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John Stewart

NOTICE OF MEETING AND TOUR OFF-HIGHWAY MOTOR VEHICLE RECREATION COMMISSION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission, pursuant to authority contained in Section 5090.24 of the Public Resources Code and Section 11120 et seq. of the Government Code, will conduct a tour on November 30, 2012 and will meet on December 1, 2012 according to the following schedule.

OHMVR Commission Tour: Friday, November 30, 2012 Hollister Hills SVRA

Time and Tour Information: The tour will meet at the Hollister Hills Training Building at 10 am (please see attached map). The tour will last six hours and end back at the Training Building at approximately 4 pm. In order to participate in this tour, you must have a high clearance 4WD vehicle. The tour will involve some walking over uneven terrain. Layered clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended. Services will be limited during the tour route, but we will stop at the camp store which has a payphone as well as sundry items. Cell phone service is intermittent. Participants should be prepared with sufficient food and water supplies for a full day on the trail.



OHMVR Commission Meeting:

Saturday, December 1, 2012 9:00 a.m. – until adjournment
San Benito County Board of Supervisors Chambers 481 Fourth Street, Floor 1 Hollister, CA 95023-3840
The Commission will hear items on the attached agenda in the order they appear.

Information on agenda items will be available for review at the Department of Parks and Recreation's District offices at Ocotillo Wells SVRA, 5172 Highway 78, Borrego Springs; Oceano Dunes SVRA, 340 James Way, Suite 270, Pismo Beach; Hollister Hills SVRA, 7800 Cienega Road, Hollister; Hungry Valley SVRA, 46001 Orwin Way, Gorman; Prairie City SVRA, 13300 White Rock Road, Rancho Cordova; Carnegie SVRA, 15715 Tesla Road, Livermore; the OHMVR Division's Headquarters, 1725 23rd Street, Suite 200, Sacramento; and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTICE IS GIVEN that any person may file a written statement on the proposed actions by writing to the undersigned or may present written statements at the meeting on December 1, 2012. Members of the public presenting written or graphic materials as part of their public comments to the Commission are requested to provide fourteen (14) copies to the Commission recording secretary. Inquiries may be directed to the OHMVR Division at 1725 23rd Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, California 95816 or (916) 324-4442.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the Commission meeting minutes will be posted on the OHMVR web site after being approved (ohv.parks.ca.gov ).

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Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative encompasses portions of five states: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, as well as a substantial portion of Northern Mexico. It is topographically complex and includes three deserts (Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan), grass-lands and valley bottoms, and isolated mountain ranges in the southern portion of the Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The richness of the topography leads to equally diverse species composition; the area supports habitat for many native plants, fish and wildlife species, including many endemic species that are extremely susceptible to climate change.

The Steering Committee for the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative was selected at a meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 27-28, 2011. The Steering Committee Meeting was attended by 60 partners within the Desert LCC Region. The meeting attendees identified and selected the Steering Committee members from among their respective organizations. The Steering Committee is currently represented by six representatives from non-governmental organizations, five from State agencies, representatives from five tribes, nine representatives from Federal agencies, and one international organization.

In addition, a Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative Science Sub-Committee has been established to identify and prioritize preliminary science needs based on stakeholder input, and an assessment of available science to address those needs.

This year, Reclamation is planning to post a Funding Opportunity Announcement to target projects that meet the shared science needs identified by stakeholders within the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

To read more about the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative or to see those serving on the two committees, please visit: www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/lcc.html.

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Beargrass, a plant of many roles, is focus of new report

Report finds that disturbances are shifting within beargrass habitat

PORTLAND, Ore. November 19, 2012. Beargrass is an ecologically, culturally, and economically important plant in the Western United States and, for the first time, landowners, managers, and harvesters now have a comprehensive report about the species.

The report, Natural and Cultural History of Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax), published by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, identifies critical knowledge gaps and areas for future research. It also documents how changes in disturbance, including fire, may affect the species across its range.

“Beargrass is emblematic of a web of natural and cultural diversity in the West,” said Susan Stevens Hummel, a research forester at the station and lead author of the report. “This means that organisms and processes—like people, plants, and pollinators—are interrelated.”

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Renewable Fuel Standard and Ethanol

Joining Allard in the OMB meeting and a subsequent press conference were representatives of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the BoatUS Foundation, the Environmental Working Group, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, ActionAid, Friends of the Earth, the National Restaurant Association and the National Taxpayers Union.

Since the 2005 inception of the RFS, the EPA has annually increased the required volume of ethanol fuel that producers must blend into their products. In 2014, the EPA proposed for the first time a reduction from the statutory requirements. The agency correctly cited the fuel market's inability to sustain further increases without harming motorists, retailers and refiners.

The AMA supports the EPA's fall 2014 RFS proposal.

Allard also raised these concerns:

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Helping Give Veterans a Lift

The Hi-Lift Jack Company invented the first generation Hi-Lift® Jack back in 1905, and Hi-Lift® Jacks have been manufactured and headquartered in Bloomfield, Indiana ever since.  “We’re proud of our Heritage, our Country, and our Service Members.”, says Steve Dowden, Vice President of Sales/Marketing.  “We want to honor all three by offering this red, white, and blue special edition Hi-Lift® Jack and by giving back financially to our veterans through a quality and efficiently run charity.  Hope for the Warriors® and Hi-Lift Jack Company… teaming together to make a difference!”
 
Hope for the Warriors® as rated by CharityNavigator.org

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