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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines (Nov 2019)

NRC South Report - Nov 2019

Johnson Valley - The Marine Corps will temporarily close the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area to the public beginning Thursday, 30 April through Monday, 11 May 2020 in order to conduct military training. The closure period will include the necessary time required to conduct pre- and post-inspections of the land with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  The Marine Corps will provide notification when the area is reopened for public access.

The adjacent Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area, managed by the BLM, will remain open to the public for recreation purposes during the closure of the Shared Use Area. Off-road enthusiasts can also enjoy the nearby Stoddard Valley OHV Open Area.

As previously announced, the Marine Corps will close the Shared Use Area to the public to conduct military training during the additional following dates:

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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines (Oct 2019)

Cal4Wheel NRC South Report (Oct 2019)

Fall in southern California signals the beginning to the desert off-road season.  This time of year is also accompanied by Santa Anna winds and wildfires.  Added to the offerings this year are strong winds, wildfires, and rolling blackouts throughout the state.  As experienced that past couple of years, wildfires take a toll on human lives, homes, and trails.  As the winds, fires and smoke subsides, help your friends and neighbors rebuild their lives.  And, help the land managers rebuild your trails.

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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines...

September 2019 NRC South Report

The Cal4Wheel website is now hosting a fairly comprehensive Glossary of Landuse and Environmental Terms. (https://cal4wheel.com/access-advocacy/glossary) I have been working on this glossary for the past 15 years by compiling terms and definitions from a variety of landuse documents. It is now in a format that is relatively easy to update with new terms and is a good fit for the Cal4Wheel Access Advocacy section of the website. If you encounter any terms you do not understand, send me a note and I will get it added to the glossary.

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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines...

NRC South August 2019 Report

Forest Service - Comment period has closed on the USFS request for comments on the proposed NEPA rule change update the analysis and documentation of Categorical Exclusions.  This is a small, but important, point within the National Environmental Policy Act.  NEPA requires agencies to disclose and analyze the potential impacts their management decisions will have con the natural environment.  This has lead to overly cautious administrative process that subjects a majority of management decision to an Environmental Assessment or a more complex Environmental Impact Statement.

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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines - NRC South Report - July 2019

NRC South Report - July 2019

USMC - The Johnson Valley Shared Use Area will remain open to the public August 1-30, 2019. Closure of the Shared Use Area for military use during this time was determined to be unnecessary after the Marine Corps revised the scope of training scheduled for August 2019.

Training conducted during that time will occur within Combat Center boundaries, utilizing ranges on the installation, including land acquired through the land expansion. The Marine Corps reminds the public to be safe and respect base boundaries when recreating near the installation. Individuals have a personal and legal responsibility to avoid trespassing on the Combat Center.

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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines...

NRC South Report - June 2019

Sierra National Forest - The Sierra NF recently requested comments on travel management issues.  I have submitted comments on behalf of Cal4Wheel. The focus of my comments is that this effort is proceeding without the release of the Forest Plan Revision which may influence the outcome.

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