Category Archives: Land Use Bulletins

Request for Information (RFI) Regarding Involving the Public in the Formulation of Forest Service Directives

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA. SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, Business Operations, Office of Regulatory and Management Services (ORMS) is preparing to revise a portion of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) governing public participation requirements and procedures related to the issuance or revision of internal Agency directives. The Forest Service is committed to ensuring that a broad and representative cross-section of the interested public is provided advance notice and a full and fair opportunity to comment upon the formulation of standards, criteria, and guidelines applicable to Forest Service programs. In keeping with this commitment, the Agency is interested in enhancing its public engagement and expanding its approach for public notice and comment beyond just formal rulemaking.

The Agency has identified a need to update the relevant regulations to reflect the varied media consumption patterns of key Forest Service stakeholders and the public at large. These potential regulatory revisions are also necessary to ensure that written policies align with the Agency’s current practices, which have changed to ensure compliance with recent court orders.
The Agency is hosting a webinar for all interested members of the general public to inform the public of these changes to the Forest Service’s public participation procedures. This session will include additional information on the need for these changes and the outcomes the Agency is seeking to achieve. It will also include an outline of a potential path forward and provide attendees an opportunity to ask questions, provide input, and suggest ideas.

DATES: A webinar will be held for interested members of the general public on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time/10:00-11:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. ADDRESSES: The webinar will be held via Adobe Connect web conferencing software. To access the presentation, enter the following URL into any Flash-enabled web browser: Audio-only access is available toll-free by calling (888) 844-9904 and entering the following access code: 4909819.


Write a letter to your US Rep in support of reopening Clear Creek

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Urge your US Rep to pass HR 1838, the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act

Please write a letter to your US Representative urging them to support and pass HR 1838, the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act. This legislation will designate 75,000 acres of Federal public land in San Benito and Fresno Counties in California as the Clear Creek National Recreation Area (NRA) and ensure access for the responsible use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) in the area into the future, as well as designate 21,000 acres as the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness.

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Recreational Trails Program survives

Courtesy of the Coalition for Recreational Trails; we are delighted to tell you that the U.S. Senate passed its multi-year transportation bill with a 65-34 vote.  The provisions affecting the Recreational Trails Program were left alone.  The amendments from Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would have eliminated RTP – which we asked you to help stop – were not brought up for consideration.

 While it’s difficult to track exactly, we have heard that volumes of calls opposing Sen. Lee’s amendments were received by Senate offices.  Thank you so much for your tremendous help!

Moving forward, the Senate has also just passed (91-4) the three-month extension of the current transportation legislation that the House had already passed.  October 31, 2015 is now the new deadline for the House to pass its own multi-year transportation bill (or something else!).

Call your Senators NOW to save funding for trails

An  Alert Courtesy of American Trails

The full Senate is gearing up to vote on its version of a transportation bill-and yet another attack on funding for trails, walking, and biking has surfaced! Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has introduced an amendment (S.A. 2280) that eliminates the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)-the nation’s largest dedicated source of funding for trails, walking and biking. This program also funds the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and helps people like you and me stay healthy, get outdoors, support our local economy and get where we need to go. Help us defend funding for TAP, (including the RTP) and for safe places to walk, bike, and ride in your community by calling your senators now.

The Senate could vote on this legislation as early as this weekend, and it’s important that your legislators hear from you right away.The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, one of our valued partners, has prepared a webpage that includes contact information, as well as a simple message that you can use to communicate with your senators.

Call your senators now and please spread the word through your networks! Please take this simple action now… 


Sustainable ATV Trails; Keeping water and soil healthy with sediment control

Recently published online, is a website linked to the USFS outlining the basics of sustainable trails and lists of resources. While aimed at ATV, the message is the same for 4×4 trails.


about the relationship between soil and water and how sustainable trail design can help prevent erosion and other harmful effects caused by erosion.


sustainable trails or improve existing ones using these time-tested techniques, each with detailed descriptions and photos.


existing trails with methods for monitoring trail use and make decisions on how best to target resources for maintaining and improving trails.

Public meeting August 16 on Johnson Valley changes

From the Bureau of Land Management

Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management and the Marine Corps will host a Resource Management Group meeting about the changes in land use in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area at the Lucerne Valley Community Center on August 16, 2014 from 1-3 PM.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future locations of the Marine’s company objective areas within the Shared Use Area for military training in accordance with Military Land Withdrawals Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-66).

Input from State agencies, Off-Highway Vehicle and other recreation interest groups, and environmental advocacy groups as well as the public in general are encouraged and welcomed to attend.

The Lucerne Valley Community Center is located at 33187 Old Woman Springs Road, Lucerne Valley, CA. For additional information, contact the Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Field Manager, at 760-252-6004; email:; or the MCAGCC Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213; email:

Travel Management Agreement Reached on Stanislaus National Forest

Sonora, CA… A settlement agreement on the 2010 litigation of the 2009 Stanislaus National Forest (NF) Motorized Travel Management decision was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California today and is effective immediately. The U.S. Forest Service and the plaintiffs to the litigation (The Wilderness Society; Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility; and the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center) reached an agreement that balances the plaintiffs’ concerns while retaining the majority of motorized Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) routes made in the 2009 decision for recreational use…

The agreement does involve temporary route closures, but these closures do not affect the existing road system. Trail closures affect about 14 percent of the OHV trail system.

“Diverse riding and driving opportunities for motorized recreation and dispersed camping still abound on the forest with over 230 miles of OHV trails available,” said Susan Skalski, Forest Supervisor, Stanislaus NF.

As part of the settlement agreement, for an interim period of time until other analysis is completed, the Forest will close to motorized use 40.34 miles of routes (86 OHV trail segments) on three ranger districts: the Calaveras, Mi-Wok and Groveland. 18.19 miles of routes (49 OHV trail segments) currently open will be closed effective May 23. Twenty-two and a quarter miles of routes (37 trail routes) that are not currently open because mitigations required in the Forest Supervisor’s 2009 Record of Decision are not complete, will remain closed.

“Enforcement during the initial closure and implementation period will focus on facilitating change through advising visitors and providing information to public land users,” said Heidi Rieck, Law Enforcement Patrol Captain, Stanislaus NF. “We understand it takes time for people to become familiar with changes. After the initial educational period, we will start to incorporate other enforcement actions.”

Officers do have and will apply enforcement discretion in issuing citations to forest users.

In order to address the court’s concerns, during the closure, the Forest will take steps to show how it is applying the Forest Service’s 2005 Travel Rule minimization criteria to the 2009 Decision. When making decisions to designate routes for public motorized use, the 2005 Travel Rule requires the Forest to consider the effects on Forest resources with the objective of minimizing damage. It has not been determined how long this analysis may take or how long the routes will be closed. A new Motor Vehicle Use Map has been published and can be obtained at any Stanislaus NF district office or the Forest Supervisor’s Office.

The Stanislaus National Forest (STF) is actively engaged in management of its transportation system. The objectives of transportation planning are to: provide access to recreation facilities and opportunities for the public and partners; access for resource management, including fire protection and suppression; and to maintain an affordable/manageable transportation system while meeting the management needs of the Forest. The Forest is guided by the Travel Management Rule (36 CFR Part 212) and the Forest Service Manuals and Handbooks (7700).

Information regarding litigation of the 2009 Motorized Travel Management decision, the decision and the settlement agreement with the list of trails will be posted on the Stanislaus NF website by May 31.

For more information about this news release or to speak with a Visitor Information Specialist about forest information and recreation opportunities, call the Stanislaus Supervisor’s Office at: 209-532-3671; Calaveras Ranger District (RD) at 209-795-1381; Groveland RD at 209-962-7825; Mi-Wok RD at 209-586-3234; or Summit RD at 209-965-3434.


UFWDA welcomes the action of Congress to retain OHV access to the Johnson Valley OHV area in CA.

UFWDA thanks all those who worked to preserve OHV access to nearly 100,000 acres of Southern Californian desert for much of the year. A provision included in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) transfers 79,000 acres to the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base while creating the ‘Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area’ with federal protection to over 96,000 acres, as established in 1980 for OHV recreation by the State of California.

Rep Paul Cook (R-CA) was largely instrumental in creating the shared use solution with the strong support of many individuals and organizations from the OHV community.

The US House of Representatives has approved the provision, with the Senate set to ratify the plan this year.

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La Posa Travel Management Plan preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office has announced that the La Posa Travel Management Plan preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for review. This begins a 45-day public comment period, which ends December 21, 2013. The preliminary EA is available for reviewed online at

The BLM will hold an open house on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The open house will be held at the Quartzsite Community Center located at 295 Chandler Street; Quartzsite, Arizona; from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The meeting will consist of a presentation about the preliminary EA and travel management planning, followed by interested parties being able to speak one-on-one with BLM specialists and managers. Maps will be on display for review, as well as general EA and travel management information.
Written comments about the preliminary EA for the La Posa TMP will be accepted through December 21, 2013. Comments postmarked by this date will be considered in making the final decision.  Comments should be mailed to BLM Yuma Field Office, Attention:  Joe Raffaele; 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road; Yuma, Arizona 85365; or emailed to
The La Posa Travel Management Area surrounds Quartzsite, Arizona, and encompasses over 380,000 acres of public land in La Paz and Yuma Counties. For more information about the open house, please call 928-317-3238

Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Efforts : How will it impact your recreational access to public lands?

The Forest Service (FS) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to amend the Toiyabe National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and the Carson City and Battle Mountain Resource Management Plans.

The Forest Service is in the scoping phase to determine relevant issues relating to the conservation of the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (BSD PS) and its habitat. There is a concern that the greater sage grouse is at risk of losing its habitat. There are groups trying to get the greater sage grouse put on the endangered species list as a way to keep people off public lands. This issue could significantly impact OHV usage. The trails you use today may not be available tomorrow unless you act now.

We need you to become educated on this issue. We need to be proactive. Here are a couple links for your information. Please read this and share it widely.

At the end of this notice is the contact information for you to leave comments; they must be received by January 30, 2013.

Links for more information:

The following link is the actual scoping notice from USDA Forest Service.

ARRA (Americans for Responsible Recreation Access). This is a great site with background information, the schedule of dates, and links for further information.

The Federal Register (bottom of page 1 thorough page 3)

The following two links are articles from land use sites:

Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received

by January 30, 2013. To comment or for more information contact:

James Winfrey

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

1200 Franklin Way

Sparks, NV 89523

(775) 355-5300

It is important to provide comments for the agency’s preparation of the environmental impact statement. Comments should be provided by the comment period deadline (1/30/13) and should articulate the reviewer’s concerns. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the FS with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents.

Keep our trails open. Act now.

Join pro-access groups like the United Four Wheel Drive Associations ( to help us continue the fight to protect access for you and your family. Call us toll-free to learn more at 800-44-UFWDA (800) 448-3932.