The Ouachita National Forest proposes to formally designate a system of roads and trails for public use of motorized vehicles, including Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs), in the area known as Wolf Pen Gap in a manner consistent with the Travel Management Rule.
An earlier attempt to do so was reversed on appeal, hence the need to revisit those designations. The project may include changes to the existing system of roads and trails, including changes in seasonality or type of use permitted, re-routing or re-location of some routes, consideration of new route proposals, and road and trail closures.
Approximately 7 miles southeast of Mena, AR
Districts: Mena Ranger District, Oden Ranger District
Wet Weather Management Protocol (PDF 883kb) This document details the Wet Weather Management Protocol that would be implemented for a selected action alternative. It describes monitoring and methodology for decisions on trail openings and closings.
Trails Unlimited Best Management Practices (PDF 2907kb) This document describes the Trails Unlimited technical requirements, or "Best Management Practices" selected for this project. Some or all would be implemented with a selected action alternative.
Project Announcement Letter (PDF 678kb) "Scoping letter" released September 30, 2010, describing proposed actions regarding motorized use in the Wolf Pen Gap area. In addition to long-term actions known as the Wolf Pen Gap 2011 Project, the letter describes and displays short-term resource protection measures and introduces an interim management plan (see Supporting Documents below).
Road and Trail Map (PDF 1160kb) Display of the roads and trails that would result from implementing the Proposed Action as described in the Project Announcement Letter.
Motorized Use Designations Map (PDF 1169kb) Display of the public motorized use designations (highway licensed vehicles only, off-highway vehicles and highway licensed vehicles, etc) that would result from implementing the Proposed Action as described in the Project Announcement Letter.
Road and Trail Changes Map (PDF 1215kb) Display of physical changes to the road-trail complex (new construction, relocation, obliteration) shown as "added" on the ground and "removed" from the ground.
Interim Management Plan (PDF 256kb) Describes interim management actions (road and trail maintenance) that will occur until a decision is made to implement the Wolf Pen Gap 2011 Project (long term actions detailed in the Proposed Action or an alternative).