Saving Snow Sanctuaries

Make Plumas Peaceful

In today’s chaotic world people need refuge from the pollution and noise of civilization.  We need more places where we can go and experience clean air and quiet.

Currently, the only refuge for non-motorized winter recreation on the Plumas National Forest is the Bucks Lake Wilderness.  Of the 152 peaks in Plumas County over 6,000′ in elevation only a hand full do not allow snowmobiles.

We support the Plumas National Forest Draft Winter Travel Plan’s Proposed Action because it protects:

  • Wilderness, Wild Rivers, Roadless Areas, Research Natural Areas, and Special Interest Areas
  • big game winter habitat below 3,500′
  • backcountry skiing east of Bucks Lake Wilderness
  • cross-country skiing on the Bucks Creek Loop Trail
  • deep backcountry expeditions on the historic Lost Sierra Traverse route
  • backcountry skiing on Thompson Peak by Susanville

We suggest that the Proposed Action (Alternative 2) be amended to:

  • keep OSVs out of all portions of the Middle Fork Feather River, Chips Creek, Bucks Creek, Grizzly Peak and Adams Peak Proposed Wilderness Areas
  • stop Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) grooming on 24N33 to reduce the likelihood of snowmobile trespass into the western part of the Bucks Lake Wilderness
  • prohibit OSVs on Lakes Basin snowshoe and ski trails
  • stop OSV use in Little Jamison basin, an eligible Wild River

We need skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, and people who love the quiet of winter to comment.  Your letter will influence the Winter Travel Management Plan.

It only takes a few minutes to comment.  The decision the Forest Service makes will last decades.

Comment before 1/24/2019

Depending on how much time and effort you want to spend, choose your path and have a fun run!

Easier – Let the Forest Service know where and how you recreate on public lands in winter.  Thank the Plumas National Forest staff for crafting a Proposed Action that balances the needs of wildlife with the desires of winter visitors.  Let them know you support Alternative 2.  Don’t forget to sign up to become a Friend of Plumas Wilderness so you can learn about upcoming events.  COMMENT NOW

More Difficult – Learn more about winter travel planning on the Plumas National Forest.  Let the Forest Service know where and how you recreate on public lands in winter.  Thank the Plumas National Forest staff for crafting a Proposed Action that balances the needs of wildlife with the desires of winter visitors.  Let them know you support Alternative 2 and provide recommendations on ways to improve the Winter Travel Plan using a few of the suggested changes in the list of bulleted items above.  Don’t forget to become a Friend of Plumas Wilderness to learn about upcoming events.  COMMENT NOW

Most Difficult – Learn more about winter travel planning in the Sierra.  Let the Forest Service know where and how you recreate on public lands in winter.  Thank the Plumas National Forest staff for crafting a Proposed Action that balances the needs of wildlife with the desires of winter visitors.  Let them know you support Alternative 2 and provide recommendations on ways to improve the Winter Travel Plan.  After you sign up to become a Friend of Plumas Wilderness you’ll learn about upcoming events.  At an event, sign up to attend a meeting with a Congressional Representative or County Commissioner.  Don’t forget to…   COMMENT NOW

 Expert Only, Use Extra Caution – Okay.  You are committed to this.  Go to the Plumas National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) website Plumas National Forest OSV website and click on the Project Webpage.  Under Project Documents, click on Analysis, then on Plumas OSV Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Vol I to look at Chapters 1-4 or OSV DEIS Vol II to look at Designated Area and Trail Information by Alternative.  Once you’ve read all you can tolerate… take a 5-minute break and watch Home – A Place Worth Protecting.  Then…  COMMENT NOW

 Freestyle – If you are the type of person who likes to draw outside of the lines, go to the Plumas National Forest OSV website and scroll down to click on alternatives.  Once you’ve looked at all of ’em, use ideas from the different alternatives to make your own.  Have fun!  COMMENT NOW

Regardless of what path you choose, you need to make your run matter.  Provide clear and concise statements on issues or places of importance to you and give constructive, solution-oriented ideas that will help the Forest Service with winter travel planning.

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