Created: Saturday, 28 March 2015 17:38
Written by Ride with Respect
Moab gets a 'set back' in the otherwise-promising Public Lands Initiative; Comments due by March 31
Members of Ride with Respect know that we rarely ask you to write letters during public-comment periods. Well this is one of those exceptions, as it will affect the future of trails around Moab. The sooner the better, so please comment now!
Two years ago, Representative Rob Bishop gave counties in Eastern Utah the opportunity to propose legislation that would resolve long-standing controversies on public lands, most of which are administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This Public Lands Initiative has the potential to designate OHV recreation areas along with designating wilderness for non-mechanized use, to open new routes along with closing old ones, and to prevent future closures and national-monument proclamations by future presidents that would otherwise undermine the compromises that are currently being reached.
Last year in Moab, the Grand County Council drafted a relatively-balanced proposal:
Created: Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:38
Written by Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA)
Public meetings next week
BLM has released a Draft Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP), providing guidance and management direction for over three million acres of public lands in San Bernardino, Inyo, Kern, Riverside and Los Angeles counties in California.
The preferred alternative of the WMRNP SEIS includes a larger OHV trail network than the network approved under the 2006 WEMO Plan, but also proposes to close approximately 2,000 more miles of additional routes. The preferred alternative would designate 10,428 miles (currently 5,338 miles) of motorized routes as open and would designate 4,404 miles of routes as closed (currently 2,400 miles). The number of miles closed and open would change because BLM has additionally reviewed 7,214 miles that currently have no route-specific designation, but are presumed closed.
The WMRNP SEIS will form the framework for route designation in the West Mojave area, consistent with the rest of the West Mojave Plan. The West Mojave Plan is a federal land use plan amendment adopted in 2006, that as stated by BLM: (1) presents a comprehensive strategy to conserve and protect the desert tortoise, the Mohave ground squirrel and over 100 other sensitive plants and animals and the natural communities of which they are a part, and (2) provides a streamlined program for complying with the requirements of the California and Federal Endangered Species Acts.
Created: Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:00
Written by Steve Egbert
The California Four Wheel Drive Association, Inc. (CA4WDA) hereinafter referred to as the Association is accepting proposals for its contracted support. These contracts currently include:
- Natural Resource Consultant – North
- In Gear Editor
- Web Page Editor
Each contract is for a term of up to one year commencing on or about July 1.