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First years this is the situation we found ourselves in... litigation year after year after year... this lead to smaller...
01/07/2020
Faster Permitting Won’t Harm Environment, Top Trump Adviser Says

First years this is the situation we found ourselves in... litigation year after year after year... this lead to smaller OHV trail systems and an improper balance of power between OHV and environmental groups.

Sec. Bernhardt and Director Pendley have worked hard to make this process better for us!

"There is no good reason that the average time to currently complete the bureaucratic NEPA process is 687 days! NEPA has been hijacked by serial litigants from special interest groups, it's time to change that."

The Trump administration’s upcoming plan to speed environmental permitting won’t increase pollution or harm endangered species, said Mary B. Neumayr, the president’s top environmental adviser.

01/07/2020
Tonto Recreational Alliance

See below Arizona:

Hi TRAL volunteers,

I’ve been getting calls and emails about the Forest Plan Revision lately. As many of you have seen, the Draft Forest Plan, also called the Draft Land Management Plan, was released and a public comment period started on December 13, 2019 that runs through March 12, 2020. There has been some confusion about what this plan is about and what impact it might have on OHV recreation.

First, this is not the Travel Management plan. The Travel Management plan is what has been running since 2005 and is possibly going to wrap up early this year. This is the plan that directly affects OHV trails with decisions about which stay open and which will close. TRAL has been participating in this one since the beginning with hundreds of hours spent working with the Tonto to leave as much of the trail system open for OHV as possible. Currently, decisions being made as part of the Travel Management Plan reflect TRAL’s and our volunteers’ commitment to continually monitor the trails, sign them and help maintain them through our trail inspection and maintenance programs. So, thanks to all you dedicated volunteers for helping to keep this commitment.

The Forest Plan or Land Management Plan has been in the works since about 2017. This plan is a higher-level plan than Travel Management and encompasses all aspects of what the Forest Service needs to do to manage the Tonto. All types of uses including recreation, mining, timber, grazing, etc. are being considered including their impacts on forest resources. As a high-level plan, it should not have an immediate impact on OHV trails but depending on the direction it sets, could have future effects.

As with any forest planning effort, it is very important that we, the OHV community pay attention and participate. A couple of us from TRAL as well as others from recreational communities participated in an all-day working session last year. We will participate in one again toward the end of this month. And as you have seen, there are open houses in January and February for public education and input. If you have interest and concerns about the Forest Plan, you should attempt to make it to one of these sessions. They are listed on the Tonto site HERE.

There has been some speculation on some OHV sites that the intent of the Forest Plan is to shut down the forest to recreational use. This is not the case. However, the way that the Tonto understands what recreational communities want is through inputs from us, the public. The biggest chance for us to influence the direction taken by the Tonto regarding OHV recreation is to get involved and let them know what we want to see in the future.

Rich

Hi TRAL volunteers,

I’ve been getting calls and emails about the Forest Plan Revision lately. As many of you have seen, the Draft Forest Plan, also called the Draft Land Management Plan, was released and a public comment period started on December 13, 2019 that runs through March 12, 2020. There has been some confusion about what this plan is about and what impact it might have on OHV recreation.

First, this is not the Travel Management plan. The Travel Management plan is what has been running since 2005 and is possibly going to wrap up early this year. This is the plan that directly affects OHV trails with decisions about which stay open and which will close. TRAL has been participating in this one since the beginning with hundreds of hours spent working with the Tonto to leave as much of the trail system open for OHV as possible. Currently, decisions being made as part of the Travel Management Plan reflect TRAL’s and our volunteers’ commitment to continually monitor the trails, sign them and help maintain them through our trail inspection and maintenance programs. So, thanks to all you dedicated volunteers for helping to keep this commitment.

The Forest Plan or Land Management Plan has been in the works since about 2017. This plan is a higher-level plan than Travel Management and encompasses all aspects of what the Forest Service needs to do to manage the Tonto. All types of uses including recreation, mining, timber, grazing, etc. are being considered including their impacts on forest resources. As a high-level plan, it should not have an immediate impact on OHV trails but depending on the direction it sets, could have future effects.

As with any forest planning effort, it is very important that we, the OHV community pay attention and participate. A couple of us from TRAL as well as others from recreational communities participated in an all-day working session last year. We will participate in one again toward the end of this month. And as you have seen, there are open houses in January and February for public education and input. If you have interest and concerns about the Forest Plan, you should attempt to make it to one of these sessions. They are listed on the Tonto site HERE.

There has been some speculation on some OHV sites that the intent of the Forest Plan is to shut down the forest to recreational use. This is not the case. However, the way that the Tonto understands what recreational communities want is through inputs from us, the public. The biggest chance for us to influence the direction taken by the Tonto regarding OHV recreation is to get involved and let them know what we want to see in the future.

Rich

As we work to restore access to closed areas, and open up more we are bound to encounter the naysayer or the pessimist.....
01/07/2020

As we work to restore access to closed areas, and open up more we are bound to encounter the naysayer or the pessimist...

We are focused on 2020, not on 1975, or 2010 or even 2018... we are focused on today and the future!

Thank you Dwayne Boring and Utah UTV:Hey everyone, I know this group has been pretty quiet lately and that's because the...
01/07/2020

Thank you Dwayne Boring and Utah UTV:

Hey everyone, I know this group has been pretty quiet lately and that's because the city has also been pretty quiet on the subject of OHV trails in the Herriman Hills. I know that there have been many other items requiring their attention with many poor developments and rezoning being proposed.

There are TWO items coming up at this weeks Council meeting that we need to pay attention to though...

1) In the Work Meeting, the agenda includes item 2.13, "Discussion of an Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) feasibility study - Wendy Thomas, Director of Parks, Recreation and Events"
Here is a link to the info on the item to be discussed:https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/500396/SR_OHV_Feasibiliity_Study.pdf

We would like to see the Feasibility Study proceed, and sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, since this is a full calendar and we have a new councilperson, this item will probably come up in the work session AFTER the General Meeting (when the work meeting isn't completed, council will reconvene in the conference room after the General Meeting to finish the Work Meeting agenda).

2) In the General Meeting, item 8.2 is included as "(Continued from December 11, 2019 meeting) Public Hearing and consideration of an Ordinance to approve the Parks Master Plan - Wendy Thomas, Director of Parks, Recreation and Events"
Here is the link to the info on this item:https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/501144/SR_Parks_Master_Plan_Update.pdf

It would seem to make sense to delay implementing a Master Plan until our OHV uses have been decided upon. The Master Plan Draft in its current form, barely mentions any OHV usage, and only in a cursory manner. The only OHV use would be on the fire road along the Camp Williams border. No mention is made of any OHV trails to access this fire road other than from Porter Rockwell Rd. no mention is made of any OHV access to anywhere in the hills such as viewpoints on the top of South Mountain.

It is for these reasons that I am going to ask the Council to delay any approval of this Master Plan until after the OHV issue has been decided on.

Please send an email to City Council asking them to proceed with the study and to delay approving the master plan until the OHV issue has been decided. Also, please consider attending the General Meeting on Wednesday night, at Herriman City Hall, at 7pm.

Here are the email addresses:
Mayor David Watts - [email protected]
Jared Henderson (District 1) - [email protected]
Clint Smith (District 2) - [email protected]
Sherrie Ohrn (District 3) - [email protected]
Steve Shields (District 4) - TBD, not listed on website yet. I have message Steve and will update this post once I get his address.
(If you don't know which district you live in, the map can be found here: https://herriman.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2ed2c4d21170487e8f42caec92e09bf0)

If you live in Herriman, and especially if you live in a particular council-person's district, please be sure to mention that you are a constituent. As always, please be polite and express how much you look forward to riding in the Herriman Hills and possibly to connecting trails that will take you into Utah County. Express how great it would be to ride to the top of South Mountain to enjoy the view. Explain how wonderful it would be to ride your street-legal OHV from your garage to the hills without having to trailer it up.

We are not asking you to simply copy a form letter for the body of the email, however. Form letters are not nearly as effective as real substantial comments. Tell them how you feel about the area or your desire to visit the area in the future. Your comments do not have to be long and can contain only a few sentences. Here are some helpful phrases to help get you started:
“I have enjoyed using my OHV on these open space areas in the past because…”
“I value having OHV trails in this area because…”
“OHV trails in Herriman are important to me because…”
Additionally, it would be helpful if you ended your email in this manner: “Please work with our representatives from the OHV community to plan and construct OHV trails.”

Please send email communications ASAP to the City Council to show your support.

Laurence was a great asset. We thank him for all his work in preserving OHV access, especially for snowmobilers!"ELECTED...
01/06/2020

Laurence was a great asset. We thank him for all his work in preserving OHV access, especially for snowmobilers!

"ELECTED OFFICIALS EXPRESS APPRECIATION FOR FOREST SUPERVISOR CRABTREE - Congressman Tom McClintock and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors expressed appreciation for Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree when they were in session earlier this month. Their acknowledgements were shared during an employees' holiday party at the Eldorado National Forest Supervisor's Office in Placerville on Thursday, Dec. 19.

Rocky Deal, Congressman McClintock's Chief of Staff, presented a framed copy of the Extension of Remarks made by Congressman McClintock on Dec. 11 which are recorded in the Congressional Record. Deal read highlights from these remarks which refer to Crabtree as, "...an indispensable steward of our forests." Kimberly Pruett, a Senior Field Representative for McClintock, was also in attendance.

El Dorado County Supervisor Brian Veerkamp presented a framed Certificate of Recognition that was signed by the County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 17, thanking Crabtree for his "years of collaborative work and relationship building between jurisdictions."

Crabtree, who will be retiring from the U.S. Forest Service on January 6, attributed his success to the dedicated employees he has been fortunate to work with over the years. Crabtree also announced that Liz Berger, currently Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Tahoe National Forest, has been selected to serve as Acting Forest Supervisor for the Eldorado National Forest beginning in January.

"Liz has shown great leadership on the Tahoe National Forest and is excited about her new role," said Crabtree. "I know that Liz and our outstanding employees will continue the great work being done across the Eldorado National Forest."
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SEE LINK - https://conta.cc/2sddUa2"

ELECTED OFFICIALS EXPRESS APPRECIATION FOR FOREST SUPERVISOR CRABTREE - Congressman Tom McClintock and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors expressed appreciation for Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree when they were in session earlier this month. Their acknowledgements were shared during an employees' holiday party at the Eldorado National Forest Supervisor's Office in Placerville on Thursday, Dec. 19.

Rocky Deal, Congressman McClintock's Chief of Staff, presented a framed copy of the Extension of Remarks made by Congressman McClintock on Dec. 11 which are recorded in the Congressional Record. Deal read highlights from these remarks which refer to Crabtree as, "...an indispensable steward of our forests." Kimberly Pruett, a Senior Field Representative for McClintock, was also in attendance.

El Dorado County Supervisor Brian Veerkamp presented a framed Certificate of Recognition that was signed by the County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 17, thanking Crabtree for his "years of collaborative work and relationship building between jurisdictions."

Crabtree, who will be retiring from the U.S. Forest Service on January 6, attributed his success to the dedicated employees he has been fortunate to work with over the years. Crabtree also announced that Liz Berger, currently Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Tahoe National Forest, has been selected to serve as Acting Forest Supervisor for the Eldorado National Forest beginning in January.

"Liz has shown great leadership on the Tahoe National Forest and is excited about her new role," said Crabtree. "I know that Liz and our outstanding employees will continue the great work being done across the Eldorado National Forest."
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SEE LINK - https://conta.cc/2sddUa2

Please help! Your comments and ENTHUSIASM matter!
01/06/2020
Oceano Dunes - Pismo Beach

Please help! Your comments and ENTHUSIASM matter!

California State Parks is currently developing a PWP for Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes SVRA.

"Because shotguns will be blasting from helicopters to kill mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park during the comin...
01/05/2020
Helicopter gunners to kill Grand Teton park mountain goats

"Because shotguns will be blasting from helicopters to kill mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park during the coming week, a temporary area closure for the public is being implemented in the central part of the park."

Because shotguns will be blasting from helicopters to kill mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park during the coming week, a temporary area closure for the public is being implemented

More info for our friends in AZ.
01/05/2020
American Mining Rights Association

More info for our friends in AZ.

In continuing our informative series on the road closures in Arizona, we want to discuss RS2477.

In 1866, Congress passed the original mining grant and as a part of that, RS2477 was born which required the roads in the public domain to remain open. Roads......being defined as something as small as a trail.

From Wikipedia: RS 2477 was repealed in 1976 under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA). The repeal was subject to "valid existing rights." The relevant text (Sec. 701. 43 U.S.C. 1701) reads (a) "Nothing in this Act, or in any amendment made by this Act, shall be construed as terminating any valid lease, permit, patent, right-of-way, or other land use right or authorization existing on the date of approval of this Act". Meaning, any rights which existed prior to the passage of FLPMA is upheld and must be recognized.

This has been challenged many, many times and has been upheld for the purpose of keeping the roads/trails open.

The most notable case in recent years is the Utah Supreme Court case in 2017.

This link is one of the better write-ups on the case and we strongly urge you to read it:

https://gemstatepatriot.com/blog/utah-rs-2477-roads-court-victory/

There are two other issues to come which we will be focusing on with these road closures.

In the end, it boils down to one simple thing, you either allow an out of control agency to subvert your rights or you stand up, write a letter and call a congress-critter to put pressure on the agency to stop this crap.

We will be asking you to do both.

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