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Off Road Vehicles Threaten Smith River NRA

Unfortunately, the Forest Service bowed to the pressure of ORV enthusiasts and is now proposing to add 9 new ORV routes in roadless wildlands and botanical hotspots.

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The Place: The Smith River National Recreation Area (NRA) is famous for its world-class salmon, steelhead and trout fishery, as well as its spectacular kayaking and white-water rafting opportunities. Spanning from the high-alpine beauty of the Siskiyou Wilderness to the iconic splendor of the coastal redwoods, the area hosts some of the best recreational opportunities on the West Coast.

The Smith River NRA is also home to numerous plant species that grow nowhere else in the world and the rare Port-Orford cedar. Unfortunately, the watersheds of the Recreation Area have been significantly degraded by past logging, mining and road building activities.

The threat: While most Americans desire a forest road system that provides reasonable access while protecting the unique values of the Smith watershed, a few irresponsible off road vehicle (ORV) enthusiasts are politically pressuring the Forest Service to allow ORV use in most sensitive and fragile portions of the Recreation Area.

The Forest Service initially proposed to maintain over 265 miles of road for motorized use, and designate over 28 miles of back-country trails specifically for ORV enthusiasts. That wasn’t enough for some who believe they should be able to ride wherever they want, regardless of the impacts on public lands.

Unfortunately, the Forest Service bowed to this pressure and is now proposing even more ORV routes in roadless wildlands and botanical hotspots.

 

The current proposal calls for adding 9 additional off road vehicle routes in roadless wildlands and botanical hotspots.

Take action here:
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5632/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10818