04-24-2009, 06:21 PM
Join Date: Aug 2001
Member # 6650
Location: Garden Valley
PRESS RELEASE: Rubicon Trail Foundation Takes Position
I thought this might help folks understand what was driving our vision and position in regards to this CAO. Initially we started a rebuttal but quickly realized we were positioning ourselves in the matter. After many, many hours of thought, legal review and rewrite, we presented this to the Rubicon Trail Foundation Board. It passed unanimously.
RUBICON TRAIL FOUNDATION
Contact: Scott Johnston FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Placerville, CA April 24, 2009
PRESS RELEASE: RUBICON TRAIL FOUNDATION STATES POSITION
Position Statement by Rubicon Trail Foundation in regards to:
Rubicon Trail, El Dorado County
The Rubicon Trail Foundation was formed in 2004. We are a federally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the future health of the Rubicon Trail and our mission is to enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible motorized year-round trail access. The Foundation works with individuals, clubs, organizations, and agencies to maintain and manage the trail. Our Officers and Directors represent a wide variety of Rubicon Trail OHV users, land owners, county representatives, manufacturers, and event organizers.
- The Rubicon Trail Foundation maintains that discharging waste into waters of this state where it threatens to create a condition of pollution or nuisance is not an acceptable practice and that reasonable steps are being taken to manage discharges.
- The Rubicon Trail Foundation sees two separate issues in over the snow travel and wet weather/snow melt conditions.
- 1. Deep snow conditions that discourage travel, camping and general use are a barrier that significantly reduces trail population. In these conditions, vehicles with a large tire footprint can float over the snow and result in a near zero impact.
- 2. Super saturated soil conditions present a soil erosion risk that exceeds that of other conditions. Rubicon Trail Foundation strongly recommends voluntary travel restrictions during these super saturated conditions based on site-specific and scientific evaluation.
- The Rubicon Trail Foundation does not support the blanket restriction of Rubicon Trail use by season, or by vehicle numbers, type or size.
- The Rubicon Trail Foundation supports El Dorado County's current management procedures for addressing vehicle fluid spills on County roads.
- The Rubicon Trail Foundation believes improperly disposed of human waste on the Rubicon is best corrected by a multilevel approach that includes public education, portable sanitation solutions and permanent toilet installations, where practical.
- The Rubicon Trail Foundation supports a County-developed Operations and Maintenance plan for maintaining the Rubicon Trail based on the March 2009 California Geological Survey assessment and its updates. This O&M plan should include a list of prioritized projects.
- The Rubicon Trail Foundation supports efforts to define the boundaries of the Rubicon Trail. A well-defined trail, maps and signage are important steps in that direction.
- The Rubicon Trail Foundation encourages the establishment of reasonable and practical operating procedures for training of volunteer groups and others to install and maintain trail drainage structures, stream crossings and new trail segments.
- The Rubicon Trail Foundation supports educational programs to inform Rubicon Trail users of trail rules and etiquette.
- The Rubicon Trail Foundation supports requiring every Rubicon Trail user to carry portable human waste disposal devices and requiring every motorized user to carry oil spill kits.
If you would like to help with our efforts, you may send your tax deductible donations to: Rubicon Trail Foundation PO Box 2188 Placerville, CA 95667 or make Paypal donations or major credit card donations by calling 888-6rubicon. You can also sign up for a Friends of the Rubicon work party at: www.friendsoftherubicon.com
More information is available at www.RubiconTrailFoundation.org
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If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with a representative of the Rubicon Trail Foundation, please e-mail president@RubiconTrailFoundation.org
Last edited by randii; 04-25-2009 at 12:34 AM.
Reason: tweaked spacing -- Randii