The Recreation Subcommittee believes a robust all-season recreation program on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is critical to a vibrant economy in north-central Idaho. The Agreement and Work Plan focuses on motorized recreation, specifically a “legislated” north-south motorized trail, and funding for an appraisal, easements and improvements. Non-motorized recreation warranted a single sentence.
The Subcommittee took a step back from the Agreement and Work Plan to refine the CBC’s recreation vision, expanding its scope, integrating the components and emphasizing the importance of recreation to the local economy. A proposal to modify the Agreement and Work Plan is being drafted and will be presented to the CBC Work Group in the future. In the meantime, the following concepts will be forwarded to the Implementation Committee for consideration.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are the recreation “gem” of Idaho, offering an all-season continuum of recreation opportunities from well-developed sites within the roaded front country to undeveloped sites waiting to be discovered within the vast tracts of roadless and Wilderness lands. Select sites serve as recreation “hubs” where a variety of motorized and non-motorized opportunities exist within the same geographic area. A well planned and well maintained system of roads and trails facilitates efficient travel between developed and undeveloped areas, creating one integrated recreation system. The recreation program is sufficiently funded, supported by partners, and funding is sustainable. Relevant recreation information is easily obtained by prospective visitors.