARCADIA, Calif. – The Angeles National Forest (ANF) is developing a management plan for the long-term development of the Rowher Flat/ Drinkwater Flat Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area.  The planning project will also create a proposed action for the Drinkwater segment of the OHV Area for future NEPA analysis.  These planning documents will serve as a framework for enhancing the forest’s OHV recreation opportunities, protecting natural and cultural resources, and providing a satisfying and sustainable recreational experience for OHV enthusiasts.

An opportunity for the public to comment on the draft management plan will happen Aug. 22 at Angeles National Forest Headquarters (701 N. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, CA 91006) between 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Additionally, a field site visit will take place Aug. 24 at Rowher Flat Staging Area 1.  The management plan and proposed action are scheduled to be completed by September 30, 2019.

Rowher Flat encompasses approximately 9,600 acres with routes for a variety of OHV’s, including motorcycles, 4x4’s, dune buggies and all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s).  There are approximately 45 miles of marked trails and three staging areas.  Rowher Flat also offers a Kids Area loop trail, a 4x4 trials course, and 161 acres of open area for motorized vehicle recreation. The Forest recently completed a development grant for construction of new facilities at three staging areas within the Rowher Flat OHV Area.

Drinkwater Flat encompasses approximately 8,000 acres with 20 miles of routes for motorcycles, 4x4's and ATV's. A staging area with parking is provided to access the trail system. The 2002 Copper Fire burned the entirety of the Drinkwater Flat OHV Area; this planning project will include the development of a Proposed Action that would address the Copper Fire damage issues.