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COHVCO Schedules TIGeR Team Training

Attention Colorado Recreationists!

The Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO) has schedule several TIGeR Team training classes for the month of June (see schedule below).

Under the new Travel Management Rule, the USFS is required to create a designated system of roads and trails on all national forests and grasslands. The final outcome of the rule will be the production of a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). COHVCO has teamed up with the Forest Service to develop a process to help provide the missing data for those maps. They created the Trail Inventory Gap Resolution (TIGeR) Team concept, where ALL OHV (Dirt Bike, ATV, 4x4 and Snowmobile) road and trail users can assist by collecting GPS data to help fill in missing trail/road gaps. They do this by providing information on existing, well-documented, important, historical roads and trails that do not appear on the agencies baseline inventory of roads and trails. For more information on TIGeR Teams, visit http://tiger.cohvco.org/.

Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at 7:00 pm
US Bank
4th and Grand
Grand Junction, CO

Thursday, June 19, 2008
Contact Gene Coppinger 970-565-7679 for time and location
Cortez, CO

Friday, June 20, 2008 at 6:00 pm
Laplata Electric Association, Board Room
Durango, CO

Sunday, June 22, 2008
Contact Gerre Guthals 719-658-0412 for time and location
Creed, CO

George Gangler, TIGeR Team GPS expert, will be instructing the classes for GPS users on how to use the Global Mapper program. Global Mapper is the program that displays the Forest Service roads and trails and the Forest Service ARC files. You can also put County maps, MVUM maps and others or your tracks on top. It's open to anyone who does some computer GPS work. Pass the word around and bring your laptop.

You should have some computer skills and some familiarity with GPS units so you know how to upload and download data. A laptop is a great tool to bring with you to the class. A real good computer GPS person can get by without one, but most people will need it for the hands on training. Please allow 3 hours with downloading software.

George will have copies of Global Mapper on DVD for $75.00 (regular price $299.00). Please let him know if you are interested in attending. His contact information is listed below.

George Gangler
Arvada Cycle
10940 W 44th Ave
Wheat Ridge Co. 80033
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.arvadacycle.com
Phone 303-422-3957
Cell 303-726-7686

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN, PLEASE GET INVOLVED!
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CA - Public Workshops for Travel Management Route Designation Process

Public Workshops for Travel Management Route Designation Process
Eureka, CA May 22, 2008

The Six Rivers National Forest is hosting the continuation of a series of workshops on the progress of its Travel Management Route Designation Process, a national effort that all 156 national forests must complete as required by the 2005 Travel Management Rule.

The purpose of the workshops is to share information, review and determine if traveled routes have been identified, and gather additional information to help in developing site- specific proposals for changes to the Lower Trinity and Mad River Ranger Districts' motorized transportation system. According to Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley, "We want to identify any additional opportunities and benefits as well as hear concerns with individual routes being considered." This input will ultimately serve as the basis for development of a proposed action to be analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act.

For people who are already involved in the motor vehicle route designation process, this continues their important role in making this process a success. For newcomers, the workshops provide an opportunity to better understand the process and how they can provide valuable input.

Two public workshops are scheduled for 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Six Rivers National Forest Headquarters, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA on the following dates:

* May 31, 2008
* June 28, 2008

These workshops will be open house style and informal. No formal presentations are scheduled. People are invited to come in any time during these 10:00 am to 4:00 pm workshops to help finalize the initial steps of the process. Six Rivers National Forest employees will be present to meet with members of the public one-on-one to collect additional information and answer questions.

As part of this planning process, the public is encouraged to determine if traveled routes have been identified, and provide additional information identifying opportunities and benefits as well as concerns with individual routes being considered. Public comments need to be received by June 30, 2008 in order to be considered in these initial phases of the planning process.

Comments should be addressed to: Six Rivers National Forest, Attn: Ray McCray, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501 Additional information, including maps and route inventory evaluation forms will be available at www.fs.fed.us/r5/sixrivers/projects/ohv/ or by contacting Ray McCray at 707-441-3629.
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Utah Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Management Workshop

Utah Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Management Workshop

June 23-26, 2008

Weber State University, Davis Campus
2750 North University Park Blvd., Layton, UT 84041-9099

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!
https://conference.nohvcc.org/?EVENT&EVENTCODE=010193-45&PASSWORD=nohvcc&template=UTwork

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council in cooperation with Davis County, Utah State Parks, US Forest Service Region 4 and the Bureau of Land Management Utah State Office will conduct an Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Management Workshop in Layton on June 23-26, 2008.

The purpose of the 2008 workshop is to conduct an educational forum on OHV recreation management for land management agencies and local government with the specific objectives of:

Defining Utah public land management, public, and industry stakeholder issues;

Sharing the current status of local, state and federal planning efforts;

Building a better understanding of laws and regulations governing the use of OHVs;

Improving education information and the distribution of educational materials to the OHV recreation public;

Improving the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of OHV facilities, areas, trails and trail systems in order to:

o Minimize impacts to natural and cultural resources;
o Reduce conflict between recreation and other public land stakeholders; and
o Better meet the needs and desires of the OHV recreation public; and

Improving working relationships between local, state, and federal land management agencies and the OHV community.

The Workshop will consist of classroom instruction and field exercises. In addition, optional ATV Safety Institute(r) ATV RiderCourse(tm), Motorcycle Safety Foundation Dirt Bike School(tm) , and Tread Lightly!(r) Tread Trainers(tm) Course classes will be offered on Monday, June 23.

Please register on-line using the link provided above. Advance registration is required. Registration is required and limited to 80. Registration closes June 17th. Registration fee is $100.00.

For further information regarding the workshop please contact Ann Vance at 888-458-0131 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council is a non-profit educational foundation. For information regarding NOHVCC and its workshop programs visit its website at www.nohvcc.org.

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Open House and Public Meeting Planned for Clear Creek Asbestos Health Risk Presentation

News Release
May 1, 2008

Open House and Public Meeting Planned for Clear Creek Asbestos Health Risk Presentation

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host an open house and a public meeting May 8 in Santa Clara for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to present its human health risk assessment for asbestos exposure from recreational use of BLM’s Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA). BLM will also present information on its recent closure of about half the area in response to the findings.

EPA's assessment, released May 1, states that asbestos exposures measured by EPA for many recreational activities at CCMA are "above the EPA acceptable risk range of lifetime cancers," and also concludes that children "have greater risk than adults due to higher exposure measurements [and] are of special concern because their exposures occur earlier in their lives."

 

BLM issued an immediate temporary closure of 31,000 acres of the 63,000 acres of public lands in the CCMA, located in western Fresno and eastern San Benito counties, in response to the assessment, according to BLM Hollister Field Manager Rick Cooper. The EPA assessment is available online at www.epa.gov/region09/toxic/noa/clearcreek; the BLM closure order is at www.blm.gov/ca/hollister.

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COMMENT ON PROPOSED CHANGES FOR UPPER TELLICO OHV TRAILS NEEDED!

Date: 06/25/2008
BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!

COMMENT ON PROPOSED CHANGES FOR UPPER TELLICO OHV TRAILS NEEDED!

The Nantahala National Forest today announced proposed changes in the 39.5 mile Upper Tellico OHV Trail System. The proposal calls for maintaining approximately 24 miles of trails, upgrading five miles of Davis Creek Road for street-legal vehicle use, and closing and restoring 11 miles of other trails. The Forest Service is asking for the public comments on the proposed changes.


BlueRibbon Coalition has gotten with our partners over at Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) to come up with some comment suggestions. In addition, we have developed a system to help you submit those comments in a quick and simple manner. To view the proposed changes, go to the forest's website at http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/nepa/tusquitee/tellico.htm.

This is also a reminder that the Upper Tellico Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System Open House on new Trail Management Proposal is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, 2008 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. It will be held at the First Baptist Church, 517 Hiwassee Street, Murphy, NC. The church is located at the intersection of US 74-19 and Hiwassee Street in Murphy (across the street from McDonald's); entrance for the open house will be marked. Individuals may come anytime during the open house hours.

The public is invited to come ask questions and learn more about the proposal as well as submit written comments and suggestions.

Comments may be sent to the Tusquitee District Ranger, 123 Woodland Drive, Murphy, NC 28906. Comments may also be sent via email to [email protected]

THE DEADLINE IS JULY 9, 2008, SO PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE AND SEND
THE FOREST SERVICE YOUR COMMENTS.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Thanks in advance for your support
,
Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102


SITUATION
The Nantahala NF is accepting comments on proposed changes to the Upper Tellico OHV Trail System. Comment deadline is July 9, 2008. For additional information, contact Candace Wyman at 828-837-5152 extension 113, or go to http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/nepa/tusquitee/tellico.htm.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
Please send an email to the Nantahala National Forest. Use the comment suggestions below. Be sure to add a bit of personal information.

If you want, you can use BRC's letter generator (www.sharetrails.org/letters/letter.php?id=14). It has an easy interface for adding additional comments and sending your letter.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Be polite. Be Professional. Be on time. (The comment deadline is Wednesday, July 9, 2008)

EMAIL COMMENTS TO:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Acceptable formats for electronic comments are text (.txt), MSWord 6.0 or higher (.doc), Portable Document Format (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf).

In the Subject Line of your email, please put: " Comments on Upper Tellico OHV System "

Paste in the name and address:
Tusquitee District Ranger
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906

It's always good to include a brief paragraph about how much you and your family enjoy motorized use on National Forest lands.

Use the comment suggestions below in your email:

MAIL WRITTEN COMMENTS TO:
Upper Tellico OHV System
Steve Lohr, Tusquitee District Ranger
123 Woodland Drive
Murphy, NC 28906


COMMENT SUGGESTION:

I would like to strongly suggest that the FS consider scoping for reopening and maintaining trails at Tellico instead of closing trails. If the purpose and need for this action is to reduce sedimentation in streams, then that should be the desired outcome of this analysis, not closing trails. If the FS were to change the proposed action to reduction of sedimentation, this would allow the FS to conduct a more comprehensive analysis under NEPA and could provide recreation opportunities to OHV community and reduce sedimentation in the Tellico River watershed at the same time.

I take issue with the idea that the FS is scoping to close trails at the Tellico OHV area based on inaccurate science. I feel that the FS is crumpling under the threat of a lawsuit by a sportsman-turned environmental group. The FS provided information states that Jenks Branch is the creek with the most sedimentation. I feel that it is coming from the Tipton Community rather than the OHV area. The upper portion of the "Lower 2" trail does not drain in the watershed and, even if it did, can be maintained. The area in between that was logged recently needs to be reworked as there were no BMP put in place during that logging and the result is erosion. This erosion is not due to the OHV area and therefore we as users of the area should not be punished for actions for which we are not responsible.

It is inaccurate to say the FS has to close trails because of maintenance issues when they are the entity that did not perform the maintenance. SFWDA volunteers have been working for years in cooperation with the FS and now that relationship is being cast aside in an effort to pacify another less involved user group.

The motorized recreating public will not accept monetary constraints as an excuse for trail closures. Ironically, it is the motorized user community that has been successful in securing substantial funds for OHV management. There are several grant and volunteer programs available, and the OHV community is committed to help provide the tools to address legitimate concerns about route maintenance. Therefore, my comment is that you address any legitimate maintenance concerns by incorporating a training protocol into your plan that would train agency staff on how to apply for grants, use the available ICE-T Money, effectively manage volunteer programs, and learn about and apply for other funding sources. In addition, you might consider MOUs or other similar agreements with recreational groups, such as the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association.

I believe that the USFS has not properly evaluated the impacts of closing or restricting the Upper Tellico OHV Area. I believe that the economic impacts to the area have not been considered at all in determining the current proposed changes. I believe that the Forest Service has not considered the rapid, explosive growth of interest in motorized recreation, and has simply wilted in the face of a NOI from an extreme environment group. The FS needs to consider the interests of others besides itself and the few environmental lobbyists and lawyers who represent a small but well-financed group who wants to prevent the public's use of land that rightfully belongs to the public. The FS needs to consider where the OHV operators who currently utilize the Upper Tellico OHV Area will go, and what damage may occur from that shift to other areas. I believe that current plan for Upper Tellico OHV Area is unfair, unwise, and scientifically and economically unsound.


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