Supervisors to meet in Mount Shasta, national forest roads on agenda

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Board of supervisors is holding the afternoon session of their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 2, at 1 p.m. in the Mount Shasta Community Building, 629 Alder St. in Mount Shasta.

District 2 Supervisor Ed Valenzuela said the meeting is being held in Mount Shasta because it will include a presentation from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest about their transportation planning process.

Because Shasta-Trinity lands are in the south county and the Forest is encouraging public involvement in its travel analysis process, Valenzuela said the board of supervisors agreed to meet in Mount Shasta.

Donna Harmon, a District Ranger on the Shasta-Trinity, said the process is a “whole-forest look at the road system.”

The Forest is assessing the benefits and risks of each road to users and resources, and is seeking public input about beneficial uses or concerns about specific roads.

Harmon said she hopes to have a recommendation about the forest roads completed and delivered to her Forest Supervisor in December. Once accepted, the recommendation will be used to help in the planning process when projects are being developed.

She listed “three major reasons” for doing the travel analysis:

• To maintain safe and reasonable access for employees and the public;

• To protect national and cultural resources; and

• To be fiscally responsible with the funding we have available.

Harmon said the purpose of her presentation to the board of supervisors is both to inform them and dialogue with the public.

“The more information we get, the better,” she said. “We’re trying to make the recommendation better by getting good input.”

She said she will be passing out input forms during the board of supervisors meeting that can be used by members of the public to give input on how they use specific roads on the Forest.

Harmon said she is also available to speak at group meetings about the process.

“We’re encouraging people to tell us how they use the roads, and we appreciate the input,” she said.