Mixed-Use Travel Sign - Mendocino National Forest
QWR believes the Sustainable ATV Trails website hits the mark when it states the major challenge of managing a successful trails program is providing quality recreational opportunities while protecting the resources. And, the key to a successful trail program is to develop trails that enhance and reinforce the visitors' experience.
OHV Bridge - Tahoe National Forest
QWR commends the Forest Service and project partners for creating a very informative website that highlights modern trail management strategies, concepts, and construction techniques that should be part of any 21st Century designated OHV road or trail program. “Looped trail opportunities” are suggested as one of the concepts that could or should be part of a motorized trail system.
Sustainable ATV Trails Website
The website is a must read for line-officers, trail specialists, volunteers, stakeholder groups, state and local land agencies, or other interests who want to learn about trail management and related resource protection efforts. It contains creative and informative videos, detailed overviews, diagrams, case studies, and links to relevant documents.
Rolling Dip - Tahoe National Forest
This information is especially useful for Forests that are implementing a travel plan. Forest planning teams where the unit is being changed from an “Open” for cross-country travel classification to a “Restricted” to designated roads, trails, and areas classification could benefit as well.
Here are just a few of the links contained at the website:
Trail Design and Location Video
Trails Unlimited - Installing arch culverts, overside/underside drains, and turf blocks
Emergency Stabilization of Roads and Trails
Managing Trails in Wet Areas
If QWR could make several suggestions, it would be for the website to offer more detailed descriptions and/or examples of signs related to trail difficulty and assurance. QWR also believes the website should include information that describes how trail delineators (rocks, fences, railroad type barriers, etc) can be used in routine trail management or as post-emergency (i.e. wildfire) road/trail rehabilitation treatments.
Trail Delineators - Stanislaus National Forest
Other management strategies such as companion trails or “roads managed as trails” should be offered as well.
QWR Article on Trail Delineators Used as Post-Fire Management Tool
Again, this information is useful for anybody interested in how modern trail management techniques can be used to enhance responsible OHV recreation while protecting water quality and other natural resources.
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