Public comment period closed October 9 on Stanislaus Draft Winter Travel
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Stanislaus National Forest‘s new winter travel plan was published on August 24, 2018. Alternative 5 is the forest’s “preferred alternative” — click here for a link to the high-res map (pdf) — and with some key exceptions (see below) we feel that it does a decent job of establishing a balanced baseline for winter management that accommodates appropriate existing snowmobile routes and play areas along Highways 4 and 108, and also provides some limited protections for important non-motorized recreation zones, wildlife, and natural resources.
Important areas not protected in Alternative 5:
Pacific Valley and Eagle/Night Near Natural Areas
The Herring Creek area immediately adjacent to the Leland Snowplay Area on Highway 108
Osborne Hill and other Nordic touring terrain to the immediate east and west of Lake Alpine
Areas between Cabbage Patch and Black Springs and Mattley Ridge off Highway 4
Route 7N02 in the Big Meadow Area for non-motorized touring to the Stanislaus Canyon overlook
Use the easy form below to submit specific, customizable comments to the forest supervisor in support of human-powered recreation.
Full DEIS documents and map links below. Or visit the Forest Service project page HERE (click “Analysis” tab for DEIS and alternative maps).
Based on a public scoping process that ended in August 2015, the Stanislaus 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 would enforce existing protections of wild lands and unique natural features, set aside accessible areas for non-motorized winter recreation, and allow snowmobiling across a large network of trails and play areas. You can view a map of our scoping proposal HERE.