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Campfire Safety Prevents Wildfires

Clovis, CA June 02, 2017 – With the Memorial Day Weekend behind us, schools will be letting out for the summer and visits to the Sierra National Forest (NF) will increase. Activities such as camping, backpacking, and picnicking in the great outdoors often include the enjoyment of a campfire.  

The Sierra NF would like to remind our visitors to be responsible in their enjoyment and use of a campfire. Not only will it serve the purpose of providing warmth in the cool evenings, or roasting marshmallows, but it is part of the camping experience to sit around the fire and enjoy the company of those with you.

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District Court Vacates Ruling in Settlement Agreement Reinstating the Adventure Pass

July 11, 2016 – To implement a settlement reached by plaintiffs and the U.S. Forest Service, a district court has vacated a 2014 ruling that affected the U.S. Forest Service’s ability to enforce recreation fees at standard amenity recreation fee sites in the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests in southern California. 

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Inyo National Forest Preparing to Revise 1988 Forest Plan

Workshops to be Held on Collaboration in Forest Planning, Nov. 16 & 17

The Inyo National Forest has been designated as an “early adopter” forest by the Forest Service, indicating that the Inyo will be in the first tier of eight national forests to revise their Forest Plan under the new National Forest Land Management Planning Rule adopted earlier this year.  The Inyo’s existing plan was completed in 1988. Forest Plans provide strategic direction to guide the management of forest resources.  They are programmatic in nature and provide a framework that guides site-specific project and activity decision making.  The new Planning Rule directs that the Forest Plans will be science-based and developed collaboratively with stakeholders who are interested in the management of national forests.  The Inyo National Forest is committed to collaboration, improving transparency in the planning process, and strengthening the role of public involvement in the process through opportunities for dialogue about forest plan issues.

 

Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta would like to invite anyone interested in learning more about the Forest Plan Revision Process, and specifically about the collaborative process the Inyo is proposing to use, to come to one of two workshops on November 16 or 17.   Two identical workshops are being planned to accommodate those who can best attend during the work week and those who can best attend outside of normal working hours.   Since Bishop is the most central for those participating from the Eastern Sierra both workshops will be held in Bishop at the Inyo National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 351 Pacu Lane, according to the following schedule: Friday November 16,   9-12 a.m.Saturday November 17,   9-12 a.m. The first half of each workshop will consist of presentations and opportunities for questions and answers regarding the Forest Plan Revision process, including an orientation to what a Forest Plan is and what it is not; and a presentation on a Draft Collaboration and Communication Plan for the Plan Revision effort.  The second half of the workshop will be an interactive format where participants will have an opportunity to work together on helping to finalize the Collaboration and Communication Plan.  Discussions will be on such topics as prioritizing communication tools and techniques for involving a diverse array of stakeholders, collaborative opportunities for the three year Plan Revision process, and how to monitor the progress of the communication and collaboration effort.  The workshops will be facilitated by Center for Collaborative Policy facilitator Laura Kaplan. An opportunity to participate in the workshop via conference call and webinar will be available for the first half of the workshop, with those participating in this way having the ability to provide feedback on the workshop topics in a written format. For more information about the workshops or the Forest Plan Revision process, or if you have special needs in order to participate, or to find out how to participate remotely, please call Public Affairs Officer Nancy Upham at 760-873-2427, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. # # #

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California; Shasta-Trinity National Forest Motorized Travel Management EIS

[Federal Register: August 8, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 154)] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - Forest Service

Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California; Shasta-Trinity National Forest Motorized Travel Management EIS

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.

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COMMENT ON PROPOSED CHANGES FOR UPPER TELLICO OHV TRAILS NEEDED!

Date: 06/25/2008 BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!

COMMENT ON PROPOSED CHANGES FOR UPPER TELLICO OHV TRAILS NEEDED!

The Nantahala National Forest today announced proposed changes in the 39.5 mile Upper Tellico OHV Trail System. The proposal calls for maintaining approximately 24 miles of trails, upgrading five miles of Davis Creek Road for street-legal vehicle use, and closing and restoring 11 miles of other trails. The Forest Service is asking for the public comments on the proposed changes.
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Superior National Forest Releases Travel Management EA for Comment

Date: 06/25/2008 BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!Superior National Forest Releases Travel Management EA for CommentAs part of the Forest-wide Travel Management Project, the Superior National Forest has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) that documents the analysis of four alternatives involving site-specific decisions regarding off-highway motor vehicle use within the boundaries of the Forest.  The EA is now available for a 30-day public comment period that began on June 5, 2008. The purpose of the Forest-wide Travel Management Project is to create recreation opportunities for riding off-highway vehicles by identifying loop routes and connections on existing roads and trails, and to make a decision on appropriate management of unclassified roads (existing woods roads that are not part of the official national forest road system). The Environmental Assessment, including maps of each of the alternatives, is available on their website at www.fs.fed.us/r9/superior.The Superior did a fairly good job with Alternative 3, which provides just over 90 miles of trail and tries its best to keep good loop riding opportunities. But Alternative 3 still closes some routes, and the anti-recreation groups are pushing Alternative 4, which would drastically decrease the number of roads on which ATVs can ride and only includes one mile of snowmobile trail. THE DEADLINE IS JULY 3, 2008, SO PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE AND SEND THE FOREST SERVICE YOUR COMMENTS.As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.Thanks in advance for your involvement,Brian Hawthorne Public Lands Policy DirectorBlueRibbon Coalition208-237-1008 ext 102SITUATIONThe Superior NF is accepting comments on a forest wide travel plan. The comment deadline is July 3, 2008. If you have any questions regarding this project or for additional information, please contact Duane Lula at (218) 626-4300. View all documents and maps for this project at the Forest's website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/superior/TMR.phpSend an email comment today. COMMENTS CONCERNING THIS ACTION WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL JULY 3, 2008WHAT YOU NEED TO DO Please send an email to the Superior National Forest. Use the comment suggestions below. Be sure to add a bit of personal information.If you want, you can use BRC's letter generator (http://www.sharetrails.org/letters/letter.php?id=15). It has an easy interface for adding additional comments and sending your letter.INSTRUCTIONS:Be polite. Be Professional. Be on time. (The comment deadline is Monday, July 3, 2008)EMAIL COMMENTS TO: *This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - Acceptable formats for electronic comments are: text (.txt), MSWord 6.0 or higher (.doc), Pportable Document Format (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). *In the Subject Line of your email, please put: " Forest-wide Travel Management Project"*Paste in the name and address: Forest-wide Travel Management Project Superior National Forest 8901 Grand Avenue Place Duluth, MN 55808-1122*It's always good to include a brief paragraph about how much you and your family enjoy motorized use on National Forest lands.*Use the comment suggestions below in your email:MAIL WRITTEN COMMENTS TO: Forest-wide Travel Management Project Superior National Forest 8901 Grand Avenue Place Duluth, MN 55808-1122FAXED COMMENTS TO:  Forest-wide Travel Management Project, at (218) 626-4354.COMMENT SUGGESTION:The off-highway vehicle community generally supports the "travel limited to designated roads, trails and areas" paradigm. The OHV community also supports thorough environmental review and analysis in route designation process, as well as ongoing monitoring and maintenance of the OHV infrastructure. Indeed, we have taxed ourselves in order to provide funds to the agency so it may actively and effectively accomplish these tasks.What the OHV community does not support is being presented with Alternatives that fail to adequately address the need to provide for motorized recreation. OHV use is a legitimate use of National Forest lands. Much of the Superior National Forest has a motorized niche. OHV use continues to increase in popularity with the American public and forest visitors. There is a need to provide for this legal and popular activity. At least one Alternative should have been presented that maximized recreational uses in order to meet the current and future need for OHV use. Of the Alternatives developed, Alternative 3 best meets the need to provide for both motorized and non-motorized recreational uses while protecting the environment. It would also give ATVers more ways to access services, such as lodging, restaurants and gasoline. Increasing ATV mileage would actually reduce impact on roads and trails by disbursing ATV traffic over a larger area.There is a question of whether any of the Alternatives truly provide adequate opportunity for the increasingly popular uses, such as trail-based motorized uses. Please consider ways to enhance Alternative 3 with additional loops or other motorized opportunity. I strongly oppose Alternative 4. Alternative 4 fails to meet the current needs of the recreating public and totally fails to meet the stated Purpose and Need of the Superior National Forest travel planning. I am strongly opposed to Alternative 4 as it would decrease the number of roads on which OHVs can ride. Alternative 4 also only includes one mile of snowmobile trail. That is a wasteful use of our forest resources; snowmobile trails are already motorized during part of the year and already constructed so as not to interfere with non-motorized users.Most environmental concerns regarding OHV traffic in SNF have already been mitigated by the 2004 revised Forest Plan and the national rule against cross-country travel. Confining OHVs to designated roads and trails already protects sensitive species and prevents the spread of non-native invasive species. Keeping ATVs on roads and trails lessens the impact on stream crossings, as there are bridges and culverts on roads and trails. Implementation of the Travel Management Plan should not even need an environmental assessment, as there are virtually no new trail miles being constructed.The restriction against cross-country travel greatly reduced ATV riding opportunities - it eliminated a number of historically used local trails. The Travel Management Plan should increase road and trail use to offset that loss. Increasing OHV routes would also fulfill the directive of the 1978 Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act, which instructed the US Forest Service to expand motorized opportunities to make up for those lost with the creation of the non-motorized BWCAW.

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