Forest road plan released for Elko County

ELKO — The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has published maps reflecting its new travel management plan for Elko County, and has scheduled two open houses to answer questions about them.

The vast majority of national forest roads in the county will remain open to motorized vehicles and only some will be closed under the final plan adopted by the U.S. Forest Service.

The plan designates some 900 miles of previously unauthorized roads and trails as part of the national forest system and keeps open another 1,000-plus miles of authorized roads and trails.

In all, some 2,000 miles of national forest roads and motorized trails will be open for public use in the county — more than 90 percent of all such mileages on the Humboldt-Toiyabe’s Jarbidge, Ruby Mountain and Mountain City ranger districts.

Open houses on the maps will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in Elko and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 in Jarbidge.