NEW MEXICO - Roads in the Jemez Mountains at Risk

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March 20, 2012 2:06 PM

NEW MEXICO - Roads in the Jemez Mountains at Risk Dear BRC Members and supporters in New Mexico, Our partners over at the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA), just sent us their latest Access Alert on the Santa Fe National Forest. There is more information in the Access Alert, which is pasted below. The folks over at NMOHVA are doing outstanding work in the fight for access and are certainly deserving of your support, so visit their website and learn more about how you can help. As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments. Ric Foster Public Lands Department Manager

NEW MEXICO - Roads in the Jemez Mountains at Risk

Dear BRC Members and supporters in New Mexico,

Our partners over at the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA), just sent us their latest Access Alert on the Santa Fe National Forest.

There is more information in the Access Alert, which is pasted below. The folks over at NMOHVA are doing outstanding work in the fight for access and are certainly deserving of your support, so visit their website and learn more about how you can help.

As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107



Access Alert


Double-Dipping for Road Closures:  Santa Fe National Forest Rigging Another Project for More Road Closures

Do you enjoy the Jemez Mountains in the Santa Fe National Forest via a 4WD, ATV, or motorcycle?

Look Out!  You are under attack AGAIN!  The Santa Fe National Forest has released a draft Purpose and Need for the 'Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project.  The draft Purpose and Need statement says this:

"Purpose 2 - Improve watershed conditions and reduce road-related impacts to natural and cultural resources.  To achieve this, there is a need for fewer roads."

This draft Purpose and Need Statement clearly shows that they are already "setting up" the project to close even more roads. There are TWO BIG REASONS why it is SO important to get this fixed:

1..  The draft Purpose and Need Statement for this project "stacks the deck" to ensure the Forest Service will get to close more roads.  This is how it works:

Step 1: (Where we are now)  They issue a Purpose and Need Statement that includes road closures as one of the "needs" for the project.
Step 2: Next, the Purpose and Need statement will be used as the basis for creating the plan, which is called the Proposed Action.  The Proposed Action and any alternatives MUST meet the Purpose and Need statement.
Step 3: Then the Forest Service will release an environmental document with various alternatives. Since the alternative MUST meet the Purpose and Need, every single one of the choices presented will close more roads.
Step 4: They choose one of the alternatives as the decision. The Preferred Alternative (representing the Proposed Action) is the one they want, and the one they almost always choose.

2..  The Santa Fe National Forest is proposing to close more roads and they haven't even announced the decision on the Travel Management Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) yet!!!  We know that their proposed action in the Travel Management EIS closes more than 50% of the roads in the SFNF including many hundreds of miles in the same area as the 'Restoration Project'.

Let us repeat:  The Forest Service hasn't even announced how many roads they will close under Travel Management and they are already scheming to close even more!  And they are loading the dice to make sure they get want they want.

What can you do?  STOP THEM NOW.  We must get the road removal "need" out of the Purpose and Need statement before it is locked into the project.

There are two things you can do to stop this outrageous proposal:

1.  Show up in force at the two public meetings NEXT WEEK.  Tell the Forest Service clearly that we have had ENOUGH road closures and the loss of public access must stop NOW! Don't hold back, tell them what your really think and feel.

Here are the two meetings:

Date and time:      Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Location:                Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor's Office
                                11 Forest Lane. Santa Fe NM 87508

Date and time:      Saturday, March 31, 2012 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location:               Valles Caldera Science and Education Center
                                90 Villa Louis Martin. Jemez Springs, NM 87025

 2.  Send in a short comment.  Tell the SFNF that they have closed ENOUGH roads already.  Tell them that you want ALL the existing roads left open to ALL of the public.  You can send in an electronic comment by going HERE.. 

The email address for comments is:

jemezrestoration@fs.fed.us.

The postal mail address is:

Susan Bruin
Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration
Santa Fe National Forest
11 Forest Lane
Santa Fe, NM  87508

This is really important.  Please do both!  Attend the meeting AND send in a comment.

Enough is Enough!

Make sure your voice is heard!

Read the Draft Purpose and Need Here

Draft Purpose and Need
 
Map of Project Area
 

 

 

 


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