Officials deciding fate of national forest roads
August 3, 2009
SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press Writer ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)
Hundreds of miles of dirt roads and trails cut through northern New Mexico's mountains. The hard part is deciding which ones to keep open and which to close. It's a scenario that's playing itself out across the country as the U.S. Forest Service tries to designate by 2010 a system of motorized routes that will provide recreational opportunities while still protecting America's natural resources. In northern New Mexico, offroad enthusiasts and environmentalists typically arch enemies in the travel management debate have found...