Mt. Hood National Forest
16400 Champion Way
Sandy, OR 97055
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 2, 2010 H-09-10
Media Contact: Rick Acosta at 503-668-1791, Jeree Mills at 503-668-1664 or Michelle Lombardo at 503-668-1796
Decision on Mt. Hood National Forest OHV Plan Postponed
Sandy, OR – By March, 2010, Mt. Hood National Forest had planned to release a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and accompanying Record of Decision (ROD) to document and disclose the potential environmental effects of designating a system of roads, trails and areas for Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV). In light of the recent order by Judge Coghenour in Conservation Northwest v. U.S. Forest Service, Forest Supervisor Gary Larsen has decided to conduct further field surveys of certain species known as "survey and manage species" within the project area. A FEIS and ROD are now expected by August, 2010.
The 1994 Northwest Forest Plan included mitigation measures for species which were then considered to be rare and/or isolated because the species were either genuinely rare or because there was a lack of information about the species. These species are known as "survey and manage species". Surveys of these species are planned for this spring and summer.