TIJERAS, NM July 14th, 2008 Cibola Forest Supervisor Nancy Rose, after careful consideration of the many public comments and review of the project analysis, has issued a decision for the Environmental Assessment for Travel Management on the Sandia Ranger District. The legal notice of the decision was published in the newspaper of record, the Albuquerque Journal, on July 14, 2008.

The selected alternative 4 with modifications designates a system of roads and trails for public access and motorized recreation travel. This decision includes:

  • Prohibiting cross county motorized travel off of the designated system on the Sandia Ranger District.
  • Designating 42.66 miles for motorcycle use, 1.76 miles for vehicles under 50 (ATVs and motorcycles) and 10.12 miles open to all vehicles (including OHVs.) There are also 7.02 miles designated for highway legal vehicles only.
  • Approval to construct 3.5 miles of trails for motorized use to address resource and access concerns and one trailhead facility to accommodate motorized recreation.
  • Use of the Oak Area in the Oak Flat Picnic Ground as a motorized trailhead in addition to the reservation group picnic area use.

This decision will result in the publication of a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). Designations made with past decisions will also be shown on the MVUM. After the MVUM has been released, travel off the designated system will be prohibited unless authorized by permit or other authorization. The Environmental Assessment and Decision Notice/Finding of No Significant Impact can be obtained from the Supervisor's Office at Cibola NF, 2113 Osuna NE, Albuquerque , NM , 87113, or can be requested by phone at 505-346-3900, by email, or on the Sandia Ranger District Travel Management website.

For additional information, please contact Nancy Brunswick, Cibola National Forest Supervisor's office: 505-346-3900.

This decision is subject to appeal pursuant to regulations at 36 CFR 215.