Urgent Request !

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

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

DO DID DONE DEAL :)

Done and done!

------------------

Darin from Missouri - 1999 WR 400F

Done - Takes about 5 minutes to protect our riding areas

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

James

DONE!

DONE.

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

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

done

Do this NOW! It only takes a minute.

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

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!

Done yesterday.

Been there. Done it.

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