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NRC South June Report

This proposed critical habitat includes 9 national forests and 14 counties within the Sierra Nevada Mountains.A copy of the comments is available from http://www.4x4voice.com/Public/ca4wdc/comments/frog-toad-comments.pdfOn June 19, I attended a meeting in Prather billed as "Stop the Land Grab" hosted by the Fresno County Sheriff and a group called Defend Rural America.  While there were several topics on the agenda, the main item was the pending EIS dealing with the yellow-legged frog and Yosemite Toad.The DRA spokesperson presented a fair assessment of the issue.  The DRA organization appears to focus on citizen rights (as opposed to private property rights).  Their organization efforts are focused on counties through getting counties involved with managing the public lands. I am on the mailing list for DRA organization and will continue to review what they distribute. Ocotillo Wells SVRA Lawsuit: A lawsuit has been filed that poses a great threat to Ocotillo Wells SVRA.  State Parks (OHMVR Division) have committed to fighting the lawsuit.  The suit was in May and official notice was served to the OHMVR Division on June 14.  The Division has 30 days to file a response.  After the initial response, others can file as intervenors.  At this time, recreation interests are organizing to join n the lawsuit.OHMVR Grants Program: The OHMVR Grants Program has been revised upward - from $10 million to $31 million.  Working through our lobbyist and countless hours of meetings, phone calls, and emails with administration officials and legislators, we have received an increase in the grants program.  This is an important development as the extra funding will qualify more grants and help preserve the state OHMVR Program. - See more at: http://www.4x4voice.com/index.php/easyblog/entry/63-ohmvr-grants-revised-with-increased-funding#sthash.mE0xX7pv.dpufForest Service: San Bernardino, Sequoia, and Inyo National Forests have moved forward with fire restrictions prohibiting campfires and most open flames effective June 28.  Other National Forests in California are considering similar actions.  Similar fire/open flame restrictions are also in effect in National Forests in Arizona.Eldorado NF: The final Record of Decision on the 42 Eldorado route status has been released - 24 designated immediately; 18 closed pending mitigation. All routes will remain closed pending appeal resolution (45 day appeal period with an additional 45 days estimated to resolve appeals).  Forest Plan Revision: The Bio-Regional Assessment covering the 9 national forests within the Sierra Nevada Mountain range has been released for comment.  In addition, Inyo and Sequoia NFs have released “topic papers” concerning their forest-specific assessment.These assessments are important because they soliciting information from people the frequent the forests to provide information about how they use the forest and what do they value about the forest or their visits to the forest.The information collected will serve as the basis for developing the follow-on scoping documents and draft Environmental Impact Statement; aka, Land and Resource Management Plan. The scoping portion of the NEPA public involvement is expected to begin in January 2014.Sierra NF: I attended a meeting with Sierra NF concerning their process to begin Travel Management Sub-Prat A review.  According to Sierra NF officials, the Sub-Part A review will focus on roads NOT reviewed under previous Travel Management actions.It is important to realize that through this process, the status of some roads could be recommended for increased, decreased, or closed after further site-specific review.  All national forests will be going through a similar process in the coming months.Get Involved: An OHV recreationist from Colorado posted a though provoking opinion post on his BLOG - http://givemeyourohvkeys.blogspot.com/ with the title of “Give Me Your OHV Keys”.  It is an interesting read that scolds the average OHVer for not being involved to save their sport.This comes at an appropriate time as July 1 is the official beginning of the next election cycle.  The TrailPAC (one of two political action committees in the nation) is reviewing races and candidates to support.In the coming months, I will be working with Don Amador (The TrailPAC) to review candidates and provide voter recommendations.Final Note: I recently encountered an abnormal situation concerning some ammunition. The moral is: Inspect your ammo; whether factory load or reload. I had finished loading an ammo clip and was storing it in a pouch when I noticed a strange mark on the top cartridge.  A section of the rim of the shell casing was folded under.  There are no marks in the bullet.  There is no possible way inserting the cartridge into the ammo clip would have caused that deformity.The bullet is a 9mm Luger with the R-P head stamp indicating point of manufacture from Remington-Peters.  What is unfortunate, I do not know when or where this particular lot of ammo was purchased.  I do know that I have not purchased Remington-Peters ammo within the past 5 years.After noting that defect, I did inspect my ammo stock looking for more R-P head stamp markings and for any sign of cartridge deformity.  That cartridge was one of four remaining live rounds with the R-P head stamp.While case inspection is necessary prior to reloading a case and final inspection of the finished cartridge is necessary after reloading, it is a good idea to do a quick visual check of all your ammo prior to use.It is likely this round would not have fed into the chamber and possibly jammed the semi-auto slide creating a potential hazard condition.

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CA4WDC NRC South Report - May 2013

Ocotillo Wells SVRA: The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Desert Protective Council (DPC) filed a lawsuit against Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The lawsuit seeks severe restrictions on use of the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (Ocotillo SVRA).  If successful, the lawsuit could effectively shut down the popular desert OHV recreation site.

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CCMA Protest Filed

California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs has joined a growing number of organizations protesting the BLM Hollister Field Office proposed Resource Management Plan (PRMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Decision.  The protest was submitted to the Department of Interior in Washington, DC for review.

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CA4WDC NRC South Report - April 30, 2013

There are three pieces of legislation (2 federal and 1 state) that will be of benefit to OHV recreation.  Two of the bills have passed their first hurdle - they have received a committee hearing and been reported out favorable.  There are still a number of obstacles that could derail these bills.

For a little review, a bill becomes law when it is reviewed and passed by the House and Senate and sent to the president for signature (or veto).  For example, look at H.R. 1676, To designate the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.

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CA4WDC NRC South Report - Mar 31, 2013

Eldorado Travel Management: A Draft Supplemental EIS concerning 42 high-elevation routes in the Eldorado NF has been released for public comment. Initial information from the Forest Service indicated that a minor modification of standards and guidelines would clear a majority of the routes for re-opening. However, the public meetings indicate that extensive mitigation work will be required before routes can be opened.

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CA4WDC NRC South Report Feb 2013

Eastern Kern County OHMVR Acquisition: The OHMVR Division proposes purchasing 59 ReNu parcels totaling 28,275 acres using Southern California Opportunity Purchase Funds approved by the California State Legislature and Governor in the 2010/2011 Fiscal Year Budget Act. The California Public Works Board is responsible for approving the acquisition. The Acquisition and Development Division of CDPR would process the land transfer documents after Public Works Board approval. This proposed acquisition will consolidate a mix of public and private lands into all public lands.

A letter in support of the acquisition has been submitted.

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