San Diego , CA - July 14, 2008. The Cleveland National Forest will be releasing an environmental assessment (EA) on motorized travel management for public comment on July 15, 2008. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until August 13, 2008. Comments may be submitted by mail or by hand delivery. Activities proposed and analyzed in the EA include changes to the Cleveland NF transportation system by adding roads for highway-legal vehicles, motorized trails for a variety of vehicle classes and revising the size of OHV open areas. The EA discloses environmental impacts associated with a no action alternative, the proposed action that was released for scoping in January 2008, and an alternative that was developed using comments submitted by the public during scoping.
After an extensive screening process, the Cleveland NF is proposing to add between 7- 12 miles of roads and trails and between 2-15 acres of small open areas to the Cleveland NF Transportation System. To comply with the 2005 travel management rule, the Cleveland NF will produce a motor vehicle use map after the final decision is made. This map will identify which roads, trails, and areas are open for motorized use on the Cleveland NF. Additional changes to motorized use on the Cleveland NF would require further environmental analysis and would occur gradually over time as staffing and budget allow. The map will be updated annually to reflect any such changes.