Oregon OHV enthusiasts now have until January 24, 2013 to comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The DEIS seeks to “complete the designation and development of a more comprehensive and understandable designated OHV route system within Management Area 10 (C).” There are a number of proposed solutions to complete the designation, but the one proposed by the DEIS would “designate 3.4 miles of routes and reallocate 234 acres from MA 10 (C) to MA 10 (B) open riding.”
In essence, due to changes in vegetation, riding patterns, and after closer examination from the ground level it was found that portions of land in the MA 10 (C) designation are better suited as MA 10 (B) areas, which are managed for open riding. The change is proposed to help improve management efforts, allow for clearer understanding between the different areas among visitors and help with education efforts.
In 2009 the Forest Service engaged the public in a “route planning process,” to “assemble and facilitate a working group of individuals with varied interests in the Oregon Dunes. In the course of the groups’ work (over a year) and subsequently in project scoping it had become apparent that OHV trail riding on the maze of user-developed routes that had evolved in the absence of signing and enforcement, as well as from vegetation spread into areas that were once open sand, had become for some visitors an important recreation activity and different from open sand riding.”
Originally, it was thought that open riding would be the primary draw for visitors to the Oregon Dunes, and while it remains one of the reasons riders continue to return, trail riding has become more popular than previously assumed.
Click here to read the full DEIS for the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Email comments can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written comments can be sent to:
Forest Supervisor, Jerry Ingersoll,
c/o Angie Morris, Recreation Planner
Siuslaw National Forest
855 Highway 101
Reedsport, Oregon 97467.
Comments can also be faxed to: (541) 271-6034