Central California Access Issues

Forest Service makes progress on Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra plan revisions

The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region continues to make progress revising the land and resource management plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.

The Forest Service is revising the plans under the 2012 planning rule, which also tasks the agency with evaluating lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, and addressing potential Wild and Scenic River (WSR) designations during plan revisions.

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Friends of Oceano Dunes win Air Pollution Control District lawsuit

Entrance signs at Oceano SVRA

Court rules against Oceano SVRA dust rule

After three years of litigation challenging the Oceano Dunes “dust rule,” the 2nd Appellate Court in Ventura ruled Monday that the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) does not have the power to regulate air emissions at state parks through the permit process.

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Los Padres NF seeking comments on OHV grants

Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that recreation managers are seeking public comments on proposals for the State of California Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant program.

Los Padres National Forest is proposing to submit four grant applications, including projects for ground operations, law enforcement, OHV route maintenance planning, and Ballinger Campground toilet replacement.

The State is using an Internet-based “On-Line Grant Application” process as the means to apply for grant funding.  Preliminary applications are due March 2, 2015. This will open a month-long public review and comment period which runs from March 3, 2015, to April 6, 2015. The final grant applications are due May 4, 2015.

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Coastal Commission wants habitat conservation plan for Oceano Dunes

The Coastal Commission wants to see a habitat conservation plan for the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area completed sooner than later.

“All this goes to show we haven’t accomplished anything,” Commissioner Mary Shallenberger said about the numerous issues surrounding the operation and maintenance of the Oceano Dunes SVRA.

Shallenberger’s comments came during a lengthy permit review hearing in Shell Beach on Wednesday for the popular off-road vehicle park that hadn’t been reviewed by the commission since 2007.

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