The Lincoln National Forest is currently updating their Forest Management Plan, and we need recreation users to add their feedback. The Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico is near Carlsbad, covers over a million acres, and encompasses many different types of recreation. It is important to engage early on in the process to fight to protect access for the public. 

The plan discusses closures and restrictions for summer and winter use whether it be through trails, camping or non-motorized zones. Ensuring the accuracy of the USFS map’s is imperative. Alternative E seems to be the least restrictive, yet we still would still like to see a Recreation Alternative. Recommended Wilderness areas which would dramatically restrict access are abundant, and Alternative E recommends the smallest acreage of all the alternatives. 

Access and recreation are important to local economies. The USFS should give as much weight to recreation as they do to wilderness, conservation and wildlife. 

Make your voice heard on this management plan that will set the tone for the travel management plan where we will potentially see road specific closures if a restrictive Forest Plan is adopted.

It is easy to send in a comment using our action alert tool below: