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Take Action: Help keep Tellico Open

STEP 2:  We must, at all costs, provide as many SUBSTANTIVE comments about the EA as humanly possible.  And we are ready.  SFWDA requests that you download the study that we commissioned (http://www.sfwda.org/trails/tellico/study09/) and that you download the USFS EA which is posted here (http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/nepa/tusquitee/tellico/tellico.htm ) and that you compare the two side by side and start making comments.  Our study will give you the data that you need to make comments about the surveys that have been done, the lack of maintenance they USFS has completed, the science, the engineering, the economics, EVERYTHING.
We will work to have a letter generator up, but honestly, we need for you to take pencil to paper and think this through.  Copy this announcement and send it to your friends, family, and everyone you know.
STEP 3:  The other thing we need, and you know what it coming, is money.  In this tough economic time, it’s hard to find a few dollars to support a cause, but if you enjoy the Tellico area, or even the dying sport of OHV and 4X4 recreation, please consider a donation to Rescue Tellico so that we may continue to fight for Tellico.  http://www.sfwda.org/trails/tellico/donate.html
STEP 4:  In an effort to show that we will not accept these actions, Crawford’s Campground is committing to continue on with the plans for Spring Fling on April 4th.  Please consider attending and showing your support and helping to raise money for Rescue Tellico.
So you know, SFWDA is working very closely with United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and the BlueRibbon Coalition to review these documents.  BE ASSURED that the lawyers will be reviewing all of these documents in detail and that we are all ready to take whatever action is warranted to further the fight to KEEP TELLICO OPEN!
Thanks you for your help,

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View Lassen National Forest’s Travel Management Alternatives

(July 29, 2009) - The Lassen National Forest will be holding an open house on July 7th regarding the Travel Management Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for designating wheeled motorized vehicle travel.
An open house will be held Tuesday, July 7th, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., at Chico State University at the Bell Memorial Union, Room 210.

This open house will provide an opportunity to view large maps and to learn about the different alternatives concerning wheeled motorized vehicle travel, also known as Route Designation or Access and Travel Management.  The open house format will demonstrate the development of each alternative and how to provide comments on the proposals outlined in the DEIS.  Comment cards will also be provided for use during the open house.
Written or email comments on the DEIS are due July 20th, with a final decision on a designated system of wheeled motorized vehicle routes due around September 2009.
If you are unable to attend the open house, your comments may be submitted either electronically via e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or written comments may be mailed to:   
Lassen National Forest
Attn: Travel Management
2550 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA  96130
The Access and Travel Management planning process on the Lassen National Forest is part of a national effort to define transportation systems on each national forest.  The goal is to develop a sustainable system of roads, trails, and open areas that provide an array of opportunities for access and recreation on national forests, as well as protection of various resources by limiting wheeled motorized vehicle cross-country travel.
For those who have been following this multi-step process over the past few years, the release of the DEIS begins the next step in the planning process – formal analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).   

Forest Supervisor Kathleen Morse encourages everyone to stay involved during this planning process.  “We know many people have invested a lot of time in this already, but at this stage your comments and feedback on the travel management alternatives is critical to establish our baseline system.  This is not a final process, as the Forest will annually review the Lassen NF’s travel management system to determine if changes are needed.”
Maps of the different alternatives will display existing and proposed roads and trails that would make up the Forest Transportation System designated for wheeled motorized vehicle use.  Other minor changes are also proposed, such as identifying class of vehicles allowed on each route.
For more information, check the Lassen National Forest website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lassen.  Those who do not have internet access, maps and
documents will be available for viewing at the following offices and locations:   
Lassen National Forest Supervisor’s Office  Eagle Lake Ranger District  
2550 Riverside Drive    477-050 Eagle Lake Road  
Susanville, CA 96130    Susanville, CA 96130  
Almanor Ranger District     Hat Creek Ranger District  
900 East Highway 36    43225 East Highway 299
Chester, CA 96020     Fall River Mills, CA 96028  
Two libraries will also have hard copies of the maps for viewing at these locations:
Lassen County Library   Burney Library
1618 Main Street    37038 Siskiyou Street
Susanville, CA  96130    Burney, CA  96013
For more information about the DEIS or upcoming open houses, check the website or contact Christopher O’Brien at (530) 252-6698 or Dave Pilz at (530) 252-6659.  

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Our Partners in the Northeast Need Your Help!!


There are two bills that have been buried in the Transportation Committee for too long. Year after year, these bills get lost there. Each bill, the Assembly version (Bill A00448) and the Senate version (Bill S321), amend the highway law to remove the ability of the State to modify, abandon or close roads within the Adirondack Park. The DEC does this with little or no public input, depriving us of these great recreational opportunities that, in many cases, are routes over a hundred years old and lead to other treasured opportunities such as fishing holes, hunting sites, and more.

Please help us keep these important roads and recreational corridors open for future generations by contacting your representative or Transportation Committee Chairman David Gantt at 518-455-5606 or send a letter to him at:

Committee Chairman: David Gantt
LOB 830
Albany, NY 12248

Let 'em know you support these bills!!!!!

NYS Assembly (Bill A00448 Sayward)
NYS Senate (Bill S321 Little)

Getting these out of committee is only the first hurdle we face, but we can't get there unless there's a powerful voice behind them.

Thanks for your quick action,

Steve Alheim
President - Adirondack Jeeps
Chairman - East Coast 4 Wheel Drive Association - Northeast Region


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Public Comment Invited on Wildlife Issues

COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife invites the public to its annual Open Houses on Sunday, March 1, 2009, from 12:00 noon until 3 p.m.

"Anyone interested in providing input and participating in Ohio's professional wildlife management process is welcome," said David M. Graham, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Graham adds that fish and wildlife biologists along with law enforcement officers will be on hand to answer questions.
Open houses are scheduled for the same day and time in Akron, Athens, Columbus, Findlay and Xenia. Public input gathered at these open houses will be forwarded to the division's central office in Columbus, where it is considered during the formulation of 2009-2010 fishing, hunting and trapping regulations.
For more information or directions to the open house, please call 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543). Proposals and directions also can be accessed via the Internet at wildohio.com.
A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 5 at the wildlife division's District One Office, located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus. After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules during its April 1 meeting.
March 1st Open House Location Information
Central Ohio
Wildlife District One Office, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus
(614) 644-3925
Northwest Ohio
Wildlife District Two Office, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay
(419) 424-5000
Northeast Ohio
Wildlife District Three Office, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron
(330) 644-2293
Southeast Ohio
Wildlife District Four Office, 360 E State Street, Athens
(740) 589-9930
Southwest Ohio
Greene County Fish and Game Club, 1538 Union Road, Xenia
(937) 372-9261

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PNF Comment Period Extended

Plumas NF Travel Management Project Comment Period Extended
The comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Public Motorized Travel Management (DEIS) on the Plumas National Forest has been extended for an additional 30 days. “I am gratified so many people are involved in reviewing this document and pleased to extend the comment period as a result,” noted Forest Supervisor Alice Carlton.  

A Notice of Availability for the DEIS was published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2008; the opportunity to provide comments to establish eligibility to appeal under 36 CFR 215 now ends 75 days following that date.  The DEIS, associated maps and instructions for commenting can be found on the forest website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/plumas.  

This project is part of a Nation-wide process to authorize motorized vehicle use on those existing trails, roads and areas, which would provide for a variety of recreational experiences in a safe and ecologically sustainable manner. The authorized use would also include the current restriction on travel between trails, roads, and areas (cross-country) unless some type of permit is in place that allows otherwise.  

A final environmental impact statement and decision on this project are expected later in the year.
The following Plumas National Forest Recreation personnel are available for questions:  
• Peggy Gustafson, Mt. Hough RD, Quincy, (530) 283-0555
• Deb Schoenberg, Feather River RD, Oroville, (530) 532-7460
• Judy Schaber, Beckwourth RD, Blairsden, (530) 836-2575  
• Pete Hochrein or Jane Beaulieu, Supervisor’s Office, Quincy, (530) 283-2050

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