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John Stewart

From the Landuse Frontlines...

March 2019 - The “administrative” issues are many in number and have a major impact on OHV recreation. Forest Plan revisions are high priority at the federal level while State Parks re-organization and SVRA plan updates are a high priority at the state level.

Nineteen national forests are wholly or partially within the borders of California and are important recreation destinations for Cal4Wheel members.  Of those, the four southern California Forests (Los Padres, Angles, San Bernardino and Cleveland) have current forest plans.  The Sequoia, Sierra, and Inyo NFs have forest plan revisions in progress.  The Inyo NF is now in the “objection” phase.  On behalf of Cal4Wheel, I attended meetings and submitted comments to the proposed Forest Plan revisions.  The final draft for the Inyo NF has been released and, on behalf of Cal4Wheel, I submitted objections to the proposed final plan.  Those objections have been deemed valid concerns to be addressed prior to the final plan release.  A conference was scheduled for Feb 19-21 to address my objections along with objections of others.

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John Stewart

Red Sticker Regulatory Workshop (Northern Session)

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will be holding a Northern California session of the public workshop to discuss the regulatory proposal for off-highway recreational vehicles (OHRV). 

At the request of stakeholders, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites interested parties to participate in a Northern California session of the public red sticker workshop on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Sacramento, California, to discuss proposed regulatory amendments for Red Sticker off-highway recreational vehicles (OHRV).

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John Stewart

Northwest Forest Plan Updates

Northwest Forest Plan Updates

This newsletter is designed to provide information and updates on efforts to modernize the national forest plans within the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) amendment area. 

What is the NWFP?

The NWFP is a landscape approach to public land management designed to protect threatened and endangered species in late successional and old-growth habitats, while also contributing to social and economic sustainability in the region. The NWFP was completed in 1994 and amended 19 National Forest and 7 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) resource management plans. These plans provide guidance for how public lands and resources will be managed for a period of time, usually 10-15 years. The NWFP initiated a new approach to public land management, encompassing 24 million acres of land across California, Oregon and Washington. 

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John Stewart

OHV Program Renewed, Now Permanent

For months, a coalition of off-highway vehicle recreation associations (Coalition) representing off-road recreation enthusiasts throughout the state of California, have worked on legislation to provide reauthorization of the highly successful Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation program that is administered by the Department of Parks and Recreation. 
 
The State Assembly recently passed amended legislation that provides permanent status for the program.  The State Senate concurred and the legislation was submitted to the Governor for signature.  On October 3, 2017, the Governor signed legislation making the OHMVR program permanent.
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John Stewart

SB-249: Help OPPOSE, Save OHV

Your assistance is needed to help save the California OHV Program.  Senate Bill 249 is scheduled for a hearing before the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife on July 11, 2017.  This proposed bill is OPPOSED by state OHV groups and would eliminate the OHV program as it now exists.

The immediate need is for people that live within the districts of Members of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife to send letters asking them to OPPOSE SB-249.  A list of those members is provided below.

However, if you do not live in their district, please feel free to contact any or all and express your opposition.

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Campfire Safety Prevents Wildfires

Clovis, CA June 02, 2017 – With the Memorial Day Weekend behind us, schools will be letting out for the summer and visits to the Sierra National Forest (NF) will increase. Activities such as camping, backpacking, and picnicking in the great outdoors often include the enjoyment of a campfire.  

The Sierra NF would like to remind our visitors to be responsible in their enjoyment and use of a campfire. Not only will it serve the purpose of providing warmth in the cool evenings, or roasting marshmallows, but it is part of the camping experience to sit around the fire and enjoy the company of those with you.

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