Our town hall meeting on 27 August 14 was well attended. Forest Service Travel Management (TMP) Subpart C, “Over the Snow Vehicles” (OSV) was the topic of the evening. This Subpart deals with access by OSV to National Forest lands.
Concerned citizens were given an opportunity meet with representatives from both the Lassen and Plumas National Forests. Lassen NF will be the first of five national forests to start the process of evaluating routes and access via OSV. They expect to start their public meetings sometime in October. This is the time, to get the word out to everyone interested in travel management on public lands. We need to engage now, to be certain our concerns and opinions are considered early in their planning process. You have influence; but, only if you engage with large numbers and many voices. If your voice is not heard early in the planning stages, it will be too late down the road; most likely you will be displeased with the result.
Many thanks to our two forest supervisors, David Hays, Lassen National Forest Supervisor, Earl Ford, Plumas National Forest Supervisor and to Kathleen Nelson, District Ranger, Almanor Ranger District, Michael Donald, District Ranger, Mt. Hough Ranger District and their staff for attending and participating.
LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST:
DAVID HAYES, LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST SUPERVISOR email@example.com 257-2151
KATHLEEN NELSON, ALMANOR DISTRICT RANGER firstname.lastname@example.org 258-5110
CHRIS O’BRIEN, email@example.com 257-2151
PLUMAS NATIONAL FOREST
EARL FORD, PLUMAS NATIONAL FOREST SUPERVISOR firstname.lastname@example.org 283-2050
MICHAEL DONALD, MT. HOUGH RANGER DISTRICT email@example.com 283-0555
DAVID WOOD, firstname.lastname@example.org 283-2050
All of the above contact phone numbers are within the 530 area code.
You do not have to wait for future meetings! You can and should contact the folks listed above with your concerns and comments, by phone and email.
We already have a graphic example of the route we don’t want to go in TMP Subpart B – Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use of National Forest roads; nor does the Forest Service. The outcome of that process has resulted in law suits, including Plumas County. When that route is followed, even if you win, you lose.
At the town hall meeting, a lot of emphasis was placed on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The reason the Forest Service has to redo their Subpart C plans is due to the fact they were sued over the perceived inadequacy of their prior NEPA work, albeit updated. NEPA is a very detailed process of public engagement/input and scientific evaluation of any proposed Federal project. I plan to write more about NEPA in a future blog. However, by viewing the YouTube video series of the Town Hall Meeting, you will have a very good understanding of NEPA through the presentations made by the Forest Service staff.
I have created a YouTube channel under Almanor Post. You will find the links, along with other information related to the issues on this website: Travel Management Plan Subpart C (OSV) . You can watch the entire meeting on TMR Subpart C, at your leisure. If you were unable to attend, or were there and want to review the discussions, please take this opportunity to view the video series. It is very informative!
Again, I would like to thank everyone who participated or attended. I will be posting additional information as it becomes available.