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John Stewart

New Direction in Agency Planning Efforts

Okay, I am going to unload a few tid-bits I have been collecting the past few months concerning new actions pending with land management issues.

BLM:  State-wide (California), BLM does not have a good inventory of routes nor do they have good mapping data.  To their credit, they are working to build a standard database of routes that reflects the management plans developed by the various field offices.

Forest Service:  Everyone is painfully familiar with the route designation process and the various gyrations over the past couple of years.  Well, the FS is at least trying to build a good database of their actions. I have used the term "database".  Specifically, this refers to the respective agencies moving into planning efforts using data that is coded into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) layers.

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Participation Leads to Standing

Many people are voicing complaints about the pending loss of their favorite trail or restrictions on off-road recreation and are threatening to file a lawsuit.  Sounds simple.  But, is it that simple?

Keep in mind, to file a lawsuit, you must have “standing” and prove that you are “harmed” by the decision.  So, just what is “standing” and what is “harm”?

You, the recreationist, have an opportunity to participate in the discussions and make our opinions known to the planning team about routes (roads and trails) that need to be considered for developing the alternatives to the Proposed Action. Participation establishes “standing”.

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John Stewart

Cal4Wheel NRC Reports On-line

I have been producing and publishing an NRC Project List for several months.  That list has become cumbersome to maintain and I am shifting it to a full on-line tracking system where it is easier to link additional information to each project item listed.

The result of the current effort can be viewed at: http://www.4x4Voice.com

This version will allow for comments and replies to be posted.  And, postings are aggregated into an RSS feed which can be linked to a spot on the Cal4 or any other website.

In other news...

Read more Cal4Wheel NRC reports at: http://www.4x4voice.com/index.php/access-news#catid78

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John Stewart

Enough is Enough

We are saddened to read where you have submitted a letter to President Obama to create not two, but three, monuments in the southern California desert region via presidential proclamation under the Antiquities Act.

We are further saddened to see that we have been included in a claim of broad support for the three proposed monuments.  We believe this not to be the case.  During discussions, the focus was on TWO proposed monuments.  The third monument was not put forth requesting comment nor support.  We were not involved in the discussions for the third monument and have not adopted a position on the proposal.  Your letter to President Obama indicates otherwise.

As a result, the public is formally withdrawing its support for your southern California desert monument proposal finding that your actions breach the assurances you provided and the additional monument was not within the scope of the proposal that formed the discussion basis.

We are now locked in a game of chicken where the public is poised to lose access to lands that will soon be locked away forever.  The preservation mindset of the environmental community knows nothing but wilderness -- their "holy grail".  Wilderness is a status granted by act of Congress.  Due to a highly partisan and dis-functional Congress, the American public is set to have lands locked away in perpetuity by the stroke of a pen wielded by a highly partisan and liberal president that is pandering to a minority of the citizens of the United States of America.

The Antiquities Act of 1906 was passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by then President Theodore Roosevelt.   The law gives the President of the United States the authority to, by presidential proclamation, create national monuments from public lands to protect significant natural, cultural or scientific features.

The Antiquities Act resulted from concerns about protecting mostly prehistoric Indian ruins and artifacts – collectively termed "antiquities" – on federal lands in the West.  The Act was intended to allow the President to set aside certain valuable public natural areas as park and conservation land. The 1906 act stated that it was intended for: "... the protection of objects of historic and scientific interest."

The Wilderness Act of 1964 established the National Wilderness Preservation System, which protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas in states throughout the nation. It created  a way for Congress and Americans to designate "wilderness areas," which represent the nation's highest form of land protection. No roads, vehicles or permanent structures are allowed in designated wilderness. A wilderness designation also prohibits activities like logging or mining.

Therein lies the growing problem.  Whether by legislation or or administrative action, the public continues to lose access to public lands.  With the environmental movement’s failure to advance wilderness legislation through a deeply divided Congress, they are turning to the President to use the Antiquities Act to accomplish their goals, incremental steps to exclude the public from public lands.

It is time for the Antiquities Act of 1906 to be repealed.  It is time for the Wilderness Act of 1964 to be repealed.  Both have outlived their usefulness.  We have enough monuments.  We have enough wilderness. Enough is enough.

John Stewart
Concerned Citizen of the United States of America

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