#18: TRAIL IN JARBIDGE CANYON IN NORTHEAST NEVADA (Toiyabe Chapter,
Sierra Club, Marge Sill)
|The Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs
favors the building of one and one-half miles of foot trail in Jarbidge
Canyon from Pine Creek Campground to the Jarbidge wilderness boundary.
|In 1996, the last one and
one-half miles of the Jarbidge road south of the Pine Creek Campground
in Northeast Nevada was washed out by a flood. The U.S. Forest
Service recently determined that rebuilding the road would have a
deleterious effect on the bull trout, a U.S. threatened species under
Endangered Species Act, resident in the Jarbidge River. However,
Elko County officials attempted to rebuild the road using
bull-dozers. Due to national publicity about a "shovel brigade"
effort by citizens, the Forest Service has decided to explore the
possibility of rebuilding the road. An Environmental Impact
Statement will be prepared. It will include several
alternatives, including no action, rebuilding the road, and building a
horse and foot access trail. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National
Forest (the largest National Forest segment in the lower 48 states) has
little money for road construction. Because of these
environmental and economic factors, careful construction of a trail for
non-motorized use is favored.
|Please contact: The
Supervisor of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and ask for a copy
of the DEIS when it is released. Express support for the trail as
the most environmentally suitable alternative because it will provide
the best protection of the habitat of the bull trout.
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