- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

BEND, Oregon (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials are preparing to take public comments on a plan that would create an off-road vehicle trail system in Oregon’s Ochoco National Forest.

The Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/1QoRSWP) that the plan was developed after a 2005 rule limited off-road recreation on federal forestland.

The federal plan is separate from a new proposal by Oregon Wild, a Portland-based conservation group. Their plan would limit vehicles to roads, rather than trails. It would also designate about 312,000 acres as a national recreation area.

The Forest Service says its proposal would allow regulated off-road use in the Ochoco Mountains and would rely primarily on existing trails and road segments. The system would be open to motorbikes, quads and other off-road vehicles for a four-month summer period.

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


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