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Winter Road Closures and Snow-play Opportunities

USFS LogoSequoia National Forest, CA – Forest Service officials have implemented a seasonal road closure for high elevation areas of the Sequoia National Forest due to the recent and anticipated storm activity.  Most Forest Service administered roads on the Hume Lake and Western Divide Ranger Districts are now closed for public safety and resource protection.  Highway 180 between the Hume Lake cutoff and Cedar Grove was closed early this year because of the Rough Fire.  Tulare County closed the roads leading into Balch Park and Mountain Home, along with the Western Divide Highway and Parker Pass.

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CA4WDC and sport-specific clubs

I am writing to share my personal observations about the importance of a sport-specific state association like the California Association of 4Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC).   Since my first published article about landuse and public lands in 1982 (yea, 30 years ago since I got in the fight), I have always preached the critical need of clubs and individuals belonging to “everything they can afford and that makes sense to them.” Nothing has changed.  The strength of our landuse fights lies in our clubs and organizations, supported by folks like you.  Now more than ever is the time to be in the game at the national AND state level.

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Game and Fish to step up efforts to enforce OHV Decal compliance

 

Low participation is hurting program goals and benefits to recreationists

(Dec 30, 2009) - Citing statistics showing that less than one-quarter of off-highway vehicles in Arizona have the required OHV Decal, Arizona Game and Fish Department Director Larry Voyles announced that the agency’s officers would be stepping up compliance enforcement efforts in the field.

“Our officers will be issuing citations to off-highway vehicle users who don’t have the required decal on their OHV,” said Voyles. “The program has been in effect and public education efforts have been ongoing for over a year now. The compliance rate is very disappointing, given the benefits the program would provide to recreationists.”

Voyles likened the “user play, user pay” program to wildlife conservation, where hunters and anglers pay for wildlife conservation through the purchase of hunting and fishing licenses. “Rates for hunting license compliance exceed 95 percent,” said Voyles, “Hunters and anglers have demonstrated their commitment to wildlife conservation for decades.”

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California Now Has 149 GREENspot E-Waste Recycling Locations

With more e-waste recycling locations added each week, Californians have a convenient way to safely dispose of their unwanted or obsolete electronics

San Jose, Calif. (Vocus/PRWEB ) October 22, 2008 -- ASL Recycling's GREENetwork continues to expand up and down California, and now most households and businesses are within five miles of a convenient and free recycling center. 23 new GREENspot e-waste drop-off locations were added in the last month, bringing the total to 149 GREENspots statewide. As consumer awareness of these neighborhood e-waste recycling locations grows, hundreds of residents and businesses are visiting a neighborhood GREENspot location every month -- 8.3 million pounds of e-waste have been diverted from local landfills so far this year.

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ARRA Newsletter - September 2008

Presidential Politics
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It's Obama/Biden vs. McCain/Palin. The 2008 marathon nominating process for presidential candidates is finally over. Our attention now turns to the November general elections. We all may have our favorite candidate or political party and although we may get tired of watching the political pundits on television, it is exciting that we get to choose our leaders. The political process is ours. Washington, that city most politicians love to run against is our national capital. And those we send to Washington to serve in our government are, in fact, our representatives.

Sometimes, the national electorate decides to throw the bums out and start over, and sometimes, the decision is to stay the course. But, whatever the result, the decision always rests with the people of this nation. Our democratic process has evolved much over 230 years. We are a far different nation than the one created back in 1776. What has remained constant and has grown in strength is the concept that the common citizen, you and I, decides who will succeed or fail at the ballot box. That's an awesome responsibility we share.

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RECREATIONAL GROUPS FILE SUIT AGAINST MONTANA TRAVEL PLAN

Date: 09/02/2008

GREAT FALLS, MT (September 2) -- A coalition of recreational groups has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District of Montana challenging the Travel Management Plan for a portion of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in north central Montana. According to the suit, over 50 percent of the Forest lands previously open to motorized vehicle travel were closed by the Travel Plan, which was confirmed as the Forest Service's final decision in January 2008.

"We seek balance between protection of natural and historical resources and the ability of a diverse population to enjoy them," said John Borgreen of the Russell Country Sportsmen. "If this decision is allowed to stand, it will eliminate long-honored practices like using vehicles for camping and big-game retrieval, and could force property owners to ride expert-level ATV trails to gain access to their backcountry cabins. Too many trail closures can cause, not reduce, environmental damage at a time when Montanans should proudly defend their rich outdoor culture," Borgreen stated.

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