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Re: BLM Route Designation

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November 23, 2003 10:46AM
A great report, Laughing Bear, and a great suggestion from Ron. Yes, this has been an informative and productive process. When discussing the routes that lead into the forest, the BLM indicated that they have kept open a couple of routes but that they have coordinated the designation of these routes with the USFS. This was welcome news to me, as I know that these two orginizations do not always work well together, and I hope that coordinated efforts will continue in the future.

I also agree with Ron that it is too bad that Casey Burns will be leaving. He has done a lot of work on this route designation effort, and being a biologist he has been able to do so with an eye for what is best for the species that live in the environment. It was a pleasure meeting him and I wish him well in his future.

As indicated above, enforcement of the new designations will be the most difficult aspect. Many OHV users frequent the area and many are likely to ride on anything that resembles a trail without even knowing whether or not it is legal to do so. Some also cut new trails and sometimes even cut fences to ride wherever they want. I hope that interested local residents will be able to help the BLM in educating OHV users about the new designations and encouraging them to stay on legal routes. I also hope that the BLM will be able to do occaisional sweeps in the area and will cite anyone not in compliance.

One suggestion that came up in the meeting is to report noncompliance to the sheriffs in an effort to stimulate them to do some coordinated enforcement with the BLM, which lacks the resources to do much enforcement.

BLM Route Designation

LaughingBear 992November 21, 2003 11:25PM

Re: BLM Route Designation

Ron 663November 22, 2003 10:59AM

Re: BLM Route Designation

sycamorelaughing 929November 23, 2003 10:46AM

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