MAY 8TH AND 9TH – SANDIA RANGER DISTRICT HOSTING MEETINGS REGARDING TRAVEL MANAGEMENT
GET INVOLVED TO HELP KEEP OFF-ROAD VEHICLES LIMITED TO APPROPRIATE TRAILS
The Travel Management Rule put out by the Forest Service in 2006 directs each National Forest to engage in a public process to determine which routes and single-track trails will be open to motorized vehicles. Routes left open will be classified by vehicle type (motorcycle, ATV, jeep, passenger vehicles) and, if needed, can have seasonal closures.
On May 8th and 9th, the Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest will host another round of public workshops to discuss preliminary route decisions they are proposing under the Travel Management Rule. Whether you have information on specific areas or just want to voice support for wildlife and quiet recreation, your input is valuable and you do not need to have attended previous workshops. More information at http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/cibola/travel-management/index.shtml
• May 8th, 6 – 9pm, at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center (North Building), Rooms B and C, 1634 University Blvd NE (just east of Indian School).
• For folks in the East Mountains area, the May 9th meeting is in Tijeras at the Los Vecinos Community Center, also from 6 – 9pm.
The Sandia Mountains are an integral part of what makes the Albuquerque region special. They provide us with outstanding outdoor recreational pursuits and, more importantly, are home to bears, deer, peregrine falcons and a host of other wildlife. With proper travel management, quiet recreationists and wildlife benefit.
Motorized enthusiasts have attended the previous workshops in large numbers. They want all routes left open to motorized vehicles and to add more. The Forest Service is moving in the right direction with the Travel Management Rule, but they need to hear from people that support quiet recreation and habitat for wildlife.
Much of the Sandia Ranger District already has travel decisions in place and the new rule allows these to stay. The Cedro Peak region south of I-40 and the Cibola National Forest lands north of La Madera are the two areas that will be most affected by this process. Local landowners and quiet recreationists in these areas will be especially impacted by the decisions made through this process.