As Trail Users.....All of us need to step up and do more than our part to protect our recreation and the trails that we enjoy so much.
~USFS MENA CLOSED TRAILS OUTSIDE WPG
Do NOT be fooled by those who will tell you that you can still ride where ever you want outside of WPG.....READ the MVUM from Mena USFS for yourself....Call Them
I tried fighting this...mostly alone....even tried getting the Locals involved....The end results are most of the Trails are now Closed.
Polk County Roads Are not part of the MVUM.......but......some county roads are merged with the USFS Roads....(which USFS Roads prevail).THIS means if POSTED NO OHV VEHICLES....than it will be an infraction to use. NO STATE ROAD RIDING...LAW (crossing Only)
Trail Highlights: These 31 miles of loop trails , including forest roads,
Trails BEING of 15 MILES, or less of trails (the rest are Forest Roads), feature high mountain vistas; the trail leads the rider through an array of areas, including scenic Gap Creek and Board Camp Creek(stay out of creeks except designated crossing areas), Hawk's Overlook. ( CLOSED)The trail continues through a forest of large pines and hardwoods before passing the unique 2-footed Oak tree and an abandoned mine shaft. The trail loops are connected to accommodate riders who want to vary the length of their trips. HELMETS Highly Recommended
( check Maps for correct Trail Number....SIGNS SHOULD BE AVAIALBLE)
#6B (CLOSED)Trail #4 that went through creek to Trail #1 is NOW CLOSED. Rider must take Trail #3 up and then left over the mountain to get back to Trail #1 - Forest Road
Trail complex WAS open Year-Round. OBTAIN MENA USFS MVUM(Hunting season lasts from mid-November until early December.) Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Cossatot Scenic and Recreational River
November or December. Be aware that Hunters are in the area and are to keep at least 150 yards from trails or roads. ~ Some hunters like to post their own signs to try to keep ATV's out~ This is illegal according to USFS. REPORT THIS ABUSE of ILLEGAL POWER
CAUTION..............Some "LOCALS" think waving a gun at an ATV rider is okay to do...WRONG!.....Use your Camera and take their picture...address...GPS...and report to Sheriff or our club. (or USFS Law Enforcement if available)
................*DO NOT APPROACH THESE TYPE OF PEOPLE*...........................
Fourche Mountain Trail... A good Trail Ride Here
Trail Highlights: The Fourche Mountain Trail, (formerly Mill Creek Equestrian Trail) offers breathtaking views of Fourche Mountain and Buck Knob. Abandoned silver mines, beautiful streams, and several spectacular views of the Ouachita Mountains are among the trail sites.While this trail network provides horseback riding opportunities, it also offers day hiking, mountain biking, ORV and motorcycle riding...HELMETS ARE RECOMENDED. Really Great Trail system.
Sugar Creek Trail
Trail Highlights: Sugar Creek Multi-Use Trail is a network of looping trails that winds over various types of terrain and through a variety of tree types. Rides range from moderately easy to more difficult. Connecting loops offer users an opportunity to explore exciting outdoor opportunities
Need help getting around? Maps are available On-Line from the USFS. ATV ADVENTURE CLUB will also help in getting around as well.It is greatly appreciated that ALL USERS honor private property and DO NOT TRAVEL THERE. GPS helps a lot here. Trespassers can be arrested and then this will cause more problems for all of us down the road (trail). A TRAIL CAPTAIN can HELP you through many spectacular areas. We accept donations to the club for trail maintenance and repairs as well as supporting our cause. This donation will be placed in an account just for that purpose. Many things are in the works to improve the trails and areas that we ride. So, HELP US, HELP YOU - by working together on this venture, support the club, assist us when needed, and yes - become a member so your voice can be heard to protect the trails we have and the ones we want to develope.
(Click on above for more info) Shall be updated soon
Travel Management Project Update
The Forest received more than 800 comments concerning the draft travel management proposal. Numerous opportunities for public comment were offered, including an official notice-and-comment period from Feb 21, 2008 – March 21, 2008. While comments are still welcome, the issues to be addressed in the environmental analysis have been identified based on comments received through March 21, 2008.
After many public comments were received about use of OHVs for retrieval of big game, the Forest decided to consider limited public use of OHVs for big game retrieval. The authority to make a decision on use of OHVs for big game retrieval is delegated to the Forest Supervisor only; therefore, the District Rangers will not make the final decision on travel management. The decision to consider limited public use of OHVs for big game retrieval resulted in preparation of only one environmental document rather than the five documents originally contemplated. The change was not intended to remove any powers from District Rangers; rather, it was intended to broaden public access to the Forest for the purposes of legal, limited big game retrieval.
The Forest used public comments to identify issues to be addressed in the Environmental Assessment. The Environmental Assessment will be made available when the decision is made.
Based on comments, the following significant issues have been identified:
Issue 1: Loss of existing access for persons with disabilities, hunting (transporting deer stands, scouting, and game retrieval), dispersed camping, and other recreational uses Issue 2: Possible loss of economic benefits to local communities Issue 3: OHV/Equestrian trail conflicts Issue 4: Lack of single track trail for motorcycle use Issue 5: Possible safety hazard of mixed use of different kinds and sizes of vehicles on roads and trails Issue 6: Environmental damage due to concentration of use on certain routes
The NEPA process will form the basis for Phase I travel management decisions. Additional consideration of routes, Phase II, will be undertaken at the District level when the Forest undertakes watershed analysis in the area of suggested routes. The Phase II or watershed analysis will allow the Forest more time to address routes that are not currently a part of the recognized system of roads or trails for the Forest.
The NEPA process is not yet complete; no changes have been made as a result of travel management; and changes addressed in the NEPA document will not take effect until a decision document is signed and Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) are published. The Forest intends to make travel management decisions in the very near future; however it is unlikely that any decision will be made prior to September 30, 2009.
Until a decision on travel management is made and MVUMs are published, persons may continue to utilize off-highway vehicles on open Forest Service roads and through the woods. Off-highway vehicle use is not allowed in areas or on roads that are posted as closed, such as recreation areas, single use trails or wilderness areas.
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Summary of Forest Service Final Rule for Motorized Recreation in National Forests and Grasslands
ARRA thought it would be useful to provide a summary of those points of the Final Rule most pertinent to our members. We hope that the summary provided below helps each of you to understand the impact that the new Final Rule will have on OHV travel on Forest Service land.
Principles Embodied in the Forest Service Final Rule for Motorized Recreation in National Forests and Grasslands include:
1.The Forest Service acknowledges that motorized recreation is an appropriate form of recreation in National Forests.
2.The Forest Service has determined that decisions concerning motorized recreation in National Forests can best made at the local level, with the full involvement of Federal, tribal, State and local governments, motorized and nonmotorized users, and other interested parties.
3.For the first time, the Final Rule provides a definition for “off-highway vehicle.”
4.The Final Rule states each National Forest will make “motor vehicle use maps” available to the general public and will endeavor to post this same information on the Forest Service website.
5.The Forest Service rejected the notion that all areas should be closed to OHV recreation until such time as the implementation process is completed.
6.The Forest Service indicated that OHV designation would be implemented at each National Forest at the time the designation process is completed at each National Forest.
7.The Forest Service indicated that it would continue to encourage and rely on volunteer assistance for the construction, improvement and maintenance of roads and trails for motorized recreation.
8.Designation decisions at the local level will determine the appropriate consideration of other Federal laws, such as issues relating to threatened or endangered species.
9.The Forest Service will seek public comment on the directives they have prepared for Forest Service personnel to use for the implementation of this rule. These directives will be in the Forest Service Manual and the Forest Service Handbook.
10.The Final Rule provides that actual designation of routes shall be the responsibility of the Ranger Districts of the NFS. In other words, Forest Supervisors and District Rangers will be making these determinations after receiving public input.
11.The Forest Service states that decisions regarding NEPA compliance for the implementation phase of the rule will be determined at the local level depending upon site-specific factors including: the local history of travel planning, public input, and environmental impacts at the local level.
12.The Forest Service acknowledged that some user-created routes should be incorporated in the final designation process. However, such determinations should be made at the local level by officials with first-hand working knowledge of the National Forest after working closely with local governments, users and other interested parties.
13.The Forest Service does not believe that a complete inventory of all roads and trails must be completed prior beginning the implementation/designations process.
14.The Final Rule recognizes that designations of roads, trails and areas for motor vehicle use will not be permanent. Such designations could be revised depending upon environmental impacts, changes in public demand, route construction and usage.
15.The Final Rule does not require local officials to reconsider previous decisions designating existing roads and trails for motorized recreation. Such reconsideration is at the discretion of the local official after consultation with the public and user community.
16.The Final Rule does not set a specific deadline for the completion of the implementation of the rule. The Forest Service, however, stated that it hopes to complete the designation process as quickly as possible.
17.The Final Rule requires the Forest Service to seek public involvement in the designation process.
18.While acknowledging that specific funding for the designation process is the purview of the Congress, the Forest Service stated its commitment to utilize available funding sources for an early implementation of this rule.
19.The Forest Service did not embrace the concept of a no-net-loss policy in terms of OHV routes.
20.The Forest Service confirmed that the Final Rule’s prohibition on motor vehicle use off of the designated system only goes into effect at the administrative unit or Ranger District once that unit or District has completed the designation process. Completion means having motor vehicle user maps identifying those areas so designated available to the general public.
21.The Forest Service does not believe that immediate closure of all user-created routes, without local evaluation and public input, is necessary or appropriate.
22.The Forest Service believes that certain units or Ranger Districts will be able to complete the designation process earlier than other Districts and that prohibition on cross country travel will be become effective at different Districts at different times.
23.Forest Service said that licensing issues affecting motor vehicles remains the responsibility of the State governments where each National Forest is located.
24.The Forest Service has indicated that it may consider developing national safety standards for OHV use on Forest Service land sometime in the future, but not at this time.
25.The Forest Service announced its intention to develop a national standard for OHV noise levels in a future rulemaking.
26.The Final Rule addresses all forms of motor vehicle use and not just OHVs.
27.The Final Rule does not address the specific designation of routes for nonmotorized use; rather it focuses solely on motorized designations.
28.The Final Rule does not require every National Forest to designate routes for motor vehicle use. It only provides a framework for such designation for those National Forests where such use is appropriate.
29.While the Final Rule addresses motor vehicle use on Forest Service land and snowmobiles are “motor vehicles,” the Final Rule exempts snowmobiles from the cross-country travel ban. However, it leaves such restrictions to the discretion to the local manager on a case by case basis.
30.The Final Rule permits temporary, emergency closures of trails without public notice for purposes of resource protection, to protect public health and safety, to facilitate cooperative work and for volunteer work and mitigation.
31.Nothing in the Final Rule revokes any existing rights-of-way held by private parties or alters any treaty rights held by tribal governments.
32.The Final Rule anticipates that local forest units will publish new motor vehicle use maps annually and update signs as necessary or appropriate to reflect any change in designated routes.
33.Mountain bicycles are not regulated under the provisions of this Final Rule.
34.The Final Rule does not change existing fines and penalties for violations of the rule.
35.While the Final Rule encourages the use of signage for purposes of identifying designated routes, it recognizes that adequate signage is not always possible. Therefore, the agency will place greater emphasis on requiring users to rely on the use of motor vehicle maps from Forest Service offices or website's.
36.The Final Rule will provide local agency officials the discretion to allow limited use of motor vehicles beyond designated routes for specific purposes (big game retrieval or dispersed camping). The agency anticipates this provision will be used sparingly to avoid undermining the purposes of the Final Rule.
37.The Final Rule does not provide a blanket prohibition or allowance for motor vehicle events. The decision regarding such events will be made at the local level by the appropriate agency officials.
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GET YOUR TRAIL INFORMATION FROM THE RANGER OFFICE.....SEASONAL RIDING
Well, so the weekend is here. You have the fourwheelers cleaned and ready for some good riding with the family or friends. You pack everything up, get the good food in the coolers for the campout, fuel your vehicle, everyone is loaded and then you hit the road. After traveling for hours to get to your campsite, you set up camp, unload the fourwheelers, start your GPS and head out to your favorite trails.
Sorry to say.......but.......USDA/USFS has posted a sign........"NO OHV or ATV BEYOND THIS POINT" A large pile of dirt is preventing you from entering the trail as well. Okay, so you head over to the next trail entrance. "What happened?" That trail is the same way, Signed by USDA/USFS and another pile of dirt.
Hhmmm!...So you think a minute.....reset the GPS for again another trail.....you start to head out on that forest road that leads to that trail..........BRAKES!!!!.......What is posted right there in front of you?
You guessed it right........"NO OHV PERMITTED ON THIS ROAD"...... NOW WHAT?????
Okay......you can still head over to that trail that crosses a couple of creeks. So you ride that way. After the hour ride........yup.....you guessed it right again.......there is one of those signs again!!
This IS REALITY FOLKS!!!! USDA/USFS is working very hard at making sure YOU and your FAMILY never ride those trails or forest roads again. Your Congressman, Local Representative, Governor, and that environmental group are to thank for all of this. Many environmentalist work hard with those government agencies to STOP anyone else from being in the forest. YES......anyone else. They don't want you there so it is kept ALL to themselves as "Hikers Only". They don't say it is that way but when you read the proposal sent to the government it clearly states "No Motorized Vehicles shall be permitted on these lands"
THAT IS YOU, FAMILY, and FRIENDS - for which are tax paying US Citizens - being excluded from our GOD Given RIGHTS to recreate on our own lands.
Hear this one..................
In 1934.......yes.....way back then......Our own President Theodore Roosevelt worked very hard at planting trees and making sure we had a forest to enjoy for our recreation. Dirt Roads were built so we would have access deep in the forest. Our President said " The American People need to enjoy our great wonders as our forefathers had"
So..............why is it now that our government is working so hard to deny this right? The EPA, Biologist, Archaeologist, and so on DO NOT have the proper tests performed to substantiate this denial. All the information on this subject is PUBLIC KNLOWLEDGE.........RIGHT?....... Well......it is supposed to be anyway. Yes.....they are saying it is under investigation so such information is withheld at this time till they "Change it their way"................... THIS IS A GREAT INFRACTION OF OUR RIGHTS TOTALLY THEN.
"WE......THE PEOPLE" need to come together on all of this.
Geocaching is really fun for just a couple of People to Large Groups. A Treasure Hunt on your favorite Trails will really add to the pleasure of being out with nature. So many groups use Geocaching for Clean Up's also. By finding a certain item while cleaning up and getting a prize of some sort like movie tickets....lunch....fuel....etc.
So....go ahead....get out there on your favorite trails and have some really different kind of fun.!!!