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    Naches Ranger District 2012 Spring Trail Closure

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Ranger, Susan M -FS <sranger@fs.fed.us>
    To: Undisclosed recipients:;
    Sent: Wed, Jan 25, 2012 11:20 am
    Subject: FW: Naches Ranger District Upcoming Project: Spring Trail Closure
    Hello TWIG Member:

    Naches is in the planning process of the Spring Trail Closure and would like your input. Please see the attached message below from Michelle King. There is also a detailed attached scoping letter - please open it to get all of the information.

    If you have comments on this proposal or would like more information, please contact Michelle King. Her contact information is as follows. It is also listed within the scoping letter.

    Michelle's telephone number is (509) 653-1420, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours.

    Address official comments to:

    Michelle King, NEPA Planner
    Naches Ranger District
    10237 U.S. Highway 12
    Naches, WA 98937

    or Email to:
    comments-pacificnorthwest-wenatchee-naches@fs.fed.us


    Thank you!

    Sue Ranger


    Susan Ranger
    District Recreation Planner
    Naches District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
    sranger@fs.fed.us
    (509)653-1446

    From: King, Michelle D -FS
    Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:40 AM
    Cc: Ranger, Susan M -FS; Beidl, Jacqueline A -FS; Lindhorst, Karen S -FS; StHilaire, Joan E -FS; Garrigues, William R -FS; Foss, Timothy G -FS; Novitzky, Pam -FS; Davidson, Irene L -FS; Jenkins, Douglas S -FS
    Subject: Naches Ranger District Upcoming Project: Spring Trail Closure

    The Naches Ranger District is in the planning process of the Spring Trail Closure and would like your input. I have attached a PDF letter with the project objectives and the proposed action. If you cannot open the file or would like a cd/printed copy mailed to you, please let me know. I would also be happy to provide you with more information on the project and the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process.

    The Naches Ranger District plans to have a decision on the proposed action by the end of February 2012. This project is classified as a Categorical Exclusion, therefore, there is no formal comment period. It would be most helpful to receive comments and feedback by February 25th.

    *We appreciate your willingness to be notified via email as it saves us paper and postage.
    *If you would like to be removed from the Naches Mailing List, please call or email me.

    Thank you,
    Michelle D. King

    See PDF here: http://easternwashingtonadventures.c...il_Closure.pdf
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    I just got the decision email on this. Looks like closures will be in effect only if needed and will be evaluated each year. There was a nice mention of volunteer groups and how the forest service wants to expand on that relationship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McKBrew View Post
    I just got the decision email on this. Looks like closures will be in effect only if needed and will be evaluated each year. There was a nice mention of volunteer groups and how the forest service wants to expand on that relationship.
    Don't fall for the lies Ranger Irene Davidson tells.

    EDIT: What started off as a 2011 Memorial Day weekend closure if wet, turned into much more. Irene got the blessing from most wheel vehicle trail volunteers for a Memorial Day Closure if wet. Irene then changed it to be 2.5 months long saying volunteers backed it to get the order signed off on at the main office. Then Irene lied our faces as she told us we asked for the seasonal closure.
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    I wouldn't be too surprised that with the weather we are having this year, we could see this closure extended through July or later..ie late snow fall, heavy rainfall, and any other excuses to keep them closed
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    I just got this in an e mail and wanted to share.


    -----Original Message-----
    From: King, Michelle D -FS <mdking02@fs.fed.us>
    Sent: Wed, Apr 18, 2012 4:07 pm
    Subject: Spring Trail Surveys Underway

    Here is today’s news release on the status of Spring Trail Restrictions. Let me know if you have any questions. I will be sure to continue to update you all and under ‘Recent News’ at http://www.fs.usda.gov/okawen - you can find these news releases. Please forward as you see fit.



    Thanks,

    Michelle King

    mdking02@fs.fed.us

    509-653-1420



    From: Jenkins, Douglas S -FS
    Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 9:56 AM
    Subject: Spring Trail Surveys Underway



    U.S. FOREST SERVICE NEWS RELEASE

    Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

    215 Melody Lane

    Wenatchee, WA 98801



    For immediate release: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    Contacts: Naches R.D. Visitor Services Specialist Doug Jenkins, (509) 653-1468

    Naches R.D. NEPA Coordinator Michelle King, (509) 653-1420



    NACHES RANGER DISTRICT SPRING

    MOTORIZED TRAIL RESTRICTIONS

    NACHES—Naches Ranger District is in the process of surveying trail conditions to determine if restrictions are necessary on motorized trails.

    “We decided last month to go with trail evaluations to determine the necessity of restricting traffic on motorized trails this spring,” said Naches District Ranger Irene Davidson. “This will allow the Naches Ranger District to be flexible when implementing restrictions on designated trails, depending upon current trail and weather conditions.”

    Any restrictions will apply to Naches Ranger District trails with any type of motorized designation excluding wilderness areas.

    The effort is intended to minimize trail and resource damage on motorized trails; maintain a quality motorized trail system; educate the public about trail misuse, erosion and maintenance requirements; and maintain positive relationships with volunteer and recreational user groups.

    “If a motorized trail is designated closed, it is closed to all users—motorized or not,” said Davidson.

    Condition reports from trail coordinators, hydrologists, trail crew members, user groups, law enforcement officers and national forest visitors will be used to determine if trail restrictions are needed to prevent natural resource damage.

    “Once we have completed our surveys we will ask for an Emergency Closure of trails beginning May 1st through June 1st. This doesn’t mean if trails dry out before June 1st they can’t be open,” said Davidson.

    Annual trail condition reports will determine if seasonal restrictions are necessary, appropriate implementation dates and the trails that will be included.

    “Volunteer groups are an invaluable asset and every year they donate their time, energy and money to maintain recreational opportunities on the district,” Davidson said. “Any necessary trail restrictions will continue to allow permitted volunteer groups to perform trail maintenance even if restrictions are in place.”

    Communication with trail users will increase spring trail restriction effectiveness, according to Davidson. She said Forest Service managers recognize trail users often travel long distances and plan outings far in advance.

    News releases, radio announcements, internet sites, and signs on Forest Service roads and trails will be used to notify the public when trail restrictions are implemented or rescinded.



    Naches Ranger District staff will also work with local law enforcement officials on anticipated busy weekends to ensure compliance of restrictions.

    -End-

    The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.













    Douglas S. Jenkins

    Visitor Services, Information, Education

    Naches Ranger Station

    10237 U.S. Highway 12

    (509) 653-1468

    email: dsjenkins@fs.fed.com
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    Thanks Mike!
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