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CALIFORNIA OHVers - Comments Needed on Proposed Mill Fire Salvage Project

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Dear BRC members, supporters and action alert subscribers,

As many of you know, the Mendocino National Forest is proposing to do a salvage timber sale to address various resource and safety issues that resulted from the Mill Fire this summer.  Generally, most recreationists are not arbitrarily opposed to responsible salvage timber operations that protect the resource and help in the area's recovery so that it can be once again enjoyed by the public.   However, this proposal appears to have been created in a vacuum with basically no input from recreation professionals within the agency.

Although the public comment period for this current scoping period does not end until December 17, we feel it is important for you to immediately petition the Forest Service to withdraw the proposal and re-scope it so that it analyzes potential impacts to OHV recreation and other public uses.

Your letters do not have to be long or thoroughly exhaust an issue.  Rather, each letter should address your history of use at the area, any expertise you have in recreation or resource management, issues that concern you and suggestions on how the agency can improve the planning documents.

Here are key bullet points:

Ask the agency withdraw and re-scope the Project due to planning deficiencies that failed to analyze or disclose the following issues.

Impacts to recreation program
Impacts to current and future OHV grants from OHMVR
Impacts to FS system roads and trails
Impacts to permitted OHV events such as enduros and dual-sport rides
Site-specific NEPA is required if system trails are converted to roads
Impacts to ongoing post-fire trail rehabilitation by FS and state park trail crews
Is the plan to "clear-cut" wide paths along roads/trails for public safety really needed
Impacts to agency credibility with users including volunteer programs
Below is a sample letter that you can use as a basis to articulate your own specific concerns about the project.   There are also links to the December 3, 2012, BRC comment letter and the November 28, 2012 comment letter from the Oakland Motorcycle Club that you can reference.

Don Amador
Western Representative
BlueRibbon Coalition
925-625-6287

Remember that your letters do not have to be long.  Usually one or two pages will do the trick at this point in the planning process.

SAMPLE LETTER

Date

Sherrie Tune
Forest Supervisor
Mendocino National Forest
825 N. Humboldt Avenue
Willows, CA 95988
FAX: 530.934.7384
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dear Supervisor Tune:

I am writing to you with the request that your office support the BlueRibbon Coalition's request to re-scope the proposed Mill Fire Salvage and Hazard Tree Removal Project. My family has been riding at the Stonyford OHV Area since the 1980s.  The current proposal has many unintended negative consequences to the OHV program on the Grindstone Ranger District. These impacts will be lasting and   devastating.

OHV recreation has an important impact on the area's economy. Thousands of people attend enduros, dual-sport rides or camp each year to enjoy the trail systems that are threatened by the current plan. The proposal appears to threaten that use by extending the closure another 2-3 years.

Again, please re-scope the plan so that OHV recreation and the sale's impact to the trail system can be properly analyzed in creation of new scoping documents. The Mill Fire had a severe impact on the OHV program; please don't compound this issue by destroying our OHV program by authorizing a salvage plan that does not protect and enhance recreational opportunity on the unit.

Thanks for considering my comments.

John Doe
33 Steam Donkey Way
Trail Town, USA

BRC December 3 Comment Letter
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Mill_Fire_Project_BRC_Rescope_PDF_final_12.3.12.pdf

OMC Letter
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Mill_fire_OMC_response.pdf

Mill Fire Salvage Sale Scoping Letter
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/ScopingLetter_MillFireSalvageHazardTreeRmvl.pdf

Mill Fire Salvage Sale Proposal
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/PreliminaryProjectInformation_MillFireSalvageHazardTreeRmvl.pdf

Mill Fire Salvage Sale Map
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/ScopingMap_MillFireSalvageHazardTreeRmvl.pdf

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BlueRibbon Coalition

PUBLIC LAND ISSUE EXPLODES IN IDAHO

COMING TO A FOREST NEAR NEAR YOU?

In 20 years of working on public land issues for the Idaho State Snowmobile Association (ISSA), I thought I had seen it all, but then along came the Clearwater National Forest Travel Plan and its amazing cast of characters and circumstances.

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ANOTHER MASSIVE NATIONAL MONUMENT PUSHED IN UTAH!

ANOTHER MASSIVE NATIONAL MONUMENT PUSHED IN UTAH!

Greetings Utah BRC members and supporters...

Given the news of this week, we felt a need to update our update. We hate to inundate your inbox like this, but the threat is real, and you need to know about it.  

Situation:
For whatever reason (November election, perhaps?) the Washington, DC.., Wilderness Lobby has twisted their proverbial throttle to "WIDE OPEN."

From Montana, we learn the Wilderness lobbyists feel "emboldened by election results" and are pushing the incredulously named "Forest Jobs and Recreation Act." That's Montana Senator Jon Tester's pitch to add an additional 600,000 acres to Montana's already impressive 3.5 million plus acres of Wilderness.  

And in California, our friends at the American Lands Rights Association recently sent an action alert noting plans for yet another new National Park are in overdrive. Ditto for Wilderness efforts in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.

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RALLY TO STOP CLOSURES AT OREGON DUNES NRA - REMINDER

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Dear BRC members, supporters and subscribers in Oregon,

Just a quick reminder that our partners from the Save The Riders Dunes (STRD) and A Line In The Sand need your help and attendance at a rally to stop closures at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (NRA). The Rally at Riley is happening this Saturday, November 17, 2012. The rally starts at noon at the Riley Ranch Co Park. You can download a copy of the flyer here.

Please pass this important alert on to your friends and family, and please ask them to take action as well.

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BlueRibbon Coalition

A Message From BRC's Executive Director

Dear BlueRibbon Coalition Members and Supporters:

I hope this email finds you all well and looking forward to spending a great Thanksgiving Holiday with your friends and family.  On behalf of everyone at the BlueRibbon Coalition, I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

I also want to draw your attention to a few things we are working on:

Our latest legal update includes an amazing denial by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) that their policy to manage Recommended Wilderness Areas (RWA) as if those RWAs were congressional designated Wilderness exists. What makes the denial amazing is that we have written copy of that policy, and we've included a link to it in our update! To quote our alert:  "The whole point of this suit is to find out which version reflects reality - ours or the USFS!"

This is an example of why our legal program is so important. You can read our alert and learn more about our legal efforts here:

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