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John Stewart

RECREATION GROUPS SETTLE ILLEGAL WILDERNESS LAWSUIT

The FS commits in the settlement to issue a new decision that will govern motorized and over snow access management to RWAs. The agreement states the FS will endeavor to implement a new decision before the 2014-2015 winter season. In the absence of such a new decision, management will revert "to previous management direction" which has authorized snowmobile, motorcycle and mountain bike access to some portions of these remote areas, particularly including the "Great Burn" along the north central Idaho-Montana border."We are pleased by this development," stated Sandra Mitchell, Public Lands Director of the Idaho State Snowmobile Association, the lead plaintiff.  "The concern over administratively designated wilderness will likely continue, but at least in this case the Service is agreeing to reconsider what we contend was an illegal expansion of the agency's role," Mitchell concluded.The settlement is awaiting court approval. Wilderness advocacy organizations have intervened in the case, and court documents suggest they will object to the settlement agreement. "We have on numerous occasions reviewed similar settlement agreements where the parties' roles were reversed," noted Paul Turcke, the Boise, Idaho lawyer representing the recreation plaintiffs. "We look forward to responding to any objections the intervenors may seek to raise," added Turcke.The case is entitled Idaho State Snowmobile Ass'n v. U.S. Forest Service, Case No. CV-12-447-BLW. A copy of the complete settlement agreement may be viewed at http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/ISSA_v_USFS_Case_CV-12-447-BLW

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John Stewart

Rules? Who needs rules?

The federal agency will allow public comment for an additional month, until Dec. 3, Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers said, and set up meetings to answer questions from journalists, wilderness groups and the public.

"The Forest Service proposed directive on commercial filming in wilderness has been in place for more than four years and is a good faith effort to ensure the fullest protection of America's wild places," Chambers said in a statement.

Fox News did a report about this proposal that was little missing leading.  The Fox News segment talked about Forest Service and wilderness while showing pictures of National Parks.  

But then, the general public can relate to iconic views of Yosemite NP Half Dome and Yellowstone Geysers.  It much harder for the public to relate to wilderness areas under Forest Service management.  Seems few people care about or even know about those "special" areas as they are managed to exclude all but the most adventurous of the public that can endure to physical exertion to visit.

And, the backlash that ensued....   Seems the elite does not grasp the concept that what they want for others also applies to them. After all, the same law Forest Service is citing to charge for film/photo permits in wilderness is also the same law that is used to charge outfitters and guides for horseback trips into wilderness.  And, it is the same law that allows Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to charge special recreation event fees for the general public to use public lands.  And, it is the same law used to require expensive permits for motion pictures, television shows and commercials to film on public lands. The media and wilderness advocates are elite.  Rules, what rules? 
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John Stewart

King Fire and Rubicon Trail

Added evacuation area for Crystal Basin:Granite Springs, Ice House Road (east side), Pickett Pen Road, Rubicon Trail, Windmiller Trail, Wrights Lake Road, including all Forest Service roads, trails, and access roads in the Crystal Basin recreation area between Ice House Road and Desolation Wilderness, north of the Highway 50 corridor.Ice House ReservoirLoon LakeRockbound LakeRubicon ReservoirFor additional information about the King Fire:

Incident Information System: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4108/

Facebook Page for King Fire: https://www.facebook.com/KINGFIREPIO

Special Announcements: Public Meeting - Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Georgetown Elementary School at 6530 Wentworth Springs Road, Georgetown, CA 95634. For a full list of the individual roads go to the Sheriff's blog at http://http://pio.edso.org/

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Don Amador

Mill Fire Salvage Sale Makes No Cents!


Is This the Future of OHV at Stonyford for the Next 2-3 Years?As some of you already know, the Mendocino NF issued a public notice on Nov. 20 for comment on the Mill Fire Salvage and Hazard Tree Removal Project. Public comments are due by Dec. 17.Mill Fire Salvage Scoping Letter (with contact info)http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/ScopingLetter_MillFireSalvageHazardTreeRmvl.pdfMill Fire Salvage Project Infohttp://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/PreliminaryProjectInformation_MillFireSalvageHazardTreeRmvl.pdfMill Fire Salvage Project Maphttp://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/ScopingMap_MillFireSalvageHazardTreeRmvl.pdfWhile HQ historically supports responsible timber/salvage sales, this plan hardly mentions OHV recreation. In addition, the proposal functionally closes the area until late spring/early summer 2014 for both casual riding and permitted OHV events. I also think this proposal seriously undermines the agency’s credibility with the OHV community and other stakeholders.It appears many important connector roads and trails will be closed during logging/treatment. Again, this could mean no enduros in 2013 and possibly 2014. The proposal gives no estimate on when the trails could be re-opened for casual use. Again, OHV recreation is hardly mentioned. There is no mention of what this functional closure would have on the largest FS destination OHV area north of the Grapevine. There is no mitigation for repairing the trail system. At 20K/mile (or more), it could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix obliterated trails. Also, there is no mention of the sale’s impact on the current and ongoing post-fire trail restoration efforts. The proposal does not address what HQ feels is a critical matter and that is dealing with the knobcone pine infestation (and the beetles/bugs that are eating them) on Sullivan Ridge and the Potato Hill area. How would this closure of the area impact the potential for grants during the closure time? All of the affected trails listed below would be most likely converted from a system trail to a road and closed during the logging operation. At a minimum, a project like this would have to have project level NEPA to analyze the conversion of 50 inch or wider system trails to roads.Initial List of Impacted (e.g. closed/obliterated routes by salvage sale)Trails 03, 11, 13, 14, 15, 20, 22, 33, 35, and 36.4WD/OHV route/roads – 17N02, 17N14, 17N62B, 17N62C, 17N95, and 17N97 Be assured that HQ and BRC will be sharing our concerns with the FS, users, and conservation groups about what appears to be an ill-advised plan. This proposal as currently crafted is nothing more than an appeal and/or litigation magnate. I expect the FS will get hit from both sides of the land-use spectrum unless this plan is withdrawn or rewritten.This proposal does not make any cents! (Yes, I mean cents as in wasted taxpayer and green sticker monies)# # #

 

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Jason Church

Comments sought for Ashton/Island Park trails project.Freemont County, Idaho OHV project

The Ashton/Island Park Ranger District is interested in hearing any comments, concerns, ideas, or issues you may have regarding their Island Park Off Highway Vehicle Trails project/proposal.The purpose of this proposal is to revise management of areas open to cross-country OHV travel and designate OHV trails that connect to the Forest Transportation System. This action is needed to provide a safe and sustainable travel system that reduce resource impacts, improve public safety, improve access, and improve the ability to enforce travel restrictions.This proposal will:1. Designate approximately 33 miles of trail. Of the proposed 33 miles of trail:• Approximately 11 miles of National Forest System Roads currently closed to public motor vehicle use will convert to National Forest System Trails.• Approximately 19 miles of user-created routes will convert to National Forest System Trails which will require reconstruction.• Approximately 3 miles of trail will require new construction.2. Close “F” and “D” areas to cross-country OHV travel. This involves a Forest Plan Amendment.3. West End area: Change management prescription 4.3 from closed to cross-country OHV travel to open to cross-country OHV travel.4. ATV Parking Area/Trailhead: Clear, grub, grade, and gravel two parking areas and install information bulletin boards in each parking area.Cattleguard Construction: District personnel will install six cattle guards to accommodate OHV traffic.5. Decommission Maintenance Level 1 National Forest System Roads: Decommission approximately 15 miles of National Forest System Roads.6. Close User-Created Routes: Close and rehabilitate approximately 79 miles of user-created routes that are not part of the Forest Transportation System. Methods used to close user-created routes will be determined on a case by case basis. Methods include, but are not limited to: construction or placement of barriers such as jackfences, rock boulders, or scattering slash and scarification of routes exhibiting heavy soil compaction.For specific information regarding this project, you are directed to the project website to download the scoping document and maps: USDA Forest Service - Ashton-Island Park Ranger District NEPA Projects - Island Park OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) Trails ProjectComments regarding this proposal should be received by Dec. 3, 2013 and should address specific concerns regarding this proposal.We anticipate release of an environmental document analyzing effects of this proposed action in March 2013. This project is planned for implementation in summer of 2013. Throughout scoping, comments submitted to the Forest Service, including names and addresses of those who responded, will be considered part of the public record for this proposal and as such will be available for public review. If you cite published studies or papers in your comments, provide copies of the source material with your comments. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, those who submit anonymous comments will not have standing to appeal under 36 CFR Part 215.Maps will be available for review at the Ashton and Island Park offices, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can view or download maps at USDA Forest Service - Ashton-Island Park Ranger District NEPA Projects - Island Park OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) Trails ProjectSend written comments to:Island Park OHV Trails Attn: Brandon BurkeP.O. Box 858 Ashton, ID 83420For information on this project contact Brandon Burke at (208) 652-1201. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Electronic comments should be submitted in Word (.doc) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Comments sought for Ashton/Island Park trails projectFreemont County, Idaho OHV projectTeton Valley News

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