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Forest OHV trails reopen for 2015; feature improvements

To protect trails and riders, OHV areas are subject to closure after prolonged or heavy rainfall when usage would result in forest damage. Before every ride, OHV users are encouraged to ‘call before you haul’ and check the recreation conditions report online at go.usa.gov/3jkxQ. “By treading lightly you can ride hard and still keep the trail beautiful, healthy, and open for future generations” added Jewett. For forest information, maps, and alerts visit:·         OHV maps: go.usa.gov/3gp3R·         Text message: text ‘follow chattoconeenf’ to 40404·         Smart phone/tablet app: go.usa.gov/Jwgh OHV trail riding areas and winter work:

Beasley Knob OHV TrailsOpenRoutine maintenance and approximately 4.5 miles of trail reroutes.Davenport Mountain OHV TrailsOpenNoneWhissenhunt OHV TrailsOpenTrail assessment to identify problem areas for future improvements.Locust Stake OHV Trail SystemOpenNoneOakey Mountain OHV TrailsOpenNoneHouston Valley OHV TrailsOpenRoutine maintenance, trail reroute, installation of size limiting gates, new information board and signs, and fencing upgrades.Rock Creek ORV TrailOpenNoneRocky Flats OHV TrailOpenNoneTatum Lead ORV TrailOpenNoneWindy Gap, Milma Creek, and Tibbs OHV TrailsOpenNoneRoberts Bike Camp OHV TrailsOpenNoneTown Creek OHV TrailsOpenNone

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide the finest outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources in Georgia. Featuring nearly 867,000 acres across 26 counties, thousands of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is part of the Southern Region, with the Forest Supervisor’s office in Gainesville, Georgia, managing four District units in Blairsville (Blue Ridge District), Lakemont (Chattooga River District), Chatsworth (Conasauga District), and Eatonton (Oconee District).

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John Stewart

King Fire and Rubicon Trail

Added evacuation area for Crystal Basin:Granite Springs, Ice House Road (east side), Pickett Pen Road, Rubicon Trail, Windmiller Trail, Wrights Lake Road, including all Forest Service roads, trails, and access roads in the Crystal Basin recreation area between Ice House Road and Desolation Wilderness, north of the Highway 50 corridor.Ice House ReservoirLoon LakeRockbound LakeRubicon ReservoirFor additional information about the King Fire:

Incident Information System: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4108/

Facebook Page for King Fire: https://www.facebook.com/KINGFIREPIO

Special Announcements: Public Meeting - Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Georgetown Elementary School at 6530 Wentworth Springs Road, Georgetown, CA 95634. For a full list of the individual roads go to the Sheriff's blog at http://http://pio.edso.org/

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Public Listening Sessions Slated for Denver and Sacramento

The Denver meeting will convene October 1, 2014, 1pm to 5pm, MDT, at the Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401.  The Denver meeting will have a livestream option for people to participate remotely.  The meeting can be accessed at www.blm.gov/live/.

The Sacramento meeting will take place October 7, 2014, 1pm to 5pm, at the Double Tree by Hilton Sacramento, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815.

To Preregister for the Planning 2.0 listening sessions or joing the mailing list, click here.

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

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Forest Service law enforcement searching for individual(s) who placed rebar in roads

“The end of the rebar has been flattened and sharpened to a point and the exposed point has been painted to blend in with the road surface,” said Mogollon Rim District Ranger Linda Wadleigh. “The objects pose a serious threat to everyone, and that doesn’t just mean people recreating on a motorcycle or OHV, it includes people walking, hiking and even wildlife. We are taking this very seriously and asking the public to keep an eye out and report suspicious activity in the area.” The U.S. Forest Service will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.  Anyone with information regarding who may be placing these dangerous rebar should contact Forest Service law enforcement at 928-527-3511.

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Bishop Rebuts Remarks Made Today by Former DOI Secretary Bruce Babbitt

Notes that conservation lands overwhelmingly outweigh leased acres

WASHINGTON – House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement in response to remarks delivered today by former Department of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt encouraging the President to impose stricter federal lands policies that aim to limit multiple use and energy production:

“I would probably be willing to accept the ‘one for one’ concept if we started at the position of parity. At present, little more than 37 million acres of BLM land have been leased for oil and gas development, whereas 293 million acres have already been set aside for conservation. This disparity clearly favors conservation but also reinforces the fact that deserving places are already being protected.  Instead of villainizing American energy developers, Secretary Babbitt should accept the fact that energy development, multiple use, and conservation are not mutually exclusive activities,” said Bishop.

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