Friday, August 1, 2014
The comment period for the Forest Service Travel Plan managing OSVs (over snow vehicles) is drawing rapidly to a close. To be specific, it's Monday.
Here's the rule, and the comment portal: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FS-2014-0004-0001
Here's a good rundown: https://winterwildlands.org/long-awaited-winter-rule/
And here's a quiet skintrack.
Though they make for interminable and tedious reading, administrative rules like these provide a very real way to influence how government decides to do what it does. Agencies are required to respond to each comment, with the caveat that they can group comments into categories for one general response. Thus a unique comment carries far more weight than a form letter. So if you have an opinion, and like to write, and like me are a procrastinator, here's something for you to do this weekend. It's too damn hot to have much fun anyway...