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Skid Marks #27

Discussion in 'Land Use' started by mudfanatic, Nov 15, 2000.

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Jacob Smith [mailto:prebles@indra.com]
    Sent: Saturday, November 11, 2000 12:10 AM
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    Subject: Skid Marks #27


    SKID MARKS
    ISSUE #27 November 10, 2000

    Skid Marks, Wildlands Center for Preventing Roads' (usually) biweekly e-mail
    newsletter, reports on activist efforts to challenge roads and motorized
    recreation nationwide. Skid Marks shares instructive and precedent-setting
    successes and failures in the campaign to halt motorized abuse of wildland
    ecosystems.

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    CONTENTS:

    1. FOREST SERVICE RELEASES FINAL PLANNING REGS

    2. BLM REPORT DESCRIBES LAWLESSNESS IN CALIFORNIA DESERT

    3. ELKO COUNTY REJECTS JARBRIDGE SETTLEMENT OFFER

    4. JUDGE HALTS OKANOGAN ROAD REMOVAL

    5. IOWA SLOW TO ESTABLISH NEW ORV RIDING PARKS

    6. CARIBOU MUDFEST REPEATED

    7. FOREST SERVICE USES PLANES TO STOP WILDERNESS TRESPASS

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    FOREST SERVICE RELEASES FINAL PLANNING REGS

    The Forest Service yesterday released its final regulations on National
    Forest planning, which constitute new guidance for implementation of the
    National Forest Management Act, the federal legislation that mandates the
    creation of management plans for all National Forests and Grasslands. Mike
    Anderson, a forest policy expert with The Wilderness Society, commented:
    "Overall, we are pleased with the new regulations. Most important, the
    regulations assign first priority to ecological sustainability, protecting
    and restoring the ecological values of the forest for present and future
    generations." However, environmentalists expressed grave concerns over
    other components of the new regulations, including the elimination of the
    administrative appeals process for forest plans. "Taking away the
    opportunity to appeal will make it more difficult for the public to
    challenge agency decisions and is likely to result in more litigation," said
    Anderson.. Skid Marks expects a wealth of summaries and analyses of the new
    regulations to make their appearance in the coming weeks.

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    BLM REPORT DESCRIBES LAWLESSNESS IN CALIFORNIA DESERT

    A just-released internal evaluation by the Bureau of Land Management
    describes "unsafe" and at times "near riot" conditions in the BLM's
    California Desert District. The Law Enforcement Special Evaluation report
    found that the area is "unsafe" for the public and that agency law
    enforcement personnel are at times subject to "life threatening situations."

    The report, completed in February of 2000 but only now released, documents
    extensive legal violations including assaults on BLM rangers, possession of
    firearms and explosives, and drug-related activities. The report concurs,
    for example, with a Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association letter
    contending that "the public lands have become unsafe for family recreation
    activity due to the use of drugs and alcohol, and the problems with
    lawlessness that occur with such use."

    The District spans from the Mexican border to the Sierra Nevada foothills.
    Three weeks ago the BLM issued a temporary off-road vehicle ban for one part
    of the District, the 48,000 acre Glamis Dunes. The BLM report can be viewed
    at: www.peer.org/press/136.html.

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    ELKO COUNTY REJECTS JARBRIDGE SETTLEMENT OFFER

    The Missoulianreported today that the Elko County Commissioners rejected a
    settlement offer in the ongoing Jarbridge Road battle. The Justice
    Department is seeking an injunction to close the South Canyon Road on the
    Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest near Jarbridge, Nevada. The move was
    prompted by concerns about road impacts to the federally-listed bull trout.
    The settlement agreement would have granted the county a right-of-way but
    not ownership of the road, and would allow rebuilding only if an
    environmental analysis concluded that it could be done without causing
    environmental damage. However, the county maintains the federal government
    has no jurisdiction over the road because it was established prior to the
    designation of the National Forest.

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    JUDGE HALTS OKANOGAN ROAD REMOVAL

    A county judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order against the Washington
    Department of Natural Resources, temporarily halting a road removal project
    in eastern Washington's Okanogan County. The Department rebuilt the Touts
    Coulee Creek Road after it washed out in 1998, but was fined for failing to
    follow environmental review procedures before doing so. The Spokane
    Spokesman-Review (October 25) also reports that scientists and officials
    conducting a Forest Practices Act review determined that the road should be
    removed in order to reduce impacts to a nearby creek, but local residents
    sued and camped out on the road in order to impede the removal effort. The
    Department of Natural Resources promises to build a replacement road but
    concedes the plan is contingent on securing adequate funding.

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    IOWA SLOW TO ESTABLISH NEW ORV RIDING PARKS

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has encountered difficulty in
    finding sites for new public off-road vehicle riding areas, the November 6
    issue of WILDLines reports. The Department has been seeking sites for new
    ORV parks since the Iowa Legislature several years ago established an ORV
    registration fee, in part to provide funding for new ORV facilities. ORVs
    are currently permitted only on private property and in a few designated
    public riding parks.

    The state's Natural Resources Commission charged a task force of ORV clubs,
    public agencies, and environmental groups with developing criteria; the
    Commission adopted the resulting guidelines last June. The guidelines
    include a provision encouraging the DNR to avoid areas containing viable
    native plant communities, cultural resources, or critical habitat for
    protected species, and to protect fragments of these communities when only
    fragments remain.

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    CARIBOU MUDFEST REPEATED

    Five 4WD trucks offered an encore performance of September's "Mudfest" near
    Caribou, Colorado. The vehicles became stuck in the same mountain bog that
    attracted an estimated 200 four-wheelers on September 23. Several of the
    drivers reportedly stopped to help other drivers already stuck in the mud,
    subsequently becoming stuck themselves. Although a fifth driver remains
    unidentified, Boulder County law enforcement officials issued citations to
    four individuals for defacing private property and trespassing.

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    FOREST SERVICE USES PLANES TO STOP WILDERNESS TRESPASS

    The US Forest Service announced plans to patrol wilderness areas in the Lake
    Tahoe Basin this winter with airplanes, according to a November 8 Associated
    Press report. Agency officials cite the difficulty of enforcing snowmobile
    bans as the impetus for the airborne patrol effort. Snowmobiles are
    prohibited in designated wilderness and in Meiss Country and Freel Peak,
    both formal primitive areas. Several hundred snowmobile riders are thought
    to venture into the motor-free area every season. A first-time offense can
    garner a $150 fine, while repeat offenders face fines of up to $5,000 and up
    to six months in jail.

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    Please keep in touch with us about your roads and motorized recreation work.
    Questions about Skid Marks should be directed to Jacob Smith at
    prebles@indra.com. Please send e-mail action alerts to
    WildlandsCPR@wildrockies.org.

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    Skid Marks is brought to you by the friendly road-rippers at Wildlands CPR.
    Thanks for your support and all of your efforts on behalf of wild places and
    imperiled species.

    *********************************************

    Jacob Smith, ORV Policy Coordinator
    Wildlands Center for Preventing Roads (Colorado office)
    P.O. Box 2353
    Boulder, Colorado 80306-2353
    (303) 247-0998
    prebles@indra.com

    Marnie Criley, Roads Policy Coordinator
    Wildlands Center for Preventing Roads (main office)
    PO Box 7516
    Missoula, MT 59807
    406/543-9551
    WildlandsCPR@wildrockies.org
    http://www.wildrockies.org/WildCPR/

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