OHV Seasonal Closures Delayed

Hi all – see the news release regarding seasonal closures on motorized trails and roads.  Since we don’t have a signed Motor Vehicle Use Map and since we have had very dry weather, we will not be implementing the wet weather seasonal closures that were to take place January first.   Once the Motor Vehicle Use Map is available next month, the seasonal closures will go into effect.

Ann Westling
Public Affairs Officer
Tahoe National Forest
Nevada City

 

Motorized Trails and Roads on TNF to Remain Open during Dry Weather

Nevada City ….. Motorized trails and dirt roads in the Tahoe National Forest will remain open, at least for the short term, because of the recent dry weather announced Tom Quinn, TNF Supervisor.   “Due to the dry weather plus the fact that our motor vehicle maps are not yet ready for distribution, we will not be implementing the seasonal closures which were to start Jan 1, 2012,” stated Quinn.  “Once the maps are printed and available to the public, the seasonal closures will go into effect.  We expect that the maps will be available in the next month.  In general, once the seasonal closures go into affect, it means that for the west side of the TNF, driving on a rough dirt road or a trail would not be permitted until April 1.  On the east side of the TNF, driving on a similar road or trail would not be permitted until April 24,” continued Quinn.   These seasonal closures were developed to protect the surface of a trail or dirt road during the wettest periods of the year to prevent rutting, damage, and erosion.

In addition to the season closures, the maps will illustrate which roads and motorized trails will be open for motorized traffic and the types of vehicles that can be on the various roads and trails in the Forest.   As part of the Travel Management process, the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision were released in the fall, 2010.”