December 10 is the deadline to provide comments on the Shoshone National Forest’s latest winter travel plan. When finalized, this plan will have major repercussions for skiing and snowboarding on the Shoshone.

The Lassen, which straddles California’s northern Sierra and southern Cascades and surrounds Lassen Volcanic National Park, is the first forest in the country to write a comprehensive winter travel plan under the 2015 Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) Rule, so what happens here is very likely to impact winter travel planning across the country.

Invariably I find far more that unites us in our shared love of winter than anything that might divide us. We should be unified in our support and defense of public lands, and our ability to use them responsibly. In an effort toward understanding and respect, I hope you’ll hear me out in response to the recent alerts.