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Some roads on Forest to close

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - More than 140 miles of forest road will be removed from the system on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest following a decision on the Tusayan Ranger District Travel Management plan. The decision will also bar travel on 160 miles of unauthorized roads as well as off-road travel except for some designated uses.

The decision will result in the following actions:

• Remove about 143 miles of authorized roads from existing open forest road system and prohibit use on another 160 miles of unauthorized roads.

• Six miles of unauthorized routes will be added to the system to provide access to dispersed camping.

• Prohibition of motorized cross-country travel on the Tusayan Ranger District except for permitted uses - administrative, fuel wood gathering, timber sales, range management and retrieval of elk and limited distances for dispersed camping.

The decision reduces total road miles on the 331,427-acre district from 709 to 566 miles.

This decision is in compliance with the national Travel Management Rule and identifies the minimum road system needed for safe and efficient travel, multiple use management and resource protection, including reducing soil erosion and better protection of heritage sites.

This decision relates only to the Tusayan Ranger District. Separate planning processes are taking place on the forest's Williams and North Kaibab districts.

To view the decisiondocument and environmental assessment, click the link below. The documents are also available at offices for the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts.

People or groups who commented may appeal this decision.

Submit appeals to: Regional Forester, Appeal Deciding Officer, 333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, N.M., 87102, or fax to (505) 842-3173. Submit electronic appeals to: appeals-southwestern-regional-office@fs.fed.us (.doc, .rtf, or .txt formats only).

Appeals must be filed within 45 days following the date the legal notice is published in the Arizona Daily Sun. This publication date is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an appeal.

In November 2005, the Forest Service published final travel management regulations governing off-highway vehicles and other motor vehicles on national forests and grasslands.

The Travel Management Rule requires each national forest to designate those National Forest System roads, trails, and areas that are open to motor vehicle use.

Designated routes must then be identified on a motor vehicle use map. After the routes have been designated and identified on the map, use of motor vehicles off the designated system will be prohibited.

For additional information on the Travel Management Rule, visit .

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