TWIN FALLS | The Sawtooth National Forest is reminding visitors there are areas where over-snow vehicle and motor vehicle travel are not allowed. Some are not new and were identified to help protect and restore important habitat, reduce user conflicts and protect water quality; however, others are in the Hemingway-Boulders and White Clouds wildernesses designated in 2015.
Tools are available to help visitors navigate the forest in both winter and summer.
The Sawtooth forest's Winter Travel Map is available for free at forest offices and online: www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth. The map is also geo-referenced and available for download through the Avenza Map Store for free. This enables visitors to download the map onto a smartphone or tablet and then use GPS to track their location and navigate while outdoors. This tool also helps visitors to locate the areas that are open for over-snow use and other winter uses.
Also, three Motor Vehicle Use Maps cover the Sawtooth forest: one for the Minidoka Ranger District, one for the Fairfield and Ketchum ranger districts and one for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The maps inform visitors of roads and trails open to motorized vehicles. They are available at Forest Service offices and available for free download through the Avenza Map Store.
Updated wilderness boundaries will be found on the 2016 SNRA Motor Vehicle Use Map and the Sawtooth National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3850722.pdf