Travel Management Planning

Travel Management is regulated by 36 CFR Parts 212, 251, 261, and 295 Travel Management; Designated Routes and Areas for Motor Vehicle Use; Final Rule.  The Department of Agriculture revised regulations regarding travel management on NFS lands to clarify policy related to motor vehicle use, including the use of off-highway vehicles.  The final rule requires designation of those roads, trails, and areas that are open to motor vehicle use.  Designations are made by class of vehicle and, if appropriate, by time of year.  The rule became effective in 2005, and applies to both summer and winter travel.

The Travel Management Rule is divided into three subparts. 

Subpart A is the administration of the Forest Transportation System.  This section of the rule includes the definitions for part 212, which governs administration of the forest transportation system, designation of roads, trails, and areas for motor vehicle use, and use by over-snow vehicles.

The Payette National Forest has completed a travel analysis process in accordance with Federal Regulation 36 CFR 212.5 (b).  The Travel Analysis Report dated September 2015 is posted for the convenience of the public and of forest staff in evaluating recommendations and implementing prospective changes to the transportation system  This travel analysis report and accompanying maps are planning documents that will be used to inform future National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) travel management decisions including: identification of the minimum road system, identification of unneeded roads to be decommissioned or converted to other uses, and other changes to National Forest System roads which may include revisions to Motor Vehicle Use designation.  Roads identified as likely needed or likely not needed on reports or maps are under consideration; but no decision will be made to implement recommendations or decommission roads without further public involvement and NEPA analysis.  Comments or questions regarding the Payette National Forest’s travel analysis process may be directed to Will Perry -

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Subpart B is the designation of Roads, Trails, and Areas for Motor Vehicle Use.  This subpart provides for a system of NFS roads, NFS trails, and areas of NFS lands that are designated for motor vehicle use.  The Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) is produced under this subpart B 212.51.

The Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) displays the National Forest System (NFS) roads, NFS trails, and areas on NFS lands that are designated for motor vehicle use on the Payette National Forest.  These designations are for the limited purposes of compliance with and enforcement of federal regulations at 36 CFR 212.51, Subpart B.

It is prohibited to possess or operate a motor vehicle on NFS lands on the Payette National Forest other than in accordance with the designations displayed on the MVUM (36 CFR 261.13).  This prohibition applies regardless of the presence or absence of signs.  Violations of 36 CFR 261.13 are subject to a fine of up to $5,000. or imprisonment for up to 6 months or both (18.U.S.C.3571e).

Click this link to view and download Motor Vehicle Use Maps

Over-snow vehicles are defined as motor vehicles designed for use over snow that run on tracks and/or a ski or skis while in use over snow.  36 CFR §212.1. 

Orders have been issued by the Forest Service that reinstate the closures and restrictions on over-snow vehicle use on the Payette National Forest that were in effect pursuant to the Forest Plan prior to publication of the OSVUM on January 13, 2017, in accordance with 36 CFR § 261 Subpart B.

Click the links below to view the Special Orders and Maps for winter restrictions.

Click this link to view and download the Winter Travel Map