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Los Padres NF announces closures on Santa Lucia District

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Rockfront Off-Highway Vehicle Area is affected

GOLETA, CA, June 6, 2016…Los Padres National Forest officials today announced the closure of the Rockfront Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area due to concerns related to dead and dying hazardous trees that pose a safety risk to visitors. The temporary closure is effective immediately.

This temporary closure includes Baja, Buck Springs and Paradise campgrounds, Rockfront OHV Staging Area, as well as the following trails: Upper 35 Canyon, Paradise, Branch Creek, Big Rocks, Jack Springs, Twin Rocks, Shaw Ridge, Logan Ridge, and Los Machos. These areas will remain closed until the public safety risk is mitigated by cutting the hazardous trees.

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Parks, BLM and forest planning in focus for May 2016

May 2016 NRC South Report

California State Parks/OHMVR Division: On May 23, Cal4Wheel met with California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat and OHMVR Deputy Director Maria Mowery. We wish to thank them for the opportunity to meet and listen to issues of concern to Cal4Wheel members.

Cal4Wheel provided a briefing paper outlining our points of concern that was used as the basis of the discussion. Cal4 is calling for a permanent Deputy Director and a full complement of administration and staff to manage the nationally recognized OHMVR Program.

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Sage grouse plan touted as workable solution

Sage Grouse

Reprinted from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 27, 2016

CARSON CITY — A final plan to conserve and restore sagebrush habit critical to a distinct population of sage grouse found along the Nevada-California line was announced Friday by the Bureau of Land Management.

“This plan strikes a balance among public land uses and users and offers a workable solution to protect natural and cultural resources as well as the socio-economic fabric of the bi-state region,” John Ruhs, Nevada state director for the Bureau of Land Management, said in a statement.

Under the record of decision and amendment to the existing resource management plan for the 280,000-acre area, no changes are made to activity or projects within sage grouse habitat. Instead, any such decisons will be subject to further analysis under National Environmental Policy Act guidelines.

 

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Cal4Wheel meets with CA State Parks Director Lisa Mangat

Today Cal4Wheel met with California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat and Deputy Director Maria Mowery.  We wish to thank them for the opportunity to meet and listen to issues of concern to Cal4Wheel members.

Cal4Wheel provided a briefing paper outlining our points of concern that was used as the basis of the discussion.  Cal4 is calling for a permanent Deputy Director and a full complement of administration and staff to manage the nationally recognized OHMVR Program.

The discussion focused on the importance of the OHMVR Grants and Cooperative Agreements component.  Within that framework, while the 9 State Vehicle Recreation Areas are an important part, the partnership with federal partners is the main beneficiary of the OHMVR Grants program.

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Jones bill to restore and protect OHV funding clears transportation committee

Bill clears Assembly Transportation Committee and now heads to Appropriations Committee

A bill by Assemblyman Brian Jones (R- Santee) to stop the state from taking money from off-highway vehicles (OHV) passed unanimously out of the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday.

“California’s OHV program allows people to go off-road and into nature so that they can enjoy the beauty of our state,” Jones said. “OHV users pay fees to participate in this program, and it is wrong for the state to spend their money on completely unrelated projects.”

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Military exercise set for August in Johnson Valley

John Stewart and others review maps of Johnson Valley

Reprinted from the Lucerne Valley Leader, April 12, 2016

Additional public meeting set for June 25

The month-long closure of an area of Johnson Valley popular among off-roaders is essential to preparing our nation's military for battle, according to representatives of the Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group.

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms was initially built in 1952, but a lot has changed in more than 60 years. Weapons, both on the ground and in the air, have vastly improved, and the battlefield has become dramatically larger.

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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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Rep. Paul Cook introduces California Minerals, Off Road Recreation and Conservation Act

Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) introduced HR 3668, the California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act. This bill presents a balanced approach to protecting, managing, and using our desert and forest areas in San Bernardino and Inyo Counties. This bill would deal with the management of existing federal land and would not result in an increase in federal landownership.

This bill establishes a Mojave Trails Special Management Area (SMA) in an area south of the existing Mojave Preserve and northeast of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. This designation protects existing mining operations and allows for future mining exploration as long as mining projects never exceed ten percent of the total acreage. It would also prevent the installation of any industrial-scale renewable energy projects. Additionally, this bill would protect from development any lands within the management area donated to the federal government for conservation purposes. Over 1,200 miles of roads and off-road vehicle trails are written into law as well.

This bill establishes five new National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Areas in Spangler Hills, El Mirage, Rasor, Dumont Dunes, and Stoddard Valley, together creating the first system of National Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Areas in the nation. Additionally, it redesignates Johnson Valley as a National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area and expands it by nearly 20,000 acres. This bill affords additional protections to OHV users and ensures that these areas cannot be closed administratively. In total, this legislation preserves a total of 300,000 acres for OHV recreational use.

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