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Fifteen current and former Arizona Game and Fish commissioners urge president to say no on monument designation


(Jan. 22, 2016) PHOENIX – The five-member Arizona Game and Fish Commission and 10 former commissioners have sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging that he not designate 1.7 million acres in northern Arizona as a new Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.

Calling the proposed monument “a solution to a non-existing problem,” the commissioners said designating this large swath of land as a national monument could impose unnecessary rules and regulations, negatively impact outdoor recreation, and compromise the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s ability to manage and conserve the public's wildlife.


The commissioners support the multiple-use concept on public land, as that approach provides the most wildlife-related recreational opportunities for the public and allows the commission and department to work closely with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on sustainable resource management.

“That partnership is not broken, and we do not believe another layer of bureaucracy is needed to conserve or ‘protect’ 1.7 million more acres on the Arizona Strip or Kaibab National Forest,” the commissioners said in the letter.

The commissioners countered several claims by monument proponents, pointing out that:

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Little Change in Drought Over 60 Years

A new paper out in the current issue of Nature finds little evidence to support claims that drought has increased globally over the past 60 years. The authors write:

Drought is expected to increase in frequency and severity in the future as a result of climate change, mainly as a consequence of decreases in regional precipitation but also because of increasing evaporation driven by global warming. Previous assessments of historic changes in drought over the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries indicate that this may already be happening globally. In particular, calculations of the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) show a decrease in moisture globally since the 1970s with a commensurate increase in the area in drought that is attributed, in part, to global warming. The simplicity of the PDSI, which is calculated from a simple water-balance model forced by monthly precipitation and temperature data, makes it an attractive tool in large-scale drought assessments, but may give biased results in the context of climate change6. Here we show that the previously reported increase in global drought is overestimated because the PDSI uses a simplified model of potential evaporation that responds only to changes in temperature and thus responds incorrectly to global warming in recent decades. More realistic calculations, based on the underlying physical principles that take into account changes in available energy, humidity and wind speed, suggest that there has been little change in drought over the past 60 years.

What does this mean?

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DLRP - No Webinar 11/27 - Dec. 13 webinar

Dear Dinkey Collaborative members and interested parties,

There is no webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27.  We had originally held this date but at the last meeting realized we would not have sufficient time to prepare materials, and released it.  I apologize if this was not clear to people at the November 15 meeting.

Regarding December 13:  Please hold this date.  However, please hold the afternoon from 1 to 4 pm — if held on December 13, the webinar would be that afternoon, not in the morning.  We apologize for any scheduling confusion.

We are working on the schedule for the next 3 months and will have more information this Thursday, including proposed dates for the next steps identified on November 15.  We will also provide an agenda and meeting materials for our December 6 meeting at that time.

Sincerely,

Dorian Fougères, Ph.D.
Lead Mediator and Facilitator
Center for Collaborative Policy
California State University, Sacramento

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NOTICE OF MEETING AND TOUR OFF-HIGHWAY MOTOR VEHICLE RECREATION COMMISSION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission, pursuant to authority contained in Section 5090.24 of the Public Resources Code and Section 11120 et seq. of the Government Code, will conduct a tour on November 30, 2012 and will meet on December 1, 2012 according to the following schedule.

OHMVR Commission Tour: Friday, November 30, 2012 Hollister Hills SVRA

Time and Tour Information: The tour will meet at the Hollister Hills Training Building at 10 am (please see attached map). The tour will last six hours and end back at the Training Building at approximately 4 pm. In order to participate in this tour, you must have a high clearance 4WD vehicle. The tour will involve some walking over uneven terrain. Layered clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended. Services will be limited during the tour route, but we will stop at the camp store which has a payphone as well as sundry items. Cell phone service is intermittent. Participants should be prepared with sufficient food and water supplies for a full day on the trail.



OHMVR Commission Meeting:

Saturday, December 1, 2012 9:00 a.m. – until adjournment
San Benito County Board of Supervisors Chambers 481 Fourth Street, Floor 1 Hollister, CA 95023-3840
The Commission will hear items on the attached agenda in the order they appear.

Information on agenda items will be available for review at the Department of Parks and Recreation's District offices at Ocotillo Wells SVRA, 5172 Highway 78, Borrego Springs; Oceano Dunes SVRA, 340 James Way, Suite 270, Pismo Beach; Hollister Hills SVRA, 7800 Cienega Road, Hollister; Hungry Valley SVRA, 46001 Orwin Way, Gorman; Prairie City SVRA, 13300 White Rock Road, Rancho Cordova; Carnegie SVRA, 15715 Tesla Road, Livermore; the OHMVR Division's Headquarters, 1725 23rd Street, Suite 200, Sacramento; and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTICE IS GIVEN that any person may file a written statement on the proposed actions by writing to the undersigned or may present written statements at the meeting on December 1, 2012. Members of the public presenting written or graphic materials as part of their public comments to the Commission are requested to provide fourteen (14) copies to the Commission recording secretary. Inquiries may be directed to the OHMVR Division at 1725 23rd Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, California 95816 or (916) 324-4442.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the Commission meeting minutes will be posted on the OHMVR web site after being approved (ohv.parks.ca.gov ).

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Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative encompasses portions of five states: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, as well as a substantial portion of Northern Mexico. It is topographically complex and includes three deserts (Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan), grass-lands and valley bottoms, and isolated mountain ranges in the southern portion of the Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The richness of the topography leads to equally diverse species composition; the area supports habitat for many native plants, fish and wildlife species, including many endemic species that are extremely susceptible to climate change.

The Steering Committee for the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative was selected at a meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 27-28, 2011. The Steering Committee Meeting was attended by 60 partners within the Desert LCC Region. The meeting attendees identified and selected the Steering Committee members from among their respective organizations. The Steering Committee is currently represented by six representatives from non-governmental organizations, five from State agencies, representatives from five tribes, nine representatives from Federal agencies, and one international organization.

In addition, a Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative Science Sub-Committee has been established to identify and prioritize preliminary science needs based on stakeholder input, and an assessment of available science to address those needs.

This year, Reclamation is planning to post a Funding Opportunity Announcement to target projects that meet the shared science needs identified by stakeholders within the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

To read more about the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative or to see those serving on the two committees, please visit: www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/lcc.html.

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