Elko County commissioners vote to appeal U.S. Forest Service road plan in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, seek clarity on ownership, maintenance

Wendy Lisney

Wendy Lisney

May 8, 2012 – The Associated Press

ELKO, Nevada , May 7, 2012 () – Elko County commissioners have voted to appeal the U.S. Forest Service's travel management plan for forest roads in the county.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/JNAUgc ) that among commissioners' concerns are who owns and maintains roads in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest under the plan.

Elko County commissioners have long opposed the Forest Service's plans to close certain roads.

According to the Forest Service, appeals go to the agency's regional office in Ogden, Utah, but Humboldt-Toiyabe Supervisor Jeanne Higgins will be the appeals officer.

Under the plan, the vast majority of national forest roads in Elko County will remain open for motorized vehicles and only some will be closed.

It includes nearly 2,000 miles of roads and "trails" for motorized use and closes roughly 223 miles of road.

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