The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Medford District Office has announced that the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) Draft Transportation Management Plan (TMP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) is now available for a 45-day public review. The draft TMP/EA describes and analyzes four alternatives for future management of the monument transportation system.
The BlueRibbon Coalition reports that the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Eagle Lake Field Office is accepting public suggestions and comments regarding management needs and projects that would benefit off-highway vehicle recreation on public lands.
The field office staff will use the comments to develop a preliminary grant application to the California State Parks Off- Highway Motor Vehicle Division.
The Inyo National Forest and the Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold an open house February 11, 2016, to gather ideas from the public for requesting off-highway vehicle grant funds.
The informal open house will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Forest Service/BLM office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop.
Interested citizens are invited to drop in at any time during the open house. Representatives from the two agencies will be available to answer questions about potential grants and to receive ideas about the types of projects and other opportunities to be funded through the grants.
The United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and the Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) have agreed to a formal arrangement that will allow the groups to coordinate policy as they strive to work together to protect access to lands, roads and trails for off-road enthusiasts. The groups have often collaborated in the past at the national level on projects of common interest. The new arrangement will enable the two national organizations to cooperate more closely to create a stronger approach to advocating for increased access to motorized recreation on public and private land.
Yellowstone National Park will hold a public meeting on Monday, August 10, 2015, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Visitor Information Center in West Yellowstone, Montana, to discuss the park’s draft Winter Use Adaptive Management Plan. The draft plan outlines a strategy to identify which affected resources should be most closely monitored and evaluated, how these resources should be monitored and how the NPS will continually engage the public throughout the process. It was developed with input from working groups comprised of members of the public who contribute expertise across six impact topics.
The morning session of the public meeting will include updates on the development of the draft plan. In the afternoon park staff will solicit input for prioritizing the metrics for the impact monitoring program. To assist with logistics and preparation, those planning to attend the meeting are asked to email an RSVP to e-mail us.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — More than 25,000 people have joined the American Motorcyclist Association to oppose federal mandates that would result in the spread of higher-ethanol blended fuels and increase the risk of inadvertent misfueling for motorcyclists and others.
To date, the AMA has collected 25,151 signatures on its online petition urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to increase the proposed renewable fuel volumes this year and, instead, to adopt lower mandates.
The Stanislaus National Forest is requesting public comment on the Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) proposed action begun on June 26, 2015. Public comment on the proposed action is encouraged. To assure your comments are fully considered during the scoping phase of the project, please submit comments by August 10, 2015. The information you share now will be instrumental in formulating alternative actions in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The overall objective of this proposal is to provide a manageable and sustainable system of roads, trails, and areas designated for OSV use within the Stanislaus National Forest. The proposed action also identifies trails for grooming and adopts the California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division snow depth standards for that purpose.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Nearly 8,000 concerned individuals have joined the American Motorcyclist Association to oppose the spread of higher-ethanol blended fuels across the country, the motorcyclist advocacy organization announced today.
The AMA is asking for signatures to its online petition that urges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to increase the proposed renewable fuel volumes this year and, instead, to adopt lower mandates.
As of this afternoon, about 7,800 people had signed.
BOISE, ID — A federal court has accepted the settlement agreement that resolves a lawsuit claiming that the Clearwater National Forest illegally closed recommended wilderness areas (RWA) to motorized use. The agreement, between the Forest Service and lawyers for the Idaho State Snowmobile Association and BlueRibbon Coalition, requires the agency to conduct a new analysis and issue a new decision to evaluate “motorized and over snow access management” in the areas. The Forest Service “dispute Plaintiffs’ claims” but acknowledged “that regional issuance of documents described as guidance for forest planning, including planning for RWA management, has led to confusion and misperception regarding the role that such documents serve ….”
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The national nonprofit Tread Lightly! and its partners Bass Pro Shops and Arctic Cat announced a new program designed to advance stewardship of the outdoors by growing Tread Lightly!’s member base. Individuals who join or renew their membership between now and September 30, 2015 will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win an Arctic Cat 2015 Wildcat Trail XT side by side and high-value Bass Pro Shops gift cards.
Those who join or renew their Tread Lightly! membership at higher levels can increase their chances of winning an Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail XT side by side or a $1,000, a $500 or a $250 Bass Pro Shops gift card by receiving more entries into the drawing.