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    long canyon trail/forest service plan revision.

    So it appears that we are going to lose one of the best backcountry trails in our area, because of a new forest service plan revision. Idaho Panhandle National Forests - Planning
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    We will also lose the trail to American Falls at Upper Priest. We will only lose it if we keep silent. Tell everyone you know to submit a comment to save it.

    On the plus side, we didn't lose the N. Fork of the CDA trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher View Post
    We will also lose the trail to American Falls at Upper Priest. We will only lose it if we keep silent. Tell everyone you know to submit a comment to save it.

    On the plus side, we didn't lose the N. Fork of the CDA trail.

    Remember. We need to be heard.
    According to the alternative 2 map the trail to american falls could be designated a wild river wouldn't that allow bikes? Also I thought that you could only comment on the proposal if you have already commented on it.

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    Where could we comment if we can?

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    Would it be possible to start a petition? Or is it too late?

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    All you need to know is here.

    The draft record of decision is out.

    Kootenai & Idaho Panhandle National Forests - Home

    Would also love to see you out on a trail work day that Lake City Trail Builders holds. Let me know if you would like to get involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDAUSA View Post
    So it appears that we are going to lose one of the best backcountry trails in our area, because of a new forest service plan revision. Idaho Panhandle National Forests - Planning
    Not just the area, it's one of the best backcountry trails anywhere.

    This is very depressing news and I'm sorry I missed the comment period.

    I don't understand why it can't be subject to seasonal closures if there's wildlife issues (as was explained to me by an ICL representative). Or why can't the trail be grandfathered in like the Big Boulder/Little Boulder trails would have been in the CIEDRA proposal.

    Outright closure seems awfully extreme considering that a mountain biker won't ever venture more than 10 feet off the trail.

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    Shreddog - the ROD will most likely be litigated, or appealed.
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    Also, the objection period for the draft record of decision does not close until 11/26 or 28. You still have time to get your say in.

    Also, the American Falls Trail/Upper Priest Lake Trail will remain open until it get designated/finalzied as a Wild & Scenic River by Congress. Same for Trail #50 by the Clearwater. We lose access to Long Canyon because it is in a recommended wilderness area.

    We managed to keep the N. Fork of the CDA Trail open. Brushing and clearing of that will begin this spring. Let me know if anyone is interested in joining a work day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher View Post
    We managed to keep the N. Fork of the CDA Trail open. Brushing and clearing of that will begin this spring. Let me know if anyone is interested in joining a work day.

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    Yup - I'd like to help. Post up in the spring to remind us!

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