California & Nevada- Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Comments Needed - Deadline August 30

California & Nevada- Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Comments Needed - Deadline August 30 Hot

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BlueRibbon Coalition

First off, we need to again ask forgiveness for the lateness in this action alert. Frankly, BRC's Public Lands people are swamped, and it has become increasingly difficult to keep up with all of the various threats to access and recreation. Check the "PS" below for more info.

In this Action Alert, we are asking you to comment on an important Forest Plan amendment on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit located on the California Nevada border, but impacting recreationalist nationally. The deadline for submitting comments is midnight tomorrow. This planning affects mostly snowmobile use.

However, there is another key issue that warrants comments from all BRC members and supporters. We won't bore you with more details than you need. The issue is often called "Wilderness creep," and it has to do with the never-ending addition of lands recommended by the USFS for Wilderness.

Perhaps more importantly, the agency is also trying to manage lands recommended for Wilderness as if they had been designated so by Congress. I imagine we don't really need to say it, but this is a very big problem across the US. The comment deadline is tomorrow, and we need you to take action today.

We've taken the time to put together some comment suggestions to make it as easy as possible.
Just follow "BRC's 3-Step Action Item" below.

Thanks in advance and, as always, please call or email with questions or concerns.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

PS: BRC's long-term strategic plan provides for the hiring of additional Public Lands Staff. Help us towards achieving this goal with your donation. Donate Here


LAKE TAHOE BASIN MANAGEMENT UNIT COMMENTS NEEDED - DEADLINE AUGUST 30
TAKE ACTION NOW!

SITUATION:
As part of its Forest Plan revision process, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is asking for public comment on four alternatives for managing National Forest System lands. The alternatives respond to public input obtained from comment periods and multiple public meetings in 2008 and 2010, as well as the multi-year Pathway 2007 interagency collaboration.

Each alternative differs in how it addresses four key resource issues: watershed health and aquatic ecosystems; forest health; hazardous fuels and terrestrial wildlife habitat; sustainable recreation and access to national forests via facilities, roads and trails.

From these alternatives, the LTBMU will develop a revised forest plan that will guide management of 154,000 acres of National Forest System lands on both the California and Nevada sides of the Lake Tahoe Basin for the next 15 years.

The current Forest Plan dates to 1988, a time when issues such as fuels reduction and aquatic invasive species were not yet in the forefront of discussion.

WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT:
The environmentalists are pushing a proposal to have the Forest Service close some of the most treasured riding areas and make them into Wilderness. We need to act NOW in order to keep this from happening and prevent the loss of more riding areas.

It's time to fight back - don't let the Forest Service close any more of our riding areas just because the "anti-access groups" push them to do so!

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
Listed below are some sample comments. Please take the time to submit your comments today.

BRC'S THREE-STEP ACTION ITEM
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO EMAIL YOUR COMMENTS:

NOTE: Please be polite and, if possible, make your comment letter as personal as you can. If you can add any personal testimony about your experiences enjoying this spectacular area, please take a minute to add that to your email.

STEP 1:  Open your email program and start a draft email. Address the email to
                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Put "Draft Land Management Plan"
                in the Subject Line.

STEP 2:  Use the comments below as a guideline for comments in your email.
                Cut and paste is okay, but try to make your comment letter as personal as possible.

STEP 3: Take just a minute to add a bit about where you live, where you like to ride
               and how much trail-based recreation means to you. Be certain to include your
               name and address. A return email address is NOT sufficient! ("anonymous" emails
               are often discarded).

Then click "Send" and you're done!

EXTRA CREDIT: Hanna Bernard, President, Sierra Pro-Access Group (a member group of the California-Nevada Snowmobile Association) has forwarded us a request to sign the Tahoe Sierra Snowmobile Club's petition to help stop the Wilderness proposal. Click this link to sign a petition FOR Alternatives A and B, but AGAINST C and D, to STOP the wilderness proposal: http://www.tahoesierrasnowmobiling.org/?p=1147

NOTE: Hanna Bernard as well as the California-Nevada Snowmobile Association (CNSA) have been doing yeoman's works in the fight to stop the "Wilderness Creep" in this area. Check out CNSA's website at http://www.cnsa.net/

Optional:
You may also comment by mail to: Draft Land Management Plan, LTBMU, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

SPECIFIC COMMENT SUGGESTIONS:

The DEIS fails to adequately and accurately disclose and analyze the cumulative loss of snowmobile areas across the "Visitor Market Zone." For two decades prior to the beginning of this planning process, and over the life of the planning process itself, tens of thousands of acres of premier snowmobile areas have been closed. Conversely, numerous actions that expanded non-motorized recreational opportunity have been implemented via federal land use planning and legislation (Wilderness designation). The DEIS fails to adequately describe the cumulative loss of snowmobile opportunity, as well as the expansion of non-motorized recreation. This has resulted in a flawed Evaluation of Areas for Potential Wilderness, as well as a flawed range of Alternatives.

Of the Alternatives presented, I strongly oppose Alternatives C and D. Both of these alternatives fail to provide for a wide range of diverse winter recreation. Alternatives C and D also improperly expand lands recommended for wilderness beyond what is justified by the "need for change" analysis.

 

 


The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BlueRib - www.sharetrails.org

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