07/22/08 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. Chino Hills State Park Volunteer Single Track Clean-Up Day – Saturday, July 26th

2. Cleveland National Forest requests comments on Travel Management EA

1. CHINO HILLS STATE PARK VOLUNTEER SINGLE TRACK CLEAN-UP DAY – SATURDAY, JULY 26TH

OK folks, time to block out Saturday July 26th to give back to the trails from 8 am to noon. I have organized a single track clean-up day at Chino Hills State Park in conjunction with the State Park, Trails4All, and other affiliated groups. It looks like we will have a mixed group of mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians.

As we expect it to be warm that day, please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, snacks, and work gloves. Everyone will need to meet at the Equestrian Staging Area:

Here’s the final schedule. Due to the heat, park officials have decided to start at 6 am.

6:00 a.m. – volunteers arrive and sign in at equestrian staging area
6:30 a.m. – orientation
6:45 a.m. – begin working
12:30 – 12:45 – return and clean up.

SHARE has generously offered to provide lunch for all volunteers and the Warrior’s Society will be providing beverages.

For those who don’t know, Bane Ridge is the single track that drops into the Equestrian Staging Area from the north:

If there are enough volunteers, hopefully we can also clear Raptor Ridge, a crowd favorite.

Here’s the official word from the rangers on bringing our own hand tools and power tools:

“Bring the gas powered weed whackers but depending on the conditions and weather we may not authorize them. We will decide the day of. Bring your hand tools.”

RSVP here

For us STR peeps, I plan on meeting at the gate around 6 AM to drive into the park with tools and our bikes. You are more than welcome to ride into the park, but if you have tools in hand, this might be kind of difficult.

Bring any tools you think may be helpful: shovels, metal rakes, machetes, etc.

Red flag winds will cancel the event.

For more Information please contact:

Ranger Stephen:

Dstephen@parks.ca.gov

or the park office at 951-780-6222

Samer from socaltrailriders.org:

samjfarhat@yahoo.com

2. CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST REQUESTS COMMENTS ON TRAVEL MANAGEMENT EA

The Cleveland National Forest is seeking public comment on their Environmental Assessment (EA) dealing with motorized travel management. The EA released on July 15, 2008, for a 30-day comment period, contains proposed changes to the Forest’s transportation system, including adding roads for highway-legal vehicles only; adding trails for ATVs and motorcycles; and revising the size of the Corral Canyon and Wildomar OHV open areas.

These activities are proposed in order to implement the 2005 Travel Management Rule (36 CFR 261) while still providing for a diversity of motorized vehicle recreation and for motorized access to dispersed recreation locations. The EA discloses environmental impacts associated with a no action alternative, the proposed action that was released for scoping in January 2008, and an alternative that was developed using comments submitted by the public during the scoping period.
The EA and maps of the proposed changes can be viewed on the Cleveland National Forest website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland/projects, by visiting one of the four offices or by contacting Anne Carey at (858) 674-2901.

The Forest will also be hosting three open houses to answer questions about this EA at the following locations:

Thursday, July 17, 2008 4:00-7:00 pm
Palomar District Office
1634 Black Canyon Road
Ramona, CA

Thursday, July 24, 2008 5:30-7:30pm
Descanso District Office
3348 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA

Monday, July 28, 2008 4:00-6:00 pm
Trabuco District Office
1147 E 6th Street
Corona, CA

Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until August 13, 2008.

HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS:

MAIL OR HAND DELIVER COMMENTS TO:

Anne Carey, Recreation Officer
10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92127

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

FAX COMMENTS TO:

Cleveland National Forest office, at (858) 673-6192

EMAIL COMMENTS TO:

r5_cleveland_ohv_suggestions@fs.fed.us

Put “Cleveland NF Travel EA Comments” in the subject line. Acceptable formats are MS Word, Word Perfect, or RTF. Comments should include your name and address.

For questions or additional information, please contact Anne Carey, Forest Recreation Planner, at (858) 674-2901.

JUST REMEMBER, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN, PLEASE GET INVOLVED!

Thanks in advance for your support,

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

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