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Senator Anderson Supports OHV!

Many have never watched a Senate Floor vote. This segment of Senate Floor Discussion prior to a vote on a bill features Senator Joel Anderson’s comments in opposition to SB-249.  EVERY OHV organization in the State is FIGHTING to kill SB-249, a very punitive bill that will effectively kill the state OHMVR program.

Thank-you, Senator Anderson, for your support. 

The video is about 7 minutes long and worth viewing to stay informed. This is YOUR OHV program.

Please tell your friends in OHV to watch this video…………..

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SB249 - How to kill a 'world class' program

As the dust settles over the State Senate vote on SB 249, a few things are becoming clear.  First, that the bill passed with basic minimum votes (3 - NO and 3 - Abstain from the Democrats) indicates this a noted issue and some elected representatives listened to their constituents.  This is the OHMVR program praised by former Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell as 'world class'.  The same program praised by Department of Parks Director Lisa Mangat as 'world class'.

On behalf of other OHV reps engaged in fight for the renewal of the program, thank-you for your contributions, calls and letters to your elected representatives.  They made a difference.

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SB 249 Coalition Letter to Key Legislators

Save the California OHV Program has been a high level topic for several months.  Competing legislation has been introduced with State Senate and Assembly hearing held and more to come.

SB-249 was introduced.  The legislation (as introduced) is very punitive towards OHV recreation and would basically destroy the program.

AB-1077 was introduced.  This legislation seeks to renew the program, as is, making no substantial changes to a program that has functioned for more the 40 years.  With the periodic re-authorizations required (last one SB-742 in 2007), the program is well managed and always within its budget.

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OHMVR Program Renewal

At a public meeting in Sacramento on July 19, 2016, State Parks Director Mangat stated: "This OHV program is the national model. It's not just the great program in the State of California, it is the national model, and we recognize that."

The current California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program (OHMVR) has been in existence since 1971 (Chappi-Z’Berg Act), is a great success, and hailed as a national model providing for a statewide system of managed OHV recreational opportunities. The OHMVR Program assures that quality recreational opportunities remain available for future generations by providing education, conservation, and enforcement efforts that balance OHV recreation impact with programs that conserve and protect cultural and natural resources.

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DRECP - reality and theory prepare to collide

The DRECP is lumbering along.  At the Saturday Desert Advisory Council (Oct 15), the new lead for the implementation of the DRECP was introduced.  Russ Schofield is returning to the southern California BLM Desert District office to be the lead for implementing DRECP.

So, just what does “implement” mean?  To put is in perspective, DRECP is an “overarching framework” that will establish the criteria for future planning efforts under the area of influence of the plan.

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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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