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John Stewart

MUIRNet Land Use Resources Updated

With each congressional session, many bills are introduced that have an impact on recreation.  A list of select legislation being considered by the 112th Congress is now available for on-line review.  The NRC-legislation list is updated monthly.

And, the economic impact of recreation is often mentioned.  Recreation is viewed as a growth industry and a significant contributor to public lands and local communities.  A collection of economic impact studies is now available for download and review.



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John Stewart

MUIRNet Glossaries

Promoting Responsible Recreation to protect recreation opportunities

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Wonder what that landuse term means? Check the MUIRNet-Glossaries for official meaning.

If you have a question about landuse, visit OutdoorWire Access and LandUse Central.

Post a question in the Access Roundtable...

MUIRNet-News is affiliated with 4x4Wire and and 4x4Voice supporting access and responsible recreation on public land and private land.

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John Stewart

Recreation advocate article to appear in Law Book

JJohn Stewart, member of the Board of Directors for BlueRibbon Coalition, Natural Resources Consultant for California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, Managing Editor for the MUIRNet-News family of websites stated, “It is an honor to have an article selected for publication in a law book.  I believe this represents the beginning of an era of change in litigation and management.”

Recreation has surged on public lands managed by various federal agencies since the post-World War II era began.  Changes to management policies have not kept up with the surge in demand for recreation opportunity.

“...Change is needed. Recreation is growing, Options for recreational access to public lands are decreasing.  Changes to laws governing wilderness and endangered species are needed; changes that support a balanced conservation goal.  There are no quick and easy answers.  It is going to take time, effort, and pain.  It is about balance...”

That is the closing paragraph to the article titled “Conservation Triangle – Extraction, Preservation and Recreation” and published at http://www.4x4wire.com/thats-my-view/conservation-triangle-extraction-preservation-and-recreation

John Stewart is a long-time motorized recreation advocate for access to public lands for recreation opportunities.  To learn more about recreation and environmental issues affecting recreation on public lands, follow John's postings on 4x4Wire, MUIRNet-News and 4x4Voice.


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John Stewart

Parker Races Temporary Public Land Closures Scheduled

The Parker 250 Desert Race closure is in effect from 2:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, January 6, 2012, through 6:00 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, January 7, 2012. The Parker 425 Desert Race closure is in effect from 2:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, February 3, 2012, through 11:59 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, February 4, 2012.

The closures are being done to help ensure public safety and prevent unnecessary environmental degradation during the permitted running of the 2012 Parker 250 and Parker 425 Desert Races.

Areas subject to this closure include all public land; including county maintained roads and highways located within two miles of the designated course.

“As in past years, we will have designated spectator areas so people can enjoy the races,” said BLM Lake Havasu Field Manager Kim Liebhauser. “Post and cable fencing and concrete barriers will be used to designate two spectator areas in Bouse, Arizona. The five-mile long spectator area along Shea Road outside of Parker is above the race course, protected with post and cable fencing along the bluff, and will not require a speed zone.”

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John Stewart

Open letter to OHV from Daphne Greene

I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with a variety of stakeholders and interest groups who are committed to providing safe and responsible OHV recreation on public lands in California, whether in the SVRAs, other state park units that offer OHV opportunities, through the grants program, or the SNO-PARKs program.

Since my appointment as Deputy Director 7 ½ years ago, the program has made a number of advancements towards ensuring a sustainable program, which include:

  • We overhauled the Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program to be more accountable, transparent and fair, and to comply with Office of Administrative Law standards.
  • We streamlined the grant application process by creating an on-line application program, and recovered millions of dollars through improved auditing procedures.
  • We increased accountability for expenditure of OHV trust funds, ensuring that expenditures are aligned with fulfilling the mission of the OHV program.
  • We brought the focus of the program back to properly maintaining the areas where OHV recreation is provided, while at the same time ensuring sustainable long-term management practices were in place.
  • We implemented a vastly improved wildlife habitat monitoring program, designed by UC Davis and peer reviewed by wildlife professionals that informs management actions.
  • we increased focus on water and dust monitoring efforts, in accordance with the 2009 Division Strategic Plan, which will provide vital information to support better resource management.
  • We created and implemented a new soil standard and guidelines, in partnership with federal and state agencies, that will have far-reaching effects on improving sustainability.
  • A renewed focus on providing OHV safety programming is already showing positive results in our parks as well as on county and federal lands.
  • We opened new OHV use areas with improved design principles that ensure sustainability while providing outstanding recreation.
  • We closed and restored areas that were negatively impacting the environment.

Perhaps most significantly, in 2009, after intensive interaction and involvement from all communities of interest, we submitted our Strategic Plan to the Governor and the Legislature. This plan, which outlines a clear direction for the future, is based on the principles of sustainability, transparent decision-making, a commitment to working with volunteers and considering the needs and concerns of all our stakeholders, and sound data management to support informed decision-making. Many of you contributed to developing the Strategic Plan, and while there is still much to be done, it is something about we all can be proud. I leave knowing that the collective commitment to achieving the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan will result in continuous improvements to the OHV program.

These accomplishments – and so many more – could not have been done without the involvement and support of all of you. Working for the Division is not just about having a job, but about a commitment to making a difference and the desire to contribute in a meaningful way. These are challenging and uncertain times, and only through the continued vigilance and active support of the community can the OHV program continue to meet its objective of providing for high-quality and sustainable OHV recreation in California.

Next year the Division will celebrate its 40th anniversary. In 1972, and now, the citizens of California recognize the importance of a well-managed program that provides OHV opportunities while protecting the environment. The work we do to provide responsible and sustainable OHV recreation is vital to maintaining California’s outstanding natural beauty. I can think of few goals that are so important.

As I make the transition back to the private sector, I do so with a much deeper appreciation for what it means to work in the public sector, serving the people of this state. It has been my honor to work with you in a program about which I care deeply.


Daphne Greene
Deputy Director
California State Parks
Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division


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