This Just in From CLORV.....Meeting


Mar 20, 2001
California League of Off Road Voters, a lobbying organization....attend if you live in that area.....SUPPORT NEEDED !!

The next DAC meeting will be in Ridgecrest on June 15th & 16th at the Kerr-McGee Center located at 100 West California Avenue. Tim Salt, the Desert District Manager, has scheduled the meeting as far from the major off-road communities as possible. What a surprise!
The DAC members will be staying at the Best Western China Lake Inn located at 400 South China Lake Boulevard.
On Friday there will be a tour starting at 7:15 a.m. in the China Lake Inn parking lot. Members of the public are welcome. We will be touring the Rand Mountain and the Jawbone Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.
The BLM is very proud of the way they have closed many miles of 4-wheel drive trails in that area. Anyone wishing to attend should call Doran Sanchez at (909) 697-5220 so he can coordinate the tour.
On Saturday the council will meet in formal session from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Kerr-McGee Center. The meeting will include updates/briefings on BLM's off-highway vehicle program, OHV management related issues, the OHV Grant Program, and a discussion of the "Off-Road to Ruin" publication. It should be a very interesting session.
Mr. Salt has invited Paul Spitler, the Director of the California Wilderness Coalition - the organization that published "Off-Road to Ruin." Mr. Spitler will have an opportunity to defend that report - if he shows up. I will have a report from a San Diego Environmental analysis company that is dissecting the studies referred to in that report. I am hoping to have a representative from the environmental company in attendance as well. No fireworks allowed!!
We will also be discussing the draft of the first Desert Area Management Plan - the "Northern & Eastern Colorado Desert Coordinated Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement" - also known as NECO. This is NOT a Management Plan - it is purely an EIS. It starts out by closing five OHV areas - some because they are over-used and some because they are under-utilized. It goes on to provide reasons and methods to close any area that might have an impact on sensitive or possibly sensitive species and/or their habitat. This so-called management plan is written in the shadow of the current law suits and attempts to satisfy the enviro-extremists to the point that they will never again have a reason to sue the BLM in the history
of the world. What a joke! If this plan is implemented the way it is drafted it will become the guideline document for BLM plans all over the country.
I expect to have, at that meeting, a report on the NECO plan that is being prepared by a top-notch environmental attorney from San Diego. He is reviewing NECO in detail and commenting on the poor science and anecdotal information used to draw far-reaching conclusions. We will not be caught short again like we were with the Glamis closures!
So - if you can make the next DAC meeting you might find it interesting.
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