Hey All, Just wondering if you all in other parts of the State are having any sort of a battle with the USFS over access. The Sitka Ranger District is working on this Access and Travel Management Plan that they claim is a National Directive for all Districts to comply with. I don't know what its costing the taxpayers, but they have about ten departments and untold numbers of people working on it, and it is going to severely limit our access here. We already face a number of challenges to go riding as it is, being a rain forest, we can't just bail off the road and go. All of our riding is out at old logging camps and those road systems are on other islands. I'm taking off tomorrow and my trip will involve two wheelers in a 28 foot boat and a two hour (50 plus miles one way) ride. Not complaining about it, love to do it. Our problem is the local USFS is working on this plan that will chop our accessable roads by about half, down from the original half of what was really ridable to start with. If you go to the Tongass District website there's a link to the Sitka ATM, you can check it out there. There's all sorts of "touchy-feely, don't leave a footprint in the woods stuff" and a bunch of colorful maps. The population of our town has changed over the years, I grew up here and I've watched it go way "green". I don't have a problem with people that have different beliefs, I do have a problem when they push them on me or worse, are using my tax dollars to push their own agenda. Both things are happening here. We have a large number of riders here, per capita (last count was some 1000-1500 ATV's out of a population of 8500) but our ATV Club is well beaten down. It's hard to fight a battle against the Sitka Conservation Society, Green Peace, the Seirra Club and the Federal Government. We've even taken it up the chain, so to speak and tried to go "outside" for answers but got no where. I wrote a letter to the Southeast Supervisor last week and told him you can only push people so far. I've been on our roads for over 30 years, and I'll be on them long after "they" have gone back to doing what-ever they were doing before they came here to protect us from ourselves. Protect your rights, and those of the future!!