Good news on the proposal to open (Only!) those trails shown in yellow on the left. The Forest Service published their findings today and have approved the draft plan to open these trails. Details can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49767
This does not mean that they are open right now. As stated in the Cover Letter, "This decision is subject to an objection process pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 219, subpart Band 36 C.F .R. 218.... Objections will only be accepted from those who submitted substantive formal comments specific to the proposed plan amendment during scoping or the 30 day public comment period. Objections must be based on previously submitted substantive formal comments, unless based on an issue arising after the opportunities for formal comment ended."
The trails will only be open until any objections to this decision are responded to.
While we would expect that those who objected to the opening will object, the evaluation process was very thorough, and it would be hard to see how restating previously submitted comments could change the outcome.
Please remember that when the trails do open, only the yellow trails will be shared use. Riding any other of the trails will lead to a retraction of this permission. Be sure to get the word out to all cyclists about this as it is very important.
We would like to thank the Forest Service for their thorough and objective evaluation of this action.