Friday, January 28, 2011

USFS Closing Off MORE Roads to ATV/Public Use

This cave is 4 miles west of Yellow Pine on the EFSF-Salmon River Road, which may be limited to ATV use under new USFS policy.


The USFS is seeking public comments as to whether to close down EVEN MORE roads from public use!
Many of the public comment periods are still open and I encourage outdoor enthusiasts to submit their comments. Here are the USFS forests in question:
Forest News:
Possible OHV use changes on Forest Service Roads of Concern
(via email Wednesday, January 26, 2011)
OHV enthusiasts,
The Forest Service in Idaho is currently reviewing forest roads that they have concern over OHV’s sharing the same right of way as full size vehicles. The roads they have identified may require mitigation measures that could include CLOSURE TO ALL OHV’S, not just unlicensed operators. To see a map of the roads the different districts have identified and learn about their public comment process, please visit the following links.
If you have any additional questions please contact me or your USFS Ranger Districts,
Todd Wernex
Recreation Specialist
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
(208) 514-2413
Here are the links:
Boise National Forest
Payette National Forest
Sawtooth National Forest
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Nez Perce National Forest
Idaho Panhandle National Forests
Caribou-Targhee National Forest
The Clearwater National Forest does not have the information posted to its website yet.
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January 27, 2011
Information Contact: Idaho City Ranger District Mike Feiger 208-392-6681
This is a letter I sent to the Payette, Boise, Sawtooth, Challis, Nez Perce, Panhandle, Idaho City ranger districts. It is in response to public comments being sought on ADDITIONAL road closures and restrictions.
I grew up riding on Payette and Boise National Forest roads. I bought my first snowmobile at age 8. I bought my first motorcycle at age 12 and my first atv at age 12. In those days there were lots of mining trucks and logging trucks to worry about bumping into. 
Now most those jobs are gone, mostly due to USFS and presidential/congressional jobs-killing/obliterating policies which target the American right to earn an honest living. Now you (the USFS) are looking to destroy MORE jobs by limiting ATV use which is the only source of revenue left for rural communities which have seen TENS OF THOUSANDS if not HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of lost public lands dependent jobs since 1992. Thousands of those jobs were lost in Valley County alone, to include the closed down sawmill in Cascade, the logging trucks that no longer haul to Horseshoe Bend, and the privately owned mines on Thunder Mountain the Payette closed down and bought out. Stibnite is being targetted for the same reasons....but I'm going off on the tangent I'm prone to when I see my government destroying American families and communities..........
The solution to this problem is simple: Stop closing all the side roads which would allow the American people to go out and responsibly enjoy our forests, and our children would not HAVE to ride down main forests roads to have a unique outdoor experience on their motorcycles, atvs or utvs. Impose reasonable speed limits on forest roads is fine. Amy and Rob Bryant are nice folks to deal with and I think they treat atv users with respect and dignity. I CANNOT say the same for Clem Pope, Patti Stieger or some of the other knuckleheads you've sent into the back  country in recent years. Especially after Patti Stieger's episode locking five people behind the gate on three mile road then driving off and intentionally leaving them there. Makes your entire agency look like a bunch of criminal incompetent idiots, even those I would otherwise respect. It shows your hatred towards us who pay your wages, that you wouldn't even grant the common decency of allowing five citizens, two of which suffer from disabilities, from exiting a roadway before citing them and unlawfully imprisoning them for the crime of enjoying the land they are partial owner to. One of the trapped victim's statements may be read online here:
Or at my homepage devoted to documenting other heinous crimes committed by USFS listed under my name below.
Scott Amos
A proud supporter/defender of the US Constitution and American pursuit of life, liberty and happiness as a way of life

Phone: 208-353-8907

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004)

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