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Comments for Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan

December 9, 2019

California Department of Parks and Recreation
Attn: Katie Metraux, Planning Manager
1725 23rd Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Dear Planning Team:

This letter is submitted on behalf of the California 4 Wheel Drive Association (Cal4Wheel) and its membership concerning the request for comments for the California Department of Parks and Recreation Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan Revision.  Cal4Wheel represents clubs and individuals within the State of California that are part of the community of four-wheel drive enthusiasts.

While the main focus of Cal4Wheel is to protect, promote, and provide for motorized recreation opportunities on public and private lands, many of our members participate in multiple forms of recreation; including but not limited to hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, bicycle riding, and gem and mineral collection.

We recognized the positive health and social benefits that can be achieved through outdoor activities.  We also recognize that motorized recreation provides the small business owners in the local communities a significant financial stimulus. And, our members are directly affected by management decisions concerning public land use.

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Nightmare at Nightmare Gulch

Trespass damage at Red Rock Canyon SP

This was a large group of people in 4X4’s who collectively decided to violate state law. It is estimated this happened within the last two weeks, and there were at least eight vehicles in the group. See attached pictures showing the damage.

This incident at Red Rock compromised a closed sensitive area and certainly does not help our efforts to maintain OHV access to the area, the north end of Nightmare where it transitions out to a gate and eventually leads out into the northwestern portion of Last Chance Canyon and Nightmare Gulch.

Red Rock Canyon State Park issued an Emergency Closure of Nightmare Gulch on October 9, 2013. The Emergency Closure was issued as a result of summer storm damage which rendered the canyon impassable to vehicles. While the closure is temporary, before any trail repair can be performed an environmental assessment is required. This whole process could take many months. - See more at: Nightmare Gulch Closed

This trespass has the unintended consequence of jeopardizing the pending acquisition of Onyx Ranch property in the adjacent Jawbone/Dove Springs area.

Your help is needed to shut down the irresponsible few who are jeopardizing our recreation and resources with their illegal actions is needed.

Stay on designated trails. Stay out of closed sensitive areas. You are responsible for preserving off-road recreation. Responsible recreation preserves access.

 

 

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Nightmare Gulch Closed

Nightmare Gulch - Red Rock Canyon SP

After meeting with Ranger Williams, Jerry and Mary drove to the east entrance of the canyon to view the damage. They have been running the canyon since 1970 and have seen a lot of changes over the years. Some of the obstacles are now easier and some are harder to negotiate than in years past. Overall, this does not appear to be the worst damage over time. There were tracks in the canyon showing that some vehicles successfully went through prior to the closure.

Two areas where identified where attention was needed (See photos). In one area, you can see where previous visitors have driven through the plants to avoid a small rock pile. The rock pile can be seen on the left side of the photo. The problem can be easily mitigated by moving aside one of the boulders.

The other photo shows a high ledge about half way up the canyon. For reference, the hiking stick is 44 inches tall. You can see on the right side of the photo where previous visitors had built a ramp. However, it is small and the approach is a little tippy. It would not be difficult to expand the size of the ramp.

From the photos, there is a belief the Emergency Closure was unnecessary. However, the issuance of the Emergency Closure starts a process that may be irreversible. Ranger Williams has promised to keep stakeholders informed as the process unfolds.

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Red Rock Canyon SP General Plan Comments Due

The State Parks Planning Team is still accepting comments on the draft concepts for the Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan Revision until Friday, April 26, 2019. Please send in your comments on the draft concepts by 11:59 p.m. PDT on April 26 via:
 
Mail

California Department of Parks and Recreation
Attn: Katie Metraux, Planning Manager
1725 23rd Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95816

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The meeting materials, including the information packet and comment card, are available on the planning website https://www.redrockgp.com/public-meetings.

The Planning Team will consider all comments received in developing a Preferred Concept for the General Plan Revision. The Preferred Concept will be presented in another public meeting in the fall of 2019.

Below is a copy of comment letter being submitted on behalf of California 4 Wheel Drive Associaiton:

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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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