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John Stewart

Bears Follow their Noses, so You Should Follow these Tips

May 3, 2016 - With an estimated 35,000 bears, California has a healthy and growing black bear population. In spring hibernating bears emerge from their winter slumber and begin an almost perpetual search for food. It is not uncommon for a black bear to consume up to 20,000 calories a day. Unfortunately, this search can sometimes lead bears into populated areas and conflicts with humans.

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John Stewart

Bill Would Create the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area

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Cook has responded by releasing the draft legislation which would ensure that OHV recreation, and its resultant economic benefits, is protected in this important area.  This draft legislation also ensures that the Marines have the necessary capabilities and access to perform training activities crucial to their mission, by allowing the Marines to access portions of the area for up to 42 days per year for training, provided non-dud-producing rounds are used.  This is truly a win-win proposal.

A hearing has been scheduled on the draft legislation for Friday, April 26 in the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.  ARRA will follow up with you soon to provide an opportunity to weigh in with Subcommittee Members, as well to provide an opportunity to thank Representative Cook for being a champion for access

Visit Representative Cook's website for more information.

The hearing notice can be viewed at the House Resources Committee Subcommittee on Public Lands website.

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John Stewart

OIA Releases Economic Data for All 50 States

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The state-­‐by-­‐state figures expand upon a national report OIA published in June 2012, which found that nationally Americans spend $646 billion each year on outdoor recreation, directly supporting 6.1 million jobs and generating nearly $80 billion in tax revenue.

“Outdoor recreation is a growing American industry that produces significant economic benefits,” said Will Manzer, chair of the OIA Board of Directors and former CEO of Eastern Mountain Sports. “For example, Americans spend almost twice as much on outdoor recreation as they spend on pharmaceuticals each year. And outdoor recreation supports more than twice as many jobs as the oil and gas industry.”

Outdoor recreation creates diverse jobs in product development, manufacturing, marketing, logistics, sales, retail, public land management, guiding services and more — and also supports service sector and other jobs when people spend money on trips and travel-­‐related expenses associated with outdoor pursuits.

With nearly 140 million Americans participating in outdoor activities each year, outdoor recreation is a larger and more critical sector of the American economy than most people realize.

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John Stewart

1,000 Signatures a Day Needed to Help Save Johnson Valley

January 15th, 2013: JOHNSON VALLEY, CA:  In the ongoing effort to Save the Johnson Valley OHV area, a new campaign has emerged to raise national awareness regarding the expansion of the 29 Palms Marine base onto public lands. Volunteers have created a petition on the White House.gov site (http://petitions.whitehouse.gov) with the hope of receiving formal recognition from the White House regarding The Johnson Valley OHV area.  The White House has committed to responding to any petition that receives 25,000 or more signatures within a 30 day time frame.

The petition specifically requests the White House to deny any request by the 29 Palms Marine Base to withdraw land from The Johnson Valley OHV area and use it for base expansion purposes. The title of the petition specifically requests the White House to: “Save the Johnson Valley OHV Area. Be fiscally responsible. Stop 29 Palms Marine base expansion. Keep public lands open.” This petition will need roughly 1,000 signatures a day to be eligible to receive a response from a White House representative.

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Grub Hub makes camping easier

"The patented new Grub Hub camp kitchen," says Mr. Baughman, "addresses this challenge by making camping much more organized and making camp kitchen tasks much easier."

“The Grub Hub camp kitchen supports and promotes a very sustainable camping methodology by providing highly portable and organized cooking and working space, as well as support for lighting and water and other features such as air dry bags for cleaning solid dishes.” Baughman adds that, “The product's features and functionalities assist campers in working much more efficiently outdoors and help reduce convenience packaging and other wasteful methods. Easy outdoor preparation of real meals to fuel real activities is our goal.”

The product is compact and lightweight with an aluminum frame, molded tables and expedition grade materials that reflect durability needed for serious outdoor use. As the product’s designer, Mr. Baughman adds that, “The quality built Grub Hub not only promotes sustainability but is a sustainable product itself. It is made from modular serviceable components that provide a virtually unlimited service life for the unit as a whole. The unit won’t easily break or wear out but when it does we can easily service all of the components.”

For hunters, fishermen, mountain bikers, climbers, hikers, and others with a strong environmental ethic and appreciation for quality, the Grub Hub may be the perfect solution for organizing camp while helping to reduce impacts on their favorite camping areas.

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