[Cdt-l] Motor vehicles on the CDT?

Rick Ostheimer rick.ostheimer at sbcglobal.net
Tue Mar 5 07:47:19 CST 2013

If you haven't commented on the Blackfoot Travel Plan, please review the 
following from Montana Wilderness Association and send in your comments.

"The Helena National Forest has issued a draft summer/fall travel plan 
that will determine the future of the Continental Divide in the 
headwaters of the legendary Big Blackfoot River, and we need your voice now!

The 45-day public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Blackfoot Travel Plan closes on Monday March 11, 2013. 
In addition, a 90-day public comment period on the proposed forest plan 
amendment for big game habitat security will end on April 25, 2013.

The Blackfoot Travel Plan compares three alternatives, and MWA supports 
Alternative #3, with the following modifications:

 1. Retaining forest plan elk security standards
 2. No allowance for vehicles to drive off legal routes to camp

MWA supports Alternative #3 because:

  * It restores crystal clear waters brimming with trout by reclaiming
    destructive, unneeded roads and illegal motor trails.
  * It provides homeland security for wildlife including mountain goats
    on Stonewall Mountain, grizzlies and wolverine in Nevada Mountain
    and elk herds that migrate across the Divide.
  * It offers by far the best quiet mountain trails for horseback users,
    mountain bikers, hunters, runners and hikers.
  * It fulfills the quiet recreation and conservation purposes of the
    Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, designating the CDT quiet
    and motor free; protecting natural, cultural and historic values of
    its wild lands corridor.

Send a message, urging Forest Supervisor Kevin Riordan to adopt 
Alternative #3, which best restores and protects the legendary trout 
waters, quiet trails and wild headwaters of the Big Blackfoot River. 
Letters should clearly state your issues and personal concerns with the 
alternatives, the adequacy of the environmental review, or both. *The 
deadline for comments is Monday, March 11, 2013.*
*Email: *
Send all comments to
comments-northern-helena-lincoln at fs.fed.us 
<mailto:comments-northern-helena-lincoln at fs.fed.us?subject=Blackfoot%20Travel%20Plan>
(Make sure to include "Blackfoot Travel Plan" in subject line.)

*Write: *
Helena National Forest
2880 Skyline Dr.
Helena, MT 59602

For more information on the Blackfoot Travel Plan, visit wildmontana.org 

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