Olympic National Forest
1835 Black Lake Blvd.
Olympia, WA 98512-5623
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 9, 2009
Public Affairs Office: (360) 956-2274 FAX (360) 956-2330
Olympia, WA – Olympic National Forest’s Motor Vehicle Use Map, which identifies routes available for motor vehicle use, has been published and will soon be available to the public. This map was created in response to the Forest Service’s 2005 Travel Management Rule which required all National Forests to designate roads and trails available for both passenger vehicle and off-highway vehicle (OHV) use. The objective of this rule was to manage off-road vehicle use on public lands, protect resources, provide for safety, and minimize conflicts among visitors.
The routes depicted in this map correspond with those identified in Olympic National Forest’s 1990 Forest Plan. The 1990 Forest Plan prohibited cross country travel of off-road vehicles on the forest, but allows for off-road motorcycle on the following trails:
Trail 830 – Gold Creek Trail, from Road 2870-230 to Road 28780
Trail 833 – Lower Big Quilcene, from Road 27-080 to Road 2750
Trail 833.3 – Lower Dungeness, from Road 2870-230 to Road 2870
Trail 836 – Mount Zion, from Road 28 to the Mount Zion Summit
Trail 858 – Lower Pete?s Creek, from Road 2204 to West Fork Humptulips River
Trail 871 – Church Creek, from Road 2361-600 to Road 2372
Hood Canal District Ranger Dean Yoshina said, “The completion of this year’s motor vehicle use map will not only clarify existing routes, but it can potentially help us identify additional routes, given the high demand of interest in this recreational activity.”
Maps will be available online at the Olympic National Forest Website, and at all Olympic National Forest offices in Olympia, Hoodsport, Quilcene, Forks, and Quinault, beginning on November 23, 2009. The maps are free of charge, and are designed to be used in conjunction with the Olympic NF Forest Visitor Use Map.