The Kaibab National Forest has issued a decision on its Travel Management Project to designate roads, trails, and areas for motorized use on the North Kaibab Ranger District.

A 45-day appeal period follows publication of a legal notice announcing the decision and Finding of No Significant Impact. Implementation of travel management rules on the Kaibab Plateau is expected to begin in January 2013.

Under the new rules, motorized traffic will be restricted to within 30 feet of roads, except in camping corridors, which allow vehicles to travel up to 300 feet from the side of the road. Vehicles can also be taken off-road to retrieve firewood, and legally-harvested bison or elk.

As part of the planning process, all roads were evaluated for resource concerns. The decision reduces the miles of open roads on the district from about 1,850 to about 1,475, a difference of about 20 percent.

The decision also adds 796 user-created campsites to the existing system, along with about 16 miles of additional road.

Outside of wilderness areas, 95 percent of the district will remain within one mile of an open road.

The district will produce a Motorized Vehicle Use Map to display the open road system. Maps will be free to the public.

The North Kaibab Travel Management Project was undertaken in response to the 2005 National Travel Management Rule, which requires all national forests and grasslands to designate a motorized travel plan.

The North Kaibab Ranger District began travel planning in 2009. The Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts have already implemented decisions.

 To learn more about the North Kaibab Travel Management Project, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/kaibab/tmr.

For more information, call Public Affairs Specialist Patrick Lair at (928) 643-8172.