Urgent Request !



14 replies to this topic
  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted August 08, 2000 - 05:52 PM

#1

Dear Dual Sport Enthusiasts,

I urge you to read the following and act today! We have until this Friday,
August 11th to respond! This is one of the most important OHV issues facing
us here in Southern California.

Comments are urgently needed regarding the Sierra Nevada Conservation
Framework Forest Plan Amendment Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
We have made this very easy to do by visiting the High Desert Multiple Use
Coalition website at http://www.multipleuse.org. Once on the web page click on
the "generate letter" icon at the top and simply follow the instruction. Then
sign and mail the letter before August 11th.

This proposed plan would simultaneously amend the Forest Plans for all
eleven of the national forests located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The
implementation of this plan would stop the harvest of timber and other
"mechanical" means of removing the over abundance of fuel currently on the
forests. Instead, the Forest Service would use prescribed fire to manage
the fuel load on our forests. It doesn't seem that they have learned
anything from Los Alamos or the current situation with over 70 fires
currently burning in the west. Read on!

In addition to replacing timber harvesting with prescribed burning
there are many other aspects of this proposed plan that would detrimentally
affect the management of our national forests and further reduce access to
public land in the Sierras. These include:

1. Restricting motorized use to trails specifically designated as open.
This would reverse the management of roads to mean that the public will
only be able to use a road or trail if there is a sign specifically stating
that the road is open. This makes it easy for the environmental extremists
to stop motorized use by simply tearing down the open signs.

2. Restricts uses (including motorized and non-motorized trails) within
300 feet either side of perennial streams (continuous flow), 150 feet
either side of intermittent streams, and 75 feet either side of ephemeral
streams (any area showing scouring from water passage). Since most trails
exist in drainages or cross streams, this could adversely affect virtually
all access to the Sierra Mountains.

3. Considering the decommissioning of roads that are in conflict with the
"objectives" or the "desired conditions" of an area.

4. Shifting management of our forests to maximize old growth and habitat
for so-called old growth dependent species. This would have detrimental
effects on wildlife species that depend upon the earlier stages of forest
vegetation for habitat. This includes deer and most wildlife. Maximizing
old growth also dramatically increases the risk of wildfire.

5. Creating Protected Activity Centers (PAC) around "potential" habitat
for such species as spotted owl, goshawk, great gray owl, willow
flycatcher, fisher, and marten. All activities within these PACs would be
subject to limitations. Such as the removal of pack stations, elimination
of roads, the exclusion of public access from March 1 through August 31,
and other restrictions. These PACs involve as much as a 5 mile radius and
when combined they cover most of the forest.

6. Evaluating and possibly closing popular remote dispersed campsites if
they are determined to be inconsistent with other standards and guidelines
or "DESIRED CONDITIONS".

7. Confining recreational stock for 36 hours prior to entering the forest.

8. Restricting the cutting of firewood to within 300 feet of a designated
road. This combined with other pending decisions such as the Roadless
Initiative could eliminate most fuel wood gathering.

9. Limiting Snowmobiles to "designated routes" only.

10. Evaluating recreation sites within "suitable (potential) carnivore
(fisher & marten) habitat". There is no science to justify this action.
Very little is known about the fisher or marten and it shouldn't be used
as an excuse to restrict recreational activities that are not known to
affect these species. This would create a PAC in the Sierra that would
virtually include everything between 4000 and 6000 feet elevation.

11. These standards would also be applied to the Inyo and White Mountains
even though they are not part of the Sierra Nevada ecosystem.

Please pass this information on to the widest possible distribution.
The environmental community has placed a very high priority on getting
this proposal implemented and they have been able produce a large number of
letters supporting the proposed actions.

This information is provided by Ron Schiller, Chairman of the High
Desert Multiple Use Coalition. As usual, feel free to pass this
information on to anyone interested in land management issues and access to
public land.
To be placed on the e-mail list to receive future information, please
send requests to schiller@ridgecrest.ca.us

--
Damon Powell <damonpowell@dualdogs.com>
Team Dual Dogs Promotions
Ride Hotline: 818-701-1913 http://www.DualDogs.com

  • Clark_Mason

Posted August 08, 2000 - 06:24 PM

#2

This is so easy to do everyone should jump on this. The self generating letter with a few user comments to start it off works great.

Clark

  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted August 08, 2000 - 06:38 PM

#3

DO DID DONE DEAL :)

  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted August 08, 2000 - 06:43 PM

#4

Done and done!

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Darin from Missouri - 1999 WR 400F

  • John_in_Long_Beach

Posted August 08, 2000 - 07:35 PM

#5

Done - Takes about 5 minutes to protect our riding areas

  • James_in_New_Mexico

Posted August 09, 2000 - 04:09 AM

#6

Let's not lose our freedom of choice by not voicing what our choices are!!!

James

  • Heywood

Posted August 09, 2000 - 08:16 AM

#7

DONE!

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  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted August 09, 2000 - 08:50 AM

#8

DONE.

I was No. 998 @ 1:30 pm (east coast)

  • BruceWA

Posted August 09, 2000 - 09:48 PM

#9

Originally posted by Dual Dogs:
Dear Dual Sport Enthusiasts,

I urge you to read the following and act today! We have until this Friday,
August 11th to respond! This is one of the most important OHV issues facing
us here in Southern California.

Comments are urgently needed regarding the Sierra Nevada Conservation
Framework Forest Plan Amendment Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
We have made this very easy to do by visiting the High Desert Multiple Use
Coalition website at http://www.multipleuse.org. Once on the web page click on
the "generate letter" icon at the top and simply follow the instruction. Then
sign and mail the letter before August 11th.

This proposed plan would simultaneously amend the Forest Plans for all
eleven of the national forests located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The
implementation of this plan would stop the harvest of timber and other
"mechanical" means of removing the over abundance of fuel currently on the
forests. Instead, the Forest Service would use prescribed fire to manage
the fuel load on our forests. It doesn't seem that they have learned
anything from Los Alamos or the current situation with over 70 fires
currently burning in the west. Read on!

In addition to replacing timber harvesting with prescribed burning
there are many other aspects of this proposed plan that would detrimentally
affect the management of our national forests and further reduce access to
public land in the Sierras. These include:

1. Restricting motorized use to trails specifically designated as open.
This would reverse the management of roads to mean that the public will
only be able to use a road or trail if there is a sign specifically stating
that the road is open. This makes it easy for the environmental extremists
to stop motorized use by simply tearing down the open signs.

2. Restricts uses (including motorized and non-motorized trails) within
300 feet either side of perennial streams (continuous flow), 150 feet
either side of intermittent streams, and 75 feet either side of ephemeral
streams (any area showing scouring from water passage). Since most trails
exist in drainages or cross streams, this could adversely affect virtually
all access to the Sierra Mountains.

3. Considering the decommissioning of roads that are in conflict with the
"objectives" or the "desired conditions" of an area.

4. Shifting management of our forests to maximize old growth and habitat
for so-called old growth dependent species. This would have detrimental
effects on wildlife species that depend upon the earlier stages of forest
vegetation for habitat. This includes deer and most wildlife. Maximizing
old growth also dramatically increases the risk of wildfire.

5. Creating Protected Activity Centers (PAC) around "potential" habitat
for such species as spotted owl, goshawk, great gray owl, willow
flycatcher, fisher, and marten. All activities within these PACs would be
subject to limitations. Such as the removal of pack stations, elimination
of roads, the exclusion of public access from March 1 through August 31,
and other restrictions. These PACs involve as much as a 5 mile radius and
when combined they cover most of the forest.

6. Evaluating and possibly closing popular remote dispersed campsites if
they are determined to be inconsistent with other standards and guidelines
or "DESIRED CONDITIONS".

7. Confining recreational stock for 36 hours prior to entering the forest.

8. Restricting the cutting of firewood to within 300 feet of a designated
road. This combined with other pending decisions such as the Roadless
Initiative could eliminate most fuel wood gathering.

9. Limiting Snowmobiles to "designated routes" only.

10. Evaluating recreation sites within "suitable (potential) carnivore
(fisher & marten) habitat". There is no science to justify this action.
Very little is known about the fisher or marten and it shouldn't be used
as an excuse to restrict recreational activities that are not known to
affect these species. This would create a PAC in the Sierra that would
virtually include everything between 4000 and 6000 feet elevation.

11. These standards would also be applied to the Inyo and White Mountains
even though they are not part of the Sierra Nevada ecosystem.

Please pass this information on to the widest possible distribution.
The environmental community has placed a very high priority on getting
this proposal implemented and they have been able produce a large number of
letters supporting the proposed actions.

This information is provided by Ron Schiller, Chairman of the High
Desert Multiple Use Coalition. As usual, feel free to pass this
information on to anyone interested in land management issues and access to
public land.
To be placed on the e-mail list to receive future information, please
send requests to schiller@ridgecrest.ca.us

--
Damon Powell <damonpowell@dualdogs.com>
Team Dual Dogs Promotions
Ride Hotline: 818-701-1913 http://www.DualDogs.com



  • BruceWA

Posted August 09, 2000 - 09:50 PM

#10

If we (OHVers) don't act we will have even fewer places to ride. If you haven't read and responded to Damons request, don't cry and snivel in the future!

  • Steve_Morgan

Posted August 09, 2000 - 10:33 AM

#11

There's also an email link after you fill out the letter. You can copy/paste the letter into a new email, and send it to: mailroom_wo_caet@fs.fed.us

  • Mike

Posted August 09, 2000 - 10:37 AM

#12

done

  • imported_Scott_H

Posted August 09, 2000 - 08:13 PM

#13

Do this NOW! It only takes a minute.

  • Harold_in_So_Cal

Posted August 11, 2000 - 08:15 AM

#14

Done yesterday.

  • 426_Tommy

Posted August 11, 2000 - 07:04 PM

#15

Been there. Done it.




 
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