I wish I had the gift of words to be able to adequately express my frustration over being lied to by the Forest Service.
I just got home from the Fremont-Winema National Forest Travel Management Plan public meeting where they had all the final maps on display. Maps that show the roads that we the public may drive motorized vehicles on in our public forest.
And as for the maps that show the 1200 miles of Maintenance Level 1 roads which "they" said "we" could request ... Well, we (being the Four Runners Four Wheel Drive Club, the Oregon Hunters Association, and the Klamath Basin OHV Club) were apparently lied to when we were told we could pick any 1200 miles of ML1 roads for our recreational use, because after spending innumerable hours going over their maps picking out the 1200 miles of Maintenance Level 1 Roads (trails) that they said were available to us, in the end we ended up with "approximately 177.5" miles that made it onto the final map.
Sure that sounds like a lot of miles, but whats the point of driving the same trails every other time we have a run? And all the other open roads (some 6,484 miles of roads in the Fremont-Winema National Forest) pretty much don't require four-wheel-drive --- where's the challenge in that?
One gentleman attending was becoming very irate when he was told that he was not being discriminated against because he has mobility issues and can't use his ATV to explore the forest and recover game -- their justification is that if everyone is prohibited from using an ATV to explore the forest and recover game, then no discrimination exists. True, perhaps, but what that means is that now not "everyone" who wants to hunt, can. And there lies the discrimination - I thought the guy was making a good case. Which pretty much fell on deaf ears. A few minutes later an armed Forest Law Enforcement Officer showed up...
Anyone interested in more info on the Travel Management Plan for the Fremont-Winema National Forest can find it at Fremont-Winema National Forests - Travel Management Planning Project
Oh, and by the way, the fine for being on a closed road is set at $5,000. Remember, if you are in the FWNF, you MUST have the official map with you or you won't know what roads are closed, because they will NOT be signed or gated.