SEQUOIA AND SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN OBJECTIONS
The Forest Service (FS) has completed the final stages of revising the forest plans for the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests. Objection Resolution meetings were held on November 15-17 to discuss the draft Records of Decision and Revised Forest Plans with members of the public who had submitted comments and objections to the plan revisions. Issues within the plan revisions that are of key concern to OHV enthusiasts include:
- OHV trail closures in the Piute Mountains of Sequoia National Forest
- Violation of federal law within the planning process and overhaul of Pacific Crest Trail management
- Bias of heavy input from the Pacific Crest Trail Association
- Minimized public input from the OHV community throughout the planning process
- Neglect to balance the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum
- Disregard for the Forest Service’s contracted obligation to preserve multiple-use access to public lands, with explicit bias towards non-motorized recreation
Read Cal4Wheel’s objection letter via this link: https://bit.ly/seq-sierra-plan-objections
SOUTH COW MOUNTAIN OHVMA
The Bureau of Land Management’s Ukiah Field Office invited public comment on future planning and improvements for the South Cow Mountain OHVMA. In collaboration with Santa Rosa 4x4, a local Cal4 club who regularly utilizes this OHVMA, I submitted a comment to advocate for improvements to trails, facilities, and general park amenities. Specific recommendations included request for jeep trail development, looping of trails, and development of the obstacle course to include 4x4 features. Other suggestions included increased security of trash bins to reduce litter across the park, addition of a picnic area at the 4x4 obstacle course (with shade), and increased ranger or sheriff patrols within the park. Many thanks to Chris Silveira and Santa Rosa 4x4 for providing detailed insight on South Cow Mountain’s current status and needs.
NEEDLES — The Bureau of Land Management is hosting several virtual public and stakeholder meetings to gather input on the development of off-highway vehicle grant proposal for submission to the California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. Grant applications currently are being prepared by BLM staff for the 2021 grant cycle.