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Forest Service updates snowmobiling travel plan

Following snow covered Forest Service roads snowmobilers gain elevation and access to outstanding off-trail powder, terrain, snow bowls, and scenery. (Craig Hill)
Following snow covered Forest Service roads snowmobilers gain elevation and access to outstanding off-trail powder, terrain, snow bowls, and scenery. (Craig Hill)

WINTERSPORTS -- Snowmobiling rules send mixed messages and where the machines are allowed to roam, groups say.

USFS releases updated over-snow travel management plan
Snowmobiling groups applauded the U.S. Forest Service's proposed update of its over-snow travel management plan that keeps access decisions at the local level, but Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Idaho-based group that filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service in 2005 over its management of over-snow travel said the plan did nothing to address inconsistencies found in the previous plan.
--Missoulian



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