BRC Williams Ranger District Extends Travel Management Comment Period (1 Viewer)

May 8, 2008
Date: 04/09/2008


Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Williams Ranger District Extends Travel Management Comment Period

The Kaibab National Forest, along with all the other national forests and grasslands in the country, is undertaking an analysis of its transportation system. That transportation system ranges from paved roads designed for passenger cars to single-track trails used by dirt bikes. In addition to this managed system of roads and trails, the Kaibab National Forest has many user-created roads and trails. The result of the travel analysis process will be the creation of a Motor Vehicle Use Map, which will identify all the roads, trails and areas on the forest that are open to motor vehicle use.

On March 31, 2008, the Kaibab National Forest released its proposal for managing off-highway vehicles and other motor vehicles on the Williams Ranger District. The Proposed Action document and accompanying maps are available on their website at

The Proposed Action focuses on needed changes to the existing motorized transportation system on the district. It does not propose any changes to non-motorized travel such as hiking, horseback riding and bicycling. The Proposed Action designates about 1,300 miles of roads as the district transportation system open to motorized travel. The document also proposes several other actions including the following:

Prohibit motorized travel off of designated routes, unless authorized by an exemption.

Close approximately 350 miles of currently open roads.

Add approximately 12 miles of road to the designated road system. This includes 7 miles of formerly closed roads and 5 miles of unauthorized user-created routes.

Add approximately 25 miles of motorized trails to the transportation system.

Allow motor vehicle travel up to 200 feet off of open roads in designated fixed distance corridors to access dispersed camping sites.

Authorize cross-country travel up to one mile off of system roads to retrieve a legally-hunted and tagged elk during the warmer months of September and October.

In order to provide additional time and opportunity for the public to comment, the Kaibab National Forest has extended the deadline for receipt of comments on the Williams Ranger District travel management Proposed Action. All comments are now due by May 30, 2008.

In addition to the extended comment period, the Williams Ranger District also plans to host an additional work session to gather public input. The work session is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on May 24 at the triple wide building located on the Williams Ranger District compound at Camp Clover.

During the work session, resource specialists will be available to take comments and answer questions. Maps showing the proposed transportation system will be on display and members of the public will be able to review that information and provide input. The public input received from the work session will be used to refine the Proposed Action and develop alternatives to it.

Written or oral comments may be submitted to:

TMR, Williams Ranger District
742 S. Clover Rd.
Williams, AZ 86046

Telephone (928) 635-5614 or FAX (928) 635-5680

Hand-delivered comments may be submitted to the Williams Ranger District office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays. Comments may also be submitted electronically via a web form located on the Forest's website at

For more information, please contact Jackie Denk at (928) 635-8314.


Thanks in advance for your support,
Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102

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