Mon July 23, 2012
Santa Fe National Forest plans to release travel map
The Santa Fe National Forest is expected to come out with a map this fall that tells visitors where they can and cannot travel with motorized vehicles such as trucks and all terrain vehicles.
All national forests are required to create what are called "travel management plans" to control the impacts of motorized vehicles on natural resources.
The northern New Mexico forest released its plan earlier this year, banning motorized travel on more than half the roads, trails and routes on its 1.6 million acres. The plan designates 2,400 miles of roads and trails for motorized use.
The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/OQzZOb ) reports that hunters, campers, anglers and off-road enthusiasts now will need to consult a map to find out whether they still can travel on their favorite roads and trails.
Some off-road vehicle users are planning to appeal.
According to a summary of Forest Service's plan, people who violate a ban will be subject to a fine. The plan will be updated and published annually.