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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 5B Forest Service announces travel management decisions Plumas National Forest offi- cials have completed the Final Environmental Impact State- ment (FEIS) and Record of De- cision (ROD) for the Forest Service's Motorized Travel Management Project (Subpart B). The effort focused on the growing number of routes that are not part of the authorized national forest transportation system (routes with numbers) throughout the orest and made a decision on which of those unauthorized routes should be added to the system. "I believe this decision bal- ances motorized recreation use while protecting natural resources," said Alice Carlton, PNF forest supervisor. The decision culminates more than six years of plan- ning and participation by many people. Carlton said the decision dovetails well with the decisions made by Butte and Plumas counties regard- ing their respective Off High- way Vehicle (OHV) ordi- nances. Briefly, motorized vehicles must stay on designated forest system roads, trails and areas, except as allowed by permit or other authorization such as emergency response. "With almost 4,500 miles of roads and trails, there are lots of opportunities for people to access and enjoy their nation- al forest," said Carlton. "How- ever, I don't want to downplay the fact we do have a real shortage of specialty trail ex- periences for recreationists, such as singletrack motorcy- cle riders. "Riding on a well- or even moderately maintained road is definitely not the recreation experience singletrack riders are looking for and it's a niche we'd like to expand in the fu- ture as we are able." Prior to the start of the envi- ronmental analysis, about 1,107 miles of unauthorized routes on the forest were in- ventoried; some old, some newly created. The inventory included routes identified by the Forest Service and routes submitted over several seasons by inter- ested members of the commu- nity. The routes were filtered to remove short dead-end spurs (largely temporary timber sale skid trails); routes without le- gal right of way across private property; routes causing ex- treme resource damage and other resource problems. Care was taken to provide access to as many key recre- ation destinations as possible and to provide linkages or loop opportunities between routes. Analysis eventually includ- ed 410 miles of routes, and 234 miles were selected in the de- cision. A 45-day decision appeal pe- riod will begin Nov. 10, with a legal notice published in the Feather River Bulletin. Implementation will occur once any appeals have been re- solved and a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) is published. The MVUM will show routes available for use and the types of vehicles and any seasonal restrictions that may apply. Pending any appeal resolu- tion, the MVUM is expected in spring 2011. Until then, the Open Houses Oroville Tuesday, Nov. 16, 4 - 6 p.m. • Monday, Dec. 6, 4- 6 p.m. Feather River Ranger District 875 Mitchell Ave. Blairsden Wednesday, Nov. 17, 4 - 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 4- 6 p.m. Beckwourth Ranger District 23 Mohawk Road Quincy Thursday, Nov. 18, 4- 6 p.m. • Tuesday, Dec. 7, 4- 6 p.m. Mount Hough Ranger District 39693 Highway 70 Doyle Wednesday, Dec. 1, 4 - 6 p.m. Doyle Fire Station 434-685 Doyle Loop Dr. current forest order regulat- ing use remains in place. More information, includ- ing all analysis and decision documents, maps and fre- quently asked questions, is available at fs.usda.gov/plumas or by call- ing 283-2050. Informal open houses have been scheduled and employees will be available to discuss the decision and review details of specific routes. See the accom- panying sidebar for meeting times, dates and locations. Another slate of open hous- es will be held in the spring when the motor vehicle use map is published. How many miles? 4,482 Total miles road and trail access on the forest, including 234 added miles 4,118 Miles available for passenger car use 4,383 Miles available for 4WD use 3,802 Miles available for ATV use 3,855 Miles available for unlicensed motorcycle use 4,482 Miles available for licensed motorcycle use 1,107 Miles of unauthorized routes, a mix of existing and new routes Funding for Recovery Act New information compiled by the California Depart- ment of Transportation (Cal- trans) confirmed that con- tractors have received near- ly 90 percent of California's transportation projects fund- ed by the Recovery Act, al- lowing construction to start. California received more Recovery Act funds for transportation than any oth- er state -- nearly $2.6 billion for 982 highway, local-street, rail and port infrastructure projects -- and 853 have been awarded. "California is effectively spending Recovery Act funds, and we are delivering on our promise to get eco- nomic recovery money out on the street as quickly as possible and put people to work," said Caltrans Direc- tor Cindy McKim. "From day one, our focus has been and continues to be ensuring that California gets the maximum benefit from the Recovery Act." Data show that California ($847 million) outpaces all states but Texas in reported Recovery Act transportation spending. ' California's monthly spending more than tripled this year from $40 million in February to $130 million in September. "We worked multiple shifts putting many people to work on a $40 million Re- covery Act project that built five new bridges and widened five miles of State Route 91 in Santa Ana Canyon," said Paul Von Berg, executive vice presi- dent of Brutoco Engineering & Construction, Inc., the contractor for the project. "We completed the project in less than a year, so the Recovery Act funding was definitely spent in a timely manner." California law gave local communities greater control over where and how to spend Recovery Act trans- portation money -- roughly $1.6 billion for 867 projects distributed to cities, coun- ties and local agencies. No other state came close to that number of locally controlled projects. The Recovery Act has giv- en California a unique op- portunity to catch up on a backlog of critical trans- portation infrastructure needs. "Caltrans has worked hard to award con- tracts with Recovery Act funds. Projects are now cur- rently under contract, em- ploying people and provid- ing much-needed infrastruc- ture repairs and reconstruc- tion," said Brian Stopper, program manager for R&L Brosamer, Inc. In July 2010, the company received a con- tract for the Bay Area's Pre- sidio Parkway project and is currently building the pro- ject's signature tunnel, which is primarily financed by $83 million in Recovery Act funding. For more information on the Recovery Act, visit re- covery.ca.gov. Recovery Act funding: Where it all went $1 billion 678 projects Restore, rehabilitate or resurface existing roadways $992 million 35 projects Increase capacity and reconstruct existing roads $217 million 91 projects Manage California's traffic operations better, relieve congestion and improve road safety Licensed, nsured, Bonded $102 million 14 projects Rehabilitate, replace or add capacity to existing bridges SERVICE & REPAIR on Toyo & Monitor Heating Systems m m, • RICHARDSON oa heaUnS syswm Lic # 721353 Jim Richardson Cell: (530) 263-6765 lThanksgiving Food Baskets00 Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center [ needs your help with food donations  .[ for our Thanksgiving baskets. 14rhat we need: ,,'( • TURKEY • STUFFING • MASHED POTATOES //fA  • VEGETABLES • SWEET POTATOES • GRAVY These baskets are to help those folks that are in need of a little help during the holiday season. Your food donation is greatly appreciated. Please bring your food donation to PCIRC at 591 W. Main St., Quincy. If you have any questions please give us a call at 283-5515. Thank you again for your assistance. Ordinance cruises onward Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Board of Supervisors waived the first reading of a county off- highway vehicle ordinance at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 2. The ordinance clarifies that many county roads with- in Plumas and Lassen Na- tional Forests are approved for recreational use by OHV and snow vehicles. Public Works Director Bob Perreault told the supervi- sors the ordinance was modi- fied slightly from the last draft in response to public comments. At an October meeting, Perreault told the board the action would maintain cur- rent availability of county roads on forestlands for mo- torized recreational activi- ties in the county's point of view and expand it in the Forest Service's point of view. "I think its great," OHV user advocate Corky Lazzari- no commented at the time. The final reading of the or- dinance was scheduled for the Tuesday, Nov. 9 agenda. The board took action in response to the Plumas Na- tional Forest putting many roads on a list to be decom- missioned. At the October meeting, Perreault explained the For- est Service was closing many of them at least partially be- cause county roads "were not available for OHV travel through the forest to get from what's called a spur road to another spur road." Perreault told the board that wasn't the view the county, California Highway Patrol or sheriff's office had on the issue and that the or- dinance would make the mat- ter clearer for the forests. The public works engi- neers conducted safety as- sessments on each roadway. Perreault added that the ordinance was explained to the CHP, the sheriff's office and the Forest Service. 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