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Mission Statement

The mission of Snowlands Network is to protect opportunities for quality human-powered winter recreation and protect winter wildlands.

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Inyo To Develop Snowmobile Management Plan

Inyo National Forest has begun a formal process of implementing a new Over Snow Vehicle (OSV) Use Designation Process that will determine where snowmobiles will be allowed to travel on the forest and where they will be prohibited. The Forest has issued a Scoping Notice and Proposed Action that describes the process to be carried out and a proposed designation plan. They have opened a public comment period for the plan and hope to have the new plan in effect by 2025.

Comments Due October 20

Information about the plan and intructions on how to comment may be found on the Forest Service project page.

Lassen Snowmobile Map Released

The Over Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM) for the new snowmobile management plan for Lassen National Forest has been placed on the Lassen website. The map reflects the outcome of the OSV Use Designation Project for Lassen that was started in 2014. The new area and route designations should go into effect now that the OSVUM has been published. There is no word from Lassen how the new plan will be enforced or how users will be educated about the new motorized restrictions. The OSVUM map specifies where snowmobiles are allowed to travel and where they are prohibited.

The OSV Use Map is available as a downloadable copy here.

Pinecrest Ski and Snowshoe Trail Guide

Snowlands Network is proud to make available to the public an up-to-date and accurate guide to the winter trails in the Pinecrest Area along Highway 108. The 14 marked trails begin at two trailheads, the Crabtree and Gooseberry, and connect at Burst Rock Junction. Within these trails there are opportunities for beginner through advanced tours.

We hope that you will enjoy this guide.

Lands Monitoring Program

Snowlands Network provides an easy method for anyone to report trespass, winter related conflicts and environmental damage.  The online reporting form is here. Snowlands will see that your report gets to the right agency.

The Colorado Mountain Club has created a smartphone app that will allow you to report backcountry conditions, including motor vehicle abuse and user conflicts. See their website here for details on how to use the Recreation Impact Monitoring System (RIMS) app to record and report backcountry conditions of all types.