Fall in southern California signals the beginning to the desert off-road season. This time of year is also accompanied by Santa Anna winds and wildfires. Added to the offerings this year are strong winds, wildfires, and rolling blackouts throughout the state. As experienced the past couple of years, wildfires take a toll on human lives, homes, and trails. As the winds, fires and smoke subsides, help your friends and neighbors rebuild their lives. And, help the land managers
rebuild your trails.
The Cal4Wheel website is now hosting a fairly comprehensive Glossary of Landuse and Environmental
Terms. (https://cal4wheel.com/access-advocacy/glossary). I have been working on
this glossary for the past 15 years by compiling terms and definitions from a variety of landuse
documents. It is now in a format that is relatively easy to update with new terms and is a good
fit for the Cal4Wheel Access Advocacy section of the website. If you encounter any terms you
do not understand, send me a note and I will get it added to the glossary.
Comments submitted on Cal4Wheel regarding the Sequoia-Sierra National Forest Plan Revision Update.
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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.
The Comment period has closed on the USFS request for comments on the proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule change to update the analysis and documentation of Categorical Exclusions. This is a small but important point within NEPA. NEPA requires agencies to disclose and analyze the potential impacts their management decisions will have on the natural environment. This has led to an overly cautious administrative process that subjects most management decisions to an Environmental Assessment or a more complex Environmental Impact Statement.