07/23/06 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. Environmental organizations appeal Forest Plans developed by the Forest Service, government agencies and the public

2. Cleveland National Forest Off-Road Route Inventory Open Houses

1. ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS APPEAL FOREST PLANS DEVELOPED BY THE FOREST SERVICE AND THE PUBLIC

A coalition of conservation organizations led by the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and California Wilderness Coalition have chosen to ignore the input of the Forest Service, the public, fire and other public agencies – and are appealing the adopted Land Management Plans for Southern California’s four national forests. The formal administrative appeal was submitted to Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth in Washington D.C.

The Land Management Plans, more commonly known as Forest Plans, determine how forests will be managed and what recreational access will be allowed.

Although in their press release supporting the appeal these environmental groups stated they are concerned with “… protecting the natural values and low-impact recreational uses that so many citizens enjoy” what they neglect to state is they do not consider mountain biking a “low impact” recreational use and that their proposed forest plans would have virtually banned mountain biking from the single track in all the four national forests – and placed extreme limits on the public’s access. To view how their proposal would have severely limited mountain bike access check our Forest Plan Update that explains it:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/News/ForestPlanAlert5-28-04.html

As most of you know over the last 4 years the Forest Service has been holding meetings with the public and public agencies to determine how the four national forests in Southern California will be managed. The plans were finalized earlier this year and the anti-access plans pushed by these same environmental organizations, which would have also severely tied the hands of Forest Managers, were soundly rejected by the Forest Service, the public, fire and other agencies.

These organizations should be honest with the public and instead of hiding behind their slogan “Protect and Restore our Forests” they should include in their appeal how their plan would affect all forms of recreational access and fire management. But they are not stupid, it is better to hide behind slogans than be honest with the public and reveal to them how severely their recreational access and fire management would be affected.

We will continue to keep you informed as this appeal progresses.

2. CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST OFF-ROAD ROUTE INVENTORY OPEN HOUSES

Cleveland National Forest To Host OHV Route Inventory Review Open Houses

San Diego, CA, July 19, 2006…The Cleveland National Forest has begun its off highway vehicle (OHV) route inventory review and will be hosting several open houses in August, in order to get public input on current OHV routes.

The purpose of this review is to verify the inventory of all motorized routes on the Forest, particularly those that members of the public would like to see considered for designation as a motor vehicle route.

The Cleveland National Forest will accept written route review suggestions from the public until August 25, 2006. “On the Cleveland National Forest we already have a system of designated routes and areas in place. While we expect to look at some adjustments to this system, we do not anticipate major changes,” said Tina Terrell, Forest Supervisor for the Cleveland National Forest. “But we want to find out from the public what they want their lands to look like in the future.”

Proposed changes to the current route designations must be consistent with the zoning in the new Land Management Plan. Any changes in the transportation system will occur gradually over time as staffing and budget allow Forest Service staff to complete the analysis.

The Public is asked to follow the Route Inventory Review Guidelines and use the Cleveland National Forest Route Inventory Review Sheet and Inventory Maps when submitting suggestions on the route inventory. Only written comments on the Inventory Review Sheets will be accepted.

Current maps will be posted on the Cleveland National Forest web site:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland/projects/ohv/index.shtml

along with the Route Inventory Review Guidelines, and the Inventory
Review Sheet. Questions regarding the Route Designation Process can be directed to Anne Carey Recreation Officer for the Cleveland National Forest at (858) 674-2977. Hardcopy Route Inventory Review Sheets can be mailed to:

Cleveland National Forest, ATTN: Route Designation – Anne Carey, 10845
Rancho Bernardo Road, Suite 200; San Diego, CA 92127-2107. Email Route
Inventory Review Sheets to: r5_cleveland_ohv_suggestions@fs.fed.us.

Cleveland National Forest Meeting Schedule:

Ramona: August 2, 5:00-7:00pm, Palomar District Office, 1634 Black
Canyon Road

Alpine: August 3, 5:00-7:00pm, Descanso District Office, 3348 Alpine
Boulevard.

Rancho Bernardo: August 8, 5:00-7:00pm, Cleveland Nat. Forest
Supervisors Office, 10845 Rancho Bernardo Rd. #200

Lake Elsinore: August 10, 5:00-7:00pm, Lake Elsinore Cultural Center,
183 N. Main Street

Corona: August 14, 5:00-7:00pm, Corona Public Library- East Room, 650 S.
Main Street

San Juan Capistrano: August 15, 5:00-7:00pm, San Juan Capistrano
Community Ctr.-Community Hall, 25925 Camino del Avion

San Diego: August 18, 5:00-7:00pm, Balboa Park Club- Santa Fe Room, 2150
Pan-American Road West

Questions regarding the Route Designation Process can be directed to:

Anne Carey (Supervisor’s Office) at (858) 674-2977

Background:

The Forest completed its new forest land management plan in 2005 that
will protect the natural character of the forest and provide a wide
range of recreation opportunities over the next 10-15 years. The zoning
decisions made in the new Forest Plans provide the foundation for the
route designation effort.

The purpose of the route designation process is to provide for resource
protection by ensuring that vehicles are operated only on designated
routes. The primary focus of the Cleveland National Forest will be to
share and analyze route inventories and then make minor improvements
over time. After the inventory review is complete the Forest will
proceed with the designation process as workload and funding allow.

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