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i dont know where this information came from, but my friend send me this in an email:


"The United States Customs and Border Protection advises everyone who travels along the U.S. Mexico Border to do so using EXTREME caution. If you are on the many roads and trails in that region and you come across an abandoned vehicle of any kind, you are advised NOT to approach it for any reason as this could be a drop site for drug, or human traffickers and may also place you at risk of becoming the victim of an ambush. If you find an abandoned vehicle you are to notify Customs and Border Protection immediately.

If, while on the roads or trails you come across people/immigrants you are advised to use extreme caution as they may be drug smugglers or human traffickers. you ARE NOT required to render aid to those you cross paths with however you may do so at your own discretion. If you cross paths with illegal immigrants or suspicious persons, notify Customs and Border Protection immediately.

Violence along the border has surged this year and those who will be utilizing the roads and trails along the border for travel or recreational purposes are advised to use extreme caution while traveling in that area."


again, i dont know where the warning came from originally, but it seems like reasonable advice.
tread lightly fellas!
 

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"UFWDA Bulletin"

Supes side with off-road groups

By JAYNE HANSON
Havasu News
Today's News-Herald
Published Monday, October 18, 2010 10:16 PM MST

KINGMAN - Mohave County Supervisors are on board with area off-road enthusiasts when it comes to protecting the trail rights under scrutiny for possible closures by Bureau of Land Management.
Seventeen individuals stood to ask supervisors for their support in working with BLM during its Havasu Trail Management Plan decision that could close as many as 25 percent of the 1100 federally documented trails.

The outspoken individuals represented off-road groups including Havasu 4 Wheelers, River City 4x4, Bullhead Four Wheelers as well as off-road enthusiasts not affiliated with an organized group and business owners.

Speaker concerns included incomplete or inaccurate trail route categories presented by BLM, misguiding figures of how many trails could actually be closed, lack of trail markings in the field to help decipher which trails would be off limits or enforcement thereof, and heavy impacts to revenues generated by off-road enthusiasts that could further cripple Mohave County's economy.

After the discussion, supervisors unanimously voted to begin pressuring the state's government officials on off-road desert rights linked to BLM.

Supervisor Buster Johnson, R-Dist. 3 said he intends to suggest "no road closures until accurate mapping" is available for review. "(Off-road recreation) is too important financially," Johnson said.

Supervisor Gary Watson, R-Dist. 1 suggested the off-road groups team up with livestock advocates to help fight Western Watershed Alliance in order to keep desert lands open to ranching, mining, forestry services, enhanced agriculture.

"I can see you people have invested a lot of money in your ATVs. It is the same old story, BLM wanted this and now they want to stop it. I agree it isn't the right thing to do," said Supervisor Tom Sockwell, R-Dist. 2.

"I am feeling very, very good about the support of supervisor and I thought it was a good turnout of the off-road community," said Havasu resident Curt Frilot, of the River City 4x4 off-road group.

"I was pleased with the supervisors' reaction. I am glad to see they were willing to offer their help," said Havasu resident Karl Thompson, president of River City 4x4. "We would like to have as much time as we can. The longer we pick away at their (BLM) processes the more inaccuracies we uncover."

Thompson, like many others who faced off with the supervisors, agrees there are many discrepancies between existing trails and what BLM maps show. Furthermore, there are proposed trail closures pertaining to motorized vehicle with no explanation as to why from BLM, Thompson said.

Havasu 4 Wheeler member Darryld Kautzmann, and a sub-group member of Havasu 4 Wheelers public lands access committee, said the organization has had a team working extensively the past 10 weeks to determine impacts of closure of certain trails.

"I was very pleased the supervisors provided the opportunity for input … and recognized the importance for the local economy," Kautzmann said. "We look forward to working with the supervisors and the BLM in the best interest in the citizens of Mohave County and their off-roading visitors."

The off-road enthusiasts said, for them, the lure of the desert is its wide-open spaces, scenery, challenge of the trails, and camaraderie of fellow desert-exploring enthusiasts.

A press release issued Monday by BLM, said the public comment period for Havasu TMP and environmental assessment has been extended until Feb. 28, 2011. The extension is to include the input of winter visitors who were unable to attend public meetings in August.

The additional time will also allow BLM to consider routes that may have been missed during the inventory process. The environmental assessment will evaluate all the motorized and non-motorized routes of travel in the study area. Ultimately, they will each be deemed open, limited, or closed to motorized vehicle, BLM said.

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Scoping Begins for Off Road Vehicle Plan

The National Park Service announced today the beginning of the public alternatives scoping period for an environmental impact statement to assess the management of off-road vehicle (ORV) use in Arizona's Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The ORV Vehicle Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will evaluate a range of alternatives associated with recreational ORV use at Glen Canyon and their environmental impacts. Currently, off-road driving occurs at several of Glen Canyon's accessible shorelines and at Lone Rock Beach. Off-road driving in these locations allows the public to leave the designated road and drive to Lake Powell's shoreline to fish, camp, picnic, boat, or engage in other recreational activities. In addition, the EIS will evaluate the existing high intensity ORV use at Lone Rock Beach Play Area, all-terrain vehicle travel on park roads, and ORV use at the Ferry Swale area.

Public alternatives scoping is an integral step of the environmental planning process. Public scoping is used to identify any other possible alternatives, issues, and areas of public interest that may require specific analysis in the environmental planning process. Public scoping is an opportunity for the public to provide their suggestions, comments, and ideas regarding ORV management at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The public is invited to submit ideas and proposals on ORV management. All comments must be received by November 24, 2010. Comments may be submitted online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/glca. Comments may also be mailed to: Superintendent, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Re: ORV Management Plan/EIS, P.O. Box 1507, Page, AZ 86040.

In addition, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area will host seven open houses to present draft alternatives, gather input and answer questions. Workshop details are listed below.

November 1 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm Page, Arizona Glen Canyon Park Headquarters 691 Scenic View Drive

November 2 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm Blanding, Utah USU/CEU San Juan Campus Blanding Arts & Events Center 715 W. 200 S.

November 3 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm Escalante, Utah Escalante Interagency Visitor Center 755 W. Main

November 4 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm Kanab,Utah Kanab Middle School 690 S. Cowboy Way

November 5 03:00 pm - 06:00 pm Flagstaff, Arizona Summit Fire District Station 33 5040 N. Hwy 89

November 7 11:00am - 03:00 pm Oljato, Utah Oljato Chapter House
San Juan County Road 420 / Monument Valley Rd / Oljato Rd, approximately 12 miles west of the Highway 163 Junction

November 9 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm Navajo Mountain, Utah Navajo Mountain Chapter House Navajo Route 16, approximately 35 miles north of the Highway 98 Junction

Additional information about the project is available online at National Park Service - PEPC - Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement

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BLM Travel Management Planning Comment Period Extended Again

Lake Havasu City, Ariz. -The public comment period for the Havasu Travel Management Plan and Environmental Assessment has been extended an additional four months to February 28, 2011.

"Since the public comment period started in August, we've received over 1,200 comments for consideration when we prepare the Environmental Assessment for the Havasu Travel Management Plan," said Bureau of Land Management Lake Havasu Field Manager Ramone McCoy.

"Many people requested we extend the deadline so that winter visitors have a chance to comment and participate in the process as well," McCoy added. "The Mohave County Board of Supervisors and Lake Havasu City elected officials also requested more time at recent meetings with BLM."

McCoy concluded that the additional time will also allow BLM to look at routes that people have commented about or feel that BLM missed during the inventory process. Particular attention will be given to dry washes as they must be inventoried and mapped to be included in the trails network.

The Environmental Assessment will evaluate all of the motorized and non-motorized routes of travel and their affected resources in the current inventory of existing routes in the study area. The Assessment will have three transportation route network alternatives designating each route as open, limited or closed. The Havasu Travel Management Planning area generally includes public lands in the Lake Havasu Field Office south of Interstate 40 (both sides of the Colorado River), extending to five to seven miles north of the Bill Williams River.

Maps of the Havasu Unit can be reviewed online at BLM Arizona Lake Havasu Field Office or by contacting Myron McCoy, Outdoor Recreation Planner at the BLM Lake Havasu Field Office, 2610 Sweetwater, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406; Telephone (928) 505-1216.
Public comments for consideration during the Environmental Assessment preparation need to be postmarked by February 28, 2011. Comments may also be faxed - (928) 505-1208 or emailed to [email protected].

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Input Sought for Coconino Forest Plan Revision

Flagstaff, AZ -Interested members of the public are invited to engage in the revision of the Coconino National Forest's Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan). The public will learn about the Forest Plan revision process to date, comment on current draft desired conditions for the forest, and provide ideas for the development of guidelines and management approaches. Three meetings will be held between 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m:

Monday, November 8 - Flagstaff

Radisson Woodlands Hotel, 1175 W. Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Tuesday, November 9 - Cottonwood

Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 South 6th St, Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

Wednesday, November 10 - Happy Jack

Happy Jack Lodge, 2 miles north of Clints Well on Forest Hwy 3 (directions at happyjacklodge.com).

Between 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. an open house focusing on ecological plan components will be held in each location. Following the open house, a workshop on the recreation plan components will begin with a presentation promptly at 6:00 pm. Individuals planning to attend the recreation workshop should arrive by 6:00 and plan to stay until 8:30 pm.

Much has changed since the current Forest Plan was approved in 1987, including public values and expectations from public lands; recreation demand and types of recreation uses; demographic and development patterns; and natural resource policy. Other changes have occurred on the landscape itself. Our knowledge about landscape processes, science, and technology has also changed. Even though amendments have been made to the Forest Plan, it no longer fully reflects the current needs of the forest and neighboring communities. Public input early and often is vital to the forest planning process.

More information can be found at Forest Plan Revision. Comments related to the subject of the November meetings should be submitted by December 1, 2010 online from our Contact Us page or by email to [email protected]
Written comments may be sent to Coconino National Forest, 1824 S. Thompson, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, Attn: Plan Revision. Please note that comments are always welcome and may be submitted at any time. The Forest Plan revision process is following an aggressive schedule, yet opportunities for public involvement will be available throughout the revision process.
Contact: Coconino Supervisor's Office - 928-527-3600

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Table Mesa Recreation Area
Clean-Up

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, outdoor sports enthusiasts join forces to clean the Table Mesa Recreation Area north of Phoenix on November 6, 2010. The Bureau of Land Management Phoenix District administers the 12,000 - acre recreation zone that features the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail, off-highway vehicle routes, access to Lake Pleasant, hunting and target shooting sites, and Sonoran Desert scenery along the backdrop of the Agua Fria River.

Volunteers will meet at the Table Mesa Recreation Area no later than 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2010. Travel north on Interstate-17, exiting West on Table Mesa Road (exit 236). You are encouraged to bring sunscreen, gloves, water, and optional items like shovels and rakes. You can stay all day or come and go at your pleasure.

The BLM anticipates that hundreds of volunteers, including many children, will be on scene to clean and restore the treasured landscape. Therefore, recreational shooters who are not participating in the cleanup effort but want to practice need to select an alternate shooting location on this day.

Numerous partners join the BLM, including: Tread Lightly!, Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Coalition, Arizona OHV Ambassadors, Arizona State Parks, Arizona Xterra Club, National Rifle Association, Arizona State Land Department, Maricopa County Water and Waste Management Division, Arizona ATV Riders, Shooter's World, Sportsman's Warehouse, Cabela's, REI, ASFIR 4x4, Trasharoo, Desert Rat Truck Centers, Arizona Land Cruiser Association, Speedy Pawn & Jewelers, Lube Leaders, Barros Pizza, The Grill Next Door, Kalil Bottling Co., Kid Chilleen's Steakhouse, and Warn Industries - many of whom are supplying lunch and giveaways.

For more information, contact the Table Mesa BLM Ranger Jason Blomberg, at 602-309-2575, or email: [email protected]

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I heard thru the grapevine that the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation (known as LCIR) in SoCal near Warner Springs, is reopening for camping.

I called the Tribal Office & spoke with Elizabeth & indeed the camping is reopened. However, according to her, offroading is not reopened.

There's conflicting data on their website. Some areas mention that its closed for camping, while others mention its open for camping.

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I heard thru the grapevine that the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation (known as LCIR) in SoCal near Warner Springs, is reopening for camping.

I called the Tribal Office & spoke with Elizabeth & indeed the camping is reopened. However, according to her, offroading is not reopened.

There's conflicting data on their website. Some areas mention that its closed for camping, while others mention its open for camping.

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Thanks Joe!

Anyone else know anything?
 

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Community Planning Meetings for Kanaka Valley

The Bureau of Land Management's Mother Lode Field Office will hold public meetings in Rescue for the community-based management plan of the Kanaka Valley area near the Pine Hill Preserve. The meetings will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Green Valley Elementary School, 2380 Bass Lake Rd, Rescue (except Dec. 2 meeting which will be held at the adjacent Rescue Union District Board Room).

* Nov. 4
* Dec. 2
* Jan. 6, 2011
* Feb. 3, 2011
* March 3, 2011
* April 7, 2011

"These meetings will focus on specific topics such as recreation, fire and fuels management, scenic values and access," said Lauren Fety, biological science technician for the BLM. "As a group, we'll discuss specific objectives and brainstorm how to reach them." The working schedule of meeting topics is posted at the Mother Lode BLM webpage at Kanaka Valley, Mother Lode Field Office, Bureau of Land Management California. The agenda may change slightly if more time is needed to discuss particular topics. Check back for updates.

In February, BLM added nearly 700 acres of habitat for rare plants and other wildland species. The acquisition is in western El Dorado County near the town of Rescue, CA. Management planning will continue to engage interested parties through a series of local meetings open to the public. Community participation, especially from a variety of viewpoints, is central in this effort to seek solutions that optimize protection and use of the public lands. Information is available through the Mother Lode Field Office website.

The 695-acre purchase was a cooperative effort by BLM, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the American River Conservancy. The Kanaka Valley is a diverse ecological system that provides healthy wildlife habitat and watershed services. It was named for the Native Hawaiians known as Kanakans who came to California just before the gold rush. They settled in the valley and said it reminded them of their native land. The Kanaka Valley land acquisition provides 343 acres of blue oak woodland, valley oak woodland, blue oak foothill pine, and montane hardwood, as well as 100 acres of riparian habitat along Jill's Creek and Crocker Creek, both of which flow into Folsom Reservoir and support native fish populations. The parcels also contain 167 acres of chaparral, which provides habitat for seven rare plants, and includes known and potential habitat for four federally listed plant species.

For more information, contact Fety at (916) 941-3133 or [email protected].

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Thanks Joe!

Anyone else know anything?
Got this update:

Los Coyotes Indian Reservation is open to the public again for camping. Camping is only allowed in the Main Campground in the area near the old stone water tank. Campfires are allowed in the provided fire rings. Some tables are provided as well as porta-potties and some charcoal stoves. The road to the campground is suitable for RVs.

The road to the old Hot Springs Lookout Tower is open as well as Quiet Road and a few other trails. The back part of Los Coyotes , (the best 4 wheeling areas) east and north of the campground is now being leased to a company that is contracting with the US Military for training. Training will be generally be conducted during the week but on weekends there is a possibility that some of the other 4WD trails will be open on a limited basis.

Today a few members of JustRuns and Tierra Del Sol were invited by the firm that now leases the Reservation to pre-run the trails to the east and north of the campground. We had 4 well equipped vehicles on the pre-run.

We proceeded out of the campground to Choke Cherry Valley then down the Old Mine Road as far as we could go. Once down the switchbacks to the creek bed we went as far east as we could. In the creek bed the old trail is pretty much gone and once we got down the creek bed about ¼ mile we ran into a thicket of 2-3 inch diameter cottonwood trees that have grown up since the last vehicles have gone through the trail. In addition lots of fallen trees and logs blocked us from continuing further.

We then returned up to Choke Cherry Valley and took the trail south to the ruins of the small community of San Ignatio then headed north to 4 Corners. Our goal was to go up Dangerous Road. We managed to make it up Dangerous Road stopping in a few places to move a few rocks and to pick our way through all the way to Hot Springs Road.

Once at Hot Springs Road we headed south to Quiet Road past Jeep Squeeze and on to Left Turn Hill. We all did Left Turn Hill with a bit of effort digging a ramp across a deep ditch at the exit.

We then went down the mountain to the campground for a late lunch before heading home.

We plan on arranging another trip to pre-run more of the trails and will let the guy who has leased the Reservation know the condition of the trails.

Our hope is that we will be able to use some or all of the trails whenever the military training is not going on. In the meantime, the campground is open and a real nice place to camp and the few trails that are open, Hot
Spring Rd and the trails marked Alternate Route on the attached map are open to 4 Wheelers. The trails marked with the dashed lines are closed at present. The dark trail on the map that leads to Nelson Camp is Dangerous Road which is quite challenging. I would rate as a 3 to 3+. As of now the trails beyond Nelson Camp are Closed areas.

Bo Neece of TDS and JustRuns has been the contact for the people who lease the Reservation and we appreciate him for getting permission for our Pre-Run.
 

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Thanks again Joe and it sounds like they might have some trails opening up!
 

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Apache-Sitgreaves Forests Announces Public Comment Period on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Motorized Travel Management

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests' (ASNF) is seeking public comment, until December 13, 2010, on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Motorized Travel Management. Based on issues and concerns raised by the public and Forest specialists, the Forest has prepared the DEIS with a full description of the affected environment, a reasonable range of alternatives, and an analysis of the impacts of each alternative.

Preparation of the DEIS has evolved during the past few years due to the Forest Services' 2005 Travel Management Rule that requires forests to designate a system of roads, trails, and areas to remain open to motor vehicle use while ensuring the best possible care of the land. It also addresses the growing demand for motorized recreation on the Forest while protecting the environment. Motorized vehicles include off-highway vehicles (OHVs), trucks, passenger cars, 4x4's, and motorcycles.

Public open houses are scheduled to provide opportunities to discuss the proposed action and alternatives contained in the DEIS with Forest personnel and are listed below:

Date Ranger District Town Location Time
November 8 Lakeside Show Low Whipple Ranch Elementary School 4:30-7:30 pm
November 10 Alpine Alpine Alpine Community Center 4:30-7:30 pm
November 15 Black Mesa Overgaard Navajo County Mogollon Complex 4:30-7:30 pm
November 16 Clifton Clifton Clifton Railroad Depot 4:30-7:30 pm
November 17 Springerville Springerville Forest Supervisor's Office 4:30-7:30 pm

Over 30 public meetings were sponsored by the Forest as an extra effort to provide opportunities to listen and hear what the public was thinking and feeling about travel management. Feedback received from these past public meetings assisted forest managers in firming up an initial travel management proposal in which the public had a significant role in its creation and from which the DEIS has been prepared.

An EIS under United States environmental law, is a document required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for federal government agency actions. A tool for decision making, an EIS documents the analysis of social and environmental effects of proposed agency actions - and cites alternative actions.

* For online copies of the DEIS, go to: Apache Sitgreaves National Forests - Travel Management.
* Electronic: email comments to [email protected] (.txt, .pdf, .doc, .rtf formats only). An electronic comment form is available on-line at Apache Sitgreaves National Forests - Travel Management.
* Written: Fax comments to 928-333-5966.
* Mail comments to

ASNFs Travel Comments
P.O Box 640
Springerville, AZ 85938

* Hand Deliver: Deliver comments to 30 S. Chiricahua Dr., Springerville, AZ between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.
* In person or telephone: To make your comments orally, call the travel management hotline at 928-333-6267 to arrange an appointment.

Deadline for submitting comments is 45 days after the Notice of Availability is published in the Federal Registry. Comments will only be considered if full name and a physical address is included in comments. Names/addresses of commentors become part of the public record.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Travel Management hotline at 928-333-6267.

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