Public Motorized Travel Management Plan

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National Process

In 2005 the Department of Agriculture revised regulations regarding travel management on National Forest System lands to clarify policy related to motor vehicle use, including the use of off-highway vehicles. The final rule commonly referred to as the Travel Management Rule (TMR) requires designation of motor vehicle use on National Forest System roads, trails and areas by type of vehicle and if appropriate, by the time of year.  Each National Forest is required to designate where motorized travel is allowed through a travel order provided in a motor vehicle use map (MVUM). When complete, each National Forest and Grassland should have a unique public motorized system based on:

  • local interests
  • high quality, sustainable recreation opportunities
  • natural resources
  • transportation management budgets

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

In order to be compliant with the TMR, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) has to develop a travel plan that designates the roads, trails and open areas where motorized travel is allowed. The plan must consider environmental impacts on watersheds, wildlife habitat, cultural resources and communities. In 2010, a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with a proposed travel management plan and alternatives was released for public comment.

As a result of the Wallow Fire, the changes to the landscape and species status, and the release of the ASNFs revised Forest Plan in 2015, it was decided to present a modified proposed action to the public for comment in a Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RDEIS).  The RDEIS is a continuation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Those who commented on the DEIS retain standing.

The ASNFs Public Motorized Travel Management Plan reinitiates the analysis process. Updated information and public comments previously received during the DEIS were key drivers in developing the revised proposed action. Once completed the RDEIS will be released for public comment. Once the entire NEPA process has been completed and a Record of Decision has been signed, free Motor Vehicle Use Maps will be published for public use. More information will become available as the ASNFs prepare to release the RDEIS.

 

Travel Management NEPA page

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