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CA4WDC NRC South Report - Jan 2013

Technology and web-based information continue to evolve.  Previously noted, I have been shifting more of my project tracking and reporting about meetings and information management to websites and agencies are beginning to employ technology with an increase in the number of webinars and conference calls in place of face-to-face meetings.  

After four webinars and one 2-day meeting, the Bald Mountain project in the Sierra National Forest is taking shape.  A draft Environmental Assessment should be ready for public comment in April/May timeframe.

While two short road sections will be closed, those routes have been closed to the public for more than 20 years due to proximity of the route to a stream with endangered fish.  There are other routes within the project area but they are not under discussion.

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CA4WDC NRC South Report for December 2012

For the past year, most of the action has been through webinare and review of on-line information.  The RIT reviewed the proposed actions during their Dec 4-5 meeting. Language changes were provided and priorities were assigned. The information collected will be consolidated and re-submitted to RIT members for additional review and corrections.

For a review, the Recovery Implementation Team are appointed members representing federal, state and local governments and representatives of stakeholders groups. Their charter is to review the proposed actions contained in the Desert Tortoise Recovery Plan developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Some of the proposed actions (and more contentious) involve grazing, roads and trails, predator control (ravens, coyotes, and free-roaming dogs), property acquisition, and invasive species control. The complete list contains over 30 proposed actions in these and other categories.

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OutdoorWire - your link to access

OutdoorWire provides a clickable link index to the vast collection of news and information across its family of websites. The sites, 4x4Wire.com, 4x4Voice, and MUIRNet.net have long been important sources of information concerning environmental and administrative regulations and their impact on motorized recreation.Together, the family of websites contain more than 12 years of information covering topics from landuse and environmental issues to 4x4 vehicle tech. An integrated site search provides quick access to site archives and forum postings. With contributing bloggers from The TrailPAC, BlueRibbon Coalition, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs and others, the OutdoorWire continues to grow.

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GAO Reports Affecting Recreation Available

The Government Accountability Office exists to be a “watchdog” over other federal agencies.  The GAO performs regular audits of federal programs; often at request of Members of Congress.Many of the audits involve environmental issues important to your recreation opportunity.  While those audits are available through the GAO website, the ones with an impact on recreation are now available in brief on 4x4Voice.com.Check the GAO Reports link under the 4x4Voice Notebook menu tab to review a collection of of GAO Reports covering Recreation and User Fees, Endangered Species, and more topics.

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CA4WDC NRC South November 2012 Report

Carnegie SVRA is developing a general plan and Environmental Impact Report.  The GP and EIR are different documents and both will require review and comments.  The timeline calls for public workshops in January/February 2013 to review a draft of the documents.Of note, the plan is prompted by the acquisition of the Tesla properties with OHV Trust Funds several years ago.  The GP/EIR will cover the new and old sections of the SVRA.  State Parks has about 440 acres that are adjacent.  This planning effort will not cover that land; however, that some of that land is available to address potential mitigation within the SVRA.There is a desire to increase the 4x4 opportunity at Carnegie as well as provide additional motorcycle/ATV opportunity that is not highly technical in nature. Current use of the park is for technical motorcycle riding.Sierra NF (DLRP) - is proceeding with the Bald Mountain Project in the Sierra National Forest. A NEPA scoping notice has been released and comments are due Nov 19, 2012. (As part of the Dinky Landscape Restoration Project collaborative team, I have submitted comments for CA4WDC.) A series of Proposed Actions within the scope of the project are described in the scoping letter. The overall purpose of the action is to improve the resilience of the forest; retain and improve key wildlife habitat, ecosystem components and processes; protect people and adjacent property from the effects of wildfire; and protect forest resources from unnatural fire.

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NRC South Report - Nov 2012 Board of Directors Meeting

I have been producing and publishing an NRC Project List for several months.  That list has become cumbersome to maintain and I am shifting it to a full on-line tracking system where it is easier to link additional information to each project item listed.

The result of the current effort can be viewed at: http://www.4x4voice.com

This version will allow for comments and replies to be posted.  And, postings are aggregated into an RSS feed which can be linked to a spot on the Cal4 or any other website.

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