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Natural resources report for January 2023

Natural resources report for January 2023

SEQUOIA AND SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN OBJECTIONS

The Forest Service (FS) has completed the final stages of revising the forest plans for the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests. Objection Resolution meetings were held on November 15-17 to discuss the draft Records of Decision and Revised Forest Plans with members of the public who had submitted comments and objections to the plan revisions. Issues within the plan revisions that are of key concern to OHV enthusiasts include:

  • OHV trail closures in the Piute Mountains of Sequoia National Forest
  • Violation of federal law within the planning process and overhaul of Pacific Crest Trail management
  • Bias of heavy input from the Pacific Crest Trail Association
  • Minimized public input from the OHV community throughout the planning process
  • Neglect to balance the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum
  • Disregard for the Forest Service’s contracted obligation to preserve multiple-use access to public lands, with explicit bias towards non-motorized recreation

Read Cal4Wheel’s objection letter via this link: https://bit.ly/seq-sierra-plan-objections

Red Rock Canyon comments submitted

Red Rock Canyon comments submitted

Red Rock Canyon State Park recently released a Preliminary General Plan & Draft Environmental Impact Report for public review and comment. This Plan was crafted following four years of prior scoping, analysis, and public comment. 

Cal4Wheel reviewed the Plan and believes that SP has failed to resolve critical concerns that were raised, along with suggestions for remedy, during prior public comment opportunities. Additionally, some components of the Plan may place California State Parks at risk of executing a range of legal violations. In this comment letter, these issues are described in detail, with offer of recommendations to remedy each of the following:

  1. Misalignment with SB 155
  2. Equity of access for disabled visitors
  3. Violation of the California Desert Protection Act, and California Public Resource Codes (PRC) Sections §5002.2 and 5019.53
  4. Misuse of “Zones” to severely restrict public access
  5. Elimination of motorized access within Birds of Prey Natural Preserve

Review the full comment letter via this link

Red Rock Canyon - Public Comment Workshop

Red Rock Canyon - Public Comment Workshop

Join in this virtual workshop to learn about proposed changes for motorized access at Red Rock Canyon State Park. California State Parks has released a Draft General Plan and Environmental Impact Report for Red Rock Canyon that could result in trail closures – including iconic trails like Nightmare Gulch. Your voice can make a difference! Public comments will be accepted through December 16. Join in this Comment Workshop to learn how to write a highly effective comment that clearly states your advocacy to protect motorized access in Red Rock Canyon State Park.

Together, we can make an impact! This workshop is a collaborative venture between Cal4Wheel and CORVA. All motorized recreation groups and OHV enthusiasts are welcome! 

Workshop Details:

  • Date: December 1, 2022
  • Time: 6:00pm PT
  • Place: virtual, Zoom login detail noted below
  • Workshop Registration: register via this link

Questions? Contact Cal4Wheel Natural Resources Consultant, Rose Winn: rwinn@cal4nrc.com

We hope you’ll join!

Red Rock Canyon Comments Workshop Zoom Meeting
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