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:
Myself and my family really enjoy the Lincoln National Forest. Our primary way of exploring this great natural resource is on our off road motorcycles. Please keep this opportunity open to this mode of transportation. Thank you.
Keep land available for all to enjoy and recreate in. We are all in this together and can help to make the good decisions. Thanks for listening.
Recreation is an important multiple use, and ought be given greater emphasis in view of much greater visitation, and also given that wood products and forage have declined in importance.
My wife and I are starting to get a few years on ourselves and enjoy motorized recreation. The closure of roads limits our ability to see the country. There is ample wilderness in the United States for the walkers and horse backers. The Forest Service keeps shutting down roads and forcing motorized into smaller and smaller areas. Motorized recreation accounts for a sizable amount of revenue for nearby towns and we also pay a tax on licenses and off road stickers. Are the hikers and horse backers paying a tax for all the trails built for them?Please do not close any more roads or trails to motorized .