March 2019 - The “administrative” issues are many in number and have a major impact on OHV recreation. Forest Plan revisions are high priority at the federal level while State Parks re-organization and SVRA plan updates are a high priority at the state level.
Nineteen national forests are wholly or partially within the borders of California and are important recreation destinations for Cal4Wheel members. Of those, the four southern California Forests (Los Padres, Angles, San Bernardino and Cleveland) have current forest plans. The Sequoia, Sierra, and Inyo NFs have forest plan revisions in progress. The Inyo NF is now in the “objection” phase. On behalf of Cal4Wheel, I attended meetings and submitted comments to the proposed Forest Plan revisions. The final draft for the Inyo NF has been released and, on behalf of Cal4Wheel, I submitted objections to the proposed final plan. Those objections have been deemed valid concerns to be addressed prior to the final plan release. A conference was scheduled for Feb 19-21 to address my objections along with objections of others.