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Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the public lands.  As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, I am a full time advocate for recreation and the Managing Editor of the OutdoorWire family websites. 

4x4Wire.com is dedicated to four wheel drive recreation featuring technical articles and information to promote, protect, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities.  4x4Voice.com focuses on California issues. MUIRNet.net is focused on environmental, administrative and legislative news and information. OutdoorWire.com is Access and Landuse Central with an overall index to the contents of the family of websites. 

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John Stewart

Cleveland NF Travel Management EA Released for Comment

San Diego , CA - July 14, 2008. The Cleveland National Forest will be releasing an environmental assessment (EA) on motorized travel management for public comment on July 15, 2008. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until August 13, 2008. Comments may be submitted by mail or by hand delivery. Activities proposed and analyzed in the EA include changes to the Cleveland NF transportation system by adding roads for highway-legal vehicles, motorized trails for a variety of vehicle classes and revising the size of OHV open areas. The EA discloses environmental impacts associated with a no action alternative, the proposed action that was released for scoping in January 2008, and an alternative that was developed using comments submitted by the public during scoping.

Comments may be submitted by mail or by hand delivery during normal business hours to Anne Carey, Recreation Officer, 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127. Comments may be faxed to (858) 673-6192, or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For more information, please contact Anne Carey at (858) 674-2901 or by visiting the Cleveland NF website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland/projects. Cleveland National Forest Open House Schedule Ramona: July 17, 4:00-7:00 pm, Palomar District Office, 1634 Black Canyon Road, Ramona, CA Alpine: July 24, 5:30-7:30pm, Descanso District Office, 3348 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA Corona: July 28, 4:00-6:00 pm, Trabuco District Office, 1147 E 6th Street, Corona, CA

After an extensive screening process, the Cleveland NF is proposing to add between 7- 12 miles of roads and trails and between 2-15 acres of small open areas to the Cleveland NF Transportation System. To comply with the 2005 travel management rule, the Cleveland NF will produce a motor vehicle use map after the final decision is made. This map will identify which roads, trails, and areas are open for motorized use on the Cleveland NF. Additional changes to motorized use on the Cleveland NF would require further environmental analysis and would occur gradually over time as staffing and budget allow. The map will be updated annually to reflect any such changes.

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Pack A Fire Extinguisher So You Don’t Get Burned

 

Extinguishers come in many sizes. I’ve found the 3 lb. size adequate for vehicles. Buy two high-quality refillable models. You’ll spend a few extra dollars, but it’ll be worth it. Think of a fire extinguisher as an insurance policy. You don’t want to cut corners there.

Mount one on the passenger side of the transmission tunnel. The other should be mounted in a visible spot on or near the back gate. The key here is that it is accessible. Too many people mount or place their extinguishers under boxes or other stuff in the back. It won’t do you any good if you can’t grab it quickly.

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Friends of Eldorado work party dates have been set!

Friends of Eldorado work party dates have been set!
August 9th and September 27th

Both of these will be general clean-ups. The August 9th clean-up will be a minor clean-up in the Iron Mountain Road area and we will not need that many people. We may have to limit it to under 20 people or so. However, September 27th is National Public Lands Day! We are hoping for a huge turnout with that one to cover a big area or several areas on the same day. Several FOE members have spent time scouting areas to work on for that date. Another e-mail will go out at the end of the month giving you more information on the 27th date.

We have had several major projects in the works with the Forest Service for quite some time. Rick Ferdon has spent many hours with them as our lead Forest Service contact. Some of the projects included; removing old Forest Service buildings in several places to create dispursed campsite, installing bear boxes, planting trees, working on Barret Jeep Trail etc.

Unfortunately, most of these projects have been shelved for now due to red tape. The Forest Service has been sued so much in the past, they have to jump through a ton of hoops to get anything done at all. For example, voulenteers cannot help tear down an old building if there is lead in the paint. (Lead was found in several of the buildings we were going to dispose of. FOE took the paint samples to get tested and they came back positive)

We have just recently been given the go ahead to put a plan together to remove two buildings in the Silverfork area later this year. once the final approval is given we shall set dates for this.

While some of these bigger projects WILL come to fruition, for now we just have a few set backs to overcome before we take them on.

We are constantly looking for other potential projects. If you have an idea for a FOE workparty, PLEASE go to www.friendsofeldorado.com and drop us a line thru the work party Idea form.

Several things FOE has done in the past few months:

1. Rick Ferdon has been very busy pulling massive amounts of debris from a site off Silverfork road. This included a massive water tank and batteries.

2. Alfred Heck and a few others cleaned up a campsite that was left a total mess on the Rubicon during a very wet Memorial day.

3. The Rock Zombies not only cleaned up several messes left on the Rubicon, they held a very successful fund-raiser for FOE generating over $1,500

4. Many FOE members have been working very hard on appealing the Eldorado FEIS.

Thank you for taking an active role in helping to keep our access in Eldorado National Forest!

The Friends of Eldorado
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Standing is ....

You, the recreationist, have an opportunity to participate in the discussions and make our opinions known to the planning team about routes (roads and trails) that need to be considered for developing the alternatives to the Proposed Action. Participation establishes “standing”.

 

The first step in the NEPA process is “Scoping”. This is the time for the public to submit their comments. These comments will be used to develop the alternatives. One of the alternatives will be the final preferred action in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. These comments form the basis of the “administrative record”.

Just commenting during the “scoping” period is not enough. You will have two additional opportunities to provide comments. However, after the scoping period, new information is difficult to enter into the administrative record.

For example, your favorite trail is known as “Broken Winch Trail”. You have been using it for years and the proposed action does not recognize it as a trail to be included in the designated route system. During the scoping period, the agency is asking for comments on a proposed action. Now is the time for you to tell the agency about “Broken Winch Trail” and how it is an important recreation opportunity as it leads to your summer fishing hole, your fall hunting camp, and a provides a technical trail challenge for your recreation pleasure. That is the type of information the agency is soliciting.

Identify the trail and why it is important and submit those comments to the planning team. The agency planning team will review your comments along with others submitted. From these comments, they will develop a Draft EIS complete with alternatives and a preferred alternative. And, for each alternative, consequences of that action will be analyzed.

You, the recreationist, have an opportunity to continue participating in the discussions and make our opinions known. During your review of the Draft EIS, you find “Broken Winch Trail” has not been identified as part of the final proposed action. Now is the time for you to refer to your original comments submitted during scoping and submit them again, stressing how very important that trail is to you. You can provide additional information to support your case.

Again, the agency will review all comments received and adjust their preferred alternative. This time, the agency will send out a Final EIS for public comment. During you review of the Final EIS, you find “Broken Winch Trail” has not been identified as part of the final action. Now is the time for you to refer to your original comments submitted during scoping and your comments submitted to the Draft EIS and let the agency know you still consider “Broken Winch Trail” as an important recreation opportunity. You can provide additional information to support your case.

Again, the agency will review all comments received and adjust their final preferred alternative and issue a Record of Decision. During your review of the Record of Decision, you find that “Broken Winch Trail” is still not included.

Now, you have “standing” -- you have participated in the process -- and you can show “harm” -- your recreation opportunity is not being addressed. You can appeal the decision and get ready to file that lawsuit.

You have “standing” because you participated in all parts of the discussion. You have identified something of importance to you and provided documentation as to why it is important.

The final decision does not include what is important to you and you are now “harmed” because “Broken Winch Trail” is being closed and you will be prohibited from using it.

You have participated in the discussions. You have provided documentation. The administrative decision is not in your favor. Perhaps the judge will review the facts and rule in your favor........

 

Now is your opportunity to be part of the decision process.

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John Stewart

Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council: Meeting

[Federal Register: July 10, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 133)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management

Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council: Meeting

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the following advisory committee meeting:

    Name: Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council (SEORAC).
    Time and Date: 8 a.m. August 7, 2008; 8 a.m. August 8, 2008.
    Place: Holiday Inn Ontario, 1249 Tapadera Avenue, Ontario, Oregon 97914.
    Status: Open to the public.
    Matters to be Considered: The SEORAC will be briefed on BLM's Oregon Energy Corridor proposal, fire and fuels management program, Vegetation Treatments Environmental Impact Statement, wild horse and  burro program, and Eastside Transportation Strategy. Presentations will be heard on the results of The Nature Conservancy's June After Fire Re-vegetation Symposium, progress of the Steens Mountain Advisory Council Science Strategy and Oregon Explorer project, and status of the Fremont-Winema National Forests' Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Invasive Plant Treatment. Council members will also receive information from designated federal officials, provide constituent updates, tour sites managed by the Vale District of the BLM, give subgroup reports and develop agenda items for the next meeting. Any other matters that may reasonably come before the SEORAC may also be addressed.

    The public is welcome to attend all portions of the meeting and may contribute during the public comment period at 11:30 a.m. on August 8, 2008. Those who verbally address the SEORAC during the public comment period are asked to provide a written statement of their comments or presentation. Unless otherwise approved by the SEORAC chair, the public comment period will last no longer than 30 minutes, and each speaker may address the SEORAC for a maximum of 5 minutes.

    For Further Information Contact: Program information, meeting records and a roster of council members may be obtained from Scott Stoffel, public affairs specialist, 1301 South G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630, (541) 947-6237. The meeting agenda will be posted at http://www.blm.gov/or/rac/seorrac-minutes.php when available.

    Should you require reasonable accommodation, please contact the BLM Lakeview District at (541) 947-2177 as soon as possible.
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