Tuesday, April 20, 2021

ATTEND BLM TRAVEL PLANNING MEETING - April 21, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Entrance Sign at the Knoxville OHV Area


ATTEND BLM TRAVEL PLANNING MEETING – April 21, 2021

 

 If you or your organization enjoys OHV and other trail-based recreation on federal lands – such as Knoxville OHV Area, Walker Ridge/Indian Valley, and Mendocino NF – within the boundaries of the

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, please attend the ZOOM meeting on April 21 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

 

Many of you attended the previous travel planning meeting and provided important information that will help inform the planning process.  Your additional input is needed at the April 21 meeting as the agency is expected to provide an updated presentation based on your previous comments. 

 

Please use the link in the BLM announcement below to register for the April 21 meeting. 

 

LINK TO MEETING AND REGISTRATION

https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-seeking-input-berryessa-snow-mountain-national-monument-trails

  

Thanks for your participation in this planning process.  It will also provide you with some additional experience in federal travel and land-use planning as both the BLM and FS will be updating their current management plans over the next year or two.

 

See you at the meeting tomorrow night!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

SENATE RULES COMMITTEE CONFIRMS ARMANDO QUINTERO AS STATE PARK DIRECTOR



NEWS RELEASE

April 8, 2021

      SENATE CONFIRMS ARMANDO QUINTERO AS CA STATE PARK DIRECTOR

On April 7, the CA Senate Rules Committee voted to confirm Armando Quintero as the CA State Park Director.   Quintero was questioned about management prescriptions at Oceano Dunes SVRA and if Parks would be mounting a legal challenge to the Coastal Commission’s recent vote to close the unit to OHVs in three years? Director Quintero said he has been meeting with CCC leadership on a weekly basis and that Parks will be consulting with the Administration on any legal actions or administrative decisions they may or may not take or enact.

Director Quintero stated that Parks is hiring a number of new non-badge park managers (for example Parks just hired Peter Jones to be the District Manager at Prairie City SVRA).  I believe this is in response, in part, to a loud cry by many in OHV leadership who have repeatedly stated the import of having decision-makers at the local level that will provide on-the-ground oversight of unit management activities/staff and also provide more accountability to park users and partners.   

Quintero also stated the important role that State Park grant programs (including the OHV grant program) has in providing access and management support for sustainable recreation on public lands throughout the state. 

Don Amador, QWR President and former Chairman of the CA Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission, states, "While this confirmation is an important step, it remains to be seen just how Quintero implements his vision for enhanced access to sustainable recreation while balancing that goal with protecting natural and cultural resources."

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Monday, March 15, 2021

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH - Celebrate our Land Managers

 

Marlene Finley, Director of Recreation, Land, Wilderness, and Heritage Resources (Retired)
Region 5, USFS

Those of us who are part of the greater OHV community - enthusiasts, agency staff, professionals, and volunteers - understand the important and historic role that women have played to ensure the public has access to high-quality OHV recreation for current and future generations.

Jane Arteaga, OHV/Recreation Lead, CA BLM State Office


For over 100 years, women have embraced driving or riding motorized vehicles on native surfaced routes that in many sections resembled Forest Service “jeep” roads or BLM desert two-tracks .

Marissa Williams, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Fort Sage OHV Area
BLM, Susanville Field Office

 

They were “OHV” adventurers and pioneers that inspired the nation and piqued the interest of other women (and men) to get out and enjoy the great outdoors or consider becoming a land manager, an advocate, or founder of a non-profit.

Daphne Greene, Deputy Director, CA OHV Program (2004-2011)
California State Parks, Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division

Here at the QWR HQ, we believe it is important to celebrate Women’s History Month and honor those women who have made a difference in the sport we love, our lives, or career.

Region 5 Field Trip - Kathy Mick (Front L), Mike Burmann (Back L), Randy Moore (Back R), Don Amador (Front R) - Upper Lake Ranger District, Mendocino National Forest

QWR is proud of the women that we have worked with on recreation and land management issues for the last 30 years.  Our supporters and readers know that our gratitude to the modern pioneer woman is genuine and is why they are often featured in photographs, endorsements, stories, and illustrations on our website and blog.

Sarah Ridenour, OHV Program Lead
Grindstone Ranger District, Mendocino National Forest

As we pay homage to our women heroes who serve in recreation, fire, natural resources, and administration, let’s remember their service and commitment by taking time to send them a warm THANK YOU as a reminder they are appreciated and not forgotten.

 

*Feel free to post a comment about important women in your land-use experience

 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

PSA - Hone Skills/Learn about CA OHV Program - Attend Feb. 26 OHV Commission Meeting

 




CHALLENGE, CHAMPION, HONE SKILLS - ATTEND FEB. 26, 2021 

OHV COMMISSION MEETING

 

For OHVers and others who want to learn more about the CA OHV Program, you may want to attend the virtual meeting of the CA Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission on February 26, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

 

LINK AND SCROLL TO FEB.  26 OHMVR COMMISSION MEETING, AGENDA, AND SIGN UP

https://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27160

 

These public hearings are also a great opportunity for OHV club representatives to hone their political skills, enhance their understanding of key issues, meet/see Park leadership, observe actions taken by the OHV commissioners, hear federal land agency reports, budgets, and share their concerns about important recreation challenges – such as Park Transformation/Pathforward 2026, Permitted Events, and Oceano Dunes - during the public comment periods.

 

Members of the public and organizational representatives are encouraged to give testimony during the comment period for each agenda item.   These comments should be related to the specific agenda item.

 

There will also be a general public comment period where attendees are encouraged to offer testimony on subjects not on the agenda.

 

OHV continues to face challenges on many fronts and your participation can make a difference.  However, there are also opportunities that enhance managed OHV recreation.  Get engaged and join with fellow recreation advocates to challenge poor agency decisions and champion good decisions and policy.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

NEWS RELEASE - BIDEN ADMINSTRATION RESTARTS BLM RESOURCE ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETINGS

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

Amador at BLM's Cow Mountain OHV Recreation Area
Ukiah Field Office, California



Contact: Don Amador

Phone: 925.783.1834

Email: Damador@quietwarriorracing.com

Date: February 19, 2021

 

BIDEN ADMINSTRATION RESTARTS BLM RESOURCE 

ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETINGS

 

OAKLEY, CA (Feb. 19) –  Quiet Warrior Racing’s, Don Amador, commends the Biden Administration’s  relaunch of BLM Resource Advisory Council  (RAC) meetings in California.  In 2019, Acting Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, appointed Amador to serve on the BLM’s Central California RAC.  The first meeting of the BLM Central California RAC is February 24, 2021 and is administrative only for RAC members.  Regular RAC meetings are open to the public.

 

This particular RAC advises the BLM on public land issues within the boundaries of the Bakersfield, Bishop, Central Coast, Mother Lode and Ukiah field offices, which comprise the Central California District.

BLM RAC Districts in CA

According to the agency website, the BLM maintains 37 chartered advisory committees located in the West. These include 30 statewide and regional Resource Advisory Councils; 5 advisory committees affiliated with specific sites on the BLM’s National Conservation Lands; and two others, including the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board and the North Slope Science Initiative Science Technical Advisory Panel.

 

RACs are sounding boards for BLM initiatives, regulatory proposals and policy changes. Each citizen-based council consists of 10 to 15 members from diverse interests in local communities, including ranchers, environmental groups, tribes, state and local government officials, academics, and other public land users.

 

The Department of the Interior (DOI) established the RACs in 1995. RAC members vote on recommendations related to public land management and provide those recommendations to the designated Federal official who serves as liaison to the RAC. The Designated Federal Officer is usually a BLM line manager, such as the state director or district manager.

 

Although RACs are solely advisory in nature, the contributions of RAC members are of great value to the BLM and have aided in the development of balanced decisions that serve the interests of all public land users.

 

Upon the request of the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) the RAC may develop recommendations for BLM with respect to the land use planning, classification, retention, management, and disposal of the public lands within the area for which the advisory council is established and such other matters as may be referred to it by the DFO. 

 

The RAC can also make recommendations on programs and policies to increase outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans, expand access for hunting and fishing on BLM land in a manner thatrespects the rights and privacy of inholders, and implementation of the agency’s regulatory reform initiatives.

Don Amador, a trail recreation and forest health advocate, states, “It’s great to get to see the Administration restart RAC meetings.  It is an honor to serve on this RAC since most of my recreation and resource management career has been spent on public lands within the RAC boundary.”

 

“Managed OHV recreation in the 21st Century is a sophisticated activity and has many moving parts which include construction of engineered trails, restoration of lands damaged by unauthorized use, law enforcement, maintenance of existing trail networks, protection of cultural resources, planning for new OHV areas, and education/safety programs,” Amador continues. 

 

“OHV is a significant contributor to the economy and an important part of the California state-wide recreation opportunity matrix. OHV recreation is also an important partner when it comes to addressing the growing threat of intense wildfires on both public and private lands.  I look forward to working with other user groups on the RAC in support of access to, and resource management of, lands within the RAC’s project area,” Amador concludes.

 

Don Amador, a former chairman of the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission,  represents the interests of OHV enthusiasts who enjoy casual use or participate in permitted motorized events.

 

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Don is president of Quiet Warrior Racing, a recreation consulting company.  Don also serves as the Government Affairs lead for AMA District 36. He served on the CA Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission from 1994-2000. He is president and board member of the Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance, a national non-profit organization, and since 2013 has served as Core-Team Lead for FireScape Mendocino, a forest-health collaborative.  Don is a member of the Governor’s Forest Management Task Force Northern Regional Prioritization Group. He is a 2016 Inductee into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame and recipient of the 2018 Friend of the AMA Award.  Don is also a contributor to Dealernews Magazine.

 


Sunday, January 31, 2021

2021 MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CA OHV PROGRAM


NON-PROFIT CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CA OHV PROGRAM

 

Despite numerous shutdown orders, efforts to champion responsible OHV recreation continued during the COVID crisis of 2020.  Some of those activities by government and non-government OHV stakeholders include carrying legislation in Sacramento, securing cooperative agreements with land agencies, applying for OHV grants, field recon of restoration or trail stewardship projects, hosting or attending endless zoom meetings, educating the public about COVID mitigation prescriptions, getting permitted events authorized by county health officials, planning for volunteer events once COVID restrictions abate, and launching a new non-profit organization to support the 50th Anniversary of the CA OHV Program.


 

As a board member of the California Outdoor Recreation Foundation (CORF), I want to share some of the work that CORF has done over the last 6 months during our weekly board meetings.   Of course there was a lot of paperwork that needed to get filed with state and federal agencies.  Logos, organizational narratives, and website also had to be created. 

 

CORF WEBSITE

https://outdoorrecreationfoundation.org/

 

Our new website has gone live and states that CORF was established to partner with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Off Highway Motorized Vehicle Recreation Program. CORF will provide promotional materials for this historic milestone, as well as assist in the planning of OHV Safety Week, a new annual program with a goal of educating thousands of recreation enthusiasts throughout California. 



Despite numerous ongoing challenges that face OHV recreation, I think the CA OHV Program and its supporters have a lot to be proud of.   We have a holistic program that is focused on providing access to sustainable high-quality motorized recreation on public lands in CA.  OHV is also working in a collaborative manner with conservation groups, non-motorized recreation organizations, natural/cultural resource interests, and wildfire practitioners to protect and preserve our recreation opportunities for current and future generations.

 

Be sure and check back into the CORF website for future announcements about upcoming activities and events.  Also, feel free to send in a donation to help support the CORF mission as we celebrate 50 years of OHV recreation in California.

 

DONATE TO CORF

https://outdoorrecreationfoundation.org/index.php/donate

 

 

  

Monday, January 18, 2021

JAN. 28 - TRAVEL MANAGEMENT FOR BERRYESSA-SNOW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT

 

National Monument Sign on West Portion of Stonyford OHV Area
Mendocino National Forest

On March 19, 2016, a stakeholder collaborative gathered at the BLM’s Cowboy Camp to participate in the official dedication ceremony for the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was joined by Members of Congress, local elected officials, state dignitaries, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, BLM National Director Neil Kornze, other FS/BLM officials, and diverse user groups that represented hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers, adventure riders, overlanders, and OHV enthusiasts.

Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, on OHV Tour of Monument

What made the event unique is that OHV recreation was featured as a key partner in development of the plan to bring additional resources to enhance both conservation efforts and existing/ future non-motorized and motorized recreational opportunities within the Monument boundary.

 

Map of National Monument

LINK TO BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT

https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/california/berryessa-snow-mountain-national-monument

 

As an important part of the BLM’s commitment to improve existing and future recreation opportunities, the agency issued a news release on January 15, 2021 that invites the public to the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument’s BLM Trails and Travel Management Workshop on January 28, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. This virtual workshop will provide an overview of the BLM travel management process, which is scheduled to begin later in 2021, and invite participants to provide comment.

 

REGISTER HERE FOR WORKSHOP ON JANUARY 28, 2021 – 5:30 to 8:00 pm

https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-hold-berryessa-snow-mountain-national-monument-public-workshop

 

Many of the OHV organizations that worked with conservation groups on development of the national monument understand that federal lands in or adjacent to the national monument are home to a number of destination and dispersed high quality OHV trail recreation opportunities that exist on designated roads, trails, and areas.

Monument Sign at Entrance to Knoxville OHV Area
BLM Ukiah Field Office


However, there are some areas in the Walker Ridge/Indian Valley Reservoir part of the monument that do not have a designated route network.  Your participation in the travel planning process will help identify trails that are important and those that may be causing resource damage or trespass onto private property.

 

If you use or want to use this area for motorized or non-motorized recreation, be sure and sign up to be part of this travel planning effort.  It will also be good practice for other federal planning efforts that are being developed.