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Old 09-26-2008, 08:15 AM   #35
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yep.. here the 411 on the planned reopening in Nov.

(fyi ....the two announcements below are from a local mountain biking group that works very closely with the cleveland national forest to maintain the hiking trails)


Here announcement #1 sent a few weeks ago:

The Main Divide Road and Maple Springs Road are currently scheduled to be reopened on Nov. 9.

The District Ranger said that if we get the road repairs finished sooner they will reopen sooner.

The trails in the burn area will not be reopened until there is better recovery. Silverado (Motorway) trail will probably be reopened since it wasn't burned, but there was dozer damage and we'll need to be certain it is ready.

As you know, many forest visitors do not have the ethics to stay on roads and trails and the damage in these sensitive areas will be permanent if they get full access.


Here a follow up announcement sent sept 21st

After negotiating with the Forest Service we are confident that all of the forest, with the exception of the Harding Truck Trail, will be opened on November 9th. Originally they had planned to open only Maple Springs, the Silverado Trail and the Main Divide from Black Star to Maple Springs. The only issue which will prevent this forest opening is if the fire danger rating is critical due to the expected fall dry Santa Ana winds. As I previously mentioned in past weekly news we cannot afford another fire in the areas that have burned or this will severely jeopardize the chaparral environment from recovering allowing the further invasion of non-native plants and grasses.

One warning: the closure may be reinitiated if off-trail use cannot be controlled. The Forest Service is mandated to protect and assist the recovery of the burn areas by both the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and AQMD regulations related to air quality (dust from the burn areas). If off trail use results in the increasing erosion of the burned areas the Forest Service can be sued by environmental groups forcing a long lasting closure. What these environmental groups could not accomplish through Wilderness Bills and Forest plans could be accomplished by lawsuits due to a small group of irresponsible hikers, mountain bikers and OHV users.

Please be responsible and stay on the trails/road when the forest reopens. Stay off the Harding Truck Trail, which will be patrolled by off-duty CHP motorcycle officers on dual sport motorcycles.

Their will be a no-tolerance policy by the Forest Service and anyone caught off-trail will have their bike confiscated and subject to $5,000 dollar fine and jail time.
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