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Dedicated to conservation and multiple use of public lands for recreation opportunities.
Edited by: John Stewart
Endangered Trails List
4x4Wire believes that responsible off-highway recreation and trail use does not cause significantly more irreparable harm to non-sensitive areas than any other human activity does. As such, we believe that there should be provisions allowing for both continued and expanded reasonable access to non-sensitive areas by people enjoying both non-motorized and motorized off-road activities.
Due to increasing political and environmental pressures, many recreational opportunities are being lost. Trails are being closed without required public hearings. Other trails are endanger of being closed while awaiting public hearings.
Closure Statistics for the U.S. Forest Service (FS) managed lands:
"Closed" = motorized travel prevented through signage and/or physical barricades including gates or "tank traps"
"Obliterated or Decommissioned" = road is ripped up and replanted with grass or other vegetation, once obliterated, it's gone forever.
Closure Statistics for the Bureau of Land management (BLM) managed lands:
Statistics are more difficult to obtain because the BLM does not track road closures, but rather they close geographical "areas" to motorized uses. Furthermore, the BLM has no records on dollars spent for road (or area) closure. However, a search of Federal Register notices for closures as instructed by the BLM provided the following figures:
In 1997, 1998, and 1999, the BLM has closed to motorized vehicles:
If you know of a trail that has been closed or closure is pending, use this form to provide details.
All input is subject to verification and a list of trails will be posted and maintained on this site.