Mar 6, 2010 1:07 PM by Associated Press
Off-road vehicles could be gone from parts of Pike National Forest under a plan by forest managers.
Forest managers say off-road vehicles such as dirt bikes and ATVs are damaging the forest in parts of Douglas County. Especially at risk is owl research in the area.
The plan will be detailed to the public in a meeting Wednesday. The change would ban off-highway vehicles on 14 miles of roads, except during hunting season in October and November.
The Pike National Forest plan also calls for 5 miles of new hiking trails and a new bicycle trail. If approved, the changes would start in the summer of 2011.