PINEVILLE The Kisatchie National Forest has finalized the decision to restrict motorized travel to designated routes. This decision eliminates cross-country travel by ATVs (four-wheelers, motorcycles, trucks, etc.). The decision finalizes a process that began several years ago, said Gretta Boley, Forest Supervisor of Kisatchie National Forest. â€œWe have done our best to provide the needs of forest users while protecting our soil, water and vegetation resources. The decision has designated hundreds of miles of roads for motor vehicle travel and over 250 miles of trails for four-wheelers and motorcycle travel. The decision eliminates cross-country travel. Anyone leaving a designated road or trail and traveling cross-country by motor vehicle will be in violation of national forest regulations.
The decision will not be enforced until motorized vehicle use maps (MVUM) are available. These regulations will not affect the 2007-2008 hunting season. â€œThis decision will eliminate tremendous damage to soil, water and vegetation resources while at the same time providing access to Kisatchie National Forest ,â€ said Boley. The decision will also eliminate nighttime ATV riding except for 1 hour before and after sunset. Maps and regulations will be available in the spring of 2008 at all Forest Service offices. For more information on the Travel Management Decision and for appeal procedures please contact Jackie Duncan by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy Dancak by email: email@example.com or call 318-473-7160.
The purpose of the decision is to implement the National Travel Management Rule, prohibiting cross-country motorized travel forestwide and designating motorized routes. These actions were necessary to address unacceptable resource damage because of increased recreational riding with increasingly more-powerful vehicles. The Forest has also taken this opportunity to address the needed changes to road designations identified in the Travel Analysis. GO HERE for a brief overview of the decision actions. GO HERE for the complete Decision Notice. GO HERE for maps of the Decision changes.