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Recreation, environment, access, and land use news and information for California.

I believe and advocate that the best policies and management decisions come through full public disclosure and maximum public involvement.  It is important to involve local elected officials, organizations, and individuals representing all points of view before making land management decisions that have long-term effects on local communities. ...

I believe and advocate that the best policies and management decisions come through full public disclosure and maximum public involvement.  It is important to involve local elected officials, organizations, and individuals representing all points of view before making land management decisions that have long-term effects on local communities.  I believe that the strength of individual involvement is an important element to support an active access advocacy program.  Each recreationist must be informed and educated on the issues affecting their recreation opportunities.  The success of access depends on the commitment of the whole.

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Spotted owl listing - what it means

The STATE listing of the northern spotted owl as an Endangered Species signals a potential problem for designated trails in northern spotted owl habitat.  The impact will not be immediate; but, it will be an issue for future consideration during annual travel management reviews.  Federal agencies are required to consider state species of concern and ESA lists during their planning efforts.

Basically, the California ESA and the Federal ESA are very close.  The primary difference is the Federal ESA will allow for “take” of a species in conjunction with a permitted activity.  The California ESA does not accommodate for “take” of a listed species.

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Mojave Trails and Planning 2.0

By definition, a national monument preserves the unique natural, historic or cultural heritage of public lands.  National monuments are created by Congressional legislative action or by Presidential Proclamation using the Antiquities Act of 1906.

The Mojave Trails National Monument was created by Presidential Proclamation, joining a list of 15 other monuments in the state of California.  Spanning 1.6 million acres, more than 350,000 acres of previously congressionally designated Wilderness, the Mojave Trails National Monument is under the administrative oversight of the Bureau of Land Management. They are required to develop a management plan for the monument.

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District Court Vacates Ruling in Settlement Agreement Reinstating the Adventure Pass

July 11, 2016 – To implement a settlement reached by plaintiffs and the U.S. Forest Service, a district court has vacated a 2014 ruling that affected the U.S. Forest Service’s ability to enforce recreation fees at standard amenity recreation fee sites in the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests in southern California. 

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California Primary Recommendations

CJ-5 EmblemI typically don’t push candidates in the primary elections. However, this isn’t a typical primary election.  As I have been asked by some members about candidates, I have reviewed the ballots for the State Assembly, State Senate and US House of Representatives. 

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Bear country tips

Forest Service LogoAgencies ask the public to practice proper food storage and trash disposal in bear country

With the busy summer season quickly approaching, agencies are asking residents and visitors to practice proper food storage and trash disposal when living in or visiting bear country.

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Draft Plans Released for Inyo, Sierra and Sequoia Forests

Forest Service LogoForest Service releases draft environmental impact statement and draft forest plans for Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service is releasing the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and draft forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. The Notice of Availability for these documents is expected to publish in the Federal Register May 27. This notice will initiate the 90-day public comment and review period, which includes 12 public meetings and six tribal forums.

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