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Sitka Ranger District Open Roads Information Available


July 14, 2008

Sitka, AK - The Tongass National Forest, Sitka Ranger District released a new Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for the District July 1, 2008 as part of the national 2005 Final Travel Management Rule for National Forests. This is the first MVUM to be released on the Tongass National Forest.

The MVUM displays National Forest System routes (roads and trails) or areas designated as open to motorized travel. The MVUM also displays allowed uses by vehicle class (for example, off-highway vehicles (OHVs) less than 50 inches wide and motorcycles), season of allowed use, and provides information on other travel rules and regulations. Routes not shown on the MVUM and areas not designated as open are closed to public motor vehicle travel. Routes designated for motorized use may not always be signed on the ground but will be identified on the MVUM. It will be the public's responsibility to consult the MVUM so that they know that they are staying on open (designated) routes for motor vehicle use.

The MVUM is a black-and-white map with no topographic features. It is designed to provide legal designations of where you can travel using various motorized vehicles. To provide an on-the-ground reference, it is best used in conjunction with another detailed map which is available free of charge at the Sitka Ranger District office.

The MVUM is available free to the public at the Sitka Ranger District Office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm). The MVUM will be available on the Tongass National Forest website and sections of it may be printed from your home computer.



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Tongass National Forest, Sitka Ranger District


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