The Recreation HQ has long supported the concept of land agencies designating roads, trails, and areas for OHV use. Although we disagreed with a number of tenets in the 2005 FS Travel Management Rule, TMR is here to stay. HQ believes public involvement, a genuine collaborative process, sound management tools, and line-officers that are committed to have a quality trail program are key elements to sustainable OHV recreation for years to come.
TMR also includes wet-weather or seasonal closures to help prevent trail damage during wet conditions and that is why it looks like the CA State Park proposal to designate routes and times of use to better manage MTB and other trail users is appropriate and needed.
CA State Park Rule Proposals (Comments due April 4)
Some units of the Forest Service open and close designated routes and areas to OHV, MTB, and equestrians to avoid severe impacts to the trail system during wet conditions and HQ believes those Best Management Practices should be used at state parks (SVRAs already use wet weather closures and trail designations to manage OHV) to manage MTB and equestrian use.
OHV, MTB, and Equestrian Trails Opened or Closed Due to Wet Weather
I don’t think the MTB community does itself any favor when they oppose the use of modern trail management tools at regular state parks.
Original author: Don Amador