Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SNRA to evaluate roads and trails

Officials start update to travel plan


By GREG MOORE
Express Staff Writer

    The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is initiating a project to determine which of the unofficial roads and motorized trails in the area should be added to the transportation system and which should be closed.
    A public meeting will be held Thursday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the SNRA headquarters north of Ketchum to discuss the Big Wood River Travel Plan, which covers the river drainage within the SNRA.
    Project Manager Robin Garwood said non-system roads include those built for access to mining, grazing and firewood-cutting areas. She said many of those unofficial roads date back many years. Garwood said part of the project is to determine which areas people still want access to and which routes are the least-impactful ways of getting there.
    Meeting attendees are welcome to provide answers to questions such as the following:

  •    What kind of recreational activities do you participate in within the project area?
  •    What mode of transportation do you use?
  •     Where do you drive/ride/hike in this area?
  •     Do you use these routes as access for other activities such as firewood cutting, fishing, camping, etc.?
  •     Why are these routes important to you?
  •     What time of year do you drive/ride/hike in the area?

    Input is also welcomed in writing. Comments can be sent by email to comments-intermtn-sawtooth-nra@fs.fed.us or by mail to Sawtooth National Forest, 2647 Kimberly Rd. E., Twin Falls, ID 83301. Comments should be submitted by May 30. 
    Contact Garwood at 727-5014 for more information.




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