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You can view the plan at: http://www.marines.mil/unit/29palms/las/Pages/default.aspx

A Q&A document with highlights of major changes in the final EIS is posted at:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/29palms/LAS/Documents/V7_FEIS__FAQS_120725.pdf

Public comments are due by Aug. 27.


For context, issuance of the EIS has been anticipated for months. 

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Boise NF-Emmett Ranger District Begins Travel Planning

The Boise National Forest continues their Travel Planning and is now working on portions of the Emmett Ranger District.  There are a total of 216,193 acres, comprising some 65 percent of the Ranger District, that have not gone through a complete National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision process for route designation. These acres are comprised of the "E" travel management areas identified on the current Boise National Forest Visitor/Travel Map. Public motorized travel in "E" areas currently utilizes established user-created routes, as well as formally designated routes.

Of principal interest is specifically which, if any, of the user-created routes within the "E" areas to formally designate for public motorized travel and what site-specific information the Forest Service (FS) should consider in evaluating user-created routes proposed for formal designation. At the conclusion of this process, only formally designated routes will remain available for public motorized travel in these areas.

The first step in the planning process is to develop a detailed proposal for the new designated travel plan. They call this the "proposed action." The FS needs your input! The FS is working on developing that proposed action right now! It is extremely important that individuals and groups who are interested in motorized recreation in these areas participate in this process. All information received will be available for public review and comment later this fall.

The deadline to submit comments for this part of the planning process is August 30, 2008.

Keep in mind that the new Travel Rule applies to ALL motorized vehicles. Hunters who use ATVs or motorcycles to retrieve harvested big game have the potential to be most directly affected by this route designation process.

The FS is holding three public meetings, where they will explain the Travel Route Designation Process for the Emmett Ranger District. (See Schedule below)

MEETING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, July 15, 2008                     7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Boise Best Western-Airport, Sierra Room
2660 Airport Way
Boise, Idaho

Wednesday, July 16, 2008               7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Emmett Ranger district Office
1805 Highway 16 #5
Emmett, Idaho

Thursday, July 17, 2008                   7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Crouch City Hall
329 Village Circle
Garden Valley, Idaho

Site-specific maps of the "E" areas on the Emmett Ranger District will be available at the meetings and, subsequently, on the Boise National Forest website. District specialists will be available to provide information on current uses of the "E" areas.

Additional ways to submit comments:

MAIL OR HAND DELIVER COMMENTS TO:
          Emmett Ranger District
          1805 Highway 16 #5
          Emmett, Idaho 83617

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

FAX COMMENTS TO:
       Emmett Ranger District office, at (208) 365-7037

EMAIL COMMENTS TO:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Put "Emmett Travel Route Designation Process" in the subject line. Acceptable formats are MS Word, Word Perfect, or RTF.  Comments should include your name and address.

For information on their planning effort, please contact John Erickson, District Ranger, Emmett Ranger District, at 208-365-7000. The Boise National Forest's Travel Management website (http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/boise/recreation/travel_management/travel_mgmt_index.shtml) will be adding additional information on this planning effort, including downloadable maps of the areas needing designation and a form that may be useful to you in providing your input.

JUST REMEMBER, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN, PLEASE GET INVOLVED!
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Off-Road Vehicle Management for Cape Hatteras National Seashore Scheduled

[Federal Register: July 8, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 131)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
 
Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee for Off-Road Vehicle Management for Cape Hatteras National Seashore

AGENCY: National Park Service (NPS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Meetings.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770, 5 U.S.C. App 1, section 10), of the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth meetings of the Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee for Off-Road Vehicle Management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. (See DATES section.)

DATES: The Committee will hold its sixth meeting on September 8-9, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on September 8, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 9. The meetings on both days will be held at the Avon Fire Hall, 40159 Harbor Drive, Avon, North Carolina 27915. The Committee will hold its seventh meeting on October 22-23, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on October 22, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 23. The meetings on both days will be held at the Hatteras Village Civic Center, 56658 Highway 12, Hatteras, NC 27943. The Committee will hold its eighth meeting on November 14-15, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on November 14, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 15. The meetings on both days will be held at the Clarion Hotel, 1601 South Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948. The Committee will hold its ninth meeting on December 11-12, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on December 11, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 12. The meetings on both days will be held at the Avon Fire Hall, 40159 Harbor Drive, Avon, North Carolina 27915.

    These, and any subsequent meetings, will be held for the following reason: To work with the National Park Service to assist in potentially developing special regulations for ORV management at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

    The proposed agenda for the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth meetings of the Committee may contain the following items: Approval of Meeting Summary from Last Meeting, Subcommittee and Members' Updates since Last Meeting, Alternatives Discussions, NEPA Update, and Public Comment. However, the Committee may modify its agenda during the course of its work. The meetings are open to the public. Interested persons may provide brief oral/written comments to the Committee during the public comment period of the meetings each day before the lunch break or file written comments with the Park Superintendent.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Murray, Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, North Carolina 27954, (252) 473-2111, ext. 148.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee's function is to assist directly in the development of special regulations for management of off-road vehicles (ORVs) at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore). Executive Order 11644, as amended by Executive Order 11989, requires certain Federal agencies to publish regulations that provide for administrative designation of the specific areas and trails on which ORV use may be permitted. In response, the NPS published a general regulation at 36 CFR 4.10, which provides that each park that designates routes and areas for ORV use must do so by promulgating a special regulation specific to that park. It also provides that the designation of routes and areas shall comply with Executive Order 11644, and 36 CFR Sec. 1.5 regarding closures. Members of the Committee will negotiate to reach consensus on concepts and language to be used as the basis for a proposed special regulation, to be published by the NPS in the Federal Register, governing ORV use at the Seashore. The duties of the Committee are solely advisory.

    Dated: June 9, 2008.
Michael B. Murray, Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
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John Stewart

UFWDA ACTION ALERT - Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area

Background

On June 11, 2008, members of the North Carolina US congressional delegation introduced HR 6233 & s 3113 to return management of Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area back to the National Park Service by setting aside the recently enacted consent decree that has virtually eliminated pedestrian and off-highway vehicle access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area. The bill will reinstate the Interim Management Plan for Species Management adopted through the NEPA process and public involvement by the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service and set aside the consent decree. The consent decree was a result of law suit settlement with Defenders of Wildlife and The National Audubon Society represented by Southern Environmental Law Center.

How to be the most effective
1) Visit – visiting your elected officials is the most persuasive method of convincing them to support HR 6233 and s. 3113
2) Fax - faxed letters indicating who you are, where you live, why you care, and why they should care are more persuasive than other methods of sending a letter.
3) Call – a personal call is very effective and more effective than e-mailing
4) E-mail – e-mailing a letter is less effective than visiting, faxing or e-mailing a letter, but will work if that is the method that enables you to do your part.
5) Mail – using the U.S. Postal Service takes up to 30 days for delivery so it is the least effective choice in contacting your elected officials.

How to find your US Senator or Representative
To find your US Representative(s) click here
Or go here directly: https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml

To find your US Senators click here
Or go here directly: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Talking points
These talking points are derived in part from information at the Free Island Press, July 1, 2008, “The Case For Passing Legislation That Returns Management of the Seashore to the Park Service”. www.freeislandpress.org. And from information on the University of North Carolina website, www.learnnc.org

« Ask them specifically to co-sponsor the bills
« Ask them specifically to support passage of the bills
« Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area was established first and foremost as a national seashore recreational area under its enabling legislation
« The 2007 nesting season, prior to implementation of either the Interim Management Plan or the consent decree, was the most successful piping plover breeding season in over 20 years
« Under the consent decree, a single plover chick is given enough beach area to cover the decks of three U.S. Navy super aircraft carriers, the largest warships on earth
« In most American communities, a convicted child molester can live closer to a public school than a fisherman and his family can get to a plover
« The Atlantic piping plover population is fast approaching 2,000 nesting pairs -- a figure that makes them eligible for de-listing as threatened
« American oystercatcher numbers were better last year under the interim strategy than they are this year under the consent decree, proving the consent decree doesn’t work
« The Outer Banks of North Carolina attract 5 million tourists each year to the area’s many beaches
« The park is largely inaccessible under the consent decree during the spring, summer, and fall, when the majority of Americans who visit the park take their vacations
« In 2003, tourists spent $600 million dollars in the Outer Banks. The consent decree is causing a tremendous loss of this tourism revenue resulting in an extremely damaging economic impact state-wide in North Carolina
« Before implementation of the consent decree Judge Boyle declared his intention to provide the environmental groups exactly what they sought without hearing any evidence from either point of view and precluded the intervening parties, Dare and Hyde counties and the Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance, from entering any evidence at all in open court. This occurred within the first few minutes of a February, 2008 scheduling conference in Judge Boyle’s court.


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Boise NF-Idaho City Ranger District Begins Travel Planning



Of principal interest is specifically which, if any, of the user-created routes within the "E" areas to formally designate for public motorized travel and what site-specific information the Forest Service (FS) should consider in evaluating user-created routes proposed for formal designation. At the conclusion of this process, only formally designated routes will remain available for public motorized travel in these areas.

The first step in the planning process is to develop a detailed proposal for the new designated travel plan. They call this the "proposed action." The FS needs your input! The FS is working on developing that proposed action right now! It is extremely important that individuals and groups who are interested in motorized recreation in these areas participate in this process. All information received will be available for public review and comment later this fall.

The deadline to submit comments for this part of the planning process is August 30, 2008.

Keep in mind that the new Travel Rule applies to ALL motorized vehicles. Hunters who use ATVs  or motorcycles to retrieve harvested big game have the potential to be most directly affected by this route designation process.

The FS is holding two public meetings, where they will explain the Travel Route Designation Process for the Idaho City Ranger District. (See Schedule below)

MEETING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, July 8, 2008, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Best Western Vista Inn's Sierra Room
2645 Airport Way
Boise, Idaho

Thursday, July 10, 2008, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Community Hall
Idaho City, Idaho

Site-specific maps of the "E" areas on the Idaho City Ranger District will be available at the meetings and, subsequently, on the Boise National Forest website. District specialists will be available to provide information on current uses of the "E" areas.

Additional ways to submit comments:

MAIL OR HAND DELIVER COMMENTS TO:
          Idaho City Ranger District
          Hwy 21, milepost 38.5
          PO Box 129
          Idaho City, ID 83631

Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

FAX COMMENTS TO:
       Idaho City Ranger District office, at (208) 392-6684

EMAIL COMMENTS TO:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Put "Idaho City Travel Route Designation Process" in the subject line. Acceptable formats are MS Word, Word Perfect, or RTF.  Comments should include your name and address. 

For more information, please contact the Idaho City Ranger District office at 208-392-6681. Please note that the Travel Route Designation Process is being undertaken concurrently on the Emmett Ranger District. For information on that planning effort, please contact John Erickson, District Ranger, Emmett Ranger District, 208-365-7000. The Boise National Forest's Travel Management website (http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/boise/recreation/travel_management/travel_mgmt_index.shtml) contains additional information on this planning effort, including downloadable maps of the areas needing designation and a form that may be useful to you in providing your input.

JUST REMEMBER, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN, PLEASE GET INVOLVED!

Thanks in advance for your support,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107


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