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Exclamation Mill Fire Salvage project. OHV comments needed.

CALIFORNIA OHVers - Comments Needed on Proposed Mill Fire Salvage Project
(paraphrased from BRC, contact Don Amador to learn more at 925-625-6287)

The Mendocino National Forest is proposing a salvage timber sale to address resource and safety issues that resulted from the Mill Fire this summer. Most recreationists are not opposed to responsible salvage timber operations that protect the resource and help in the area's recovery so that it can be once again enjoyed by the public. However, this proposal appears to have been created with no input from recreation professionals within the agency.

The public comment period for this scoping period does not end until December 17. it is important for you to immediately petition the Forest Service to withdraw the proposal and re-scope it so that it analyzes potential impacts to OHV recreation and other public uses.

Your letter does not have to be long. The letter should address your history of use at the area, any expertise you have in recreation or resource management, issues that concern you and suggestions on how the agency can improve the planning documents.

Here are key bullet points:

Ask the agency withdraw and re-scope the Project due to planning deficiencies that failed to analyze or disclose the following issues.
•Impacts to recreation program
•Impacts to current and future OHV grants from OHMVR
•Impacts to FS system roads and trails
•Impacts to permitted OHV events such as enduros and dual-sport rides
•Site-specific NEPA is required if system trails are converted to roads
•Impacts to ongoing post-fire trail rehabilitation by FS and state park trail crews
•Is the plan to "clear-cut" wide paths along roads/trails for public safety really needed
•Impacts to agency credibility with users including volunteer programs
Below is a sample letter. There are also links to the December 3, 2012, BRC comment letter and the November 28, 2012 comment letter from the Oakland Motorcycle Club that you can reference.

Letters do not have to be long. One or two pages will do the trick at this point in the planning process.




Sherrie Tune
Forest Supervisor
Mendocino National Forest
825 N. Humboldt Avenue
Willows, CA 95988
FAX: 530.934.7384

Dear Supervisor Tune:

I am writing to you with the request that your office support the BlueRibbon Coalition's request to re-scope the proposed Mill Fire Salvage and Hazard Tree Removal Project. My family has been riding at the Stonyford OHV Area since the 1980s. The current proposal has many unintended negative consequences to the OHV program on the Grindstone Ranger District. These impacts will be lasting and devastating.

OHV recreation has an important impact on the area's economy. Thousands of people attend enduros, dual-sport rides or camp each year to enjoy the trail systems that are threatened by the current plan. The proposal appears to threaten that use by extending the closure another 2-3 years.

Again, please re-scope the plan so that OHV recreation and the sale's impact to the trail system can be properly analyzed in creation of new scoping documents. The Mill Fire had a severe impact on the OHV program; please don't compound this issue by destroying our OHV program by authorizing a salvage plan that does not protect and enhance recreational opportunity on the unit.

Thanks for considering my comments.

John Doe
33 Steam Donkey Way
Trail Town, USA


BRC December 3 Comment Letter

OMC Letter

Mill Fire Salvage Sale Scoping Letter

Mill Fire Salvage Sale Proposal

Mill Fire Salvage Sale Map

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