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CA4WDC NRC South - Oct 2012 (for Central District Meeting)

CA4WDC NRC South - Oct 2012 (for South District Meeting)

OHMVR Funding Study
- Current project is a funding study of OHMVR Grants, OHV registration,  SVRA attendance and OHMVR operations costs.  I am waiting on response to a Public Records Act request that is expected to be delivered early November.

Dinky Landscape Restoration Project - Sierra NF project with potential impact on a number of OHV trails; Swamp Lake, Bald Mtn, and Dusey.  USFS effort is a major fuels reduction project and protection of Pacific Fisher, Great Gray Owl, and Goshawk.  One sub-project, the Bald Mountain Project, is being reviewed. Within the Cow Creek Critical Aquatic Refuge, decommissioning of NFS roads 9S402 and 9S402A is proposed. Currently, both roads are closed year round to public use

Desert Landscape Conservation Council - Attended a meeting held in El Paso, TX Oct 10-12.  This Dept of Interior effort involves six southwest states and 10 states in Mexico. Effort is focused on water quality (and quantity), climate change, and land management.

OHMVR Commission Mtg
- Attended meeting held in Placerville (Sept 14-15) with a tour of the Rubicon Trail (up to Spider Lake).  Rubicon Trail and East Bay Regional Parks (Carnegie/Tesla) were the major topics.

Giant Sequoia National Monument - Final monument plan has been released. It closely follows the roadmap recommended by the collaborative team, now the Giant Sequoia National Monument Association.  

USFS Sierra Cascade Dialog
- Attended the seventh of an on-going series of meetings held in Sacramento on Sept 27 that are a precursor to the start of forest plan revisions .  Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo will be the first forests in Region 5 to begin forest plan revisions under the new planning rule.

Some bullet point high lighs:

  • Landscape scale bio-regional assessments are an important part of Region 5 forest plan process.  These are in addition to the planning rule required.
  • The Dialog session covered some concepts that are likely to appear in future forest planning.  The future is families with children and ethnic diversity with a focus on inclusive family.  People are looking for an experience rather than just an activity.
  • Land management and recreation of the future will be centered around a digital experience and new generation with new ideas.
  • Social media is the communication media of choice for the next generation of leaders. We need to embrace that media.
IS GOVERNMENT LISTENING TO THE USERS?
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