Travel Management Planning Rule- Subpart A

A scene along the Sawbill Trail near Tofte in fall


Roads Management Study  


December 2016 Update – Travel Analysis Report Now Available

Thank you to all who contributed to the road study (also known as the Travel Analysis). The Forest Service has released all the Travel Analysis Reports that analyze the existing roads systems and identify opportunities to achieve a more sustainable road system for each National Forest and Prairie. These reports are part of a nationwide requirement and are not decision documents—instead, they provide an analysis of the road system as it exists today. All future proposed actions and decisions will involve further opportunities for public input and engagement at the project-level under National Environmental Policy Act processes. If you have a specific question on a road, trail, or area you may contact your local office for more information or email us at: FS-R9 Superior NF

Travel Analysis Process Documents 

Travel Analysis Report 

Appendix A - Existing System Roads and Risk Benefit Questions Used in Analysis

 Existing System Roads    NOTE: Each road segment is assigned an objective maintenance level (OML) regarding the type of uses that particular segment will be maintained to support. 

Risk and Benefit Questions Used in Analysis

Appendix B - Maps/Information Used to Answer Risk and Benefits Assessment Questions 

B1 – Aquatic
B2 – Communication Towers/Devices
B3 – Forest Plan Management Areas
B4 – Lakes and Streams
B5 – Lynx Analysis Unit Locations
B6 – Non-native Invasive Species Locations
B7 – Property Ownership
B8 – Recreation Locations
B9 – Scenic Areas
B10 - School Trust – Candidate Parcels
B11 – Semi Primitive Areas
B12 – Areas of Poor Soils
B13 – Spiny Flea Infestations
B14 – Impaired Streams & Locations where Roads are a Barrier to Organism Passage

Appendix C – Results of Risk and Benefit Assessment Questions 

Appendix D – Public Involvement and Collaboration Information 

Appendix E – Financial Analysis

Appendix F –  Glossary of Terminology 


The U.S. Forest Service is committed to balancing public needs for access to the National Forests and Prairie with the responsibility to sustain a productive, diverse, and healthy Forest/Prairie. As part of this commitment, the Forest Service performed a Forest-by-Forest road analysis (also known as Travel Analysis – Subpart A) intended to guide future road management planning and address concerns about the future sustainability of the National Forest/Prairie road system. This analysis was not a decision, but was intended to recommend a minimum road system that takes into consideration access for the public and forest management activities, environmental impacts, public input, and budget constraints. 

NOTE: The Subpart A analysis is different from the Subpart B analysis of the Travel Management Rule which was completed several years ago to determine which Forest System roads, trails, and areas were to be designated for motor vehicle travel, by vehicle type and season of use.  The result was a decision in the form of a Motor Vehicle Use Map that is updated annually.