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CA OHV Trust Fund At Risk - Again

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger - Fax 916-558-3160 (phone 916-445-2841)
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2009 Budget Conference Committee Members

Assembly

Noreen Evans - Fax 916-319-2107 (phone 916-319-2007) (Chair)
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Roger Niello - Fax 916-319-2105 (phone 916-319-2005)
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Bob Blumenfield - fax 916-319-2140 (phone 916-319-2040)
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Kevin de Leon - Fax 916-319-2145 (phone 916-319-2045)
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Jim Nielsen - Fax916- 319-2102 (phone 916-319-2002)
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Senate

Denise Ducheny - Fax 916-327-3522 (phone 916-651-4040) (Chair)
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Bob Dutton - Fax 916-327-2272 (phone 916-651-4031)
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Mark Leno - Fax 916-445-4722 (phone 916-651-4003)
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Alan Lowenthal - Fax 916-327-9113 (phone 916-651-4027)
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Mimi Walters - Fax 916-445-9754 (phone 916-651-4033)
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Cut and Paste Sample Letter:


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Dear ,

As a resident of California and a member of the off-highway vehicle (OHV) community, I am urging that as you search for funding for California Sate Parks, you do not attempt to redirect any funds from the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division budget. The OHV Division of California State Parks is completely funded by fees generated by OHV recreation. These user-generated fees should not be directed to uses that have nothing whatsoever to do with how the funds were generated.

In 2005, the California Bureau of State Audits found that Parks misappropriated millions of dollars from the OHV Trust Fund for use at facilities with no OHV opportunity.  Sadly, it appears that Parks is once again attempting to balance its books on the back of the OHV program.

The OHV Division is a nationally-recognized model of a "user-pay/user-benefit" program. This success is due to the State's ability to collect fees generated by OHV recreation on local, state and federal lands, and use these fees to support management of OHV recreation on these same lands. It is essential that both the operations of the State OHV Parks and the grants provided to local and federal agencies where OHV recreation occurs continue in order to maintain the success of this program.

I understand the serious nature of California's budget crisis; however, the state has already borrowed $90 million dollars from the OHV Trust Fund. I again urge you to avoid redirecting any OHV Trust Funds to non-OHV-related projects or programs.


Sincerely,

Name
Address

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Thanks for your attention to this very serious matter.

Don Amador
Western Representative
BlueRibbon Coalition

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California OHV Alert - User funded Trust Fund under attack!

Earlier this year the OHV trust fund was already raided by the Legislature to lend the general fund $90 million that had previously been set aside for acquiring new properties. And now, after that money has been sacrificed to the current budget crisis, the OHV community in California is being asked to give more! When will this madness stop? Why destroy one of the only successful and fully self funded programs in the state? Instead, our representatives are looking to steal the money of hard working OHV recreating families. The leaders of this state should attempt to emulate the success of the OHV program in order to properly fund other non OHV State Park facilities that are in need of operating funds.Below you will find the contact information for the members of the Budget Conference Committee who will be considering this irresponsible action. Please contact them as well as your local representatives and express your displeasure with the idea of using OHV trust funds to operate California State Parks where OHV use is not allowed.

The template letter provided should be personalized and faxed or e-mailed to the members of the Committee. This template letter can also be found on the AMA D37 message board at http://www.district37ama.org/forums/ in both the off-road and dual sport forums. Together the OHV community can make a difference!
 
2009 Budget Conference Committee Members.

Assembly

Noreen Evans - Fax 916-319-2107 (phone 916-319-2007) (Chair)
Roger Niello - Fax 916-319-2105 (phone 916-319-2005)
Bob Blumenfield - fax 916-319-2140 (phone 916-319-2040)
Kevin de Leon - Fax 916-319-2145 (phone 916-319-2045)
Jim Nielsen - Fax916- 319-2102 (phone 916-319-2002)

Senate

Denise Ducheny - Fax 916-327-3522 (phone 916-651-4040) (Chair)
Bob Dutton - Fax 916-327-2272 (phone 916-651-4031)
Mark Leno - Fax 916-445-4722 (phone 916-651-4003)
Alan Lowenthal - Fax 916-327-9113 (phone 916-651-4027)
Mimi Walters - Fax 916-445-9754 (phone 916-651-4033)

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Forest Planning Workshop Scheduled

Save the Date of July 1, 2009 for a National Forest Plan Revision Process Workshop

The Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service is beginning the process to revise the management plans for the national forests in California.  The Regional Forester decided to revise fourteen forest plans over the next three years (the plans for the four Southern California forests were revised in 2005).   

The Forest Service is beginning the process in the Sierra Nevada.  A Regional Planning Executive Team was formed to guide and manage the revision process.  A Regional Interdisciplinary Team is being formed to develop regional guidance and templates and to complete and document complex analyses to support the process.   
We are guided in our plan revision work by a new Planning Rule developed in 2008.  Using the new rule, a comprehensive evaluation report (CER) will be completed for the Sierra Nevada region.  This regional CER will help focus the development of local CERs and forest plans for each national forest.  

The Forest Service will host a workshop at the McClellan Wildland Fire Training Center, 3237 Peacekeeper Way, McClellan, CA, near Sacramento, on July 1 (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM) to discuss the forest plan revision process.  One purpose for this workshop will be to enlist the help of the participants in designing a public participation process for the Sierra Nevada CER.  Another purpose for the workshop will be to discuss the initial outline and some of the content for the Sierra-wide CER.  We would like for the participants at the workshop to give us their advice about our approach and proposed content for the CER.  Video conference links to the workshop will be available at the Sierra National Forest headquarters in Clovis and at the Plumas National Forest headquarters in Quincy. Space is limited so if you would like to join us virtually at one of these sites please let us know. 

Please RSVP to Martha Maciel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you plan to attend the workshop and identify at which location you’ll be joining us - McClellan, Clovis or Quincy.

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Idaho Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Education Campaign

IDAHO FALLS - (June 1, 2009) – People who enjoy riding ATV and UTVs in the national forest and BLM lands are invited to a trail ethics education event on Saturday, June 13 at Kelly Canyon to learn about common issues that U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management officials are observing on public lands.

One of those issues involves a new type of all-terrain vehicle called a utility terrain vehicle (UTV). What UTVs are legal on public lands trails? Where is it appropriate to ride these larger machines that seat two people?

These are among the issues that Forest Service, BLM and Idaho Fish and Game officials will address beginning at 9:30 a.m. on June 13. ATV and UTV riders who participate in the event will receive a free lunch, and they’re invited to go for a trail ride in the afternoon.
 
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation officials also will be on hand to discuss the new licensing and registration system for OHVs, and Bonneville County Commissioner Lee Staker will talk about a draft ordinance that looks at what roads will be open to ATVs and UTVs in Bonneville County.
 
The event is co-sponsored by the Forest Service, BLM, IDPR, Idaho Fish and Game, Blue Ribbon Coalition and the Idaho Falls ATV Club.
 
“This is a proactive education event to give UTV and ATV riders a head’s up about some of the common problems that public lands officials are witnessing in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and on BLM lands in the Upper Snake region,” said Steve Stuebner, coordinator of the Idaho OHV Public Education Campaign. “Here at the beginning of summer recreation season, we want to give riders the courtesy of knowing how they can stay out of trouble and enjoy their trail rides.”
 
“We feel it’s really important for ATV riders to be good trail ambassadors and make sure our friends follow basic rules such as staying on the trail,” added Ron Davis, president of the Idaho Falls ATV Club. “It’s important to use the trails in a responsible way so they’re not closed because of a few bad actors who may not know any better. We hope a lot of riders will come to the event to learn more about proper trail ethics on public lands.”
 
About the Idaho OHV Education Campaign: To help raise awareness about the importance of OHVs staying on trails, five state and federal agencies in Idaho work on a statewide campaign called the Idaho Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) Public Education Project. Idaho-OHV encourages riders to ride safe, responsibly and reduce their impact on the land and other trail users. See www.idaho-ohv.org for more information.
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Klamath NF Travel Management Open Houses Set

Yreka, CA (May 28, 2009)...The Klamath National Forest will release a Motorized Travel Management Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on June 5, 2009. This action begins a 45-day comment period for the Klamath National Forest proposal to designate roads, trails and areas for motorized use. The public may review maps and discuss the alternatives for motorized travel with Forest resource specialists at open houses that are scheduled as follows:

* June 11, Goosenest Ranger District, U.S. Highway 97, Macdoel
* June 17, Yreka Community Center, 801 N. Oregon Street, Yreka
* June 18, Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District, U.S. Highway 96, Happy Camp
* June 23, Salmon/Scott River Ranger District, Siskiyou County Highway 3, Ft. Jones

All open houses are scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Forest proposes a prohibition of cross country travel on the Forest to conform to the 2005 national Travel Management Rule, and proposes to add approximately 92 miles of currently unauthorized routes to the transportation system. The proposed action does allow for cross country travel in two designated areas totaling 65 acres. The DEIS will disclose the impacts associated with prohibiting cross-country motorized travel (except snowmobiles) off designated roads, trails and areas. It will also disclose impacts associated with changes in vehicle class and season of use to the transportation system.

The public may review the DEIS and associated maps at the following website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/klamath/projects/ohv/index.shtml. The DEIS and maps of all the alternatives are available for viewing at U.S. Forest Services offices in Yreka, Happy Camp, Macdoel, Fort Jones, Orleans, and Siskiyou County libraries.

Written comments may be sent to: Travel Management Team, Klamath NF, 1312 Fairlane Rd., Yreka, CA 96097. Electronic comments may be submitted to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please put "Travel Management" in the subject line. For more information, or to request further updates about the travel management process, contact Jan Ford, project leader, phone: (530) 841-4483.
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