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.

With well over 10 million participants each season and more than $4.8 billion in direct consumer spending, human-powered snowsports constitute the fastest growing segment of winter recreation in the United States. Check out our latest economic impact report, including 2017 numbers from the Outdoor Industry Association.