Panamint Valley Days - The permit application has been filed with BLM Ridgecrest. The operations plan is 90% complete and awaiting specifics such as Event Chair and key event personnel.
Sierra-Cascade Dialog - This series of meetings being hosted by the Forest Service is to discuss a range of critical issues that affect the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades and people who live, work and recreate there. These meetings are being used to shape the direction Forest Service will use during the coming round of Forest Plan Revisions.
Dinky Landscape Restoration Project - The DLRP is focused on landscape restoration efforts under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program authorized by the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009. This 154,000 acre portion of the Sierra NF was selected during the first round as a priority forest landscape. The goal of the DLRP is to return the forest to a pine-dominant forest and reduce the number of fir and cedar trees; approximately a 60-40 split (60% pine and 40% combination of fir and cedar).
Recently, recreation was identified as a missing stakeholder in the discussion. Planning for restoration projects will impact several OHV trails used by Central District clubs for events; especially in the Bald Mountain area.
This project is expected to become a component of the Sierra NF Forest Plan Revision.
Forest Plan Revisions - Sierra, Inyo and Sequoia NFs are set to begin their forest plan revisions. Final details and schedules have not been finalized. The Sequoia NF will not begin their plan revision until the final release of the Giant Sequoia National Monument Plan which is expect in the July-August 2012 time-frame.
Six Rivers NF - The Six Rivers NF is working on an Environmental Assessment that will modify their travel management and decommission some routes. CA4WDC and BRC, along with local partners, are involved in a lawsuit with Six Rivers concerning their failure to follow proper process prior to closing routes. Those similar concerns are still evident in this planning effort.
OHMVR - The California Legislature Budget Committee lead by Senator Simitian is preparing to raid the State's Off-Highway Vehicle Trust Fund to bail out the financially strapped California State Parks. The figures cited by Senator Simitian are incorrect.
Senator Simitian says there is $142 million in the OHV Trust Fund. He is only taking $21 million; so that leaves $121 million within OHV; $42 million in trust, $54 million in operational funds, $21 million in grants and $25 million in capital outlay. We know that isn’t true.
The $21 million comes from a $75 million dollar program that is well managed and accountable, a 28% program reduction. The consequence of losing that money is a loss of recreation in grant areas and, in a short time, a disintegration of the SVRA system because we will not have enough money to handle the growing need.