“Alternative 2 strives to balance the availability of motorized and non-motorized over-snow recreational opportunities and minimization of impacts to natural and cultural resources. Alternative 2 includes the designation of seven cross-country OSV-use areas (864, 826 acres); 2,335 miles of unmarked, ungroomed, underlying roads and trails; and 304 miles of trails for OSV use where 203 miles would be groomed and 101 miles would be ungroomed. Alternative 2 proposes a minimum snow depth requirement of 12 inches within the designated cross-country OSV-use areas; 6 inches along designated OSV trails; and 12 to 18 inches along designated groomed trails (consistent with California Snowmobile Grooming Standards). Specific to the PCT, alternative 2 would designate 20 OSV trails where motorized routes on the Plumas Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) cross the PCT and 6 OSV trails along the shared Plumas and Tahoe National Forests administrative boundary that are not existing motorized routes and their width would range up to 0.25 mile.”
Photos by Darrel Jury, Friends of Plumas Wilderness; Powder Magazine cover by David Reddick
Based on a public scoping process that ended in 2015, the Plumas National Forest has been working on developing and analyzing winter travel management alternatives. During the scoping period, Winter Wildlands Alliance and Snowlands Network submitted a “Skiers Alternative” that the Plumas will analyze alongside other Alternatives. You can view a map of our proposal here.
For more information and an archive of relevant documents, visit the Forest Service’s Project Webpage.