Travel Analysis Process (TAP)

The Inyo National Forest has released its final Travel Analysis Report, which summarizes the results of the Travel Analysis Process. A draft of the TAR was released in April 2015. Based on public comment on that draft TAR, the Forest made changes for the final TAR. The Final TAR was reviewed by the US Forest Service’s regional and national offices, and approved for release in late October, 2016.

Travel Analysis Process (TAP) is required by the 2005 Travel Management Rule and requires that forests provide a safe, financially, and environmentally sustainable road system that can realistically be maintained. Due to increased use, aging infrastructure, and decreasing budgets, the forest cannot maintain all roads to standards for safety and environmental protection. TAP fulfills the requirement in Subpart A of Travel Management that states each forest uses a science-based roads analysis to help identify the minimum road system.

The TAP is a process that inventories the current Forest road system, and determines the risks, benefits, problems, opportunities and priorities for every road on the system. The final product is a Travel Analysis Report (TAR) that describes the current road system, recommends future management needs for the roads, and shows roads “likely needed for future use” and “likely not needed for future use”. It is one step toward identifying the minimum necessary road system for the Inyo National Forest.

The purpose of the TAP is to inform future travel management decisions; it does not designate the minimum road system. TAP does not produce a decision, but rather a set of recommendations. Therefore National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is not required and the process is not subject to objection. It will not close roads, add roads to the system, or otherwise change the current road system. Any proposals regarding the forest’s system roads will be subject to more site-specific analysis and NEPA.

TAP does not replace the decision made during Travel Management, Subpart B; which designated routes for the National Forest Transportation System (NFTS) for the Inyo National Forest. That process was subject to NEPA, and implementation of the 2009 Travel Management Decision is on-going. Rather, TAP will help to identify possible changes to the road system that was identified in Travel Management.

Travel Analysis and Forest Plan Revision are separate regulations and are not interdependent; however, the TAP should be consistent with the direction in the forest plan.

Below, you can find the Final TAP and Draft documents and maps.

If you have questions about TAP, please call Erin Noesser at (760)873-2449 or email at elnoesser@fs.fed.us.

 

Final Travel Analysis Process Documents (November 2016)

Final Travel Analysis Report

            Report Without Appendices (3,225 KB)

            Report With Appendices (large file – 40,074 KB)

Appendices Only

            Appendix A: Final Road Rating Tables (4,453 KB)

            Appendix B: Economic Calculator (97 KB)

            Appendix C: Risk and Benefit Ranking Criteria (334 KB)

            Appendix D: Mapping and GIS Process (161 KB)

            Appendix E: Jurisdiction Issues Tables (494 KB)

            Appendix F: Possible Maintenance Level Changes (164 KB)

            Appendix G: All Maps Combined (31,468 KB)

            Appendix H: Comment Response (356 KB)

 

Final Likely Future Need Maps (subset of Appendix G)

Future Need Forest Wide (9,033 KB)

Future Need Grid 1 (13,070 KB)

Future Need Grid 2 (5,832 KB)

Future Need Grid 3 (3,070 KB)

Future Need Grid 4 (4,153 KB)

Future Need Grid 5 (4,153 KB)

Future Need Grid 6 (3,084 KB)

 

Draft Travel Analysis Process Documents (April 2015)

Draft Travel Analysis Report Without Appendices (1,303 KB)

Appendix A: Road Rating Tables (3,833 KB)

Appendix B: Economic Calculator (295 KB)

Appendix C: Risk and Benefit Ranking Criteria (334 KB)

Appendix D: Mapping and GIS Process (185 KB)

Appendix E: Jurisdiction Issues (522 KB)

Appendix F: Possible Maintenance Level Changes (117 KB)

Appendix G: List of All Draft Maps (149 KB)

Tips on Using TAP Maps (820 KB)

Map Index (787 KB)

Benefits Map 1 (5,399 KB)

Benefits Map 2 (4,634 KB)

Benefits Map 3 (6,204 KB)

Benefits Map 4 (3,941 KB)

Benefits Map 5 (4,060 KB)

Benefits Map 6 (3,376 KB)

Risks Map 1 (7,540 KB)

Risks Map 2 (4,636 KB)

Risks Map 3 (6,207 KB)

Risks Map 4 (3,943 KB)

Risks Map 5 (4,626 KB)

Risks Map 6 (3,374 KB)

Matrix Category Map 1 (7,693 KB)

Matrix Category Map 2 (4,712 KB)

Matrix Category Map 3 (6,468 KB)

Matrix Category Map 4 (3,940 KB)

Matrix Category Map 5 (4,905 KB)

Matrix Category Map 6 (3,963 KB)

Future Need Map 1 (5,468 KB)

Future Need Map 2 (5,020 KB)

Future Need Map 3 (6,295 KB)

Future Need Map 4 (3,922 KN)

Future Need Map 5 (4,627 KB)

Future Need Map 6 (3,385 KB)

Future Need Map 7 (3,083 KB)

All Layers Map 1 (16,115 KB)

All Layers Map 2 (8,412 KB)

All Layers Map 3 (12,358 KB)

All Layers Map 4 (6,303 KB)

All Layers Map 5 (6,854 KB)

All Layers Map 6 (5,960 KB)

 





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