Access Alerts - California Association of 4WD Clubs, Inc. for 12/07/2013 http://t.co/vFWJ53jNrF
Reprinted from E&E, June 17, 2013
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee tomorrow will seek to advance a dozen bills involving public lands from a North Carolina seashore to an Alaskan rainforest.
Measures include bills to designate new wilderness in western Nevada, Colorado's San Juan Mountains and eastern Oregon's high desert, each of which is strongly backed by conservation groups.
Members will also vote on bills to convey timber in the Tongass National Forest to an Alaska Native corporation and allow more off-highway vehicle access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore -- measures that have attracted considerable controversy.
"We're pleased to see the wilderness bills go forward," said Tim Mahoney of the Pew Campaign for America's Wilderness.
Here are the legal issues and lawsuits that our Natural Resource Consultants and legal staff are paying attention to right now. Donations are needed to help us continue to fight. Use this link to donate.
|Forest Service Planning Rule||Filed August 13, 2012; American Forest Resource Coalition, BRC, et. al.; pending hearing date.|
|WEMO - Western Mojave (BLM)||Settlement phase; Supplemental EIS Scoping comments solicited; Draft SEIS est. early 2014.|
|Eldorado NF||Settlement phase; Draft Supplemental EIS comments submitted; est. Record of Decision June 2013.|
|Six Rivers NF||Settlement; collaborative meetings for planned projects schedule set. -- CLOSED|
|SoCal Roadless (ANF, LPNF, SBNF, CNF)||Settlement phase; Draft Supplemental EIS comments submitted; est. Record of Decision late 2013.|
|Roadless Rule||Decision rendered; rule upheld - October 2011. August 2013 Supreme Court of US appeal rejected. -- CLOSED|
|Stanislaus NF||Ongoing. Cal4/BRC filed as intervenor; court hearing scheduled August 2013.|
|Truckhaven/Ocotillo Wells North||Decision reached; OHV prevailed on CEQA violation issues.|
|Ocotillo Wells SVRA||Suit filed May 19, 2013 by PEER/DPC; response pending from CA State Parks/OHMVR Division. OHV response TBD.|
- CA4WDC is party to each of the above listed lawsuits.
- Lawsuits 1-7 are in conjunction with BlueRibbon Coalition. With the Stanislaus lawsuit, CA4WDC is
- primary fundraising lead.
- Lawsuit 8 (Truckhaven/Ocotillo Wells North) is in conjunction with EcoLogic.
- Lawsuit 9 -- CA4WDC involvement is to be determined
An investigation that began in July 2012 regarding the under-reporting of OHV and State Parks funds was concluded recently. California Deputy Attorney General Thomas M. Patton writes in his report that, "This investigation has yielded no evidence that any OHV monies were ever intentionally hidden."
CA4WDC is formulating a response to this issue. Visit this link to view the full reports and other information regarding the investigation:
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The Six Rivers National Forest in California has published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) associated with implementing a Travel Management Plan (TMP) for the Smith River National Recreation Area in the Gasquet Ranger District. This notice constitutes the beginning of the scoping and comment period for the TMP.
The Forest proposes the following changes to its transportation system: 1) add 28 user-created routes as roads, totaling 16 miles; 2) add 45 user-created routes as motorized trails, totaling 44 miles; 3) implement seasonal gate closures on 2 roads and 5 motorized trails, totaling 13 miles; 4) implement mixed-use access of 1 road (17N49), totaling 4 miles; 5) close 118 roads, totaling 57 miles, and; 6) close 173 user-created routes, totaling 80 miles.