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    Chequamegon-Nicolet Use Planning

    May be "old news" but...a recent update re: Chequamegon-Nicolet planning.

    National forest planners may close motorized access to some roads - 55% of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest roads would be affected

    By LEE BERGQUIST
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    Posted: July 17, 2008


    http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=773870

    "If you put a wheeled vehicle in there, you can create ruts where water can channel and cause erosion,"

    "Advocates of mountain biking, hiking and cross-country skiing generally favor the plan."

    Ron Bergin, executive director of the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association, said that "most biking trails are in specified areas of the forest and would not be affected by the change."

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    We've had discussions regarding this for at least 3-4 years.

    The travel management rule mainly pertains to highway legal vs non highway legal vehicles (atvs, modified mudder rigs, side-by-side type carts). It should not affect motorized use. I saw just one short trail labled non-motorized, but bikes are already not allowed in Jones Springs area. I did comment on it for clarification though.

    Most of the roads to be closed and decommissioned were already included in the EIS from several years ago.

    The roads to be closed for vehicles don't appear to be much of a big deal in our area. Most are muddy bog pits, chewed to pieces by modified off-road vehicles and ATVs.

    The head of road engineering says it is too expensive to maintain all the roads. The Forestry guy says that loggers have strict mitigation rules they have to follow for invasive species, but that the mudder vehicles, ATVs do not. (think buckthorn, it doesn't exist up there.)

    The newspaper most likely won't get it right. here is the actual info:

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf/rec/tmr..._v06282008.pdf

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf/news/20...Project_EA.pdf
    Last edited by cjohnson; 07-18-2008 at 10:59 AM.

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