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John Stewart

LAME DUCK OMNIBUS LAND BILL NEEDS OUR VOICE!

The Lame-Duck Congress is limping along and with each day in session, the chances for an Omnibus Public Lands Bill increase.  The proposed Omnibus Public Lands Bill includes many proposals that will have a negative impact of motorized recreation opportunity.

Please take a moment and MAKE A CALL to your Senators about the lame duck Omnibus Bill about to hit us. My friends in the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) have a great Action Alert with more information here and a link where you can get the phone number for YOUR SENATOR here:  http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/legisltn/rapidresponse.asp

Critical attention must be paid to the following Senators that have great influence over the future of this legislation. If you are a constituent of any of these Senators, please call them today and ask everyone you know to do the same:  Senators McCain (AZ), Bennett (UT), Corker (TN), Brownback (KS), Voinovich (OH), Collins (ME), Snowe (ME), McConnell (KY), Kyl (AZ), Thune (SD), Barrasso (WY), Bunning (KY), Burr (NC), Risch (ID), Ensign (NV) and Sessions (AL).

I am asking for phone calls and not emails as this is THAT important (and time sensitive).  Make a quick call and tell them NO Omnibus Bill – because:
1.  There’s not been any real public debate or input and even if the bill has some good stuff in it, we, the public need time to digest and review it.
2.  This is being shoved through (down our throats) in too big a hurry.  It’s not the way government was intended to work.
3.  The bill contains multiple land designations that merely CLOSE us out of our public lands – we need time to review, digest, comment, and CHANGE the language.  It certainly does not represent the will of the public.
4.  This thing contains vast spending measures that are not relevant to public land access.
5. Basically, this is a unilateral agenda to close millions of acres of public lands – YOUR land.

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John Stewart

ID - BLM Schedules Four Public Meetings

The plan is required by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. When the Jarbidge Resource Management Plan has been completed, a TMP will be developed for the area east of the Bruneau River.
 
Meetings will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the following locations:
· October 27, 2010        BLM Boise District Office, 3948 Development Ave, Boise, Idaho
· November 4, 2010      Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St South, Nampa, Idaho
· November 9, 2010      Rimrock High School, 39678 State Hwy 78, Grandview, Idaho
· November 10, 2010    Owyhee Historical Museum, 17085 Basey Street, Murphy, Idaho
 
At the meetings, the public may review baseline route inventory maps to help BLM ensure the most accurate route information is used during the planning process. Attendees will also be asked to identify issues of concern that they would like to see addressed in the TMP.  The meetings will be in an open house format, with maps of the area displayed.
 
Individuals having questions about the meetings may contact TJ Clifford, BLM outdoor recreation planner, at 208-384-3459.
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John Stewart

AZ - Havasu Travel Management Plan Extended

“Many people requested we extend the deadline so that winter visitors have a chance to comment and participate in the process as well,” McCoy added. “The Mohave County Board of Supervisors and Lake Havasu City elected officials also requested more time at recent meetings with BLM.”

McCoy concluded that the additional time will also allow BLM to look at routes that people have commented about or feel that BLM missed during the inventory process. Particular attention will be given to dry washes as they must be inventoried and mapped to be included in the trails network.

The Environmental Assessment will evaluate all of the motorized and non-motorized routes of travel and their affected resources in the current inventory of existing routes in the study area. The Assessment will have three transportation route network alternatives designating each route as open, limited or closed.  The Havasu Travel Management Planning area generally includes public lands in the Lake Havasu Field Office south of Interstate 40 (both sides of the Colorado River), extending to five to seven miles north of the Bill Williams River.

Maps of the Havasu Unit can be reviewed online at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/lake_havasu_field.html or by contacting Myron McCoy, Outdoor Recreation Planner at the BLM Lake Havasu Field Office, 2610 Sweetwater, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406; Telephone (928) 505-1216.

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Public Workshop Announced for Piute Travel Management Plan

The first meeting will be held on October 7, 2010, at the Kernville Odd Fellows Hall at 50 Tobias Street, Kernville, CA, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Subsequent meeting dates and potential field trips will be discussed at this first meeting.

The travel management planning process for the Piute Mountains was put on hold after the Piute Fire burned through the area in July 2008 to allow this area to recover. The Forest Service is now reinitiating the process by organizing a stakeholder group to collaboratively develop a mutually acceptable proposal for the forest transportation system in the Piute Mountains.

If you are interested in being an active participant of the working group, or would like to learn more about the Piute Mountains Travel Management Planning Process, please plan to attend the initial meeting.

For more information, please contact Warren Niemi, Team Leader at (559)784-1500 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you are interested in actively participating in this collaborative effort, please contact Anna West at (415) 391-7900, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by October 1st.

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John Stewart

BLM Seeks Comments on Proposed Marine Corps Withdrawal

BLM Barstow Field Manager Roxie Trost said the lands remain open to public access and recreation use while these studies are underway.  She explained that the lands have been segregated or unavailable for settlement, sale, and location of mining claims since September 2008, when the Marines began the legislative withdrawal process to expand the base in San Bernardino County.  Today's action provides more time for the preparation of an environmental impact statement on the base expansion proposal. A draft EIS is expected to be released in January 2011.

A 90-day comment period on the proposal closes December 13, 2010. Comments should be sent to Ms. Roxie Trost, BLM Barstow Office Field Manager, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, California 92311.  A notice of the proposed withdrawal was published in today's Federal Register, and is available online at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/fed_reg_archives.html

In 2008, the Department of the Navy filed an application requesting the Secretary of the Interior to process a proposed withdrawal of public lands for military training and exercises.  Several thousand comments were received generally supporting military operations, but others expressing concerns about loss of public access into Johnson Valley, a popular off-highway vehicle recreation area. Those comments will be addressed in the draft EIS.

For more information, contact Ms. Roxie Trost, BLM Barstow Office Field Manager, 760-252-6000 or Mr. Rusty Lee, BLM Needles Office Field Manager, at 760-326-7000.

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