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    This state use to be a really great place to work and play
    yup, like in past tense...
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    Action Needed!


    ACTION ALERT!
    Pitkin County is seeking input on the expanded use of OHV's on County Roads
    Pitkin County is seeking input on a range of alternatives to govern OHV usage on county roads. These routes consistently provide connectivity to trailheads and trails that otherwise could not be connected.During the March 29 open house, public works officials will present four possible OHV management scenarios for the public to consider:

    • Scenario 1 is a status quo approach, in which all county roads would remain off limits to OHVs and ATVs, according to state law.

    • Scenario 2 would open four roads co-claimed by Pitkin County and the U.S. Forest Service to OHVs and ATVs. These roads include Bear Creek Road in the Woody Creek area, Seller Lake Road, Diemer Lake Road and Powerline Road in the Fryingpan River drainage. This scenario complies with the current USFS Travel Management Plan.

    • Scenario 3 would open 86 miles of county roads to OHVs and ATVs, including the Pitkin County portion of Pearl Pass Road, more roads in the Fryingpan drainage and some roads in the Prince Creek/Dinkle Lake area above Carbondale.

    • Scenario 4 would open all county roads with less than 100 vehicle trips per day to OHVs and ATVs. This option includes opening the backside of Aspen Mountain to the vehicles.
    Open House:
    March 29 4-6pm at Pitkin County Library located at 120 North Mill Street, Aspen CO
    Electronic comments accepted here:
    More info on proposal:
    Talking points:
    1. While Alternative 4 would be the best, any expanded OHV access would be greatly appreciated. 2. OHV recreation is a major economic driver for local Colorado communities as research indicates more than $2.3 billion in economic contribution results from OHV recreation which results in more than 16,000 jobs and more than $100 million in badly needed tax revenue to local communities. 3. More than 2 dozen communities have opened all or part of their county road network since passage of HB 1030 two years ago. These communities have noted significant economic drivers for local businesses and expanded tax revenue. They have not noted major negative impacts from the expanded access, such as ordinance violations, noise or other concerns. 4. Multiple use access is a major factor involved in many other activities, such as hunting, fishing and private lands ownership. OHV recreation is predominately a family sport
    Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
    P.O. Box 741353
    Arvada, CO 80006

    518-281-5810

    info@cohvco.org

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    Need Your Input!



    As part of federal legislation passed last year the US Forest Service was required to identify 15 priority trails for maintenance. The US Forest Service is now looking to the trails user community to establish these priorities and has developed a survey monkey to aid in gathering input. The Survey monkey has many specific questions to guide your input.
    Link to Survey Monkey:
    More info on proposal:
    Deadline for input
    April 7, 2017
    Talking points
    1. We need your personal experiences and knowledge on maintenance issues. 2. Visitation should be a major criteria looked at for any trail priorities. 3. Leveraging partnerships should also be addressed- ie; the history of partner support for a particular trail
    Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
    P.O. Box 741353
    Arvada, CO 80006

    518-281-5810

    info@cohvco.org

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    Forest Service Calls For Public to Identify Trails That Should Receive Expedited Maintenance

    Separate Press Releases From Five Forest Regions Call For Input

    Individualized Press Releases from five Forest Service Regions are “…inviting the public to help identify trails that will be part of a U.S. Forest Service effort with partners and volunteers to increase the pace of trail maintenance.” The releases continue, “Nationwide, the Forest Service will select nine to 15 priority areas among its nine regions where a backlog in trail maintenance contributed to reduced access, potential harm to natural resources or trail users and/or has the potential for increased future deferred maintenance costs.”

    If you are aware of trails where access has been limited as the result of lack of maintenance – now is your chance to weigh in!

    Below are links to all of the USFS Region websites. While the Alaska, Eastern, Southern and Southwestern regions have yet to post information on this initiative on their websites, ARRA encourages those of you who live or recreate in those Regions to check the websites periodically for updates.

    If you are unsure which Region the Forest(s) you visit are in, click here: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/index.shtml

    Click the appropriate link below to find out how to comment!


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    CALIFORNIA - CA OHV LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - AB 1077 Approved by Assembly Committee
    Dear Sharetrails.org/BRC Members and Action Alert Subscriber,
    Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon Coalition's (BRC) Western Representative, Don Amador, joined several National and State OHV organizations, trade associations, outdoor hunting organizations, motorcycle and 4WD clubs, rural counties, county sheriffs, and non-profit groups today in Sacramento voicing support for AB 1077 (O'Donnell). After public testimony, the CA Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife voted to approve this important pro-OHV legislation.
    As many of you know, the bill extends the operation of the OHV program indefinitely. This continues to be a complicated legislative and political process since there are other related legislative proposals and the ongoing CA State Parks Transformation Process.
    BRC wants to thank all of you who took time to send in comments and looks forward to working with all the stakeholders as this process moves forward. Stay tuned for future updates!
    Thanks!
    Don Amador
    Western Representative
    BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.org
    Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
    and collaboration among recreationists.- sharetrails.org

    __________________________________________________ _____
    As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit https://sharetrails.org/contribution-options/ to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!

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    IDAHO - Salmon-Challis Forest Plan Revision Update-Meeting Scheduled for April & May
    Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
    The Salmon Challis National Forest is in the process of revising the Salmon and Challis National Forest Plans. Land Management Plans provide the framework for managing national forests and guide decision-making. Plans are revised in a manner that encourages participation for the public, stakeholders and other agencies to reflect a broad and inclusive vision for managing national forests.
    What's Up Next with the Forest Plan Revision Process?
    At the same time the Salmon-Challis is collecting information for general forest assessment, we have
    several concurrent processes to follow.
    In late April, the Forest Service will host public meetings to explain the steps they will take to evaluate Wilderness areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and Species of Conservation Concern.
    Upcoming Meetings
    Salmon: 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 24, Idaho Department of Fish & Game Salmon Region
    May: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 6 - 8 p.m., Pashimeroi Valley Grange (May Grange)
    Mackay: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 6 - 8 p.m., American Legion Hall
    Ketchum: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 6-8 p.m., Ketchum Community Library
    Webinar: 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, May 4, https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/scnf-fpr/
    What the Salmon-Challis will bring:
    Initial map of areas to be evaluated for suitability as Wilderness
    Initial map of rivers to be evaluated for suitability as potential Wild and Scenic Rivers
    Potential list of animals and plants being considered as Species of Conservation Concern
    How you can be involved:
    Wilderness Inventory - provide any on-the-ground knowledge or corrections to the improvements and roads data; and provide information on use trends (for example, popular hiking, mountain biking or Off-Highway Vehicle areas).
    Wild and Scenic Rivers Inventory - review inventory map and provide information to correct errors or omissions.
    Species of Conservation Concern Designation - provide on-the-ground knowledge or scientific information to inform the list.
    For more information about Forest Plan Revision, Email scnf_plan_rev@fs.fed.us, call Team Leader Josh Milligan at 756-5560 or Visit the Forest Plan Revision website at www.fs.usda.gov/scnf. For more information on forest plan revision process please visit A Citizens' Guide to Forest Plan Revision.
    Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
    Ric Foster
    Public Lands Department Manager
    BlueRibbon Coalition
    208-237-1008 ext 107
    Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
    and collaboration among recreationists. -
    sharetrails.org
    __________________________________________________ _____
    As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visithttps://sharetrails.org/contribution-options/to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!

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    NEW MEXICO - Santa Fe NF Announces Summer 2017 Open House Opportunities
    Dear Action Alert Subscriber,
    The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is revising its Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan), which will guide management of all forest resources for 10 to 15 years.
    They have selected summer Open House dates (all are 1-3:30pm) and topics (see below).

    • There will not be a presentation or an agenda at the Open Houses. It is a casual opportunity to engage with Forest Service specialists about Forest Plan Revision.
    • You can arrive any time (not just at 1 pm), stay for as little or long as you like, and can circulate among Forest Service specialists discussing various resources.
    • Open Houses are not part of a comment period so we will not be recording public comments, but specialists may take informal notes during conversations.
    • We will bring our current work to share with you and answer your questions, but we will be reviewing pre-draft material which will not be made available to the public either as a handout or on our website. This is an informal, intermediary step. We will bring handouts from previous public meetings, which are available on our website, and there will be opportunities later for public comment on draft work products.

    1. Thursday, April 27, at the Walatowa Visitor Center
    Topics: Heritage, Tribal Relations, and Forest Plan
    Address: 7413 NM-4, Jemez Pueblo, NM 87024
    2. Monday, May 15, at the Supervisor's Office
    Topics: Engineering, Wildlife, and Forest Plan
    Address: 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508
    3. Monday, May 15, at the Mesa Public Library
    Topics: Recreation, Tribal Relations, and Forest Plan
    Address: 2400 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544
    4. Wednesday, June 21, at the Coyote District Office
    Topics: Grazing, Heritage, and Forest Plan
    Address: State Hwy 96, Drive 1707, Coyote, NM 87012
    5. Tuesday, July 18, at the Supervisor's Office
    Topics: Grazing, Recreation, and Forest Plan
    Address: 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508
    6. Tuesday, July 18, Pecos High School (School Board Rm)
    Topics: Archaeology, Forest Plan, and TBD
    Address: 28 Panther Pkwy, Hwy 63 N, Pecos NM 87552
    7. Wednesday, August 16, at the Cuba District Office
    Topics: Archaeology, Oil & Gas, and Forest Plan
    Address: 04b, County Road 11, Cuba, NM 87013
    If you have questions please call 505-438-5442, email santafeforestplan@fs.fed.us, or mail: Forest Plan Revision, Santa Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508. To learn more, please visit our website: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/santafeforestplan.
    Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
    Ric Foster
    Public Lands Department Manager
    BlueRibbon Coalition
    208-237-1008 ext. 2
    Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
    and collaboration among recreationists. -
    sharetrails.org
    __________________________________________________ _____
    As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visithttps://sharetrails.org/contribution-options/to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!

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    OREGON - Deschutes NF Announces Upper Little Deschutes Restoration Project Open House
    Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
    The Crescent Ranger District invites you to an open house on May 23, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for continued discussion on the Upper Little Deschutes Restoration Project. The Forest Service has recently completed the 30-day scoping for the project (February 01 through March 10, 2017) and they would like to meet and discuss your comments or gain additional ideas on riparian enhancement, the sustainable transportation system, sustainable recreation, and provide additional details on instream structure placement, illegal bridge removal, diversion ditch closure, meadow enhancement as well as any other areas of concern you may have.
    The meeting will be held at the Crescent Community Club, 420 Crescent Cut-off Road, Crescent, OR 97733. The meeting will consist of a brief Forest Service presentation of the project and then smaller group break-out sessions to more accurately capture any additional information you may have.
    The district is also planning a field trip to the project area on June 22, 2017 from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. and would like your ideas on where the stops should be to discuss issues. There will be a signup sheet at the open house. If you cannot attend the open house, but would like to attend the field trip, please let them know.
    It would be most helpful if you would RSVP to Lillian Cross, Writer/Editor at (541) 433-3239 or lilliancross@fs.fed.us by the 19th of May, 2017 on whether you plan to attend the open house. You may also call the front desk to sign up for the field trip at 541-433-3200.
    Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
    Ric Foster
    Public Lands Department Manager
    BlueRibbon Coalition
    208-237-1008 ext. 2
    Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
    and collaboration among recreationists. -
    sharetrails.org
    __________________________________________________ _____
    As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visithttps://sharetrails.org/contribution-options/to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!

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    Tell Us About Your Favorite Places to Ride!

    Please complete a brief survey to help ARRA understand where you ride and why!

    ARRA members are a diverse group. We have surveyed you in the past and hear from some of you periodically so we know that you collectively have some disparate interests, yet all share the same goal – ensuring access for responsible recreation on public lands for the near term and for posterity.

    Now we would like to hear from you about your favorite recreation areas. This survey focuses on motorized recreation so please take a few minutes to fill in a survey to let us know where you like to ride. There are some general questions and some about specific locations, please fill in as much as you can!

    It is very helpful for us to know where and how you like to recreate, as the better we know you the more we can target our efforts to your priorities.

    The results will ultimately be provided to you and, with any luck, we can create a list that might just give you some new ideas about great places to recreate that you have never considered!

    Please complete this brief survey now.

    Thank you

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    CALIFORNIA - California State Parks Seeks Public Input on a Road and Trail Management Plan for Humboldt Redwoods State Park
    Dear OHV Enthusiasts,
    California State Parks will hold an open house meeting to solicit comments on a draft road and trail management plan (RTMP) for Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The RTMP describes the existing roads and trails of the state park and provides specific direction for management and operations in the future. The goal of the plan is to enhance recreational trail opportunities, while protecting the park's cultural and natural resources.
    The open house meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the River Lodge Conference Center located at 1800 Riverwalk Drive, Fortuna. The draft plan can be viewed online at www.parks.ca.gov/HRSP-RTMP or it can be reviewed in person at the following locations:

    • North Coast Redwoods District Headquarters, 3431 Fort Ave, Eureka
    • Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center, 17119 Avenue of the Giants, Weott
    • California State Parks Facility Management Division, 704 O Street, Sacramento
    • Humboldt County Library Branches:
      • Eureka Main Library, 1313 3rd Street, Eureka
      • Arcata Library, 500 7th Street, Arcata
      • Fortuna Library, 753 14th Street, Fortuna
      • Garberville Library, 715 Cedar Street, Garberville


    Written comments will be accepted by California State Parks until June 30, 2017. All timely comments will be considered by staff prior to finalization of the plan. Comments may be submitted at the open house meeting or via e-mail to trails@parks.ca.gov.
    Located in the coastal mountains of southern Humboldt County, the state park is internationally renowned as home of the world's largest remaining contiguous stands of ancient coast redwoods. Humboldt Redwoods State Park has over 50 miles of roads and 60 miles of trails for hikers, bikers, and equestrians, which provide access to various sections of the park including into the steep and rugged backcountry.
    California State Parks welcomes all visitors. For those with special needs, please contact Tom Gunther, State Parks Eel River Sector Superintendent, at (707) 946-1812 in advance to arrange accommodations.
    Thanks for your attention to this matter!
    Don Amador
    Western Representative
    Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition
    Email: brdon@sharetrails.org
    Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
    and collaboration among recreationists.- sharetrails.org

    __________________________________________________ _____
    As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit https://sharetrails.org/contribution-options/ to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!

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    Photo of Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument – This monument designation is eligible for review under the Trump Administration’s executive order. Photo credit: adifferentbrian’s flickr photostream.

    Trump Tackles National Monuments

    In response to a lot of pressure from western states, President Trump has directed Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, to have his agency undertake a thorough review of those National Monuments in excess of 100,000 acres or those that the Secretary deems did not receive sufficient public input prior to their creation that have been designated since 1996. This means 25 National Monuments will be under review! Members of Congress from western states hailed the executive action as an important step in re-evaluating the Antiquities Act. The environmental community was incredulous.



    FY 2017 Appropriations, finally…

    It has been a long time coming, but the Congress and the Trump Administration have agreed on an Omnibus appropriations package that would fund the federal government for the rest of FY2017 (until September 30, 2017).



    BLM Planning Rule 2.0 Rework

    Secretary Zinke lost little time in directing his department to begin work in studying the overall planning approach of the agency. His directive laid out in blunt terms the problems associated with the planning rule 2.0 and the need for change.



    Cabinet Update
    Sonny Perdue was confirmed by the Senate on April 23rd as Secretary of Agriculture and was sworn in on April 25th. Now that he has taken office, we are awaiting word on who will be tapped to become the next Chief of the U. S. Forest Service.

    Attorney David Bernhardt has been nominated to the position of Deputy Secretary of Interior. During the George W. Bush Administration, Bernhardt served as the Solicitor and Chief Legal Officer of the Interior Department so he comes to his new job with a lot of agency experience. Once Bernhardt is confirmed and sworn in, we hope to see some movement on who will be selected to be the next Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

    Clear Creek Legislation, H.R. 1913

    In the last Congress, Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) came close in getting legislation passed that would re-open the Clear Creek recreation area to OHV recreation. Unfortunately, he ran out of time at the end of session, a disappointing moment.

    Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Farr’s successor in the House, has picked up the torch and introduced a new version of the Clear Creek legislation, H. R 1913, in this Congress. The OHV recreation community has already endorsed the Panetta legislation and we expect to be working closely with his office in getting this bill across the finish line in this Congress.

    Photo of youth OHV Rider, Shotgun Creek OHV Area, Oregon. Photo credit: BLM Oregon and Washington’s flickr photostream

    Outdoor Recreation = $$$

    The Outdoor Industry Association recently released its latest economic study on the value of outdoor recreation to the nation’s economy. The numbers are staggering: $887 billion in consumer spending; 7.6 million in American jobs; $65.3 billion in federal tax revenue; $59.2 billion in state and local tax revenue. No one can say that we don’t all benefit from having fun outdoors.

    One statistic in the study caught our eye and made us laugh. More American jobs depend on recreational motorcycling and off-roading (867,000 jobs) than there are lawyers in the U. S. (779,000 jobs). The legal profession is finally falling behind…

    Sincerely,

    Larry E. Smith
    Executive Director
    Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA)



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    Need Your Input!


    Gunnison BLM Field Office proposes more mountain bike only trail expansion


    The Gunnison Field Office is seeking input on a proposed 28 mile trail addition for mountain bikes only outside Gunnison Colorado. We need to ask for multiple use on these routes as there has been an explosion of proposed expansion of single user trail networks in Colorado over the last several years.

    Comment Deadline: May 22, 2017

    Written Comments to:
    Gunnison Field Office
    Attn: Jim Lovelace
    210 West Spencer Ave, Suite A
    Gunnison, CO 81230

    Electronic comments accepted here:
    blm_co_gfo_nepa_comments@blm.gov

    More info on proposal:
    https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-frontoffice/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlan OrProjectSite&projec tId=77462&dctmId=0b0003e880ec904a

    Talking points:

    1. The continued large scale expansion of single user group trails is creating significant user conflict in areas where there has not been conflict before. Motorized single track is one of the most sought after recreational experiences in the state due to the limited number of miles available.

    2. OHV recreation is a major economic driver for local Colorado communities as research indicates more than $2.3 billion in economic contribution results from OHV recreation which results in more than 16,000 jobs and more than $100 million in badly needed tax revenue to local communities.

    3. More than 2 dozen communities have opened all or part of their county road network since passage of HB 1030 two years ago. These communities have noted significant economic drivers for local businesses and expanded tax revenue. They have not noted major negative impacts from the expanded access, such as ordinance violations, noise or other concerns. Clearly there is a demand for OHV opportunities in Colorado.

    4. Multiple use access is a major factor involved in many other activities, such as hunting, fishing and private lands ownership. By limiting the scope to just mountain bike trails, the economic benefit of any new trails is artificially limited.

    5. We wonder how this trail network will be maintained if it is limited to a single user group? There is simply no money available for non-motorized maintenance and while volunteers will build trail long term maintenance is often far less supported by volunteers. If the area is opened to motorized usage there is direct funding that is available through OHV grants to maintain the area. Gunnison Field Office has a long strong history of obtaining this funding.

    6. Maintenance is going to be a major concern as the proposal moves many existing user created trails on to the network and user created trails are simply not built to any standards.

    7. We are aware of several mountain bike only proposals that have been built and then not maintained in Colorado already as was expressly recognized by BLM representatives in recent news coverage of the Oil Well Flats trail system outside Canon City 1 Weekly trash removal and toilet cleaning are often projects not well supported by any volunteer community. 8. Many of these routes to be adopted are long trails with limited loop opportunities, which will limit the amount of people that are able to ride any routes. The trails as proposed are more suited to motorized usage due to the length of the trails.

    1 Mountain bikers taking notice of new cycling hot spot in southern Colorado | Colorado Springs Gazette, News
    Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
    P.O. Box 741353
    Arvada, CO 80006

    518-281-5810

    info@cohvco.org

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    GAME AND FISH NEWS
    May 5, 2017
    Arizona Game and Fish Department




    Monument review could help Arizona
    Multiple-use management critical in natural resources conservation
    By Larry D. Voyles, Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department


    President Trump's Executive Order calling for a review of expansive executive land designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906 has predictably generated a volume of debate and dire predictions. Missing from the discussion is thoughtful dialogue about the critical role of multiple-use management in natural resources conservation and the sometimes dire consequences to our natural resources of removing such tools from the pallet of management actions and possibilities. This is all done in the name of "protection," but sometimes we literally love our most special places to death.


    In Arizona, when the 2011 Wallow Fire burned 538,000 acres of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, it initially reached crown fire intensity in the "protected" Bear Wallow Wilderness Area. "Protected" is in quotes because a wilderness designation, supposedly our highest level of protection, can actually prohibit many forest health management practices that reduce wildfire risk and protect our public lands. We all knew the overgrown Bear Wallow Wilderness would burn, and burn catastrophically.


    The National Forests destroyed in the Wallow Fire, like those across the country, were established in the 20th century primarily to protect watersheds, timber, wildlife, and grazing lands, allowing these natural resources to benefit American communities. Catastrophic wildfires cause erosion that can shorten the lifespan of dams, robbing us of water, the lifeblood of our cities, towns, farms and industry.


    This was the reason the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and Department opposed the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument proposal. The President's Order doesn’t eliminate any monuments or restrictions on the use of monument lands and waters, but the review may help highlight the stark difference between symbolic designation and real conservation.


    Protected areas are an important part of our conservation landscape, but multiple-use lands are essential to our conservation future. Let’s restore balance to our conservation dialogue. A national conversation about the connections between multiple-use management and healthy forests and waters is long overdue.


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    CALIFORNIA - Lassen National Forest Seeks Public Input for OHV Use
    Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,
    The Lassen National Forest is reviewing their Motorized Travel Management decision of 2010 to expand and accommodate more opportunities for off highway vehicle (OHV) use and recreation. During the initial phase, the Forest Service will review approximately 600 miles of existing system roads to determine which additional routes could be opened for OHV use. This may be accomplished by either lowering operational classification of a road or by allowing OHV use on a low-risk road while not changing the roads classification. The low-risk assessment would be documented in an engineering safety analysis.
    "Our goal is to have a transportation system that is manageable, environmentally sound, and economically viable. We are interested to hear your views as we update our previous decision," remarked Forest Supervisor Dave Hays.
    The forest will host two public meetings to seek preliminary input from the public regarding OHV use on National Forest System roads. Public input will aid in modifying the existing Motorized Vehicle Management which spans three ranger districts and includes five counties. The public is invited to attend one of the scheduled meetings which will be held on May 22, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lassen National Forest Headquarters at 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, California, and May 23, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Family Center at 1110 W. East Avenue, Chico, California.
    Following preliminary public input opportunities, and the completion of the engineering safety analysis, the project will undergo an environmental assessment and a final decision regarding OHV use and viability on the Lassen National Forest. The final decision will be aligned with the current Lassen National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. Once this decision is finalized, the Lassen National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map will be updated reflecting any modifications and additional routes that would be opened for OHV use.
    The Lassen National Forest lies at the crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The Forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources.
    For more information about the OHV project, contact Charles Gondeiro, Project Manager at 406-370-6929 or by email at cgondeiro@fs.fed.us.
    Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
    Ric Foster
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    Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
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