- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Government agencies and environmental, hunting, horse and off-road vehicle groups are still at odds over proposed trails in an Oregon forest.

The Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/2hwY2pg ) that people attending a Tuesday meeting in Prineville found fault with the U.S. Forest Service’s draft decision, which calls for 137 miles of trails for summer off-highway vehicle use at Ochoco National Forest.

Off-highway vehicle advocates say they’d like to see trails that are accessible to more vehicle types.

The agency says it used the most recent data available to predict elk calving areas, but several people, including hunters and a state biologist, argue that the Forest Service’s analysis is flawed and could displace elk.

Forest Service officials will respond to the latest objections by late January. After that, the Ochoco Forest supervisor can approve, modify or reject the draft decision.


Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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