Monday, May 9, 2022

PSA - TAKE ACTION ON BLM DRAFT PLAN FOR WILLIAMS HILL OHV AREA

 


TAKE ACTION ON BLM ALTERNATIVES FOR WILLIAMS HILL OHV AREA

 

BLM ZOOM CALL ON PLAN – May 11

PUBLIC COMMENTS DUE – May 23

 

Back in 2021, the BLM’s Central Coast Field Office asked the OHV community and other stakeholders for scoping comments for their planning process at Williams Hill OHV area to enhance sustainable OHV recreation opportunities there in an effort to address the increased demand – in our post-COVID world – for managed motorized and non-motorized recreation.

Pic of Exiting Routes at Williams Hill

 

Thanks to your early scoping comments, the BLM has developed a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and is asking the public to review it and provide comments.  In response to those comments, the BLM has prepared two Action Alternatives which are Alt. A and Alt. B.  See highlights in paragraph below.

 

Williams Hill Recreation Area currently provides off-highway vehicle recreational opportunities on 15 miles of roads and trails.  The draft EA includes up to 21 miles of additional trails, which would provide opportunities to establish new loop routes that can accommodate more visitors and provide an enhanced recreational experience; expanding campground and staging facilities; and a training track for less experienced riders. The proposals include strategies to reduce unauthorized entry onto private lands.  

 

On May 11 from 5-6:30pm, there is a zoom public meeting where you can learn more about their proposals.

 

LINK to ZOOM MEETING

https://blm.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_B2dVxGKwQba26FxTlFMJHQ

  

COMMENTS DUE BY MAY 23

 

 More information can be found on the project website at https://go.usa.gov/x6TWt

 Written comments may be submitted electronically to BLM_CA_Web_CC@blm.gov

 Or by mail: BLM Central Coast Field Office, Attn: Williams Hill OHV Planning EA, 940 2nd Avenue, Marina, CA  93933.

 

 The BLM has prepared this plan with support from the California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division, recognizing that nature and recreational opportunities on public land are essential to the health, well-being, and prosperity of every family and community in America.   

 

Thanks in advance for your participation in the planning process.

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Monday, April 18, 2022

TRAIL VOLUNTEERS RISING

 

Forest Service Chainsaw Class - Mendocino National Forest


VOLUNTEERS RISING

  

It’s no secret the prolonged COVID-19 shutdowns had a devastating impact on many non-profit organizations that provide both contract and volunteer workers to help land agencies deal with post wildfire related trail clearing and other recreation projects.

 

Despite the hammer dropping on large-scale volunteer efforts during the lockdown, the good news was that some units allowed small 2-5 person teams that consisted of long time private sector partners to help with clearing downed trees off of trails and other routes.  

 

Those smaller work parties were often the difference between a trail network being reopened to the public and/or helped reduce the off-route impacts from users creating their own unauthorized reroutes to bypass trails sections blocked by downed trees.

 

The other good news is that the Forest Service and non-profit partners have - or are in the process of - restarting chainsaw certification classes for agency fire staff, recreation personnel, and volunteers.

 

The new Region 5 (CA National Forests) Chainsaw Class Video is real cool with good vibes – a great sign that things are getting better.   Watch it… it will make you smile.  You might even recognize yourself or somebody you know.

 

https://vimeo.com/698362331?ref=em-share

 

Thanks to all of you out there who already serve as volunteers or want to join that force.

 

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

QWR NEWS RELEASE - CONGRESSMEN PETITION BLM TO REOPEN CLEAR CREEK RECREATION AREA

Will Harris, CA State Parks (L) and Don Amador, QWR/D36 (R)
May 2021 Field Trip of Clear Creek


NEWS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Don Amador

Email: damador@quietwarriorracing.com

Date: April 7, 2022

 

CONGRESSMEN PETITION BLM TO REOPEN CLEAR CREEK RECREATION AREA

 

 

COTTONWOOD, CA  (APRIL 7, 2022) -  OHV enthusiasts cheer two local congressional representatives  in Central California who sent a joint letter today to the BLM CA State Director, Karen Mouritsen, urging her to take administrative action to reopen the Clear Creek Recreation Area to managed OHV use.  Congressmen Jimmy Panetta and David Valadao said restoring public access would also benefit non-motorized recreation and address illegal uses.

 


Don Amador, President of Quiet Warrior Racing and Director of Government Affairs for AMA District 36, states, “The joint letter sent by Congressmen Panetta and Valadao petitioning the BLM to reopen Clear Creek is just the sort of good news the OHV community needs to hear.”

 

The letter also cited the field trip last year of Clear Creek as an important opportunity for local stakeholders and government representatives to learn about the risks associated with reopening the area, as well as for BLM to hear the concerns of the community that strongly supports reopening of the recreation area.



 

“I believe this joint letter will be the catalyst for starting an administrative planning process for reopening Clear Creek and reestablishing it as an important part of the OHV recreation land matrix to help address capacity challenges at other federal and state riding areas in California,” Amador concludes.

 

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Contact Don Amador via email for a copy of the April 7 joint letter from Congressmen Panetta and Valadao

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

OPINION/REFLECTION - Perfect Storm Leads to Recovery

 

                                                            Vestal Road -  Tehama County, CA


OPINION/REFLECTION

By Don Amador

February 15, 2022

 

 PERFECT STORM LEADS TO RECOVERY

  

Over the last three years, many in the greater OHV recreation community experienced a perfect storm that consisted of dealing with massive wildfires in the West, COVID shutdowns, and political unrest.

 

It upended our lives, family, and nation.  On top of that some of us lost a loved one, suffered a serious illness/injury, or lost a job.

 

Crossing of Seasonal Creek - Tehama County

For me it has been a long and difficult journey.   Just how we respond to those trials defines who we are or teaches us what we should be.

 

The good news is we are a resilient people and that positive attitude is often helped by signs we see along our pathway.

                                              Historic Toilet at FS Lookout - Survived Zogg Fire
                                                           Shasta-Trinity National Forest


 While the wildfires were some of the largest and most intense in recorded history, many historic structures and recreation facilities were spared by an unexplained combination of dedicated firefighters, community grit, and providence.

 

In the early days of COVID, it appeared that government officials and health officers were trying to enact guidelines and mandates to protect public health.  But it did not take long for some to see that political science was driving a lot of policy.  Recent revelations appear to back up that impression.

 

I am still trying to process the national political malaise that infected our national body politic. It wreaked havoc all the way from the family dinner table to Washington D.C.

 

The views seen along my recent motorcycle ADV recon ride to review impacts of the Zogg Fire near Redding, California inspired me to write this piece (it also doubled as physical therapy for my rotator cuff surgery). Those scenes include a dirt road through green hills, a seasonal creek crossing, and an historic toilet at a Forest Service lookout that was spared from the Zogg Fire.

 

Growing up in Humboldt County, I always appreciated the simple things in nature.   Riding along dirt roads and seeing creeks, mountains, and valleys inspired me then as they do now.  

Don Amador at Pattymocus Butte Lookout - Spared in Zogg Fire
Shasta Trinity National Forest
 

I believe the trails and roads you take on life’s journey are important.  This ride reinforced that axiom for me.    

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Friday, February 4, 2022

PSA - New Career Opportunities at CA State Parks

 


QWR is posting this notice for our members of our OHV and resource management network who might be interested in pursuing a career with CA State Parks.  There are a number of ways that folks can support responsible recreation and land management and one is actually starting a career with a land management agency.

 

The Park and Recreation Specialist in particular, is a good professional entry level position for college graduates or young professionals.

 

The links below highlight three new online exams that have been released and are now accessible through CalCareers. Qualified candidates will have access to take the exams all year around and on a continuous basis.  The classification titles and links to view the official exam bulletins below:

 

1.            Park and Recreation Specialist : https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Exams/Bulletin.aspx?examCD=2PBAN

 

2.            Staff Park and Recreation Specialist: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Exams/Bulletin.aspx?examCD=2PBAP

 

3.            Senior Park and Recreation Specialist: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Exams/Bulletin.aspx?examCD=2PBAR

 

Thanks in advance for reviewing these State Park opportunities.

 

Sunday, January 2, 2022

JAN. 13 - HELP GUIDE OHV FUTURE AT BLM'S SOUTH COW MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA

Popular OHV Campground - South Cow Mountain OHV Area
BLM Ukiah Field Office


                      PLAN FOR OHV FUTURE AT COW MOUNTAIN – JAN. 13

 

This is just a heads-up for OHVers who love to ride and/or compete on the trail network at the BLM’s South Cow Mountain OHV Area near Ukiah, CA.  By participating in this specific and important non-scoping effort, it will also give riders experience in participating in other upcoming federal planning efforts on lands managed by the Forest Service and BLM.  Many federal units will or have starting major planning processes that WILL impact – for better or worse - where we ride and compete.

 

QWR believes that your participation is critical at Cow Mountain since the agency’s recent purchase of the 1,300 acre Blue Oak Ranch that could provide improved access to the trail network and easier access for RVs, camping, and staging for competition OHV events.   Here are some topics you may want to comment on:

 

One –  Continue to improve trail maintenance program

Two – Manage and continue historic OHV access for casual use and competition-related camping/staging on river bar at the Scott’s Creek entrance

Three – Construct new trails to separate vehicle types/sizes such as single-track trails to separate smaller OHVs from larger OHVs

Four – Expedite planning and implementation efforts to open the Blue Oak Ranch property

 

There are many other suggestions you may have so feel free to sign up and attend/participate in the January 13 BLM public meeting listed below.

 

BLM EMAIL ALERT BELOW RELATED TO SOUTH COW MOUNTIAN MEETING

Dear South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area Stakeholder;

 

The Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office wants to hear from you, as our users, how to improve the recreational experience at the South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area. We’re inviting you to a public workshop to discuss potential changes to the South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area. The workshop will be held via Zoom on Thursday, January 13, 2022, from 5:30-7:00 pm.

 Pre-registration is required to participate. Please use the following link to register for the workshop: https://kearnswest.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpc-2rrzsrHtxch28FDoYtdjI9hwQ1lk0i

  

The January workshop will include:

•             The BLM will explain the goals we hope to achieve with the development of the South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area Implementation Plan and how it would benefit the South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area and the public. 

•             A demonstration of the virtual mapping tool which will allow the public to provide feedback on existing and potential new trails, amenities, recreational opportunities, and goals for the OHV management area.

•             An opportunity to discuss potential improvements for the South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area.

 

Please note that this workshop and the mapping exercise are not part of the scoping process under the National Environmental Protection Act. While your comments in the meeting and in the mapping exercise will help the BLM identify preliminary concepts for the South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area Implementation Plan, they will need to be resubmitted once scoping begins in order to be included in the official record for the Implementation Plan.

 

Please feel free to contact us at BLM_CA_UK_SouthCowPlan@blm.gov

with any questions. We look forward to seeing you on January 13.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Ashley Poggio

Outdoor Recreation Planner, Ukiah Field Office

Bureau of Land Management, California

Department of Interior, Region 10

Office: (707) 468-4056
  


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

COMMENT ON FS POST-FIRE HAZARD TREE REMOVAL PROPOSAL


 


COMMENT ON REGION 5 HAZARDOUS TREE REMOVEL PROPOSAL

Comments Due on Nov. 15, 2021

 

QWR believes it is important for OHV recreationists to be engaged in important planning efforts that affect our post-fire access to designated roads, trails, and areas that can be used for both casual use and permitted competition events.

 

The Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (R 5) is accepting comments on the proposed Post Disturbance Hazardous Tree Management Project.   As you know, wildfires over the last several years in California have resulted in fire-killed or damaged trees that pose threats to public health, safety, and property.   The R5 Post Disturbance Hazardous Tree Management project includes hazard tree felling and removal, as well as removal of downed woody fuels resulting from hazard trees (slash), to reduce public safety hazards along portions of roads, trails, and near facilities (campgrounds, trail heads, Forest Service offices).

 

QWR is preparing comments and urges you to file your own comments since most all of us who ride are affected by post-fire impacts to trail use.

 

NOTICE OF PROPOSED ACTION

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/USDAFS/2021/10/26/file_attachments/1976934/Interested_Parties.pdf

  

LINK TO PROPOSED ACTION AND RELATED DOCUMENTS

https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=60950

 

Thanks for your review of this public service announcement and for your ongoing support of post-fire management projects.