FINAL DRAFT WINTER TRAVEL PLAN RELEASED AUGUST 19
Deadline to object: October 4, 2019
Based on a public scoping process that ended in 2015, the Plumas National Forest has been working on developing a winter travel plan.
During the scoping period, Winter Wildlands Alliance and Snowlands Network submitted a “Skiers Alternative” that the Plumas analyzed alongside 4 other Alternatives. You can view a map of our initial proposal here.
The Forest Service released a draft EIS identifying Alternative 2 as their preferred alternative on October 24, 2019. With our partners at Friends of Plumas Wilderness and Snowlands Network, we supported Alternative 2 with specific modifications. We liked that Alternative 2 would protect:
- Backcountry skiing east of Bucks Lake Wilderness
- Cross-country skiing on the Bucks Creek Loop Trail
- The Historic Lost Sierra Ski Traverse Route
- Backcountry skiing on Thompson Peak by Susanville
But, to create a truly balanced plan we urged the Forest Service to also include these modifications to the preferred alternative from Alternative 5:
- Stop OSV grooming on 24N33 to prevent OSV trespass into the Bucks Lake Wilderness
- Do not designate for OSV travel on Lakes Basin Snowshoe and Ski Trails
- Do not designate for OSV travel in Little Jamison Basin
- Do not designate for OSV travel in Proposed Middle Feather, Bucks Creek, Chips, Grizzly, & Adams Peak Wilderness Areas
Click here to read our comments on the draft EIS.
For more information and an archive of relevant documents, visit the Forest Service’s Project Webpage.
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