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Old 04-26-2001, 09:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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<FONT COLOR="yellow">I got this from CA4WDC and a few other sources, GET IT!</FONT c>

Here is the* Angeles, Cleveland,* Los Padres and San Bernardino
Forest Plans planning timeline:

Date* * * * * * * * * * * * * ** Action

January 2001* * Begin 1st round Public Workshops
March 2001* * Data Review and Input; Begin 2nd round of Public Workshops
May 5, 2001* * End Data Review and Input to Notice Of Intent
July 2001* * * * Publish Notice Of Intent

August 2001* * Begin 3rd Round of Public Workshops- focus on
collaboration/alternative development

October 2001
* * * * End Input into Draft Environmental Impact Statement;
Freeze alternative development for Draft Environmental Impact
Statement internal analysis

November 2001 - June 2002
* * * * 4th round of public workshops - Collaborative
discussions and input to Final* Environmental Impact Statement

June 2002 **
* * * * Draft Environmental Impact Statement published (NOTE:
Due to time needed for analysis, any input received after 10/01 will
not be in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, it will be
analyzed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement)

July 2002 - November 2002
* * * * 5th round of public meetings - focus on resolution of
conflicts and issues that surfaced from Draft Environmental Impact
Statement

November 2002* * * * End input to Final Environment Impact
Statement analysis and alternatives
June 2003* * * * Publish Final Environmental Impact Statement
August - October 2000* * Resolution process
December 2003 * * * * Publish Record of Decision

***************************************
They are coming to the end of the Data Review and Input cycle!!!!!!
Round 1 is complete.* Round 2 in in progress.

Here is a sample of the impact to date:

Pay close attention to the existing road system map(s), including the
"Unclassified Roads," indicated in yellow on the maps. These
unclassified* roads are existing open routes (some traveled on a
regular, weekly,* frequency) that appear to be decommissioned roads
on the map. These yellow* lines identify existing visible roads (used
by mountain bikes and vehicles* everyday). These roads must be
ignored ("roadless," "non-motorized access,"* and "potential
unroaded") to implement other (more restrictive) plans.

Review the following maps for San Bernardino NF.* View them as
overlays;* one on top of the other:** Try to visualize what is left
open.

Potential Unroaded Area Maps* -* http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/sccs/Maps/spu.jpg

Inventoried Roadless Area Maps (this is the roadless plan) - http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/sccs/Maps/sir.jpg

Non-Motorized Access Area Maps* -* http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/sccs/Maps/snmaa.jpg

What you can do:

Go to the USFS web site ( http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/sccs/index.html )
and link to the "get involved" web page, and click on the "comment
card" for a .pdf* comment sheet.

Fill out the sheet and request to be added to the mailing list.

Make comments regarding the high value of OHV recreation opportunities:

"I value OHV (or your favorite) recreation and the support it
provides for* ecologically responsible dispersed camping and
sportsman opportunities."

"My vision of the future is an OHV Road and trail system that
provides for* ecologically responsible family recreation. My vision
is a connected* designated OHV route system that will provide for
legal multi-day family* camping. My vision is a network of family
accessible campgrounds connected by
designated OHV routes."

Clubs with GPS maps of their favored campsites (mine claims, gem
collecting* sites, etc.) and trails are urged to overlay all existing
routes and features* on printed versions of the road inventory maps.
Send the enhanced maps in* with a request to incorporate the noted
features as "open to the public"* areas and a request to assign
designated OHV routes to access the desired* site. If possible, make
the altered maps available on the web for* reproduction and inclusion
with independent comments.* Include a copy of the map with your
comments to the Forest Service and provide me a copy.

Print the road inventory map and draw in (highlight or other method)
the route system and trails you want to remain open. Note on the map
any feature* that reinforces a reason to maintain the trail. If you
cannot print the* website map, use any map you can find to
communicate your desired open area* or roads. USFS, AAA, and DeLorme
maps cover the areas in lesser detail, and* are better than no map.
Print maps off of www.topozone.com if you have no* other alternative.

Include any comments about club trail adoption offers, volunteer help
offers,* and past volunteer support in the forest. Include the club
membership numbers* you represent in your comments. Written responses
take precedence, and maps* offer more detail than written
descriptions.
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