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matt@expaz
10-27-2012, 07:37 AM
Did you know that the National Forest Service has been and is planning on closing down significant amounts of National Forest roads. This began in 2005, but is just now beginning to take effect. In Arizona, the Coconino National Forest closed over 50% of their roads this year. Other National Forests in Arizona are making moves for similar actions in 2013. Many of the places we like to go explore may now be inaccessible by vehicle.

Also, the Forest Service is going away from putting up "road closed" signs on the roads they are closing. They have moved to using Motor Vehicle Use Maps or MVUMs. These maps (which are not very details, can be difficult to use and full of mistakes) must now be on your person (or vehicle) at all times while traveling on forest service land (even on open roads). The Forest Service equates the MVUM similar to a hunting license. Large fines and possible jail time can be given for not having MVUMs.

Many areas are getting ready to publish these MVUMs. I have a few pages on my website for information on forest lands in Arizona.

MVUMs in Arizona (http://www.experience-az.com/About/mvums.html)

Road closures in Arizona (http://www.experience-az.com/About/roadclosureinfo.html)

Coronado National Forest (http://www.experience-az.com/About/coronadomotorvehicles.html) (my back yard)

This is just not an Arizona thing. Check with the Forest Service in your state to see what the status is and make your voice heard.

A video on this subject can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/0kUhLMi97dg

GaryB
10-28-2012, 09:26 PM
Word around here is that for even a first offense, even a legitimate accidental one, could cost you upward of $5,000. I think it's far past time we disband the Department of the Interior.

matt@expaz
10-29-2012, 05:53 AM
I think you could spend 6 months in jail also.

bob3 was bob2
10-29-2012, 10:24 AM
They were recently discussing all the road closings here in the Sierra Nevada area too. Do you know if there are any organizations fighting this?

GaryB
10-29-2012, 07:54 PM
I'd imagine Blue Ribbon Coalition is. And everyone that works under/with/through them. http://www.sharetrails.org/

I'm sure you won't hear a peep out of the ACLU or the Sierra Club about anyones rights.

GaryB
10-29-2012, 08:00 PM
I think you could spend 6 months in jail also.

For driving on an un marked closed road or sticking the fine book up the nearest USFS employee's butt?

matt@expaz
10-31-2012, 04:18 PM
Yes, the Blue Ribbon Coalition is fighting this. And so are numerous local clubs and organizations.