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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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OHMVR Grant Funding to Counties and Agencies

OHV LogoOHMVR Grants: Where does the funding go? -- to counties and agencies

The Off Highway Motor Vehicle Trust Fund was established under the California Vehicle Code 38000, Chappie-Z’berg Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Law of 1971 as a user funded program to provide for motorized recreation opportunities for the State of California.  The legislation established a "trust fund" that is controlled by Public Resources Code 5090 and California Code of Regulations 4970 to issue grants and cooperative agreements to local and federal agencies to provide for and manage motorized recreation opportunities.

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OHMVR Grants - Where does the funding go?

OHV LogoThe Off Highway Motor Vehicle Trust Fund was established under the California Vehicle Code 38000, Chappie-Z’berg Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Law of 1971 as a user funded program to provide for motorized recreation opportunities for the State of California.  The legislation established a “trust fund” that is controlled by Public Resources Code 5090 and California Code of Regulations 4970 to issue grants and cooperative agreements to local and federal agencies to provide for and manage motorized recreation opportunities.

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