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OHMVR Program Renewal

At a public meeting in Sacramento on July 19, 2016, State Parks Director Mangat stated: "This OHV program is the national model. It's not just the great program in the State of California, it is the national model, and we recognize that."

The current California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program (OHMVR) has been in existence since 1971 (Chappi-Z’Berg Act), is a great success, and hailed as a national model providing for a statewide system of managed OHV recreational opportunities. The OHMVR Program assures that quality recreational opportunities remain available for future generations by providing education, conservation, and enforcement efforts that balance OHV recreation impact with programs that conserve and protect cultural and natural resources.

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DRECP - reality and theory prepare to collide

The DRECP is lumbering along.  At the Saturday Desert Advisory Council (Oct 15), the new lead for the implementation of the DRECP was introduced.  Russ Schofield is returning to the southern California BLM Desert District office to be the lead for implementing DRECP.

So, just what does “implement” mean?  To put is in perspective, DRECP is an “overarching framework” that will establish the criteria for future planning efforts under the area of influence of the plan.

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Spotted owl listing - what it means

The STATE listing of the northern spotted owl as an Endangered Species signals a potential problem for designated trails in northern spotted owl habitat.  The impact will not be immediate; but, it will be an issue for future consideration during annual travel management reviews.  Federal agencies are required to consider state species of concern and ESA lists during their planning efforts.

Basically, the California ESA and the Federal ESA are very close.  The primary difference is the Federal ESA will allow for “take” of a species in conjunction with a permitted activity.  The California ESA does not accommodate for “take” of a listed species.

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Mojave Trails and Planning 2.0

By definition, a national monument preserves the unique natural, historic or cultural heritage of public lands.  National monuments are created by Congressional legislative action or by Presidential Proclamation using the Antiquities Act of 1906.

The Mojave Trails National Monument was created by Presidential Proclamation, joining a list of 15 other monuments in the state of California.  Spanning 1.6 million acres, more than 350,000 acres of previously congressionally designated Wilderness, the Mojave Trails National Monument is under the administrative oversight of the Bureau of Land Management. They are required to develop a management plan for the monument.

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California Primary Recommendations

CJ-5 EmblemI typically don’t push candidates in the primary elections. However, this isn’t a typical primary election.  As I have been asked by some members about candidates, I have reviewed the ballots for the State Assembly, State Senate and US House of Representatives. 

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OHMVR Grants: Counties benefit

OHV LogoOHMVR Grants - Where does the funding go?  Grants to counties, counties benefit

The counties are big receivers of funds from the OHMVR Grants Program.  Federal partners also are big receivers of funds from the OHMVR Grants Program.  Previous postings have noted the various categories within the grants program.  Whether the money is paid in wages, buys materials, or rents equipment, the county receives a direct benefit.

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