Points of Information and Opportunities for Advocacy
The official kickoff of analysis for Subpart C of Travel Management will begin with formal scoping probably in May 2022. Subpart C of the Travel Management Rule (36 CFR 212, Subpart C) requires the Inyo to designate roads, trails, and areas on Forest lands where OSV use is allowed in areas of the forest where snowfall is adequate.
As part of the process, the Forest must develop an Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which identifies the roads, trails and areas where OSV use will be designated. This map will be based on environmental analysis and public comment.
The Forest is required to consider how to minimize impacts to soils, water, vegetation, and other forest resources, and minimize harassment and disturbance to wildlife where OSV use occurs.
Support Friends of the Inyo's advocacy efforts for a conservation-focused plan to encourage the Forest to incorporate the best available science. Please ask the Forest Service to emphasize the minimization of impacts to the winter ecosystem and wildlife in their plan.
Please advocate for the Forest to produce, in addition to the OSVUM, an implementation plan that would include guidance on plans for staging areas, signage, education, and enforcement.
Please make your voice heard!