Twenty-four of 42 routes in the Eldorado National Forest closed by court order last year were reopened to the public today for motorized vehicle use.
Segments of the remaining 18 routes interfere with water flows in meadows and will be reopened after corrective actions have been taken, announced Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree.
“I am implementing the decision that was made in June following the completion of a supplemental environmental impact statement and record of decision,” Crabtree said in a written statement. “Eleven appeals were filed on that decision and I am happy to say all 11 were withdrawn, which paved the way for me to open the 24 routes now and to get on with repairing the other 18.”
The appeals were withdrawn after the appellants and the Forest Service agreed on how the Forest Service would to implement the original decision, Crabtree said.
The 24 routes have been added to the Eldorado National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map, which is available at all Eldorado National Forest offices. The map identifies the routes that are open to the public for motor vehicle use. Forest Services officials recommend that visitors obtain the latest map to make sure they are traveling on routes that are open to the public.
Copies of the motor vehicle use map, the record of decision, lists or the 24 routes that reopened and the 18 that remain closed pending correction actions, as well as the agreement the Forest Service will follow while implementing the record of decision, are available on the website at www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.