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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines...

Cal4Wheel NRC South April 2019 Report

Department of Interior - Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed two secretarial orders in March highlighting the administration's support of outdoor recreation on public lands. Secretarial Order (SO) 3373 directs the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to adequately consider public access for outdoor recreation when determining the appropriateness of the disposal or exchange of public lands. The second order, Secretarial Order 3374, establishes a departmental task force to ensure that the department efficiently and fully implements the most comprehensive public lands management legislation in a decade for the benefit of all Americans. The SO directs the BLM work to strike the proper balance for land and resources management, increase opportunities for hunting, fishing, and recreation on Federal lands, create economic prosperity while protecting and preserving America's treasures.

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Red Rock Canyon SP General Plan Comments Due

The State Parks Planning Team is still accepting comments on the draft concepts for the Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan Revision until Friday, April 26, 2019. Please send in your comments on the draft concepts by 11:59 p.m. PDT on April 26 via:
 
Mail

California Department of Parks and Recreation
Attn: Katie Metraux, Planning Manager
1725 23rd Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95816

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The meeting materials, including the information packet and comment card, are available on the planning website https://www.redrockgp.com/public-meetings.

The Planning Team will consider all comments received in developing a Preferred Concept for the General Plan Revision. The Preferred Concept will be presented in another public meeting in the fall of 2019.

Below is a copy of comment letter being submitted on behalf of California 4 Wheel Drive Associaiton:

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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines...

March 2019 - The “administrative” issues are many in number and have a major impact on OHV recreation. Forest Plan revisions are high priority at the federal level while State Parks re-organization and SVRA plan updates are a high priority at the state level.

Nineteen national forests are wholly or partially within the borders of California and are important recreation destinations for Cal4Wheel members.  Of those, the four southern California Forests (Los Padres, Angles, San Bernardino and Cleveland) have current forest plans.  The Sequoia, Sierra, and Inyo NFs have forest plan revisions in progress.  The Inyo NF is now in the “objection” phase.  On behalf of Cal4Wheel, I attended meetings and submitted comments to the proposed Forest Plan revisions.  The final draft for the Inyo NF has been released and, on behalf of Cal4Wheel, I submitted objections to the proposed final plan.  Those objections have been deemed valid concerns to be addressed prior to the final plan release.  A conference was scheduled for Feb 19-21 to address my objections along with objections of others.

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Red Sticker Regulatory Workshop (Northern Session)

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will be holding a Northern California session of the public workshop to discuss the regulatory proposal for off-highway recreational vehicles (OHRV). 

At the request of stakeholders, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites interested parties to participate in a Northern California session of the public red sticker workshop on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Sacramento, California, to discuss proposed regulatory amendments for Red Sticker off-highway recreational vehicles (OHRV).

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Northwest Forest Plan Updates

Northwest Forest Plan Updates

This newsletter is designed to provide information and updates on efforts to modernize the national forest plans within the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) amendment area. 

What is the NWFP?

The NWFP is a landscape approach to public land management designed to protect threatened and endangered species in late successional and old-growth habitats, while also contributing to social and economic sustainability in the region. The NWFP was completed in 1994 and amended 19 National Forest and 7 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) resource management plans. These plans provide guidance for how public lands and resources will be managed for a period of time, usually 10-15 years. The NWFP initiated a new approach to public land management, encompassing 24 million acres of land across California, Oregon and Washington. 

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OHV Program Renewed, Now Permanent

For months, a coalition of off-highway vehicle recreation associations (Coalition) representing off-road recreation enthusiasts throughout the state of California, have worked on legislation to provide reauthorization of the highly successful Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation program that is administered by the Department of Parks and Recreation. 
 
The State Assembly recently passed amended legislation that provides permanent status for the program.  The State Senate concurred and the legislation was submitted to the Governor for signature.  On October 3, 2017, the Governor signed legislation making the OHMVR program permanent.
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