Comments sought on Lolo National Forest Roads

The Lolo National Forest has begun a travel analysis process and this is an excellent opportunity to let forest planners know what you think about specific roads. The agency has a pretty cool interactive map (https://my.usgs.gov/ppgis/studio/launch/23209) where you can point and click on specific roads. The map shows comments which have already been submitted — either as a round circle or a line.
Most of the roads do not normally conflict with backcountry skiing, but there are a handful which do — mostly on Lolo and Lookout passes.
Remember — the best comments are those which speak specifically to a road and user experience. General comments about wanting more or less roads are not that helpful, according to the Forest Service. So far, the majority of comments are in favor of motorized vehicle use.

This is the initial phase of the travel analysis process. Actual planning is still years away. Comments are being accepted through Dec. 18.


Join MBA in welcoming adventurer and filmmaker
Luc Mehl on December 17
at the Trailhead in downtown Missoula

Luc will be talking about his human-powered traverses across the three highest peaks in North America. Luc and friends have completed over 20 wilderness traverses longer than 100 miles within the past 6 years, most notably a completely self-supported 30-day, 370-miles traverse from Yakutat to McCarthy, Alaska, over Mt. Logan (19,551 ft.). The team uses a combination of ultralight travel techniques and multisport equipment, from ice skates to packrafts, to power through remote swathes of wilderness.

Luc will share stories, techniques, risk-assessment, photos, and videos from his adventures. Check out http://thingstolucat.com/ for more information.
<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/47820741″>Logan Traverse, narrated, 12 min.</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user11216027″>Luc Mehl</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>



Montana Backcountry Alliance was formed in 2005 to build an organized community advocating for traditional, human-powered winter recreation. We have commented as a group and individually on forest service management plans, held ski movie premiers, and helped conduct citizen monitoring projects. We intend to build on our success and further strengthen the traditional winter recreation community by advocating for specific non-motorized areas with reasonable access for human-powered recreationists. The motorized lobby is powerful, organized, and well-funded. But we are motivated and dedicated to establishing a strong voice in this important debate. We are also hopelessly addicted to skiing and riding, and will be busy enjoying the wonderful opportunities Montana offers in the winter. Get out and enjoy them too!

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