Salmon-Challis National Forest
Source: Salmon and Challis National Forest, 50 Hwy 93 S, Salmon ID 83467
Forest-Wide Roads Analysis
On February 6, 2003, the Salmon-Challis Forest released its Roads Analysis Report for 96 Forest Service roads totaling 1,066 miles. The report is a result of a 2001 Forest Service Road policy which requires National Forests to complete science-based analysis before road management decisions can be implemented.
Twenty percent (210 miles) of the road miles analyzed present a high risk to aquatic resources, terrestrial wildlife, watershed condition, or user safety. Twenty-one percent (226 miles) present a moderately high risk; 22 percent (235 miles) a moderate risk, 23 percent (244 miles) a moderately low risk, and 14 percent (151 miles) a low risk to resources and user safety.
The risk assessment
provides useful information for future watershed and project analyses.
Applying .... recommendations can provide more efficient and effective
road maintenance, reduce road related environmental effects, mitigate
safety concerns, and provide appropriate access for national forest use
Roads or road segments scoring the highest for resource and safety risk values “means a higher priority for investment of time and funds to mitigate the risk and accommodate uses. The report has Risk Rating Tables for Aquatic Ecosystems, Terrestrial Wildlife and Watershed Resources. A safety scale is also given which “can be related to the road itself, or by the way people drive the road.”
A route that didn’t
make the top 11, but is well known to Central Idaho recreationists is Road
#135 Copper Basin, 17.64 miles (Score 12). Copper Basin is rated a high
priority for Aquatic Resources concerns and safety. Another popular
forest road #551, Boundary Creek, 11 miles (Score 10) is the main access
for Middle Fork River float departures. Boundary Creek road was given a
medium-high priority rating for safety and Aquatic Resource concerns.
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