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Teeds
01-14-2010, 06:55 AM
Interested?

There was a small trail system proposed for the Angelina National Forest in the Broaddus Unit that went through the NEPA and EA/EIS process only to be denied at the regional lever because of lack of public input.

This system fell by the wayside because of some other issues as well, but in December 2008, a group began meeting at the Forest Service offices in Lufkin.

Over the last year we have looked at over a dozen units on the maps, narrowing the list to five that met specific criteria relating to topo, flora, services etc.

These five were visited on the ground during the summer and fall of 2009.

We are meeting with the Forest Supervisor in Lufkin soon and will then schedule a public meeting to discuss the five proposed sites. As this point the likely location for the meeting is the Library in Hemphill.

I will update this thread when I have additional information.

Sincerely,
Tony Eeds
President - 2007-2011
Texas Motorized Trails Coalition

krazyinski
01-18-2010, 08:35 PM
Thanks , for the up date, I grew up riding in that area and most of the trails the hikers and bicyclist are claiming as off limits we forged back in the day when no one but hunters and drunks,hippies were around.

I know a few people in east Texas that would be interested in the on goings. might try Old Bob McKnight (insurance company of some sorts.) in Nacogdoches, or Ron McGee the owner of Kens Pawn express in Lufkin and Nac.

I would love to be able to ride out there again.

Ron and his family Have been there for at least a 100 years.

I still visit and go ride Cycle land or Sam Houston when I can.

last I heard on this is they were going to put all the gov funds into Sam Houston nation forest.

Thanks again for the update.

Teeds
01-21-2010, 03:57 PM
Matt:

Please contact them and ask them to shoot me a note on the TMTC website or via email at president at texasmotorizedtrails dot com.

I need to build up a group of contacts that I can get the word to when the public meetings are held this spring.

Also, we need as many as can to join TMTC. The more members we have, the more we can make happen.

Teeds
01-28-2010, 09:25 AM
We got the green light from the Forest Supervisor to have our first public meeting on the new trail system.

There are five areas that floated to the top of the discussions during the meetings. After identifying the five, cut from twelve that appeared to be workable in the beginning, we spent the late summer and fall visiting the various units.

They are
North Toledo
Boles Field
Red Hills Lake
Trail between the Lakes
Broaddus

These five will be presented at a public meeting to be held in Hemphill. The date is still in the air, but we are shooting for the last week of March. We have to check for available locations.

This will be the first public meeting and there will be other initial meetings scheduled if needed.

This only begins the process as the end result of this exercise will be a decision by the committee as to which unit to select for the multi-use trail system

Following selection the real work begins ... the NEPA has to be completed on the selected unit.

This process will probably take a minimum of 6 months to complete with the decision/approval process taking a similar amount of time.

We still have miles to travel, but the road is clear.