While the original White River forest-plan alternatives numbered nine, lettered A through I, now there are six.
Alternative B: The status quo, which
emphasizes production of goods, recreation and grazing. Few
restrictions on travel, no new recommendations for wilderness;
timber harvest at medium level.
Termed "the compromise," this alternative emphasizes a wide range
of recreational possibilities, "in balance with biodiversity."
Ecological constraints may limit recreation activities in some
locations of the forest. No new roads will be built in areas that
have not been previously developed.
management plan includes fewer total road miles but more total
trail miles. Mechanized travel is restricted to designated routes
on much of the forest. There is more separation forest-wide between
motorized and non-motorized users in summer, and in high-use areas
* Additional motorized
opportunities are provided in summer, and more non-motorized
opportunities are provided in winter. Ski-based resort land
allocations increase, as well as opportunities for additional
* Some areas are recommended
for designated wilderness.
Alternative D: The
Forest Service's preferred alternative.
Stresses biologically and physically sustainable ecosystems,
maintenance of habitat and watershed health and improvement.
* The alternative "represents an aggressive
approach to habitat management (including timber harvesting and
prescribed fire) and places low emphasis on letting natural
processes run their course" thus engendering "the most rapid
progress ... toward a diverse, healthy ecosystem condition ...
Places a low emphasis on developments for human uses or
* Little or no off-road motorized
or mechanized travel is allowed. Summer motorized travel is reduced
and concentrated, with fewer open roads, fewer total road miles.
Winter motorized travel restricted to designated trails in critical
wildlife habitat areas, and total acres open to motored use will be
* Ski-based resort land allocations
reduced to current permit boundaries; opportunities for aerial
transportation corridors do not exist.
any, opportunities for additional backcountry
* Timber harvest is "oriented to forest
health and wildlife habitat purposes."
Alternative E: Provides economic benefits to
local communities - ski resort development, for
Alternative F: Commodities-based.
Emphasizes more timbering and grazing
Alternative I: Based on
conservation biology and views expressed by the Aspen Wilderness
* Lets Mother Nature play a more active
role. Habitat improvements focused on threatened and endangered
* Fewest motorized and mechanized routes
among alternatives, both summer and winter. Greatest reduction in
roads and miles.
* Ski resort land allocations
reduced to current permit boundaries. Opportunities for aerial
transportation corridors do not exist; opportunities for additional
backcountry huts, developed sites, few if any.
Low-level timber harvest; the alternative with the most roadless
areas recommended for wilderness designation.