Jeeping, jeeps, and trail use has changed significantly since the first Jeeps rolled into American forests and deserts following WWII. Land use has changed as dramatically as our Jeeps have over the last 30 years specifically.
One of the most significant changes was the implementation of Travel Management Planning, which required the creation of Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) and designated roads and trails within Ranger Districts.
The Forest Service were required to evaluate roads a number of ways – and many were permanently closed as a result. Roads that were close to waterways were particularly vulnerable, as were roads that had been widened or had seen damage caused by irresponsible use.
The remaining roads and trails we have left require our responsibility to stay open for future generations of Jeepers.
Following these guidelines will help keep trail impacts as minimal as possible and keep our trails open!
There are a number of ways you as a member of the offroad community can do to help. One of the easiest ways is to join a local Jeep or Off-Road club, and participate in trail runs and cleanups. Many locals clubs also do volunteer days, with work organized with the FS to address specific issues and trail build.