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Re: [RC] URGENT: White River National Forest Travel Management - Horse - Sky Ranch

The information I received was from the Chairman of the Back Country
Horsemen of Colorado.  The BCH is an organization that works with the USFS
and BLM, and they monitor legislation and agency decisions that could affect
horsemen's use of public lands.

Are you saying that there is absolutely no threat to horse use in the White
River NF?  If so, I am very happy.  But I wonder why the BCH of Colorado
would send an urgent message to its members, regarding this, asking them to
write the analysis group?

Carla Richardson

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Beth Boyst" <bboyst@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <Bryan@xxxxxxxxxxx>; "Greg Warren" <gwarren@xxxxxxxxx>; "Ralph Swain"
<rswain@xxxxxxxxx>; <athill01@xxxxxxxxxxx>; <Paula@xxxxxxxxxxx>;
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Cc: "Wendy Haskins" <whaskins@xxxxxxxxx>; "Rich Doak" <rdoak@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 5:21 PM
Subject: URGENT: White River National Forest Travel Management - Horse

Folks, I need your help - the misinformation highway is creating a huge
problem.  Please read the message below and understand that there is NO
movement or attempt to significantly close the trails (either in wilderness
or outside) to horse use on the White River National Forest.  Please
forward this message on to whomever you might have sent the earlier message
and let them know that I would be more than happy to discuss if they have
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----- Forwarded by Beth Boyst/R2/USDAFS on 09/27/2006 04:10 PM -----

            09/27/2006 04:06
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                                      White River National Forest Travel
                                      Management - Horse

Here's the link to the White River Travel Management Plan and EIS.  Note
that there is an interactive mapping program in the bottom right column.

Within the DEIS there is a table on page 57 that displays the alternatives
for summer travel (Alternative B is the "existing condition")
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Also, the White River National Forest Plan has direction in the Forest-wide
Standards and Guidelines that state:
"On lands that are snow-free, prohibit motorized and mechanized travel
outside of designated travelways. Exemptions are only allowed by an order
signed by the Forest Supervisor or Regional Forester for:
·     Administrative, emergency, law enforcement, or land management needs;
·     Special use permits and contracts."

***What this means is that mountain bikes and motorized travel are required
  to be on designated routes - foot and horse travelers are not and can
      travel anywhere not specifically prohibited on the Forest***

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