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John Stewart

USFWS Releases National Survey of Economic Activity

Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities contributed more than $144.7 billion in economic activity across the United States according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, published every five years.

The final report of the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation has detailed information on the number of U.S. residents 16 years of age and older who fished, hunted or wildlife watched (fed, observed, or photographed wildlife) in 2011. It also provides information on their expenditures for trips, equipment, and other items. Individual state reports will be available on a flow basis beginning in January 2013.

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John Stewart

BLM extends sage grouse comment period

Public comments will now be accepted through January 15, 2016.

Cal4Wheel has participated with this effort along with BlueRibbon Coalition, in addition to the greater sage grouse effort across the 11 western states.  The “bi-state” population segment is unique to the Bridgeport region of California and east into Nevada.

There is an ongoing lawsuit lead by BlueRibbon Coalition with Cal4Wheel, AMA District 36 and a local club concerning the the grouse and planning efforts that would impact recreation in the region.

Cal4Wheel will continue to be involved through this round and as long as necessary to ensure OHV recreation is not closed out of the area.  

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USFS Water Quality Management Plan Released for Comment

The Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) describes and evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the Conditional Waiver. The MND establishes that there is no substantial evidence, in light of the whole record before the State Water Board, that the project may have a significant effect on the environment, with incorporated mitigation measures that will avoid or mitigate potential significant impacts. All of the mitigation measures needed to avoid or minimize potentially significant impacts are set out in the MND and incorporated into the Conditional Waiver’s conditions.

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BLM Issues Immediate Temporary Closure of Clear Creek Management Area

News Release
May 1, 2008

BLM Issues Immediate Temporary Closure of Clear Creek Management Area

To protect public health and safety from exposure to asbestos, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today issued an immediate temporary closure of 31,000 acres of public lands in Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) in southern San Benito and western Fresno counties to all public use.

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Planning 2.0: Improving the Way We Plan Together

BLM LogoAs part of a continuing commitment to improve their management of the nation’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is reviewing the way they develop and update our Resource Management Plans (RMPs).

This initiative, known as Planning 2.0, aims to increase public involvement and incorporate the most current data and technology into land use planning.  They have released proposed revisions to planning regulations, along with a preliminary economic analysis and categorical exclusion for public review and comment.  By implementing these improvements, the BLM endeavors to enhance the way that it involves the public in its planning efforts, including measures to provide earlier, easier, and more meaningful participation.

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