THE STORY: The U.S. Forest Service has issued a proposal to close 103 miles of unauthorized off-highway vehicle trails in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a popular playground for four-wheelers, dirt-bikers and other OHV enthusiasts. The plan would leave about 38 miles of designated riding routes as well as 5,930 acres of open sand for off-roading. It would also reclassify an additional 287 acres as open riding zones for OHVers. The Forest Service says the changes are needed to protect vegetated areas of the dunes, but riding groups are protesting the loss of trail miles.
THE LATEST: The Forest Service has extended the initial scoping period for the plan through Sept. 1. Written comments may be mailed to Angie Morris, Recreation Planner, Siuslaw National Forest, 855 Highway 101, Reedsport, OR 97467 or may be emailed to Morris at email@example.com. For more details of the proposal and the planning process, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/siuslaw/projects.