The Tahoe National Forest is also finalizing its off-highway vehicle/OHV/road plan, with November 26th of 2008 the final day for comments.
Tahoe National Forest Off-Highway Vehicle–OHV Plan
The Sierra Sun has an excellent article presented the arguments of the two sides of the Tahoe National Forest off-highway vehicle/OHV debate:
Two months is too little time to respond to a complicated draft environmental plan for off-road vehicle use on the Tahoe National Forest, area county supervisors, motorcycle and environmental groups said.
According to the draft plan, close to 9 percent of recreation on the Tahoe is by motorized users such as OHV users and those who drive for pleasure.
Non-motorized users such as hikers, bicyclists, cross country skiers and horseback riders made up 21 percent of users, between 2004 and 2005, according to random surveys and interviews done by the national forest. A remaining 75 percent of recreationists visited the forest to camp, picnic, study nature and downhill ski.
Specific areas of concern stem from a consideration to close a road in the Castle Valley Meadow area or re-designate a road leading to Grouse Ridge Lookout and trailheads that could make travel by passenger cars more difficult.
A final environmental impact statement is expected to be complete by March 2009 with a final multi-use map listing all authorized roads and trails expected to come out in the fall.
Read the Tahoe National Forest Motorized Travel Management Draft Environmental Impact Statement from the TNF website.