U.S. Forest Service (USFS) officials recently announced the long-awaited Gila Travel Management Plan Preferred Alternative will be released to the public this spring, and have told county officials in Southwest New Mexico it would be Plan G, which involves closure of more than 1,000 miles of roads in the forest.
In addition to the elimination of all cross-country travel, Preferred Alternative G would limit dispersed camping to only 25 percent of the forest’s existing roads, and limit the public’s access for motorized big game to a narrow 600-foot corridor on only about 1,300 miles of road. All other motorized big game retrieval would be banned completely.
The Gila Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and associated Record of Decision (ROD) has been delayed for two years while USFS officials deal with record wildfires. Last February, agency officials revealed to the Grant County Commission that Alternative G would be the preferred plan.
It comes as no surprise to those opposed to the plan, including hunters, campers, off-road…