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NRC South Report - March 2012

NRC Report - March 2012

With March, a couple of important and long stalled projects have moved into active status.  The long awaited Forest Service Planning Rule has been formally released and (to date) survived legal challenges.

This effort may seems minor but it does have significant implications for those that recreate in national forests.  Each national forest is required to have a management plan.  The plan is known as “forest plan”, “land and resource management plan”, or “resource management plan”.   By which ever name, the forest plan is supposed to be updated at specified intervals.  With the exception of four national forests (Los Padres, Angles, San Bernardino, and Cleveland) in California, all other national forests have plans that are more than 15 years out of date.

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OHMVR LEGISLATIVE BILL SUMMARY

 

OHMVR LEGISLATIVE BILL SUMMARY REPORT 3/16/2012

BY AARON READ & ASSOCIATES for California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs

 

 

 

AB 1535

(Halderman R)  Vehicles: high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

 

Current Text: Amended: 3/14/2012   pdf html

 

Introduced: 1/24/2012

 

Last Amend: 3/14/2012

 

Status: 3/15/2012-Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.

 

Location: 3/15/2012-A. TRANS.

 

Calendar: 3/19/2012  1:30 p.m. - State Capitol, Room 4202  ASSEMBLY TRANSPORTATION, LOWENTHAL, Chair

 

Summary: Current law directs the Department of Transportation and certain local authorities to erect and maintain signage along state and county highways that designate certain traffic lanes as high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and specify conditions for their use. This bill would require the department or a local authority, when replacing signs designating HOV lane use in an area that permits motorcycles to use those lanes, to include language on the new sign stating that motorcycles are permitted in the HOV lanes. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.

 

 

 

 

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Updated NEPA Handbook Released

The Bureau of Reclamation has released an updated NEPA Handbook for use by Reclamation employees as they carry out their responsibilities to implement the National Environmental Policy Act.

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NRC South Report January 2012

The Forest Service released two important documents in January. The first is the long awaited Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule.  The second is Forest Service Watershed Condition Framework.

After review of nearly 300,000 comments received on the proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement issued February 2011, Forest Service has released their preferred course of action for the national planning rule.  The Record of Decision on the final planning rule is expected within 30 day of February 3, the official release date.

The preferred alternative emphasizes collaboration and strengthens the role of public involvement and dialogue throughout the planning process. It also would require the use of the best available scientific information for decisions.

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MUIRNet Land Use Resources Updated

Ever wonder what that acronym means?? When reading the various news reports about issues affecting motorized recreation and public lands, a number of terms and letter combinations are used. If you need to know the meaning of ACEC, NEPA, or WSA, MUIRNet Glossaries is now on-line and provides a definition of those and many other terms.

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Recovery Implementation Team Members Set

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun notifying individuals of acceptance as a team member for the Desert Tortoise Recovery Implementation Teams. The RIT consists of land managers, stakeholders, and scientists with an interest in Mojave desert tortoise recovery.

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