The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is initiating scoping for the Motorized Travel Management Part Two Project.  The Purpose and Need, Proposed Action, vicinity map and treatment map are available at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=39788. Hard copies of these documents are available upon request.

The Motorized Travel Management Part Two Project area is located, forest-wide, in Fresno, Madera and Mariposa Counties. This project is proposed to change approximately 40 miles of road classification and add approximately 69 miles of trails and 318 areas to the National Forest Transportation System (NFTS) on the SNF.

At this time, the Forest Service anticipates that the analysis will be documented in an environmental assessment (EA). The EA will evaluate site-specific issues, consider alternatives, and analyze effects of the proposed action and alternatives.

The Forest Service is seeking information and comments from individuals, as well as from Federal, State, and local agencies, Tribes, and organizations that may be interested in or affected by this project. They are soliciting your comments, suggestions, concerns, and new information to help define key issues associated with the Proposed Action, to develop alternatives, and to refine the analysis of effects.

A public workshop is scheduled for Saturday, August 18, 2012, at the Sierra National Forest Supervisors Office, 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA 93611.  Maps and people to talk to regarding the proposed action will be available between 10:00am and noon. There will be another opportunity to comment when the EA is ready for review.

Comments should be submitted in writing by September 10, 2012.  Written comments can be mailed or hand-delivered.  Comments may be submitted to: Dean Gould, Acting Forest Supervisor, Sierra National Forest, 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis 93611, FAX (559) 294-4809 during normal business hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday).  Electronic comments in acceptable plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Microsoft word compatible formats (.doc, .docx) may be submitted to comments-pacificsouthwest-sierra@fs.fed.us using the subject line: Motorized Travel Management Part Two Project.

The draft EA is expected to be released in June 2013, with a final decision expected to be made in September 2013.

For more information on the project, please contact Susan Burkindine in the Sierra National Forest Supervisor’s Office at (559) 297-0706 extension 4921.

This weekend on Saturday, July 14th, the San Gabriel Canyon OHV Area will be opening a a new Off Road Obastacle Course (O.R.O.C). Along with the new obstacle course there will also be a new Kiddie ATV Course. The festivities for the event will kick off when the gates open at 8 a.m., with opening ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m.

The grand opening will feature a BBQ sponsored by Falken Tire, with water and sodas donated by the Office of Assemblyman Hernandez. Tax deductible sponsorship packages to support the park are available, and donations are always welcome.

Directions: Exit 210 Freeway in Azuza Canyon, go north on Azuza Ave (Hwy 39) toward the mountains. Head 15 miles into the Angeles National Forest and past the East Fork Bridge approximately a half mile. The entrance to the San Gabriel OHV area will be on the right.

For further information, contact Mike Bishop at 626-840-8472.

On Nov. 9, 2011, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Cali.), voted in support of S. 1813, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act.  The measure is a two-year transportation funding authorization bill that specifies what transportation programs are approved to receive federal dollars. Unfortunately, this bill also includes a provision to eliminate dedicated funds for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), which provides money to states to develop and maintain trails and to educate trail users.

The RTP funds represent a portion of the federal motor fuel excise tax collected only from non-highway recreational fuel use. In other words, the RTP is a “user-pay/user-benefit” program for off-highway vehicle recreation, which includes snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-highway motorcycles and off-highway light trucks.

By eliminating this program’s dedicated funds and diverting these fees away from the RTP, MAP-21 is creating what is essentially a new tax on responsible motorized recreationists.

Since S. 1813 was approved by the  EPW Committee, it will now be considered by the full Senate. A date for that vote has not been scheduled, so there is still time to appeal to your Senators.

The AMA needs you to call your Senators today and ask them to amend S. 1813 to restore dedicated funding to the RTP.

To call your Senators, click on “Take Action” to insert your zip code in the “Call Action” box to get your Senators’ phone numbers. Or, you can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators by name.

Call your Senators and remind them the RTP is a “user-pay/user-benefit” program. Let them know that eliminating its dedicated funding would create what is essentially a new tax on you and their other constituents that participate in responsible motorized recreation.

POCATELLO, ID – BlueRibbon Coalition is excited to announce our third annual Christmas Auction to save trails and keep public lands FOR the public instead of FROM the public.  The eBay bidding will start December 1st, 2011.

BRC Auctioneer Del Albright said, “I’m stoked; this auction is kickin’ it for public lands and waterways.  Businesses from all over have donated products and goodies to make this year’s auction a record-breaker.”

Raceline Wheels and WARN Industries started off filling the virtual storeroom shelves already.  Get ready to see Raceline Monster Diamond Beadlocks and a WARN winch to start with.  More partner-contributing businesses will include a long list of recognizable names.  Stay tuned.

BRC lists hundreds of items on eBay (as donated by supporting businesses) with all proceeds benefiting their national efforts to save trails and riding areas for our continued access.

“Each bidder is contributing to our winning team,” said Greg Mumm, Executive Director of BRC. “Thanks to the vendors donations, not only is each winning bidder getting some awesome product, they are also contributing to our winning team,” said Greg Mumm, Executive Director of BRC. “This annual eBay auction significantly beefs up our ability to fight back,” Greg added.

If you love the MUD, this is the place to be! Mud Creek Off-Road Park is hosting Brian Fisher and his crew with the Keepin’ It Real Tour Bus to show off some of their trails and mud riding techniques!  With over 4,000 acres to ride, this ATV Park will show us how they do it, Texas style!  Mud Creek Off-Road Park, which is located in the Piney Woods Region of East Texas, is made up of rolling green hills, wooded patches, and small bridges that were built to allow access to all areas of the park.  Whether you like to stay on dry land or play in the MUD, Mud Creek Off-Road Park has it all!  For more information on the Mud Creek Off Road Park, visit  http://mudcreekoffroadpark.com .

The Fisher’s ATV World 2011 “Keepin’ It Real” Tour is a great opportunity for off-road riders and their families to meet Brian Fisher, get an autograph and share stories of their trail adventures. There will be lots of giveaways from various tour partners, which include Lucas Oil, Discount Tire Direct, ITP Tires and Wheels, Hatfield & McCoy Trail, Rick’s Motorsport Electrics, Warn Industries, Quadboss, Brimstone Recreation and Genuine Innovations. Fisher’s ATV World “Fish Gear” will also be available at each tour location.

For more information and the complete schedule of “Keepin’ It Real” Tour dates and locations, visit the tour web site at http://keepinitreal.fishersatvworld.com/

We want to formally invite you to attend the 2011 Take Back Utah! Parade & Rally. The purpose of the event is to continue to draw attention to the importance of local control of public land in Utah as well as responsible access to and multiple use of that land. It also serves to unite broad based supporters under the banner of multiple use and show our government that we are united and willing to fight for our rights. The event generates considerable political capital for organizations such as USA-ALL. We then use that momentum and clout to protect access to public land in our state. This is a CRITICAL land use rally and parade. All concerned citizens should plan to attend and help us fix poor management of our land and resources and a broken government.

It will also be FUN! Come ride your ATV, tractor, motorcycle, horse, jeep, mountain bike, you name it, in DOWNTOWN Salt Lake City! All the event details are below. Take Back Utah (TBU) is a very fun, empowering, and FREE event. PLEASE come if you can and bring the whole family. Stay for just the rally or both the parade and rally. We MUST have a good showing! You will not regret taking your Saturday morning and participating in this.

This rally has been held annually for the past 3 years. It has grown every year. Last year there were about 5,000 people in attendance. It is hands down the largest rally in Utah every year! We hope that number grows. We have taken the energy and significant political capital generated by this event and used it to better protect access to public land for you. We could NOT have done that without many thousands of people showing up to this and showing elected officials and government officials that the public cares about land use issues and wants more control of public land and improved access.

This years event promises to be even better than last year with a modified parade route (State Fair Park to capitol building and back), short and sweet speeches by land use activists, and a few vendor booths to check out before the rally. TBU has also improved the parking and staging process. It will all be handled in the same location (State Fair Park) which makes it easier on you. You also will have a return route back to your vehicles so you don’t have to wait for TBU to shuttle you back to the staging area.

Speakers this year will include USA-ALL’s Mike Swenson, key legislators including land use warrior Mike Noel, Congressman Rob Bishop, Senator Orrin Hatch, and John Swallow among others.

You will also have a chance to say a few words with a new roaming microphone. A mic will be managed by an event volunteer who will be soliciting comments from the audience. YOU will have a chance to let your voice be heard and to speak your mind!

If for some reason you can’t come to the event but would like to support it PLEASE consider a small donation in your place. Click the donation button Donate and we will forward your donation directly to TBU or you can go to their website (http://takebackutah.org) and donate to them directly. Even a small $5 or $10 donation will really help them pull the event off and promote it to more people.

Lastly the event planners have asked us to see if we could help get more volunteers for the day of the event. USA-ALL also needs a few volunteers for the day of the event WE BOTH NEED YOUR HELP! If you think you could help out even if only for a few hours please contact Mike Swenson with USA-ALLTBU or Glenn Olsen with TBU. Contact info will be below. You can really make a difference and help both organizations better accomplish their purpose so PLEASE HELP if you can we need MANY, MANY of you.

To help USA-ALL promote our organization and raise funds at the TBU event contact Mike Swenson: (801) 830-9112, mike@usaall.org

To help with the event contact Glenn Olsen (801) 388-1845, president@takebackutah.org or visit the TBU website and fill out the volunteer form (event volunteers only).

As early as the 1840s, farmers and gold seekers loaded their possessions, a few women, children, dogs and cats in covered wagons and began what would become an arduous journey toward the Pacific Ocean.  The trickle of emigrants beginning in 1841 would turn into hordes of dreamers after the discovery of gold in California in 1848.  The overland emigrant trek would take five to six months crossing mountains, deserts, rivers and some of the most hostile country in the world.

Now, four-wheel drive owners, including sport utility vehicles (SUV), can relive the gold rush era traveling a 200-mile stretch of the 1849 wagon route used by thousands of emigrants from Imlay, NV to Surprise Valley, CA marveling at such sights as the beautiful Black Rock Desert, the majestic High Rock Canyon, Double Hot Springs, and Soldiers Meadow.

All of these sights as well as stories from early emigrant diaries will spring to life for participants on the 17th annual Lassen-Applegate Trail Ride, Friday, July15 through Monday, July 18, 2011.  This exciting journey begins near Imlay, NV and follows the same wagon tracks used by Peter Lassen in 1849.

“For me, this trail is special and as a historian, I get to relive the past by thinking of John C. Fremont, Kit Carson, and Thomas ‘Brokenhand’ Fitzpatrick and many other brave men and women as they made this dangerous trip from small towns throughout the Midwest,”  said Warner Anderson, trail boss from the High Rock Trekkers four-wheel drive club.

Anderson said the trip is open to all four-wheel drive enthusiasts and their families.  It is not a difficult route, but there are a few places where four-wheel drive will be required or where trail committee instructions must be followed.

“The emigrants wrote in their diaries such good descriptions of their trip that we can identify the majority of key points of interest in the history of this route, Anderson said.

Camping the first night will be at Double Hot Springs, former camping area for all of the pioneer wagon trains and the second night participants will spend the evening at Stevens Camp, which provides toilets, spring water, and possible hot showers.  Participants will need to bring their own tents and sleeping bags.

Cost for the trip is $275 per adult, $150 for children 7-14, and children under 7 are welcome free of charge.  The cost includes all meals from breakfast on Saturday through breakfast on Monday.  In addition to tents and sleeping bags, participants are encouraged to bring a CB radio, camera, folding chairs, snacks refreshments, and drinking water.

This trip is fully insured and operates under a permit from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Proceeds from the event help support the California Association of Four-Wheel Drive Clubs’ Conservation and Education Foundation.

The trip is limited to the first 25 vehicles on a first-registered, first-served basis.  To register or for more information, contact Warner Anderson at (775) 629-9232 or wana7448@sbcglobal.net or Ron Vance at (775) 246-4099 or vance63@charter.net.  Registration is also available online at www.highrocktrekkers.com.