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CA4WDC NRC South Report - July 2012

Eldorado - The Eldorado National Forest is free from preservationist litigation attacking a Travel Management Plan that originally closed just over 900 miles of roads and trails. Today (July 31) Senior U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton issued his final order and judgment in a case originally filed in 2009.  

The Court's May 2011 decision on the merits largely upheld the Eldorado travel management decision, denying preservationist demands for even more closures. Sadly, the court required further proceedings to address Endangered Species Act procedures concerning 42 routes that cross meadows.  Today's order and final judgment, which terminates the case, determines that the Forest has fully complied with any Endangered Species Act concerns and adopts the Forest Service's proposed remedy over preservationist objections for continued travel along the meadow routes.  According to the Forest Service, the meadow routes encompass a total of about 135 miles.  Under today's order, access will be restored on about 46 miles of those routes, while about 89 miles will remain closed.

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California OHV - the next round

The ink is dry on the California budget and details are coming into focus.  So, what about the OHMVR program?  What about the future of OHV recreation in the state of California? The OHMVR budget is linked to the California State Parks budget. Now, for the rest of the story...

While news headlines claim nearly all California State Parks will remain open, the angst caused by Senator Simitian and the California State Parks Foundation ended as no benefit to the Parks and a detriment to OHMVR program.

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NRC South June 2012 Report

(June 2012) - OHMVR - The California Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation program has been the big story for the second month.  On June 27, Governor Brown signed the state budget.  While news headlines claim nearly all California State Parks will remain open, the angst caused by Senator Simitian and the California Parks Foundation ended as no benefit to the Parks and a detriment to OHMVR program.

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CA4WDC NRC South Report - May 2012

On Jan. 26, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the intended course of action for the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule.

On Jan. 30, the U.S. Forest Service announced the Sierra National Forest will be one of the first forests to revise its land management plans using the new National Forest System Planning Rule, as well as the Inyo and the Sequoia National Forests.  Nation-wide, five other National Forests will be among the early adopters.

The USFS developed the Forest Planing Rule which provides a new framework for land management planning to replace outdated 1982 planning procedures with a modern rule.

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USFS Water Quality Review Panel Meeting

On Thursday, May 24, the US Forest Service held a Water Quality Review Panel meeting at the Yurok Tribal Headquarters in Klamath, CA.  For over three years I have been representing state-wide OHV interests while the Forest Service has been updating their Water Quality Management Handbook.  Other attendees included representatives of three Tribes (Yurok, Karuk, and Quartz Valley), Environmental Protection Information Center, Klamath Forest Alliance, Forest Service (Region 5 and Six Rivers NF) and State and Regional Water Board representatives.

In 2004, the State of California released a policy on waste discharge dealing with non-point source discharge pollution sources.  This policy requires the Forest Service to review their water quality management practices and comply with federal Clean Water Act and the state Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act mandates to reduce potential adverse impacts to water quality.

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CA4WDC Board of Directors Meeting - May 19, 2012

Panamint Valley Days - The permit application has been filed with BLM Ridgecrest.  The operations plan is 90% complete and awaiting specifics such as Event Chair and key event personnel.

Sierra-Cascade Dialog - This series of meetings being hosted by the Forest Service is to discuss a range of critical issues that affect the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades and people who live, work and recreate there.  These meetings are being used to shape the direction Forest Service will use during the coming round of Forest Plan Revisions.

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