Tuesday, 05 December 2023

Forest releases environmental documents on motorized access

WILLOWS – Mendocino National Forest has released two draft environmental documents for public review and comment.

The documents cover two separate travel management proposals that are part of the route designation process.

The comment period runs until Nov. 13. This is to provide those interested in or affected by these proposals an opportunity to make their concerns known prior to a decision being made.

The draft environmental analysis documents detailing the proposals and their effects are available for review at Mendocino National Forest Supervisor's and Ranger District Offices.

One proposal concerns motorized access for dispersed camping (setting up camp for either overnight or day use in an area that has not been developed as a campground facility).

The proposal is to add 72 short user-created motorized routes to the existing Mendocino National Forest designated trail system.

These routes would be managed as motorized trails to provide access to 67 frequently used dispersed camp sites. The routes are located in various areas across the Forest and their total aggregate length is 7.8 miles.

The other proposal allows mixed use on a segment of forest road M3 from Ivory Mill Saddle to near West Crockett trailhead. Mixed-use allows use by both highway-legal and non-highway-legal vehicles and drivers. Currently only highway-legal vehicles are allowed. Total length of the segment is about 17.5 miles.

This proposed project is located on Grindstone Ranger District in Glenn County, California, about ten miles southwest of the community of Elk Creek.

Locations where the draft environmental analysis documents may be reviewed are:


825 N. Humboldt Avenue

Willows, CA 95988

(530) 934-3316; TTY (530) 934-7724


78150 Covelo Road

Covelo, CA 95428

(707) 983-6118; TTY (707) 983-6123


10025 Elk Mountain Road

Upper Lake, CA

(707) 275-2361 or 2363; TTY (707) 275-9524

Additional information regarding these proposed actions and how to provide comments can be obtained from the Mendocino National Forest route designation Web page at www.fs.fed.us/r5/mendocino/projects/ohv/#status, or from Mike Van Dame at the Supervisor's Office, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone 530-934-1141; TTY 530-934-7724.


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