Travel Management open houses scheduled for coming weeks

Contact(s): Tamara Schmidt

WILLOWS, Calif. – The Mendocino National Forest will be hosting five open houses over the next two weeks to discuss the forest roads system and looking at the relationship between roads and various resource impacts.

The open houses are part of public engagement for Subpart A of the 2005 Travel Management Rule.  The Forest completed Subpart B in 2008 – designating roads, trails and areas for motor vehicle use, resulting in the Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM).

“Subpart A looks at the core issue of travel analysis – providing sustainable access,” said Mendocino Forest Engineer Shannon Pozas.  “We have initiated a science-based process to take a whole-forest look at our road system and the risks and benefits to visitors and various resources.”

Open houses will be held:

  • Tuesday, May 6 – Willows, Mendocino National Forest Office, 825 N. Humboldt Ave., 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 7 – Upper Lake Ranger District Office, 10025 Elk Mountain Road, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 8 – Covelo, Round Valley Library Community Room, 23925 Howard St., 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 13 – Ukiah, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Field Office, 2550 N. State St., 3:30-6:30 p.m.  (Please note, while this is being held at the BLM office, this open house is about the Mendocino National Forest System Roads.)
  • Wednesday, May 14 – Red Bluff, Lake Red Bluff Recreation Area Camp Discovery, 1000 Sale Lane, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for our visitors and interested members of the public to interact with a variety of resource specialists to discuss both the positive and negative impacts of our road system, as well as to share their comments as we continue analysis,” Pozas said.

The Mendocino National Forest must have this analysis complete by October 2014.  To date, resource specialists have gathered data and developed maps, which will be shared at the open houses.

“ To be clear, this is not a proposal or decision document, but a transportation study that will help inform future road management planning and can serve as an additional resource in future multiple resource projects,” said Pozas.  “Similar to the MVUM, this document will continue to evolve and change over the years, with opportunities for interested public to share their thoughts and engage in the process.”

For more information on Subpart A and the Mendocino National Forest’s Travel Analysis, please visit or call 530-934-1137.