Wolf Pen Gap Trail Update

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For those that have
been following the Travel Management Rule for the Ouachita National Forest,
here are a few updates.  For
background on the issue, click here and here.
 
The Ouachita ATV Club
(OAC), the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Forest Service
have issued a news release inviting interested citizens to a public meeting
next Thursday (July 29). The meeting (from 6- 8 p.m. at Rich Mountain Community
College) will discuss opportunities for improving the Wolf Pen Gap (which is part of the Ouachita National Forest) OHV ( off highway vehicle) trail
and road complex southeast of Mena.  The meeting will offer a chance to take a
comprehensive look at ways to improve the long-term sustainability of this
trail and road network. The OAC will chair the meeting with the
assistance of the Chamber, U.S. Forest Service contacts, and The Nature
Conservancy.
 
By the end of December 2011,
the Ouachita National Forest must select an alternative formally designating
the roads and trails that will be available for OHV use at Wolf Pen Gap. 
The meeting is part of  a
collaborative effort and is an opportunity to work with the Forest Service to help determine
what that outcome will be 18 months from now.

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