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Don Amador

Science As a Tool in OHV Recreation

2006 field test on the Shasta-Trinity NF

Championing responsible OHV recreation on public lands takes many forms. Often today, those venues are related to the administrative process or legal challenges.

For many years, some of you have listened to me talk about my axiom of land use and heard the now famous quote ... “All land-use planning decisions are political decisions.” That quote is not meant to discount the importance of local involvement, volunteer efforts, offering public comments, advocacy, etc. Rather it is offered as a potent dose of reality to new land use leaders who are trying to figure out the federal land management decision-making process. And, to present an explanation of how/why that final decision is made. The confusion for many OHVers is often it appears that science, historic use, or common sense had little to do with the decision.

One important, yet often overlooked, effective strategy for championing OHV recreation is proactive support for new OHV-related science projects that may help to provide specific answers/solutions to how OHV recreation is managed on public lands.

Read more of Science As a Tool in OHV Recreation on The General's BLOG.

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John Stewart

California Proposes to Enhance Vehicle Scrappage Program

Participants would receive $1,000 per vehicle or $1,500 per vehicle if they meet low-income requirements.  The proposal would also establish a pilot voucher program in the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley air basins that targets the highest-emitting vehicles and requires their replacement with newer, cleaner vehicles. The local air districts would work with the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) to determine vehicle eligibility and low-income status. Once approved, the districts would provide the applicant a Letter of Eligibility from BAR and a redeemable voucher. Consumers would retire their vehicle at a participating dismantler, receiving an immediate compensation of $1,000 - $1,500 for vehicle retirement. Consumers could then redeem their voucher at participating car dealerships toward the purchase of a replacement vehicle. CARB is proposing that the voucher compensation be $2,000 or $2,500 per vehicle depending on income level.   CARB will conduct a public hearing to consider adoption of the proposed Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program Regulation (Car Scrap).DATE:  June 25-26, 2009TIME:   9:00 a.m.PLACE:  California Environmental Protection AgencyAir Resources Board, Byron Sher Auditorium1001 I StreetSacramento, California 95814This item will be considered at a two-day meeting of the Board, which will commence at 9:00 a.m., June 25, 2009, and may continue at 8:30 a.m., on June 26, 2009. This item may not be considered until June 26, 2009.Comments to the proposal are due June 24.  To read the full proposal, go to:Written comments must be received no later than 12:00 noon, Pacific Standard Time, June 24, 2009, and addressed to the following: (updated link): http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2009/carscrap09/carscrapisor.pdfClerk of the Board, Air Resources Board1001 I StreetSacramento, California 95814Electronic submittal: http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.phpFax submittal: (916) 322-3928
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Don Amador

The General on California OHMVR Grants

California State Parks OHMVR

Often you will hear The General remind riders to undertake the difficult task of searching for - and celebrating when found - good news in the midst of these gloomy economic and land-use times.Just such good news exists in the form of the OHMVR Division releasing their Notice of Intent to Award various trail, restoration, law enforcement, and safety grants. As some of you know, the OHV commission had been taken over by an anti-access majority (circa 2000). That body then enacted their closure agenda by developing the early route designation process (circa 2002/2003) that not only birthed the National Travel Management Rule but defunded most OHV trail projects on FS and BLM lands for 7 years.After a lot of work in 2007 by OHV leadership and the ecologically-balanced OHMVR Division with support from the Governor’s Office, a new OHV program was authorized in SB742. One part of the bill was development of a new grants program that had the majority of “Green Sticker” funds going to support trails and trail facilities.

Read more from th General at: Celebrate OHV Green Sticker Money Going for Trails

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John Stewart

Little Wins and Rays of Hope

I’ve discovered there are “phases” in this off-road life we all love so much, especially if you’re in the game of fighting for trails and riding areas.  Like a lot of other things in life, it appears there are steps we go through – kind of like losing someone – withdrawal, denial, anger, resentment, all that stuff.  I’ve been through it all one time or another.  But the little wins and the rays of hope are what keep me going.  Allow me to share with you how that hope and light can help you as well.

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John Stewart

CA Emissions Bill Dies

California Bill to Require ANNUAL Emissions Tests for Vehicles 15-Years Old and Older Dies in CommitteeLegislation (A.B. 859) in the California Assembly to require annual Smog check inspections for vehicles 15-years old and older was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is essentially dead for the year.  The bill would also have required that funds generated through the additional inspection fees be deposited into an account which could have been used to scrap older cars.  Pre-1976 motor vehicles would have remained exempt under A.B. 859. SEMA worked to protect the interest of car owners in California to help defeat this bill.  Thanks and congratulations to all of you who participated in this effort to defeat A.B. 859!

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