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Winter Travel Management

Lassen National Forest


Lassen issued a Revised Final Environmental IS and ROD on March 29, 2018. The Selected Alternative combines elements of Alternatives 3, 4, and 5 as analyzed and described in the Revised Draft EIS.

The selected alternative designates 66% of the Forest open to OSV use. This is less than the current 85% open and less than the 77% open of the original ROD. However, most of the newly closed area is less than 5000 feet in elevation but had been designated open in the original decision released in August, 2016.

The new analysis does address some of the objections to the original decision, but it is still imperfect. The Forest Service added an alternative that designates 55% of the land open to snowmobiles. It also divides the largest open area into five subareas using existing highways as boundaries. However, the boundaries of these areas are arbitrary, since snowmobiles can and do cross highways. Therefore, there remains essentially one large open area that is greater than half the forest in size. Also, the Proposed Action (Alternative 2) rolls back some of the gains the non-motorized community achieved in the 2016 decisions, including two areas at Butte Lake and the west shore of Lake Almanor that had been closed in the 2016 decision.


Snowlands Network and Winter Wildlands Alliance submitted objections to the revised decision. Our objections included these issues:


Thanks to all of the people who have submitted comments on this project and helped to improve the outlook for non-motorized recreation. Thank you for participating in this community effort.