Hunter Access

Hunter Access to Aspen Depredation Areas on the San Francisco Peaks, Coconino National Forest

The goal of this project, administered by the U.S. Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service, is to provide hunters with improved access to reduce elk numbers and promote successful aspen regeneration on the San Francisco Peaks. This plan would re-open road beds in the forest that are typically closed year round for environmental quality control.

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Opening these areas to OHV travel will degredate the local environment. Hunters will have higher success rates if OHV travel is limited on the mountain, not expanded. The program was administered in Fall, 2013.

Road 9121G - Technically closed year round (would be open for hunter access)
Road 9121G – Technically closed year round (would be open for hunter access)

This road is not listed on the Forest Service map, meaning that it is closed, and violators caught using OHV on this trail are subject to fine or punishment. This road, and bed of roads that it leads to, are open during hunter access season.

Location of FR 9121G
Location of FR 9121G, coordinates refer to OHV damage location (pictured below)
100 yards down FR9121G, canyon, water drainage
100 yards down FR9121G, canyon, water drainage

This is a conifer/ponderosa pine forest lifezone. The terrain features volcanic rock along a mountain and canyonside. Watershed drains east/southeast.

Evidence of road use and ecological damage.
Evidence of OHV use and ecological damage
SF peaks view from road
SF peaks view from road
Evidence of road use.
Evidence of OHV use

Human impact is prevalent. Tire treads about 1000 yards from the beginning of FR9121G from a standard size vehicle.

Evidence of road use (close up)
Evidence of OHV use (close up)

Other human impacts includes hiking and mountain biking. Evidence of isolated camping and burn locations.

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