Helena - New trail proposal: call for action before November 30- Mtbr.com
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Reputation: evasive's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005

    Helena - New trail proposal: call for action before November 30

    Hi everyone – the Helena District of the Helena Lewis & Clark National Forest has proposed a nonmotorized trail project. We need to rally comments in support by November 30.

    This project is in the northern Elkhorn foothills outside Helena near Montana City and Clancy. If you’ve ridden Pinecrest, that’s where this is. This area has quite a few popular non-system trails. The trails are old cattle trails, old double-track, and similar that were never officially closed in the 1980s. As use has grown, they’ve become popular with local bikers, hikers, and equestrians. The USFS is proposing to convert this area to a network of system trails. It’s a good proposal. There are some great ideas in it. We need help supporting the Forest’s proposal, though. Backcountry Horsemen and Helena Hunters & Anglers are stirring the pot and trying to drum up opposition. In a change for Montana, the Wilderness groups seems to be sitting this one out so far. It is a front-country project, after all.

    Maps of the trail proposal are at this link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54963

    Specific points that are helpful:
    Project is long overdue; there is long-standing use in this area, and managing it in a constructive way is a good move.
    This will help disperse use from the Helena South Hills
    Doing this project under a categorial exclusion makes sense

    The opposing voices are going after the CatEx, arguing that more NEPA review is needed. They’ll cite the USFS’s only Wildlife Management Unit as a reason. The USFS feels that converting the existing non-system network to a system network is an action with a nonsignificant effect. We agree with that.

    Comment on this trail project is via email to:
    Roy Barkley
    Helena Ranger District
    rbarkley at fs.fed.us


    USFS release:
    The Helena Ranger District is seeking public input on the Strawberry Butte Front-Country Trail Management Project, located in the Strawberry Butte, Willard Creek, and Maupin Creek areas of the north part of the Elkhorn Mountains. Generally, the proposed action will add nearly 39 miles of non-motorized trails to the overall National Forest trail system, while also closing numerous miles of unauthorized, user-created trails and addressing the associated resource damage as a result of those unauthorized trails.

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Apr 2015

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2010

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    I don't know what trail we're on, but at least it's getting dark

Similar Threads

  1. Helena action alert
    By evasive in forum Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 09-27-2017, 02:07 PM
  2. Frostbike Roll Call - Who's Coming and Call to Action
    By Salsa Cycles in forum 29er Bikes
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 02-15-2008, 08:44 AM
  3. Helena, Montana roll call
    By ewarnerusa in forum Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
    Replies: 37
    Last Post: 08-06-2005, 06:43 AM

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts




© Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.