Comments needed for National Monument review

The Department of Interior is taking public comments concerning its review of the Antiquities Act of 1906 and National Monuments created under this Act. BlueRibbon Coalition has made it very easy to submit comments. See:

A review of National Monuments and the process to create them is long overdue. The Trump Administration has made it a reality. We must take advantage of the opportunity to affect the changes we want. Everyone who has an issue with National Monuments needs to weigh in on this. This action requires no money and no special expertise - just a couple of minutes of your time.

If this process comes back with nothing but opposition from environmental and preservationist interests, then we basically lose. This is put up or shut up time. Go out there and get everyone that you know to comment.

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Meetings will be May 22 & May 23

The Lassen National Forest is reviewing their Motorized Travel Management decision of 2010 to expand and accommodate more opportunities for off highway vehicle (OHV) use and recreation. During the initial phase, the Forest Service will review approximately 600 miles of existing system roads to determine which additional routes could be opened for OHV use. This may be accomplished by either lowering operational classification of a road or by allowing OHV use on a low-risk road while not changing the roads classification. The low-risk assessment would be documented in an engineering safety analysis.

"Our goal is to have a transportation system that is manageable, environmentally sound, and economically viable. We are interested to hear your views as we update our previous decision," remarked Forest Supervisor Dave Hays.

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Clear Creek is currently closed

Bill to reopen Clear Creek introduced

APRIL 5, 2017 – Today, California Reps. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), David G. Valadao (CA-21), Jeff Denham (CA-10), and Paul Cook (CA-08) introduced H.R. 1913, the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act. This bill directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reopen the 63,000-acre Clear Creek Management Area in San Benito and Fresno counties for use by off-road vehicles. The legislation would also protect 21,000 acres of BLM land adjacent to Clear Creek by designating the area the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness.

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The Eldorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit are looking for interested community members to serve on the El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee. The Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is responsible for evaluating and recommending projects on or affecting federal land in El Dorado County. The committee is authorized by the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act which includes funding for projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure; implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems; and restore and improve land health and water quality.

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BLM seeks Desert District Advisory Council nominations

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) California Desert District is soliciting nominations from the public for five members of its California Desert Advisory Council to serve three-year terms. The council’s 15 members provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on the management of more than 10 million acres of public lands in eight counties of Southern California.

As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations until May 30. The five positions to be filled are: one renewable energy industry, two public-at-large, and two elected officials.

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Send a letter in support of Assembly Bill 1077

Your assistance is needed to help save the California OHV Program. Assembly Bill-1077 has been introduced and is scheduled for its first hearing before the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife on April 4, 2017. This proposed bill is supported by state OHV groups and would keep the OHV program as it now exists.

The immediate need is for people that live within the districts of Members of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife to send letters asking them to SUPPORT AB-1077.

We have set up a sample letter and more information at this link

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What NEPA is and is not...

I recently received an email from a county supervisor outlining a situation where the county believed that the Forest Service was in violation of a county law when they closed close to 400 miles of routes in the forest that spanned two counties.

After reading the details submitted, I noted several false assumptions cited in the discussion.

First, let me address what NEPA is and is not. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to disclose and analyze the effects of their proposed action on the natural environment. NEPA is the law (passed by Congress) that requires this action. NEPA is an outline of a process with specific actions the agency is required to do. The resulting document from a NEPA process is not a "law".  The result of a NEPA analysis is a Record of Decision stating that appropriate level of environmental review has been conducted and the proposed action can be implemented.

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