I try to avoid preaching to the choir but I feel that I need to bring this to your attention. As some of you may know, I am also a member of the "Friends of the Inyo," our local green organization. Their motto is "Preservation, Exploration, Stewardship." I agree with all three, but basically disagree with how they generally go about "preservation." Their recent newsletter highlights the Forest Planning process that is underway and encourages their members to get involved. In fact, they received a grant from the Conservation Alliance, and with it they state "we will engage in the Inyo National Forest planning process in ways that ensure the protection of the wild and incredible places of the Eastern Sierra." Again, I think we all have a lot in common but often disagree on how you "ensure the protection."
This new Forest Plan is a complete overhaul of the current plan and something that we will have to live with for many years. Inyo is one of the first National Forests to do this and it will be a precedent for all other Forests. I can understand that people are reluctant to get involved with a federal bureaucracy so I recommend the following: if you do not want to participate in the process, then support those that represent your position in the planning process. In the past I have recommended CORVA, Blue Ribbon Coalition and Calif. Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs (aka Cal 4 Wheel or CA4WDC). Now, I strongly recommend the CA4WDC. They specifically represent our sport, four-wheeling, and their Natural Resources Consultant, John Stewart, has attended many of the local meetings regarding the Inyo National Forest. John is involved in our local issues and is very knowledgeable about the Forest Planning process. You can get more information at Cal4wheel.com.
Mike Johnston, Eastern Sierra 4WD Club
I just wanted to thank Jesse May, South District VP and Keith Graham for co-chairing the Hi- Desert Roundup. This year attendance was down... but the WEATHER was great!! The last three years the wind has blown all three days. We had about 100 sign up for the annual event that has been going on for over 40 years!!
Like to thank all that helped with the event. The raffle was good. The Kids Raffle seemed to have a lot of goodies too.
The South District is/has had some issues. Hopefully we can grow with the challenge to prevail. It was good to see Steve Egbert, Pres. Cal 4 Wheel, doing the Tortoise Crawl blindfolded. I am so glad Jesse and Keith stepped up to keep the run going. I would suggest if any of the members that attended the event have any suggestions to bring them to Jesse's attention. We need all the runs to Help Keep Public Lands Open for Public Use.
We need to support the Hi-Desert Roundup and keep it going. It is a great 4 wheelin' experience. Just to see if you can make the weekend without slashing a tire on the many rocks.
The Hemet Jeep Club has put the Tortoise Crawl (Turtle Race) on for 12 years. We raised $115 for the association. At $1 a try that was pretty darn good I think. WE also had the teeter totter and the Wet Lap games going on. I am not sure but it looked like we had a Poker Run or something on Sunday? My suggestion is not have a run on Sunday as it takes the vehicles away from the games? Just a thought.
Once again thanks for stepping up and putting the run on... Now YOU know how much there is to putting on such an event and will be able to do it easier next year?
Mike Hardy, member Hemet Jeep Club since 1979