Access Issues

Comments submitted on behalf of members

Cal4Wheel has recently submitted comments on some administrative actions that will affect OHV recreation opportunity.

The comments are directed to the Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wilderness Evaluation Process for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests and supplementary comments to the Draft West Mojave Route Network Project Land Use Plan Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Cal4Wheel has previously submitted comments directed to the Intent to Prepare Environmental Assessment of Motorized Vehicle Management in West Mojave Planning Area

Cal4Wheel represents clubs and individuals within the state of California that are part of the community of four-wheel drive enthusiasts. The main focus of Cal4Wheel is to protect, promote, and provide for motorized recreation opportunities on public and private lands. Many of our members participate in multiple forms of recreation; including but not limited to hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, bicycle riding, and gem and mineral collection.

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Sierra National Forest to hold OHV grant review meeting February 17

The Sierra National Forest will host an open house on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Sierra National Forest Headquarters at 1600 Tollhouse Road in Clovis between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is for the public to review and comment on the Forest’s OHV preliminary 2015/2016 grant cycle application. Feedback from the meeting will be considered into the development of the preliminary grant application to the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR)Division.

Each year the State of California makes funding available through the OHV Grants Program. The Grants Program provides financial assistance to eligible agencies and organizations (federal, city, county, nonprofit, etc.) that develop, maintain, operate, expand, support, or contribute to well-managed, high quality, OHV recreation areas, roads, and trails.

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BLM extends public comment period for West Mojave project

Reprinted from The Daily Independent

The Bureau of Land Management will take public input on the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRMP) and the associated supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement until Jan. 25, 2016.

The Bureau of Land Management will take public input on the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRMP) and the associated supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement until Jan. 25, 2016.

That’s the word from BLM.

The comment period was originally closed in June, but reopened for an additional 120 days in September in response to public requests, according to BLM’s website. This will also allow public consideration of information in the proposed Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Project (DRECP) which relates to the WMRNP.

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Center for Biological Diversity files suit regarding yellow-legged frog

Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Rare Frog in California, Oregon

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its lengthy delay in deciding whether to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the foothill yellow-legged frog, which has disappeared from more than half its historical streams in California and Oregon. These stream-dwelling amphibians face a host of threats, including dams and water diversions, logging, mining, livestock grazing, roads, marijuana cultivation, off-road vehicles, climate change, pollution, invasive species and disease.

“Protecting the foothill yellow-legged frog means protecting the rivers and streams we already love and rely on for recreation, wilderness qualities, open space and drinking water,” said the Center’s Jeff Miller. “With nearly a third of the world’s amphibians in danger of extinction, we should be paying attention when one of our native frogs is in rapid decline.”

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Public meeting coming up April 2 regarding Johnson Valley

Resource Management Group Public Meeting with MCAGCC and BLM Representatives

When:  Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm

Where: Lucerne Valley Community Center, 33187 Hwy 247/Old Woman Spring Rd, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356

Town hall style public meeting to communicate the Marine Corps' plan to conduct a large-scale exercise August 1-30, 2016 to include training in the Congressionally-established Shared Use Area. Temporary land closures in Johnson Valley and safety information will be discussed.

Forest plan updates for Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region is sharing additional information regarding our draft proposed species of conservation concern (SCC) lists as part of the land and resource management plan revision process for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.

In July, we provided our draft proposed SCC lists and asked for public feedback on those documents. In response to the public feedback we received then, we are now sharing the screening criteria we used to develop the draft proposed lists.

Through the SCC process, we determine if there is a concern about a particular species’ capability to persist within the forest. If there is a concern, we design elements of the forest plan to provide the habitat conditions that will enable the species to persist on the forest as appropriate. For more information on the SCC lists, visit our webpage: http://go.usa.gov/37tD3

If you have questions, concerns or feedback about our SCC draft proposed lists or process please contact Joan Friedlander at 858-674-2962 or submit your input via Web-form at: http://tinyurl.com/earlyadoptersfpr

Feedback is most useful if received by February 1, 2016. We look forward to hearing from you.

West Mojave (WEMO) route network project update

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, I attended the WEMO meeting hosted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Victorville.  The meeting provided an overview of the project and the coming steps.

Critical dates coming are January 25, 2016 which is the close of the comment period.

Late spring 2016, BLM expects to release the proposed WEMO Plan Amendment and Travel Management Plans with a projected final release in early fall of 2016. The BLM is facing a Court Order to complete the project by November 30, 2016.

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Cal4Wheel files protest on Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Cal4Wheel has filed a protest of the recently released Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP).

After reviewing the documents, Cal4Wheel believes the DRECP, as modified from previous versions, is regressive and limits public participation in future site-specific/project level analysis opportunities.  Cal4Wheel objects to the “ground disturbance” caps which are applied in an arbitrary manner.  Such specific criteria is not appropriate for a “programmatic” document as they apply limitations that confine future projects in scope.  Cal4Wheel believes the agency has exceeded the guidance for a programmatic document in developing the DRECP. The DRECP does make decisions – both inside and outside the WMRNP project area - to approve or deny specific projects based on the management prescriptions or caps assigned to the various “zones” (e.g. SRMA/ERMA/NLCS/ACEC/Conservation/Ground Disturbance Caps, etc.). That action does imply decisions on land use allocations, allowable uses, and management actions, which are beyond the “programmatic” scope of the document at a programmatic level.

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BLM proposes changes to Sage Grouse land use plan

BLM Proposes Changes to the NV & CA Greater Sage Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment Land Use Plan Amendment

Photo of Greater Sage Grouse courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management

The BLM has recently announced an opportunity to comment on potential changes to the Proposed Plan(s) as set forth in the Greater Sage Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment Forest Plan Amendment/Final Environmental Impact Statement. The United States Forest Service was the lead agency for preparing the environmental impact statement (EIS) and land use plan amendment. The BLM is proposing to amend the Carson City District Office Resource Management Plan (RMP) and the Tonopah Field Office RMP based on the analysis in this EIS. Public comments will be accepted through December 14, 2015.

Following release of the Final EIS and Proposed Plan, the BLM determined based on protests received and additional internal reviews that additional changes to and a clarification of the Proposed Plan was required. The clarification and changes include

  • setting disturbance caps within BSSG habitat;
  • adjusting buffers for tall structures near active or pending leks,
  • adding a restriction for new high-voltage transmission lines, and
  • additional management direction for habitat connectivity.

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