USFS wants to revegetate some routes

Wilderness Unauthorized Route Restoration Project EA

Open for Review (USFS Press Release)

Inyo National Forest

The Inyo National Forest announces that the 30-day public review for the Wilderness Unauthorized Route Restoration Project Environmental Assessment (EA) is open on June 4, 2013.

Inyo National Forest prepared an EA to implement a restoration project on unauthorized routes in the White Mountains and John Muir Wildernesses. The forest proposes to conduct restoration activities on fifty-eight unauthorized routes in a project area that includes eighty unauthorized routes.  The unauthorized routes are either located in wilderness or were designated as unauthorized by the 2009 Travel Management Record of Decision.

The project has two primary purposes.  The first purpose is to protect wilderness character by preventing illegal vehicle trespass into the two wilderness areas. The second purpose is to promote natural revegetation processes on the routes. The forest has identified three objectives for the project: protect soil quality by stabilizing eroding sections of routes; promote the recovery of native vegetation cover and plant communities on route surfaces; protect the undeveloped quality of wilderness character in the White Mountains and John Muir Wildernesses.

Under the Modified Proposed Action, the Inyo National Forest would conduct six types of restoration activities: de-compact surface soils on routes; reestablish natural contours on route surfaces by removing berms; install native vertical mulch; spread native ground mulch; install water bars or similar water diversion structures; and transplant/seed with native plants on the non-wilderness portion of routes. These project activities would enable the Forest Service to best meet the project’s purpose and objectives.

The EA is available in hard copy format or can be viewed on the Inyo National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/landmanagement/projects/?cid=stelprdb5407462. To obtain a copy of the EA or of you have questions, please contact Project Leader Jeff Novak at 760-876-6231[email protected], or PO Box 8, Lone Pine, CA, 93545.

 

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Show me the money
Show me the money
8 years ago

Other than bait, water bottles, mosquito repellant, and marshmallows, not much money is generated from hiking, biking, fishing and camping.

Mammoth is morphing into the poor man’s recreational facility.

And the powers that be could care less about the poor man.

Russ
Russ
8 years ago

Therein lies the problem– the knot heads who make new trails. Such behaviors have caused USFS and BLM to close entire OHV riding areas T

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Leslie-we the people are the cattle being rustled off our land.

Leslie
Leslie
8 years ago

I have lived in Montana for the past 23 years and the F.S. has been closing roads right and left in this state. It started with closing to vehicles then went to the ORV, then it went to the hikers and now they have shut down the roads to the… Read more »

Closethesocalledroads
Closethesocalledroads
8 years ago

These are wild places intruded upon too long by knotheads that believe anyplace they can run their ATV’s is “open”. As the above reveals, they won’t obey regulations designed to protect the environment. They don’t respect the land and could give a damn about anyone that attempts to do so.… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

“The fart, scratch and belch boys will continue to go anywhere they damn well please.” You’re damn right we will. When areas get to hot with LEO’s we ride them during the week and at night. They closed a few roads near my home and I make it a point… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark….Try doing your “go anywhere we please” attitude to Death Valley National Park….go tear up some of that area,and get caught doing it and see what happens…or,better yet,get stuck out there in a wilderness area.Knew of a time some “guy-guys” went out there, got stuck,needed an expensive tow,and on top… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

@ Mark,

Do you not see the distinct contradictions in your comments?

The responsible ones among the OHV crowd would probably appreciate it if you’d quit making them look foolish. Unless that was your intention to begin with.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Closedthesocalledroads….What you posted above is true…but not only that,let’s face it….along with what you said,the majority of those “off-road” group “guy-guys” are just so darn annoying.Usually,a bunch of loud guys not only tearing up the land,but when they get to their destination,it’s a loud party,guys on motorcycles popping “wheelies” or… Read more »

Amused
Amused
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne Deja, I can’t help but laugh at your ignorant vision of off road enthusiasts. I have enjoyed off-roading for over 20 years in the eastern sierra and I have never engaged in any of the idiotic behaviors you’ve mentioned, nor have any of my friends who are also off-road… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Amused

amused….Afraid to ride my bike to work ?..Don’t know what you mean by that….Maybe you see it as an ignorant vision,but then,possibly YOU are part of what I mention.A good example of what I talk about happened in one of those quiet little campgrounds on the road off of HWY.… Read more »

Amused
Amused
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Here’s where you indicated your fear of riding your bike to work: http://sierrawave.net/24668/a-friendly-challenge-bike-to-work-week/ Gosh, it sounds like you had quite a horrific and traumatizing experience. However, you’re still attempting to lump all off-road enthusiasts in with these idiots, which is ignorant. From your description, I wouldn’t consider these guys to… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Amused….Don’t see how my statement shows a “fear” of riding a bike to work…I was just agreeing with what the poster above said…..As far as a “fear” of the drunken guys in their ORV’s,that don’t happen either.When I go camping I’m more than equiped to handle myself if trouble,2 legged… Read more »

CarbonFootPrint
CarbonFootPrint
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Really Wayne!?! You need to come camping with my family and friends and see how most people with off-highway vehicles recreate. There’s nothing like riding a motorcycle in the sand dunes or up in the mountains. We do it responsibly and teach our children to do so as well. Please… Read more »

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
8 years ago

That’s painting with a pretty broad brush, isn’t it flyboy ? Who exactly are “THEY” ? Anyone that doesn’t own a plane to do a “low level flyover”? I’ve worn out 3 ford bronco’s exploring the back-country in Mono and Inyo and I’ve never gone off the trail except to… Read more »

salblaster
salblaster
8 years ago

not sure what unauthorized roads mean. are they roads that have already been closed with a post or baricade, or roads still in use today. i was hoping there would be a map showing the roads and areas effected. it seems to me the compromising between keeping public lands open… Read more »

Blutarsky
Blutarsky
8 years ago

The OHV enthusiasts are unwittingly running the worst possible public relations campaign.

Your selfish and irresponsible acts and comments are being noted.

I have said this before…”Clean up your act, or the citizens of this nation will”

Blutarsky

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

Lawless immigration is doing more harm to Califonia then those lawless off roaders

It’s very odd to live in a Country where authorities pick and choose which laws they will inforce.

J-Frog
J-Frog
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Oh heck no Mark! I am not gonna let you get away with that remark! Lawless Immigration? I don’t know what you mean but there is a lot of “Good” “Hard Working” People who deserve to have a chance, those that just want to take advantage of the opportunity’s too… Read more »

Stop racism in its tracks
Stop racism in its tracks
8 years ago
Reply to  J-Frog

Good for you, J-Frog! Never allow anybody with the usual far-right BS get away their racist-sounding BS. Even Tea Party favorite, Glenn Beck was at least honest enough to apologize recently for his neoconservative, divisive hate speech remarks. A country divided shall not stand. It may make fortunes for the… Read more »

MARK
MARK
8 years ago

It’s not racism but you continue to call it want you want.

There is a legal way for immigrants to come to this Country. And those that have come here legally are offended by those that have not.

You didn’t stop anything in its tracks

Racism is alive and well
Racism is alive and well
8 years ago
Reply to  MARK

There are two types of people in America.
Those who after Obama was elected remarked: “Wow! I never thought I’d ever see a black president elected in my lifetime!”

And the others who whine: “Well, there goes the neighborhood!”

J-Frog
J-Frog
8 years ago
Reply to  MARK

@MARK! Lawless Immigration? You really think anything that has to do with immigration is close to any core reason why our state is in it’s current perdicament? Policy definitely has something to do with it, not any individual trying to come over for a better chance. Your definitely right on… Read more »

Brian
Brian
8 years ago

Superb; of course, long, long overdue. While I too might be inclined to condemn, or at least criticize, the FS, it is because they permitted this lawless off roader behavior to go on far too long. They should have hit them with a regulatory 2 x 4 long ago!

Brains
Brains
8 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Try using them Brian.
They’re actually closing logging roads, fire access roads, normal jeep trail, etc, etc, etc…. not doing anything about lawless behavior, just closing down access.

try educating yourself on the what, where, when and why before using the ole keyboard.

thanks!

J-Frog
J-Frog
8 years ago
Reply to  Brains

LOL
Yeah closing, roads then taking the credit of what MotherEarth naturally does, “oh right because you let it happen” “Oh please!! miss me with your self preservation attitudes”…

SageBrushSuperhero
SageBrushSuperhero
8 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Way to generalize a whole group of people of “lawless off roaders”. Come find me with your 2×4 and try to catch me!

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

SageBrush….If your like most of the off-roaders,you’d be easy to catch….just follow the trail of trash,bottles,and beer-cans..

SageBrushSuperhero
SageBrushSuperhero
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

You don’t know how right you are, Wayne. Please keep picking them up for me. Thanks.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

SageBrush……And with that comment,and your attitude,you wonder why some people are against opening up more land for public use,and closing down some that do exist.If you want to see what happens when areas are opened to off-road use,check out Jaw-Bone Canyon,between Ridgecrest and Mojave….I can remember back in the 70’s… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Isn’t that the truth. Some of the off road mob make the DWP look like saints. No consideration for property rights or the condition of the land.

Mammoth M/C
Mammoth M/C
8 years ago

GW, your right on the money here. The Forest Service and “friends” of the Inyo are excellent examples of “unsustainable organizations.” Stealing hundreds of thousands in Gas tax and green sticker funds… managing (aka: closing) more motorized roads and trails than they can afford to enforce. The “Travel Management” fiasco… Read more »

SageBrushSuperhero
SageBrushSuperhero
8 years ago
Reply to  Mammoth M/C

Truer word have never been spoken. But let the “sage huggers” have their time in the sun because I will have mine on any trail that I seem fit.

Russ
Russ
8 years ago

You can see the results of USFS revegetation on many hiking trails. There are rows of little wire enclosures with nothing in them. Whatever plant was originally in those enclosed wire cages died from lack of water.

Frank
Frank
8 years ago

Relax, folks. There are still a bazillion miles of road and trail for you to explore and plenty of open areas to destroy.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Frank

Duly noted is the segment of the Owens Valley popuation quick to complain about the damage wrought by LA DWP but utterly oblivious to the damage their own activities create. Double standard? Oh you betcha. Now have your fun raging away at me. I’m used to it.

desert dirtbike
desert dirtbike
8 years ago

Have fun making ridiculous comments on sierra wave… I’m used to reading them.

SageBrushSuperhero
SageBrushSuperhero
8 years ago
Reply to  Frank

Hey Frank,

I was just wondering if the forest service is hiring? I prefer just going around the barriers myself, but I will look for these open areas to destroy from now on!

Mammoth M/C
Mammoth M/C
8 years ago
Reply to  Frank

there are also a bazillion miles of hiking trails for you to hike on. I know the OHV business is good these days, and you cant help yourself… but try to leave the motorized trail business to the people that actually use them.

Thanks, but no thanks.

John Barton
John Barton
8 years ago
Reply to  Frank

@Frank- Yes there are a “bazillion miles of road and trail” that these public funds should be spent on for repair and maintenance instead so that people wouldn’t have to blaze new ones. Nature will fix the other “problem” areas in its own time, so just relax Frank.

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

The forest service sure makes it easy to have an extremely healthy dislike for them

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
8 years ago

how will the cartels get to their crops?

Leslie
Leslie
8 years ago

I was just going to ask the same question.

GW
GW
8 years ago

These previously perfectly legal and open roads should not be revegetated. The potential exists to reopen them one day when a succesful lawsuit reveals the illegality of the closures. Former Forest road engineers freely admit that every last one of these roads was eligible for designation, but they couldn’t be… Read more »

J-Frog
J-Frog
8 years ago

So with the first and second purpose can keep a couple of people busy for a couple of hours, What are all the other USFS employees and man hours spent on? Meetings? Then what? With the deliverable’s and objectives mentioned, I feel there is WAY too much grey area within… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Protect the sage brush at our expense.

Sean
Sean
8 years ago

What a fantastic use of taxpayer money.