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Don Amador

DEFCON ONE ACTION ALERT - Fight Efforts by Greens and East Bay Parks to Ban OHV at Tesla



***Sept 8 - CORRECTION - The BRC Sample Letter is citing data from the 2007 SPOA report (not 2009 as is in the sample letter)  The data is from the 2007 SPOA, Table 133, pages 162-163.  Sorry for any mixup.  *******************************

This is a DEFCON ONE Action Alert from HQ. As many of you already know, far-left anti-OHV groups led by Save Tesla Park and PEER have been collaborating with East Bay Regional Park District to prohibit OHV use on the new Tesla property at Carnegie SVRA.

You must attend the District’s public meetings which start next week throughout Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. You must also send in a comment letter and also go on their Master Plan blog/forum and post comments as well. (links to Master Plan, blog, forum, etc. in alert below)
BRC has issued an alert today with contact info, a sample letter, and overview.

BRC September 6 - Carnegie/Tesla Alert and Overview

http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/2012/09/06/extreme-environmental-groups-collaborate-with-east-bay-region-park-district-to-impose-closureagenda-on-propose

Be watching for a formal and detailed BRC comment letter. Also, the OHV Commission has placed this issue on their agenda for the Sept. 15 meeting in Placerville. HQ will be there.

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Don Amador

Alliance Between East Bay Parks and Eco-Activists to Ban OHV Use at Tesla


 

Some HQ readers will remember that on July 2, 2012, the BRC issued a news release regarding the advocacy role of East Bay Regional Parks District regarding their demands for “passive use” of the Tesla Property.

June 2, 2012 BRC News Release with info

http://www.sharetrails.org/news/2012/07/02/bay-area-land-agency-advocates-passive-use-adjacent-state-ohv-park

That concern prompted HQ commander and BRC western rep, Don Amador, to file a Public Records Act request on the District to see if there has been any pressure from local Eco groups and the adjacent land owner – Celeste Garamendi – to influence the District to try ban or restrict OHV use on the Tesla Property.
The District recently responded to the PRA with a lot of documents. HQ is still reviewing the information, but what we have seen so far is that there was a concerted effort by Celeste Garamendi in early 2007 to pressure the District to include the Tesla property in their 2007 General Plan map which would then drive the District’s current general planning process which has public meetings in Sept. 2012.
In the Celeste March 19, 2007 letter to District Board Member, Ms. Wieskamp, you will notice her desire to create political momentum …”a change in policy direction for the property [Tesla] will have to evolve from outside of the OHV Division.”
Celeste Garamendi March 19, 2007 Letter and other correspondence with the District

http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/East_Bay_RPD_2007_CEQA_Concerns0001.pdf

Not only was Celeste et al successful in getting the District Board to approve the 2007 General Plan Map which now includes Tesla, but has been successful in getting Assemblymember, Joan Buchanan, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, and State Senator Loni Hancock to write a June 8, 2012 letter opposing OHV recreation on the Tesla Property.

June 8, 2012 Buchanan, DeSaulnier, and Hancock Letter

http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Buchanan_Carnegie_6-8-12.pdf

Thankfully we have a very active OHV Commission and on July 16, 2012, OHV Commissioner, Diana Perez, countered the Buchanan letter with a well written response to Secretary Laird.

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John Stewart

The General's Recreation HQ

The General (aka Don Amador):  Don is a recreation consultant and serves as the Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition. He has spent the over 19 years successfully advocating environmentally sound multiple-use recreation on, and access to, public lands. Don has been a featured speaker on the topic of off-road recreation, public land access and travel management at many media events including the Annual Outdoor Writers Association of America Conference, Western Outdoor Writers Annual Conference, the Common Wealth Club of San Francisco, and the Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference.

Click here to read The General's Recreation HQ BLOG

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Don Amador

Science As a Tool in OHV Recreation

2006 field test on the Shasta-Trinity NF

Championing responsible OHV recreation on public lands takes many forms. Often today, those venues are related to the administrative process or legal challenges.

For many years, some of you have listened to me talk about my axiom of land use and heard the now famous quote ... “All land-use planning decisions are political decisions.” That quote is not meant to discount the importance of local involvement, volunteer efforts, offering public comments, advocacy, etc. Rather it is offered as a potent dose of reality to new land use leaders who are trying to figure out the federal land management decision-making process. And, to present an explanation of how/why that final decision is made. The confusion for many OHVers is often it appears that science, historic use, or common sense had little to do with the decision.

One important, yet often overlooked, effective strategy for championing OHV recreation is proactive support for new OHV-related science projects that may help to provide specific answers/solutions to how OHV recreation is managed on public lands.

Read more of Science As a Tool in OHV Recreation on The General's BLOG.

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Don Amador

The General on California OHMVR Grants

California State Parks OHMVR

Often you will hear The General remind riders to undertake the difficult task of searching for - and celebrating when found - good news in the midst of these gloomy economic and land-use times.

Just such good news exists in the form of the OHMVR Division releasing their Notice of Intent to Award various trail, restoration, law enforcement, and safety grants. As some of you know, the OHV commission had been taken over by an anti-access majority (circa 2000). That body then enacted their closure agenda by developing the early route designation process (circa 2002/2003) that not only birthed the National Travel Management Rule but defunded most OHV trail projects on FS and BLM lands for 7 years.

After a lot of work in 2007 by OHV leadership and the ecologically-balanced OHMVR Division with support from the Governor’s Office, a new OHV program was authorized in SB742. One part of the bill was development of a new grants program that had the majority of “Green Sticker” funds going to support trails and trail facilities.

Read more from th General at: Celebrate OHV Green Sticker Money Going for Trails

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