Wayne National Forest in Process of Completing Travel Analysis Process

The Wayne National Forest is currently completing a study of the road system on the Wayne National Forest as required by Subpart A of the 2005 Travel Management Rule 36 CFR Part 212. A team is evaluating the risks and benefits of the use and maintenance of each road in accomplishing the Forest Service mission in a safe and efficient manner. This study does not include the 442 miles of designated off-highway vehicle trails, horse trails, hiking trails, and mountain-biking trails that are currently open for use across the Wayne National Forest.

The Wayne National Forest would like the public’s input on management of the road system on the Forest and will provide the public information and collect public comments during conference calls on October 1st and 2nd, 2015. Interested citizens can join conference calls on these dates from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm by dialing toll-free 888-240-3210 and entering the access code 2467949. Further information on Travel Management will be posted online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/wayne/home/?cid=STELPRD3856196&width=full.

Approximately 82% of the roads traversing the Wayne National Forest are state, county, other federal agency, or private roads and are not included in this study. Of the 322 miles of Forest Service system roads on the Wayne National Forest, only 47 miles (15%) are open to the public because they are primarily in place for administrative use to conduct land management activities. A majority of the 47 miles of system roads open to the public are those graveled and paved roads that access major recreation facilities such as campgrounds and boat launches. The remaining 275 miles are maintenance level 1 roads that are closed for public use and may be used for future land management activities, receiving basic custodial maintenance of drainage structures to control water runoff.

The road study is not a decision, but is intended to help inform future road management planning. Before any future actions would be taken, the Forest Service would provide additional opportunities for the public to participate in the process.

Motor Vehicle Use Maps for the three units of the Wayne National Forest (Athens, Marietta, and Ironton) clarify where and what type of motor vehicles may be used on the Wayne. Maps can be viewed on the web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/wayne/maps-pubs.

For additional information on the Wayne National Forest, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/wayne/home.

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