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Hat Creek Ranger District to Host Public OHV Meeting

The Hat Creek Ranger District (Lassen National Forest) will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, June 8th to discuss their upcoming Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Route Designation Process. Pursuant to the proposed OHV rule and a state-wide Memorandum of Intent with the State Department of Parks and Recreation and the Off-highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission, the Forest Service will be restricting OHV travel to designated roads, trails, and small OHV riding areas. The public will be engaged throughout this process over the next several years. In July 2004, the USDA Forest Service issued a proposed rule which affects OHV travel within the national forests and grasslands. The proposed rule can be found at the following website, www.fs.fed.us.

Because of the tremendous growth of wheeled OHVs over the past several decades and concern over resource impacts and social conflicts, the proposed rule requires the establishment of a system of roads, trails, and areas designated for motor vehicle travel. Once designations are complete, wheeled motor vehicle use off the designated system would be prohibited unless specifically exempted by a forest order. The proposed rule would apply to all classes of wheeled vehicles including non-licensed vehicles with a California Greensticker. Designated snowmobile trails are not proposed. Snowmobile use would be managed as it is currently, that is, it would be allowed, restricted or prohibited as appropriate.

The public meeting will be held Wednesday, June 8th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hat Creek Ranger Station conference room, 43225 East Highway 299, Fall River Mills.

If you would like additional information about these rules, please contact Elizabeth Norton, Public Services Officer, at 530-252-6645.

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