Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Mendocino National Forest announces decision on motorized vehicle route designations

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST – Mendocino National Forest has issued four decisions regarding four separate travel management proposals that are part of the route designation process.

The decision and 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 decision will add 71 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 66 frequently used dispersed camp sites. The routes are located in various areas across the forest and their total aggregate length is 7.7 miles.

The decision is subject to administrative review, and will not be final until the appeal process has concluded.

The second decision will eventually allow 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 road is located on Grindstone Ranger District in Glenn County, California, about ten miles southwest of the community of Elk Creek.

The third decision revises the road management objective for Long Ridge Road (17N16) to be managed for high-clearance vehicles rather than low-clearance vehicles. Long Ridge Road is about 5.5 miles long, and is located in northeastern Lake County, about half-way between the Upper Lake and Stonyford Off-Highway Vehicle management areas.

The fourth decision is to close and decommission Off-Highway Vehicle Trail 68. Total length of the trail is about 2.7 miles. It is located in northern Lake County, about three miles east of Lake Pillsbury.

Locations where the decision and environmental analysis documents may be reviewed are:


825 N. Humboldt Ave.

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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