The Fall 2016 Snowlands Bulletin
The Fall 2016 issue contains several articles about snowmobile management plans in California national forests, describes a great backcountry tour to Yosemite's Devils Dance Floor, presents the results of a recent survey on wilderness support, and tells you how you can help protect the backcountry from snowmobile abuse.
Lassen NF Delays Snowmobile Decision
In response to objections by Snowlands Network and other conservation organizations, the Forest Service is going to delay a decision in the Over Snow Vehicle Use Designation project for Lassen National Forest for up to two years so that they can do more environmental analysis. The OSV Use Designation decisions for four other California national forests (Tahoe, Eldorado, Stanislaus, and Plumas) will also be delayed.
While the draft decision for Lassen, issued August 22, 2016, was good for backcountry skiers, setting aside an additional 63,870 acres for non-motorized winter recreation and creating six new non-motorized areas, the accompanying envionmental analysis came up short in several regards. While Snowlands could have accepted the decision as it was, we felt that it was important that as the first national forest to do an OSV management plan under the new Travel Rule, Lassen should get it right and serve as a precedent for all of the forests to follow. Thus Snowlands submitted vigorous objections to the EIS for Lassen, as did Winter Wildlands Alliance, The Wilderness Society, Wildearth Guardians, Pacific Crest Trail Association, and Friends of Plumas Wilderness.
No action is required now. There will be a comment period when a revised draft environmental impact statement for Lassen is published.
Pinecrest Ski and Snowshoe Trail Guide
Snowlands Network is proud to make available to the public an up-to-date and accurate guide to the winter trails in the Pinecrest Area along Highway 108. The 14 marked trails begin at two trailheads, the Crabtree and Gooseberry, and connect at Burst Rock Junction. Within these trails there are opportunities for beginner through advanced tours.
We hope that you will enjoy this guide.
Lands Monitoring Program
Snowlands Network provides an easy method for anyone to report trespass, winter related conflicts and environmental damage. The online reporting form is here.
Sno-Park Problem Reporting
We have added an online form for reporting problems at California Sno-Parks. Use this form to report problems such as parking, trash, or toilet facilities to Snowlands. We will pass on your concerns to the Sno-Park program
More information about the Sno-Park program may be found here.