What channel should I be monitoring on CB when on FS roads to avoid untimely meeting with logging trucks?
Ι think it's something more common in the in PNW and Alaska. The only time I've personally ever heard logging on the CB here in Colorado was in Jackson County up by Gould and that was probably 20 years ago now.
They're private gating National Forest (public lands) access or are the routes actually county roads (perhaps dual listed USFS) that access private inholdings?I retired and moved to the Pacific Northwest with dreams of miles and miles of back country roads to roam. Yes there are signs up the roads with the CB channel number in use. If they're even using them which doesn't seem to really happen. But the real problem is that all the lumber companies are gating and closing their roads preventing us from getting into all those back country roads and camping spots. If a gate is open it means logging is going on so driving that road is going to be very dangerous. And when they're done for the day they lock the gates, with no way of knowing when, or if they'll be back and open the gate again.
You could possibly be trapped in a forest for an unknown period of time with little hope of finding another way out. Some of the old timers up here could probably do it but if you don't have a few decades of history up here then using these roads is just not an option. And good luck calling the local police or fire to come let you out, if they have a key to that gate who knows what fine or fee you'll need to pay. And don't forget that you'd be trespassing on private land and the lumber company could press charges adding even more fines for being on their property.
Sadly it's just not an option. It's such a shame with so much beautiful country just miles away that you can't even access most of it.
I can't say for sure since I've only been up here a few years. There is access to public lands but not a lot of off roading is available. Mostly hiking and camping while hiking. Most of the gates I've found are access to private lumber companies property. It's a mix of misuse and liability for injuries and forest fires. At least that's what I've been told by the logging drivers. I know when you find a gated road you'll almost always find lots of trash from people just dumping it there. Probably a mix of all the above. Shame people can't treat the forests with more respect. And we end up paying the price for that. I'm not aware of any lawsuits over the gates, from what I've learned a lawsuit to force access to private property wouldn't get very far up here. Best of luck with your suit.They're private gating National Forest (public lands) access or are the routes actually county roads (perhaps dual listed USFS) that access private inholdings?
There's a lawsuit here in western Colorado that sounds suspiciously similar. A private fishing lodge (The High Lonesome Ranch) in Garfield County put up a gate on a road that accesses both public and private property but the problem is the road is technically County Road 200. The lodge claims the gate is preventing trespassing and the road doesn't access anything, which is not the case. It's not an abandoned route and in good repair (I've been on it first person). It's been bumped into Federal court because the BLM was made a party to it, in fact. The reason they want it gated is to have semi-private access to a bunch of public land beyond since the alternative route is circuitous.
In this case it's a private lodge that put up the gate on a county road that accesses BLM land. It's the county who filed the lawsuit.from what I've learned a lawsuit to force access to private property wouldn't get very far up here. Best of luck with your suit.