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John Stewart

Comments for Sequoia-Sierra Forest Plan Revision

September 25, 2019

Plan Revision Team Lead

323 Club Drive

Vallejo CA 94592

Subject: Sequoia and Sierra Forest Plan Revision Update

Dear Planning Team:

These comments are submitted on behalf of the California Four Wheel Drive Association (Cal4Wheel) and its membership. Cal4Wheel represents clubs and individuals within the state of California that are part of the community of four-wheel drive enthusiasts. These comments are directed to the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Revision of the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests Land Management Plans. This document shall not supplant the rights of other Cal4Wheel agents and organizational or individual members from submitting their own comments and the agency should consider and appropriately respond to all comments received to this proposed planning project.

While the main focus of Cal4Wheel is to protect, promote, and provide for motorized recreation opportunities on public and private lands, many of our members participate in multiple forms of recreation; including but not limited to hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, bicycle riding, and gem and mineral collection.

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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines...

NRC South August 2019 Report

Forest Service - Comment period has closed on the USFS request for comments on the proposed NEPA rule change update the analysis and documentation of Categorical Exclusions.  This is a small, but important, point within the National Environmental Policy Act.  NEPA requires agencies to disclose and analyze the potential impacts their management decisions will have con the natural environment.  This has lead to overly cautious administrative process that subjects a majority of management decision to an Environmental Assessment or a more complex Environmental Impact Statement.

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John Stewart

Comments for USFS Proposed NEPA Rule Change

The comment deadline for the Forest Service's proposed revisions to its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations is Monday, August 26, 2019. Below are the comments to the NEPA proposed rule changes submitted on behalf of Cal4Wheel.

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John Stewart

District Court Vacates Ruling in Settlement Agreement Reinstating the Adventure Pass

July 11, 2016 – To implement a settlement reached by plaintiffs and the U.S. Forest Service, a district court has vacated a 2014 ruling that affected the U.S. Forest Service’s ability to enforce recreation fees at standard amenity recreation fee sites in the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests in southern California. 

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John Stewart

Draft Plans Released for Inyo, Sierra and Sequoia Forests

Forest Service LogoForest Service releases draft environmental impact statement and draft forest plans for Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service is releasing the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and draft forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. The Notice of Availability for these documents is expected to publish in the Federal Register May 27. This notice will initiate the 90-day public comment and review period, which includes 12 public meetings and six tribal forums.

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John Stewart

Recommended Wilderness List Released

USFS LogoForest Service shares draft evaluations of potential areas for wilderness recommendation in forest plan revisions

The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region released a draft evaluations of lands that may be suitable for recommendation and inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. This list covers Inyo, Sierra, and Sequoia National Forests.

No new wilderness areas are being designated at this time. Only the Congress can designate wilderness.

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