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    Default Nabesna Off Road Vehicle Management Plan Approved

    News Release (01/18/2012)
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    Alaska Regional Director Sue Masica has signed aRecord of Decision (ROD) that approves a management plan for Off-Road Vehicles(ORVs) and trails in the Nabesna District of Wrangell-St. Elias National Parkand Preserve. The National Park Service(NPS) agreed to endeavor to complete the Environmental Impact Statement, ManagementPlan and ROD by December 31, 2011, pursuant to a settlement agreement from a2006 lawsuit.The lawsuit challenged NPSissuance of permits for recreational Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) use on nine trailsin the Nabesna District of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The trails have provided access for sporthunting and subsistence activities since before the park was established. Summer use of ORVs on the trails has resultedin degraded trail conditions and impacts to wetlands, soils, andvegetation.

    The ROD provides for thefollowing:
    Improvement ofnine trails in order to maintain one alignment and prevent resource impactsassociated with degraded trails. Improvements will consist of constructed re-routes and hardening ofexisting trails utilizing gravel or porous pavement panels such asGeoblock.
    Recreational ORVuse will be permitted on trails in the National Preserve that are in amaintainable condition. At this time, that includes the Trail Creek and LostCreek trails. After improvement,recreational ORV use will also be permitted on Reeve Field trail, Soda Laketrail, Caribou Creek trail, and Suslotatrail.
    ORV use byfederally qualified subsistence users will continue to be allowed on trails inthe national park and national preserve. The use will be subject to monitoring and management actions to ensurethat resource impacts associated with unimproved trails in the area do notexpand.
    The use of ORVsfor accessing private inholdings within the Nabesna District will be managedconsistent with ANILCA Section 1110(b), implementing regulations at Title 43CFR 36.10(e)(1), and the NPS Alaska Regionís Interim Userís Guide to Accessing Inholdings in National Park SystemUnits in Alaska.
    Construction of20 miles of new non-motorized trails.

    The Record of Decision wassigned after careful consideration of management alternatives and environmentaleffects displayed in the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements(EIS). The decisions identified in theROD represent a combination of alternatives 4 and 5 analyzed in the Draft EISand best meet the objectives identified in the EIS. The ROD is responsive to public commentreceived on the EIS and presents a balanced approach. According to analysis presented in the EIS,trail improvement that eliminates trail braiding and associated impacts willresult in the following resource benefits:

    Recovery of 374acres of impacted soils, 375 acres of impacted wetlands, and 656 acres ofimpacted vegetation.
    Proposed trailimprovements would bridge, harden, or eliminate all of 22 ORV stream crossingsidentified in the EIS as non-functional.

    The EIS estimates the cost ofall trail improvements at $4.3 million. In order to stretch trail improvement dollars, NPS will be looking fortrail improvement partners and will be considering the use of volunteers fortrail repair and maintenance. Tentativefunding for 2012 is positive and should enable NPS to make needed repairs onthe Soda Lake and Caribou Creek trails and get started on the Copper Laketrail.

    The Record of Decision can beviewed or downloaded from the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preservewebsite at http://www.nps.gov/wrst or atthe NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov.

    Questions regarding the Record ofDecision may be directed to Bruce Rogers at 907-822-7276.




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    Like a magician...watch BOTH hands....
    The NPS is not your friend.

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    This little jewel - "Proposed trailimprovements would bridge, harden, or eliminate all of 22 ORV stream crossingsidentified in the EIS as non-functional."
    But you can bet your bippy this part will stick - "Construction of20 miles of new non-motorized trails."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Echo View Post
    This little jewel - "Proposed trailimprovements would bridge, harden, or eliminate all of 22 ORV stream crossingsidentified in the EIS as non-functional."
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    Yep, I saw that jewel too, Mike. Hence the comment.

    You guys that value that country and the trail systems there should form an oversight committee to monitor what the NPS ultimately does regarding this suit ruling...
    Don't trust them for one second!
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    I checked this a.m. with the guy most familiar with the EIS, Bruce Rogers, who some of you may have met at one of the several public meetings on the topic. He said that "non-functional" stream crossings are eliminated mostly because the existing crappy trails would be re-routed to higher/drier ground. Additionally, some of the existing stream crossings will be hardened or have bridges installed.

    As an aside, the "non-functional" label comes out of a report that assessed existing stream crossings that was done thru a cooperative agreement with Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

    John Quinley, NPS public affairs

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    Let's hope the the NPS there will have the same concern for public use that NPS Director Jarvis has shown the squatting "Occupy" movement.

    Jarvis was quite sympathetic to the Occupy cause when testifying before congress.
    "Disturbing" doesn't come close....
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    Guess I'm not the only one who sees the ugly glaring double standards of the NPS!

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/alas...out-hypocrisy/
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    Civil Disobedience is becoming more and more warranted and accepted within our society. Of all the ABC Agencies on the books, the NPS is absolutely the most threatening to Outdoor Pursuits. Their intentions are clear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akres View Post
    Civil Disobedience is becoming more and more warranted and accepted within our society. Of all the ABC Agencies on the books, the NPS is absolutely the most threatening to Outdoor Pursuits. Their intentions are clear.
    U.S.F.W.S. is also a nightmare, Res. Their corrupt use of the Endangered Species Act empowers them in unbelievable ways.

    But it could be argued that the NPS is more relevant to most sportsman in the U.S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fullkurl View Post
    U.S.F.W.S. is also a nightmare, Res. Their corrupt use of the Endangered Species Act empowers them in unbelievable ways.

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    so true.........................
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