The Cle Elum Ranger District will host an open house to introduce a proposed Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicle (WATV) route that may be opened in late June on the Cle Elum Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. A short presentation will explain the circumstances that led to the selection of the proposed route. Afterward, maps of the route will be on display and local officials will be on hand to answer questions about the program.
Meeting Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015
Time: 5:00 – 7 P.M.
Location: Cle Elum Ranger Station
Tom Craven Conference Room,
803 W 2nd Street, Cle Elum, WA
This is a pilot program that will study the impacts of WATV use on Forest Service roads and adjacent land. Routes open to WATV use will be monitored throughout the summer and fall. Information regarding traffic volume and safety, impacts to the road surface and to surrounding resources will be gathered. Data collected will assist in decisions regarding future use of WATV’s on Forest Service roads.
Washington House Bill 1632 took effect in July 2013 and regulates the registration of WATVs that are designed or modified for on-road use. As a result of the passage of that law, and interest from groups that would like to increase recreational opportunities on National Forest System lands, initial routes that are appropriate for WATVs have been identified in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Forest Service representatives met with ATV user groups, dealers and environmental groups to discuss safety concerns, environmental impacts and identify potential WATV routes
For more information please call the Cle Elum Ranger Station 509-852-1100.