Off Highway Vehicles
The Forest Service released the final rule for managing recreational OHV use on the National Forests and Grasslands in November 2005. The Rule provides a framework for each National Forest to identify and designate roads, trails, and areas suitable for motorized use, and prohibits use of motor vehicles off the designated system. The rule was developed to address the threat of unmanaged motorized recreation to the health of the nation's National Forests and Grasslands.
This will be a four-year project for the Cibola National Forest as it addresses travel management for all its administrative units, beginning with the Sandia Ranger District and the Black Kettle National Grasslands. The outcome of the project will be to publish a Motor Vehicle Use Map for each District that shows a designated system for motorized use. Once the Motor Vehicle Use Map is published, motor vehicle use off these routes and outside those areas (cross-country travel) will be prohibited. The rule will impact motor vehicle use on roads, trails and areas under Forest Service management. State, county or other public roads within national forest and grassland boundaries will not be included in the designation process.
The schedule for Travel Management Planning for the Cibola National Forest: