Yeah. There are a couple of reasons you're seeing more closed gates. The biggest one is probably the new concept of "Travel Management" plans that the Forest Service is putting in place. The BLM is also arguing for more wilderness designations as well. Both of these ideas result in fewer acres of accessible land. In the case of the Travel Management, many 4x4 clubs endorse them although I'm not 100% sure why--by that, I mean more and more people are concentrated in smaller areas. Not just 4x4's but motorcycles and ATV's as well.
The Gualala is awesome to hang out on a summer day. You often see people heading farther up the river on hot days. Lot's of FS land up there that's been closed as well.
I've been active in the OHV issues and focused on some of the stuff down in the South Bay although I pay attention to the state and national levels as well.
Originally Posted by mjohn617
That has been a big problem for me in the last 6 month's, I have come across many gates that normally have been open by land management and now are closed. I have done some wheeling up towards Gualala River, and floating the river/camping....I am seeing more and more signs for public and private.
I am not a fan of staying in a campsite, but I was forced to on the last trip...good thing is that there were next to no one around.