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BlueRibbon Coalition

Inyo National Forest to hold Route Designation Workshop - September 30
Attention California and Nevada Recreationists!

The Inyo National Forest just announced they will be hosting a Transportation System Route Designation Workshop to be held Saturday, September 30, from 10:00 to 3:00, at the First United Methodist Church, 205 N. Fowler Street in Bishop.  This workshop is part of the ongoing 5-Step Route Designation Process and will cover a number of different topics.

As you know, the FS published a new rule requiring the agency to formally designate a system of roads, trails and areas where motorized vehicle use would be allowed. The Inyo NF is one of the 154 National Forests currently going through the process of developing a Designated Transportation System. Forest Service regulation and other laws require the agency to conduct the planning process in collaboration with the public to help design that designated system.

The workshop will begin at 10:00 with a presentation on the Route Designation process. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and answers during the workshop. Paper copy maps, as well as CDs of all mapped and inventoried routes, will be available to view and work on at the Workshop.

The Forest Service is currently looking for specific route information, concerns, opportunities and other thoughts the public might have on what a Designated Transportation System should look like.

The workshop will be broken up into a variety of segments, all of which will be held at least twice.   People who only want to participate in the morning or the afternoon session will be able to do so.   Anyone wanting or needing more time can stay for the full day from 10:00 to 3:00. A light lunch will be served at 12:00.

A full schedule of the rotating sessions and discussions that will be held that day is available on the Inyo National Forest website at www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyov.

An Environmental Analysis (EA) of all proposed new additions to the existing transportation system, as well as any proposed closures of existing system routes will be conducted during the next year.  The Designated Transportation System will be completed with the publication of their maps by the end of 2008.

This is a critical time in the process, and your recreational use of the Inyo National Forest is at stake, it is imperative you get involved now. You need to let the Forest Service Officials know what you want in the new Travel Plan.

For additional information on the workshop you can contact Nancy Upham, Public Affairs Officer at (760) 873-2427 or by email to nupham@fs.fed.us.

PLEASE IF YOU RECREATE IN THE INYO NATIONAL FORESTS GET INVOLVED NOW!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact BRC.

Thanks in advance for your involvement,

Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102


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