By Bob Difley
I received the following notification from Mike Dechter updating the Travel Management Plan and the Motor Vehicle Use Map for Coconino National Forest:
Coconino National Forest to issue revised Motor Vehicle Use Maps
Flagstaff, AZ – On Wednesday the Coconino National Forest issued a revised, free Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) to show all of the roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle use on the Forest.
The free MVUM is re-issued each year and can be downloaded for use on smartphones and Garmin GPS devices at http://go.usa.gov/PEa (case sensitive). Hard copies of the map will be available at all Coconino National Forest Offices, nearby national forest offices, and other local businesses that choose to carry them.
The 2013 MVUM includes a number of updates and corrections made as a result of public input received over the past year, and the Coconino National Forest continues to request public feedback on the map and will use this information to improve the map every year.
“We have received hundreds of comments over the past year about our designated routes on the 2012 Motor Vehicle Use Map,” said Mike Dechter, lead planner with the Coconino National Forest. “Many of these comments were extremely helpful at pointing out errors, which we were able to fix on the 2013 version. More substantive route changes to open more routes and areas or close routes and areas will need to be reviewed through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. We expect to propose changes to the system of designated motor vehicle routes and areas in 2014 to begin the NEPA process.”
Errors on the 2013 MVUM or any problems with road signs on the Coconino National Forest should be reported to forest officials through the “Travel Management Feedback” form, available online at http://go.usa.gov/Qww.
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