By: John Cameron, The Mountain Mail
Thursday, October 27
From her office in downtown Denver, Allison Gallensky, a software engineer with a knack for geologic information systems, began scrutinizing maps of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests. What she found would set in motion a process of assessing and rewriting the travel management plan for the 2-million acre forests – a process not expected to be completed until 2019.
It was 2005 when a new mandate by the Department of Agriculture outlined a Travel Analysis Process (TAP) that was required for all new motorized roads and trails within the U.S. Forest Service. Gallensky, director of geologic information systems and IT at Rocky Mountain Wild, was collecting field data while doing an assessment of roadless areas within the forests.
People involved in the early work of cataloging roadless areas were seeing damage from vehicles in areas not designated for motor vehicle use on the maps available at the time, said Gallensky.
Read the full article at The Chaffee County Times.