13. Blue Ribbon Coalition Alternative R
The Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) submitted comments in response to scoping of the proposed
action released in the Notice of Intent on October 26, 2005. In their comments, BRC expressed
that they believe “an additional alternative should be created and submitted for full analysis and
public input during this planning process.” In addition, BRC commented that “We do not herein
attempt an exhaustive outline of this alternative, but a checklist of key concepts that our proposed
alternative would include. Obviously the agency would need to exercise discretion to refine these
core concepts, while adding additional decision elements.” This proposal was referred to as the
“Balanced Recreation and Access Alternative (Alternative R)” and included the following:
1) Designate at minimum all of the 2,830 miles of roads and trails receiving current OHV
use unless the individual route(s) are causing a “considerable adverse affect.” If a
considerable adverse affect is found, review for mitigation (reroute, maintenance, closure,
2) Designate historic routes for OHV use where needed for public access from resorts and
3) Designate historic access routes for OHV recreation use when public input demonstrates
that USFS made a mistake in the current (“court ordered”) OHV travel map.
4) Designate all historic access routes which USFS has spent CA OHV division (“Green
Sticker Grant Funds”) funding on for OHV recreation use or where NEPA decisions
approved OHV use.
5) Designate certain small areas (OHV destination areas, major ridge line fuel breaks, etc.)
as open areas to better allow for active trail management and fuel management (reroutes,
special event routes for enduros, etc.).
6) Designate historic or trail-side day-use or overnight campsites/areas for motorized access
based on site-specific analysis.
7) Identify and designate some routes as “event only” routes to be used for permitted events.
8) Develop and implement a rainfall-based wet weather closure plan similar to other
rainfall-based closure plans on other Forests.
9) Designate zones and/or seasons in which regulated off-route travel for downed big game
retrieval will be authorized, based on site-specific analysis.
Rather than considering this suggestion in full, each individual element was considered and
addressed. Element 1 was incorporated into Alternative A, which considers all motorized NFS
and unauthorized routes on the ENF identified in the forest-wide route inventory. Elements 2 and
3 are in all alternatives. Elements 4 through 9 correlate to Alternatives 9 through 13 described in
this Section and were considered but eliminated from detailed study for the reasons described
under those alternatives.
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