Summit OHV proposal
Update: As of March 11th, 2019, two judges have rejected the Summit OHV proposal, and the Forest Service has appealed their decision. We are now waiting to find out if this case will move up to the 9th Circuit Court.
An OHV trail system in the heart of the Ochocos?! Check out the map below to see the span of this project.
As you can see from the map above, the Summit OHV proposal spans much of the Ochoco Mountains from east to west and would allow quads, motorbikes, side-by-sides and Jeeps.
The ecological and recreational impacts of the OHV proposal are significant. The noise pollution from OHV use disrupts many forms of wildlife, including the Rocky Mountain elk that inhabit this region. The additional roads and noise accompanied by the Summit OHV proposal would cross through summer range habitat for the Ochoco elk herds, causing dispersal of the animals up to 3/4 of a mile. This can cause significant impact and habitat fragmentation, forcing herds onto adjacent private land.
Soil compaction and stream degradation are other ill affects of OHV use, and as this proposal crosses through several important tributaries of the North Fork of the Crooked River, it would adversely affect native fish habitat and riparian health. With an already fragmented and struggling population of rare redband trout, this proposal would cause further damage to remaining habitat in the Crooked River Watershed.
From a recreational perspective, OHV use displaces other user groups in the area, such as horseback riders, hikers, and mountain bikers. The OHV project does not meet purpose or need for the Ochoco National Forest, as there are approximately 1,000 miles of existing OHV trails in Central Oregon alone.
Please take action here to stop the Summit OHV proposal. Email the Forest Service and ask them to reject plans for a new Off-Highway Vehicle through the most sensative parts of the Ochoco National Forest.