|Oregonís Ochoco National Forest is preparing a
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) relative to the
Ochoco Summit Trail System. The Forest had already issued a Final EIS
and a Draft Record of Decision for this project in 2014, but these were
withdrawn following the Bailey Butte Fire that burned through part of
the project area. The approximately 301,580-acre project area is in
close proximity to the city of Prineville, Oregon.
The 2011 Deschutes and Ochoco Travel Management Plan changed the
opportunity for OHV use on the Ochoco National Forest. Prior to the
decision, OHVs could legally be operated anywhere on the Forest except
where specifically prohibited. The 2011 decision reduced the recreation
opportunity previously available to OHV recreationists. In order to
offset this reduction in OHV opportunity, the Ochoco National Forest
Supervisor decided to pursue creating and designating a trail system
intended for OHV operation.
There is currently only one motorized trail in a forested setting on
the Ochoco National Forest, the Green Mountain Trail, which is just
over 8 miles. In addition, the Deschutes and Ochoco Travel Management
ROD identified specific roads as open for motorized mixed use.
The SEIS analyzes five alternatives related to the development of a
trail system. Alternative 2, which was the proposed action, would
create a 170-mile trail network, including mixed-use roads, with 124
miles of OHV trails. However, under the SEIS, the preferred alternative
is Alternative 5, which would create a 135-mile trail network,
including mixed-use roads, with 105 miles of OHV trails. The preferred
alternative is a response to the wildfire and to suggestions provided
during the Objection Period following the release of the Final EIS in
It is important that OHV enthusiasts remain involved in the designation
process by contacting Forest staff. Comments on the SEIS are due by
April 3, 2016. Comments may be submitted to Ochoco Summit Trail System
ID Team, 3160 NE 3rd Street, Prineville, OR 97754.
Marcy Anderson, Project Leader, (541) 416-6463,email@example.com,
3160 NE Third Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754.
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