|SALMON-CHALLIS TRAVEL PLAN FINALIZED|
FINAL RECORD OF DECISION SIGNED 8-11-14
Salmon, Idaho: Forest Supervisor Charles A. Mark signed a Final Revised Record of Decision (ROD) for the Salmon-Challis National Forest (SCNF) Travel Planning and OHV Designation Project (Travel Plan), on August 8, 2014.
The Final Revised ROD is the culmination of a seven-year planning and analysis process and associated lawsuit to meet requirements of the agency’s 2005 Travel Management Rule (36 CFR Parts 212, 251, 261, and 295).
The lawsuit, filed in 2010 by The Wilderness Society and Idaho Conservation League in the U.S. District Court for the District Court of Idaho, challenged former Forest Supervisor William A. Wood’s 2009 ROD for the SCNF Travel Plan. In a February 2011 Memorandum Decision and Order on Cross-motions for Summary Judgment, the Court granted Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment in part, and denied Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment in part and returned the Travel Plan to the SCNF for supplementation and correction.
The Wilderness Society and Idaho Conservation League also filed a motion for injunction in District Court to close 29 routes to motor vehicle use because of resource damage. The Court issued an injunction closing six of the 29 routes in November 2011. Three of the six routes are not designated in Forest Supervisor Mark’s 2014 Final Revised ROD and three routes will be open to motor vehicle use if and when the injunction is lifted. The routes to remain closed by order are Toolbox-Herd Creek Trail #4051, Burnt Aspen Trail #4055, and Bench Creek Trail #4024. Supervisor Mark’s decision does not designate Swauger Lake Trail #4091, #40148 Badger Creek Trail, and #40437 Uncle Ike Mines Trail.
A Final Supplemental EIS (FSEIS) was completed in January 2014 and a legal notice of opportunity to object to the 2014 FSEIS and Draft Revised ROD was published in the Recorder-Herald in February 2014. The Forest Service received five objections to the Draft Revised ROD; three objections were fully resolved and two objections were partially resolved.
The Final Revised ROD designates 2,637 miles of road and 850 miles of motor vehicle trails on the SCNF. Motor Vehicle Use Maps are being published and are expected to be available for public use in September 2014.
The Final Revised ROD, FSEIS and related documents are available on-line at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/scnf/landmanagement/projects. Scroll to Salmon-Challis National Forest Travel Planning and OHV Route Designation Project and click on the link.
Contact: Amy Baumer (Public Affairs Officer) 208-756-5145
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