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Creek Fire restoration project comments submitted

Burned area south of Shaver Lake courtesy of Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photograph/7147/1/111186

Cal4Wheel has submitted comments dated September 21, 2022 regarding the draft environmental assessment for the Creek Fire restoration project in the Sierra National Forest. Read the comment letter at this link

Of positive note, Sierra National Forest (SNF) responded in favor to several suggestions that Cal4Wheel shared during the Scoping phase of this project. An important revision that was added to the analysis is: existing recreational roads will not be decommissioned as part of the CFR project.

Within comments for the Environmental Analysis, Cal4Wheel advocated for restoration of historical OHV routes that have been previously closed in order to:

  • Enhance the local recreation economy
  • Eliminate bias in public land access against persons with disabilities
  • Capitalize on the unique and important opportunity for SNF to be a trendsetter in building new roads and trails as part of burn scar restoration, where new roads and trails may be designed to optimally traverse the landscape in a manner that idealistically balances the needs and interests of public access, wildlife, and forest ecology

Additionally, Cal4Wheel offered the ongoing support of club membership as volunteers to support the success of both immediate forest restoration and post-project maintenance needs.

PHOTO OF BURNED AREA SOUTH OF SHAVER LAKE COURTESY OF INCIWEB

Cal4Wheel comments on Williams Hill Recreation Area plan

Cal4Wheel comments on Williams Hill Recreation Area plan

Cal4Wheel has submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding the Williams Hill Recreation Area's draft plan and environmental assessment. Cal4Wheel supports proposed alternative B, which will design an OHV trail network and other recreational improvements in the recreation area.

Read Cal4Wheel's comments here.

Cal4Wheel submits comments on proposed rule for Foothill Yellow Legged Frog

Cal4Wheel submits comments on proposed rule for Foothill Yellow Legged Frog

Cal4Wheel's Natural Resource Consultant, Rose Winn, submitted a comment to the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to oppose a proposal to list four population segments of the Foothill Yellow Legged Frog (FYLF) as "threatened" or "endangered." If the listing is approved, there is risk of OHV access closures throughout FYLF habitat, which includes millions of acres of public land in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and the coastal region of California. While FWS claims to use the best available scientific and commercial data available to determine the final decision, there is evidence that the proposal and impending decision have been heavily influenced by environmental special interest groups like the Center for Biological Diversity. 

Read the full comment here for more details. Cal4Wheel is proud to advocate for preservation of OHV access in California's public lands to ensure that everyone may continue to enjoy OHV recreation throughout the state.

For more information about this proposed listing of the FYLF, check out the proposal announcement in the Federal Register, or the full proposed rule docket with accompanying documents and roster of public comments.

17 organizations write to oppose Oceano SVRA's draft Public Works Plan

17 organizations write to oppose Oceano SVRA's draft Public Works Plan

The undersigned businesses, associations, and enthusiast groups are opposed to several provisions in the proposed Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA) Public Works Plan (PWP) that was released on December 30, 2020. If implemented as drafted, the proposed PWP would fundamentally change the operation of ODSVRA which has been open to off-highway vehicle (OHV) use for many decades.

Friends of Oceano write letter in opposition to Oceano SVRA foredunes closure

Letter asks State Parks to delay closure

Friends of Oceano write letter in opposition to Oceano SVRA foredunes closure

The California Coastal Commission has issued an emergency permit requiring California State Parks to immediately close 48 acres of camping area ahead of the Christmas and New Year's holidays, resulting in a 50% loss of camping spaces on the dunes.

In response, the Friends of Oceano Dunes have written a letter addressed to State Parks asking them to delay the closure.

Comments submitted on Sequoia-Sierra National Forest Plan Revisions

Comments submitted on Cal4Wheel regarding the Sequoia-Sierra National Forest Plan Revision Update.

Download copy of letter

TEXT OF THE LETTER:

September 25, 2019

Plan Revision Team Lead

323 Club Drive

Vallejo CA 94592

Subject: Sequoia and Sierra Forest Plan Revision Update

Dear Planning Team:

These comments are submitted on behalf of the California Four Wheel Drive Association (Cal4Wheel) and its membership. Cal4Wheel represents clubs and individuals within the state of California that are part of the community of four-wheel drive enthusiasts. These comments are directed to the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Revision of the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests Land Management Plans. This document shall not supplant the rights of other Cal4Wheel agents and organizational or individual members from submitting their own comments and the agency should consider and appropriately respond to all comments received to this proposed planning project.

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