To help overcome this terrible mapping - Offroading Home has produced a colored trail map in which the differenc scenarios are shown in "reverse color order" so that the brighter colors override the darker. Namely, what's open now is dark red; what will be open after they get through is bright yellow (which overides the red) and you will see the remaining red (i.e. what we expect to see for closed trails) still showing up where trails "used to be." It's not as complicated as it sounds - go take a look. The map is available on the blog at http://offroadinghome.blogspot.com.
Another significant problem is that NONE OF THE TRAILS ARE LABELED WITH ANY WAY TO REFERENCE THEM IN A LETTER!!!!!
What needs to happen is that the BLM grant an extension as the Havasu office has done! I'll include a portion of the letter from the "computer person" for your purusal.
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I was able to convert the BLM Bear Lake Travel Management Plan to KML
files. I am attaching a zip file containing a KML file for each
Alternative (plus a metadata file) that is being presented in the
Environmental Assessment (EA). The National Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA) requires that viable alternatives be presented for federal land
management actions unless categorically excluded from the NEPA
process. There are three alternatives for designated travel routes on
BLM-managed land being presented in the EA for the Bear Lake Travel
Management Plan (TMP):
Alternative A represents the current existing travel routes as
inventoried and recognized by the BLM Pocatello Field Office (DRAFT)
Alternative B represents the travel routes being PROPOSED for
designation in the EA by the BLM Pocatello Field Office (DRAFT)
Alternative C represents a third alternative for designated routes
that will be included in the EA (DRAFT)
We simply MUST obtain an extension to enable riders to verify and comment on the trails after the snow has melted. To spring this decision on the riding community during a time when they cannot ride the trails is a cheap shot, and something we shouldn't tolerate from public employees!