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.

John Stewart

Planning Tomorrow’s Forests Today: Sierra Cascade Dialog 15

USFS LogoAgenda items include -- Pacific Crest Trail, Wilderness, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and Species of Conservation Concern
Thursday, October 15, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sacramento Location: Lions Gate Hotel
3410 Westover Street, McClellan, CA 95652
REGISTER: Please Visit the Online Registration Page

Bishop, California, Satellite Location:
Inyo National Forest Supervisor’s Office
351 Pacu Lane, Bishop, CA 93514
RSVP: Please email or call Deb Schweizer at (760)-873-2427

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Del Norte County to work on OHV plan

The steep and rugged Siskiyou Mountains dominating eastern Del Norte County are riddled with hundreds of miles of old logging and mining roads, and county gravel roads connecting, providing many ideal opportunities for off-highway vehicles, like ATVs and dirtbikes.

But off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on the roads winding across the Smith River National Recreation Area has long been on the short side. To promote these recreation opportunities, Del Norte County has received a $54,110 grant to develop an OHV master plan, of sorts, with most of the funding going towards four-wheel drive vehicles that can scout the terrain.

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Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests Land Management Plans Revision Update

USFS LogoIn an effort to keep the public engaged throughout the forest plan revision process for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests, the U.S. Forest Service is sharing our process for evaluating and identifying lands that may be suitable for recommendation and inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. No new wilderness areas are being designated at this time. Only Congress can make this determination.

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BLM Announces Dumont Dunes Subgroup Public Meeting

The meeting will provide the public an opportunity to participate in subgroup discussions related to BLM management of the Dumont Dunes Recreation Area. The Dumont Dunes Subgroup discussions and public involvement assists the BLM in managing the recreation area.

The Dumont Dunes Subgroup operates under the authority of the DAC and provides input to the BLM regarding issues pertinent to the Dumont Dunes. The Subgroup complies with federal regulations and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which governs such arrangements, and is comprised of individuals who represent:

  • California OHV interests
  • Nevada OHV interests
  • OHV organizations
  • San Bernardino County
  • Biological/science issues
  • Local communities

If unable to attend, individuals are encouraged to submit comments to Katrina Symons, BLM's Barstow Field Office Manager, at the address listed above or participate via a call-in line at: 888-769-9414; passcode: 59812. The latest news regarding the Dumont Dunes is also always available at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/barstow/dumont.html.

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BLM Desert Advisory Council to Meet in San Diego

Final agendas for the Friday field trip and the Saturday business meeting will be posted on the BLM California state website at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/rac/dac.html. The Friday field tour will depart from the lobby of the Hilton Hotel at 8:00 a.m.. Public participants in the field tour are responsible for their own transportation and lunch.

Written comments may be filed in advance of the September 12 meeting and should be addressed to the Desert Advisory Council, c/o Bureau of Land Management, External Affairs, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. Written comments also are accepted at the time of the meeting and, if copies are provided to the recorder, will be incorporated into the minutes.

All DAC meetings are open to the public. While the meeting is tentatively scheduled to conclude at 5:00 p.m., it could wrap up earlier should the council conclude its presentations and discussions.

For more information regarding the DAC meeting, contact Stephen Razo, BLM California Desert District External Affairs at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Pain at the pump -- Stop SB 350

The majority party (Democrat Party) is, at the same time,  pushing for a 12 cents per gallon increase in the gas tax we all pay at the pump to backfill the money they have diverted from infrastructure projects.
Other tax increases they have proposed include a 22 cent per gallon increase on diesel fuel, a $35 increase in vehicle registration fees, a $100 zero emission vehicle fee, and a $35 dollar per vehicle annual road usage charge.
These taxes will be devastating to individuals and families who are already on a tight budget, and punish rural Californians who have to drive farther to get to work or their kids to school.
The double whammy of reducing available fuel and increasing taxes will veer California’s economy off the road.
These increased taxes and regulations will punish hardworking Californians who are trying to earn a living and take their kids to school.
The majority party has designed these tax increases to skirt Proposition 13 so they won’t need to be approved by voters.
We have to get the message to them that the taxpayers do not support these tax increases. Don’t let them tax you without hearing from you.
You can sign the online petition here from CA State Senator Joel Anderson.

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