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Meetings begin May 20; webinar available on June 5
The Inyo National Forest announces a series of planned meetings to continue dialogue and receive input from the public and interested stakeholders for the Forest Plan Revision.
This follows multiple meetings in March and April to launch the Forest Plan Revision process. As part of the current Assessment Phase, the Forest Service has posted a series of "topic papers" to the Living Assessment Wiki and the Forest website for review. Input can be provided through the Living Assessment wiki, or by hardcopy or email. The topic papers are available for public review and feedback through June 30, 2013.
Monday, May 20, 6pm-8 pm
Forest Supervisors Office
351 Pacu Lane
Thursday, May 29, 6-8 pm
1000 Forest Trail
Town of Mammoth Lakes, CA
Tuesday, June 4, 6 pm -8 pm
Fish Lake Valley Community Center,
Thursday , June 6, 2013, 6 pm-8 pm
Mineral County Library,
First & "A" Street
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 2 pm-4 pm
For those who cannot attend a meeting in person.
The Forest's Land and Resource Management Plan was completed in 1988. While parts of the plan remain relevant, some elements need to be updated to meet changing demands and to incorporate new information.
These meetings will build on conversations from earlier meetings and allow participants to discuss Forest Assessment topics in greater detail with Inyo National Forest employees. During this Assessment Phase of the Forest Plan Revision process, the public can share key information they have about the forest and raise specific interests and concerns.
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.
The proposed FEIS keeps in place the long-standing closure of the Clear Creek area in spite of questionable science cited in the environmental study.
Protects additional 21,000 acres as Joaquin Rocks Wilderness
From CA4WDC: "This proposed legislation is highly reflective of 21st Century land-use bills that protect and provide for both motorized and non-motorized recreation," said John Stewart, Resources Consultant for California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs. "The proposed bill provides a number of cutting edge tenets that address resource management, route networks, a new Wilderness, public education, and agency liability."
The annual CA4WDC event Molina Ghost Run has been traditionally held at the Clear Creek Management Area near Coalinga.
WASHINGTON – Congressman David G. Valadao (R-Hanford) and Sam Farr (D-Carmel) today introduced H.R. 1776, the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act, to direct the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reopen the 75,000 acre Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) in San Benito and Fresno counties for recreational use, including access for off-road vehicles. Additionally, the legislation would designate approximately 21,000 acres of BLM land adjacent to Clear Creek as the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness.
Congressman Valadao stated, “Californians have been enjoying the natural beauty of Clear Creek for decades. This legislation is a common-sense solution which not only reopens the land for off highway vehicle use but also directs additional land to be preserved for future generations. I am excited to introduce this bipartisan legislation with my colleague and look forward to reopening the Clear Creek Management Area for our constituents and the entire state to enjoy once again.”
“This bill brings environmentalist and off-road vehicle enthusiasts together in the common goals of reopening Clear Creek for the public to enjoy and creating new wilderness land for future generations to enjoy,” said Congressman Farr. “This partnership between the two groups will allow us to achieve two victories to benefit to the local communities.”
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hollister Field Office will release a Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement Friday for the 63,000-acre Clear Creek Management Area in southern San Benito and western Fresno Counties.
Under the proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP), off-highway vehicle use would not be authorized in the Serpentine Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). However, limited motorized entry would be allowed within the ACEC to provide access to key areas of interest for non-motorized recreation. Vehicle touring in the ACEC would be limited to a 32-mile scenic route loop. Access into the ACEC would be authorized by permit only, with vehicle touring limited to less than five days per year and pedestrian activity limited to less than 12 days per year.
Los Padres National Forest officials announced that recreation managers are seeking public comments on proposals for the 2012/2013 State of California Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant program. In accordance with state requirements, public comments can be submitted from March 5 through April 1, 2013.
A two-step application process is used by the State to allow public comment and feedback before final submittal. The preliminary application is due March 4, 2013. This will open a public review and comment period and will follow with final applications due May 6, 2012. The State is using an Internet-based “On-Line Grant Application” process as the means to apply for State funding.
Should the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District regulate dust blowing off the Oceano Dunes?
Reprinted from The Tribune (San Luis Obispo), January 25, 2013
Lawyers spent two hours arguing that question Thursday in San Luis Obispo before Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall. Two lawsuits have been filed against the air district challenging a controversial dust control rule that requires the State Parks to reduce the amount of dust blowing off of its Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.
Crandall opened the oral arguments by putting the plaintiffs on notice that they have a high bar to reach if he is going to find in their favor.
“I’m inclined to give a huge amount of deference to the air district in rulemaking,” he said, challenging plaintiffs’ attorneys to change his mind.