In 2005 the Forest Service issued the Travel Management Rule, a new regulation that requires all 155 national forests in the country to have a system of designated roads, trails and areas for motor vehicle use by vehicle type and, if appropriate, by season of use. This prohibits cross–country motor vehicle travel.
Travel Management was a decision-making process that included significant public involvement and resulted in the publication of a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) that identifies the roads, trails and areas open to public motor vehicle use on every national forest.
On the Lassen National Forest, the Record of Decision for Motorized Travel Management ended this five year process. Former Supervisor Kathleen Morse signed the Record of Decision on January 28, 2010. It was released to the public on February 9, 2010 and a 45 day appeal period ended Friday March 26, 2010. Butte County, CA appealed the decision on grounds of economic impacts and lack of coordination. The decision was upheld by the Regional Forester, and the Lassen National Forest has begun implementation as of Thursday, May 20, 2010.
There are active links to the areas shown below.
For complete information about the Travel Management Rule go to Travel Management Rule.
The MVUM on the left has been modified to show the Hat Creek flying site. You will notice that our main launch and the very critical #3 LZ DO NOT have designated roads.
We have applied with the FS to have the roads into our #3 LZ and our main launch area added to the MVUM. As of 2013 this has still not been done.
As it stands right now our right to access these areas are thru our Spcial Use Permit.
If you are in these areas and find yourself questioned by the FS about being there, remind them this is a Special Use Permit area.
If you wish to see the MVUM for Hat Creek area go here and select map 2a