Travel Analysis Process: A Guidebook

Gravel road leads into the hills.

The national forest road system of the future must continue to provide access for recreation and resource management, as well as support watershed restoration and resource protection to sustain healthy ecosystems. In response to this direction, the Pacific Southwest Region developed the following guidance for the Travel Analysis Process (TAP) to develop a Travel Analysis Report (TAR).

The guidebook is organized as follows:

Guidance for Region 5 Forests to complete Travel Analysis

Appendix A: Region 5—Subpart A Steering Committee and Core Team Charter

Describes the purpose of designating teams at the regional level.

Appendix B: Region 5 Estimated Timeline to Complete Travel Analysis

Contains estimated schedules for a Forest's completion of TAP.

Appendix C: Maintenance Sustainability Calculator Instructions

Instructions for interactive calculator tool. Displays relationship of anticipated funding for annual maintenance with respect to percentage of NF road system sustainable based on mileage and objective maintenance levels of NFS roads. Calculator itself is an excel spreadsheet.xlsm.

Appendix D: Sample Economic Analysis (from Cibola NF–Mountainair Ranger District)

Provides an example of an adequate economic analysis from Region 3.

Appendix E: Resource Risk Indicators

Contains all of the Risk Category papers from the resource specialists, including Recreation, Wildlife, Heritage, Watershed, Aquatics, Fire, and Botany.

Appendix F: Road Management Objectives

Provides direction and guidance for forests and their RMOs.

Appendix G: Guidance for Communication and Public Engagement

Includes Key Messages and Talking Points, FAQ's, etc.

Appendix H: TAP Report Format

Provides guidance for formatting and organizing the final document (in progress).

Appendix I: Map Guidance for final TAP Report

Provides guidance for map production and distribution.

Appendix K: Travel Analysis Report by Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit