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John Stewart

CA OHV Trust Fund At Risk - Again

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger - Fax 916-558-3160 (phone 916-445-2841)
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2009 Budget Conference Committee Members

Assembly

Noreen Evans - Fax 916-319-2107 (phone 916-319-2007) (Chair)
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Cut and Paste Sample Letter:


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Dear ,

As a resident of California and a member of the off-highway vehicle (OHV) community, I am urging that as you search for funding for California Sate Parks, you do not attempt to redirect any funds from the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division budget. The OHV Division of California State Parks is completely funded by fees generated by OHV recreation. These user-generated fees should not be directed to uses that have nothing whatsoever to do with how the funds were generated.

In 2005, the California Bureau of State Audits found that Parks misappropriated millions of dollars from the OHV Trust Fund for use at facilities with no OHV opportunity.  Sadly, it appears that Parks is once again attempting to balance its books on the back of the OHV program.

The OHV Division is a nationally-recognized model of a "user-pay/user-benefit" program. This success is due to the State's ability to collect fees generated by OHV recreation on local, state and federal lands, and use these fees to support management of OHV recreation on these same lands. It is essential that both the operations of the State OHV Parks and the grants provided to local and federal agencies where OHV recreation occurs continue in order to maintain the success of this program.

I understand the serious nature of California's budget crisis; however, the state has already borrowed $90 million dollars from the OHV Trust Fund. I again urge you to avoid redirecting any OHV Trust Funds to non-OHV-related projects or programs.


Sincerely,

Name
Address

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Thanks for your attention to this very serious matter.

Don Amador
Western Representative
BlueRibbon Coalition

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John Stewart

View Lassen National Forest’s Travel Management Alternatives

(July 29, 2009) - The Lassen National Forest will be holding an open house on July 7th regarding the Travel Management Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for designating wheeled motorized vehicle travel.
 
An open house will be held Tuesday, July 7th, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., at Chico State University at the Bell Memorial Union, Room 210.

This open house will provide an opportunity to view large maps and to learn about the different alternatives concerning wheeled motorized vehicle travel, also known as Route Designation or Access and Travel Management.  The open house format will demonstrate the development of each alternative and how to provide comments on the proposals outlined in the DEIS.  Comment cards will also be provided for use during the open house.
 
Written or email comments on the DEIS are due July 20th, with a final decision on a designated system of wheeled motorized vehicle routes due around September 2009.
 
If you are unable to attend the open house, your comments may be submitted either electronically via e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or written comments may be mailed to:   
Lassen National Forest
Attn: Travel Management
2550 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA  96130
 
The Access and Travel Management planning process on the Lassen National Forest is part of a national effort to define transportation systems on each national forest.  The goal is to develop a sustainable system of roads, trails, and open areas that provide an array of opportunities for access and recreation on national forests, as well as protection of various resources by limiting wheeled motorized vehicle cross-country travel.
 
For those who have been following this multi-step process over the past few years, the release of the DEIS begins the next step in the planning process – formal analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).   

Forest Supervisor Kathleen Morse encourages everyone to stay involved during this planning process.  “We know many people have invested a lot of time in this already, but at this stage your comments and feedback on the travel management alternatives is critical to establish our baseline system.  This is not a final process, as the Forest will annually review the Lassen NF’s travel management system to determine if changes are needed.”
 
Maps of the different alternatives will display existing and proposed roads and trails that would make up the Forest Transportation System designated for wheeled motorized vehicle use.  Other minor changes are also proposed, such as identifying class of vehicles allowed on each route.
 
For more information, check the Lassen National Forest website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lassen.  Those who do not have internet access, maps and
documents will be available for viewing at the following offices and locations:   
 
Lassen National Forest Supervisor’s Office  Eagle Lake Ranger District  
2550 Riverside Drive    477-050 Eagle Lake Road  
Susanville, CA 96130    Susanville, CA 96130  
 
Almanor Ranger District     Hat Creek Ranger District  
900 East Highway 36    43225 East Highway 299
Chester, CA 96020     Fall River Mills, CA 96028  
 
Two libraries will also have hard copies of the maps for viewing at these locations:
 
Lassen County Library   Burney Library
1618 Main Street    37038 Siskiyou Street
Susanville, CA  96130    Burney, CA  96013
 
For more information about the DEIS or upcoming open houses, check the website or contact Christopher O’Brien at (530) 252-6698 or Dave Pilz at (530) 252-6659.  
 
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John Stewart

California OHV Alert - User funded Trust Fund under attack!

Earlier this year the OHV trust fund was already raided by the Legislature to lend the general fund $90 million that had previously been set aside for acquiring new properties. And now, after that money has been sacrificed to the current budget crisis, the OHV community in California is being asked to give more! When will this madness stop? Why destroy one of the only successful and fully self funded programs in the state? Instead, our representatives are looking to steal the money of hard working OHV recreating families. The leaders of this state should attempt to emulate the success of the OHV program in order to properly fund other non OHV State Park facilities that are in need of operating funds.Below you will find the contact information for the members of the Budget Conference Committee who will be considering this irresponsible action. Please contact them as well as your local representatives and express your displeasure with the idea of using OHV trust funds to operate California State Parks where OHV use is not allowed.

The template letter provided should be personalized and faxed or e-mailed to the members of the Committee. This template letter can also be found on the AMA D37 message board at http://www.district37ama.org/forums/ in both the off-road and dual sport forums. Together the OHV community can make a difference!
 
2009 Budget Conference Committee Members.

Assembly

Noreen Evans - Fax 916-319-2107 (phone 916-319-2007) (Chair)
Roger Niello - Fax 916-319-2105 (phone 916-319-2005)
Bob Blumenfield - fax 916-319-2140 (phone 916-319-2040)
Kevin de Leon - Fax 916-319-2145 (phone 916-319-2045)
Jim Nielsen - Fax916- 319-2102 (phone 916-319-2002)

Senate

Denise Ducheny - Fax 916-327-3522 (phone 916-651-4040) (Chair)
Bob Dutton - Fax 916-327-2272 (phone 916-651-4031)
Mark Leno - Fax 916-445-4722 (phone 916-651-4003)
Alan Lowenthal - Fax 916-327-9113 (phone 916-651-4027)
Mimi Walters - Fax 916-445-9754 (phone 916-651-4033)

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John Stewart

Forest Planning Workshop Scheduled

Save the Date of July 1, 2009 for a National Forest Plan Revision Process Workshop

The Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service is beginning the process to revise the management plans for the national forests in California.  The Regional Forester decided to revise fourteen forest plans over the next three years (the plans for the four Southern California forests were revised in 2005).   

The Forest Service is beginning the process in the Sierra Nevada.  A Regional Planning Executive Team was formed to guide and manage the revision process.  A Regional Interdisciplinary Team is being formed to develop regional guidance and templates and to complete and document complex analyses to support the process.   
We are guided in our plan revision work by a new Planning Rule developed in 2008.  Using the new rule, a comprehensive evaluation report (CER) will be completed for the Sierra Nevada region.  This regional CER will help focus the development of local CERs and forest plans for each national forest.  

The Forest Service will host a workshop at the McClellan Wildland Fire Training Center, 3237 Peacekeeper Way, McClellan, CA, near Sacramento, on July 1 (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM) to discuss the forest plan revision process.  One purpose for this workshop will be to enlist the help of the participants in designing a public participation process for the Sierra Nevada CER.  Another purpose for the workshop will be to discuss the initial outline and some of the content for the Sierra-wide CER.  We would like for the participants at the workshop to give us their advice about our approach and proposed content for the CER.  Video conference links to the workshop will be available at the Sierra National Forest headquarters in Clovis and at the Plumas National Forest headquarters in Quincy. Space is limited so if you would like to join us virtually at one of these sites please let us know. 

Please RSVP to Martha Maciel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you plan to attend the workshop and identify at which location you’ll be joining us - McClellan, Clovis or Quincy.

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John Stewart

Idaho Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Education Campaign

IDAHO FALLS - (June 1, 2009) – People who enjoy riding ATV and UTVs in the national forest and BLM lands are invited to a trail ethics education event on Saturday, June 13 at Kelly Canyon to learn about common issues that U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management officials are observing on public lands.

One of those issues involves a new type of all-terrain vehicle called a utility terrain vehicle (UTV). What UTVs are legal on public lands trails? Where is it appropriate to ride these larger machines that seat two people?

These are among the issues that Forest Service, BLM and Idaho Fish and Game officials will address beginning at 9:30 a.m. on June 13. ATV and UTV riders who participate in the event will receive a free lunch, and they’re invited to go for a trail ride in the afternoon.
 
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation officials also will be on hand to discuss the new licensing and registration system for OHVs, and Bonneville County Commissioner Lee Staker will talk about a draft ordinance that looks at what roads will be open to ATVs and UTVs in Bonneville County.
 
The event is co-sponsored by the Forest Service, BLM, IDPR, Idaho Fish and Game, Blue Ribbon Coalition and the Idaho Falls ATV Club.
 
“This is a proactive education event to give UTV and ATV riders a head’s up about some of the common problems that public lands officials are witnessing in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and on BLM lands in the Upper Snake region,” said Steve Stuebner, coordinator of the Idaho OHV Public Education Campaign. “Here at the beginning of summer recreation season, we want to give riders the courtesy of knowing how they can stay out of trouble and enjoy their trail rides.”
 
“We feel it’s really important for ATV riders to be good trail ambassadors and make sure our friends follow basic rules such as staying on the trail,” added Ron Davis, president of the Idaho Falls ATV Club. “It’s important to use the trails in a responsible way so they’re not closed because of a few bad actors who may not know any better. We hope a lot of riders will come to the event to learn more about proper trail ethics on public lands.”
 
About the Idaho OHV Education Campaign: To help raise awareness about the importance of OHVs staying on trails, five state and federal agencies in Idaho work on a statewide campaign called the Idaho Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) Public Education Project. Idaho-OHV encourages riders to ride safe, responsibly and reduce their impact on the land and other trail users. See www.idaho-ohv.org for more information.
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