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Presidential Proclamation -- Establishment of 3 National Monuments in Southern California -February 12, 2016
Mojave Trails National Monument - The Cady Mountains, The Marble Mountain Fossil Bed, Bristol Mountains, Piute Valley and Cadiz Valley, Ship Mountains, Little Piute Mountains, and Sacramento Mountains, Afton Canyon, Chuckwalla Spring, Hummingbird Spring, Barrel Spring, Fenner Spring, Cadiz Dunes, Amboy Crater, Pisgah Volcano lava flow are all inside the monument.
You have probably noticed that the Mojave Trails National Monument is deceiving in that the effective Monument boundary will cover an enormous amount of land, far more land than the proclamation. The Monument contains 6 no vehicular entry Wilderness Areas, but also connects to and effectively incorporates into it's boundary, another 8 no vehicular entry Wilderness Areas, 1 no entry Military Base, and the no collecting lands of the Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park.
ALAA has established an Email Addfress firstname.lastname@example.org and a letter mailing address of ALAA; 2010 West Ave. K #528; Lancaster, CA 93536-5229. We are asking Rockhounds who contact the BLM in support of continued Recreational Rockhounding inside the California National Monuments to please include ALAA with a cc; or Bcc; of any emails and if you send a paper letter to please include a copy to the above address. There is still a lot of work to do before we can rest and the collecting of rocks and minerals in the monuments is finalized. Thank you for your effort and support
Support your right to collect Rock and Minerals in the Southern California Desert and the New National Monuments - Get Involved, be Pro-Active. It is the only way to save Rockhounding inside the Mojave Trails National Monument! It is up to you!
September 23, 2014 the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, issued a unanimous opinion generally affirming the theory of federal preemption in the mining context. This is a big win for mining community, which has been attempting for roughly five years, through multiple cases in multiple forums, to secure a judicial ruling on the 2009 moratorium and its successors. Read More on California Gold Mining
BLM Issues Interim Final Supplementary Rules for Kanaka Valley (BLM News Release) The BLM's Mother Lode Field Office is requesting public comments on proposed new rules affecting 695 acres of public land known as Kanaka Valley inEl Dorado County. http://ow.ly/DWnlN Speak now or forever hold your....... you know the rest!
This notice lists the newspapers that will be used by all Ranger Districts, Forests, and the Regional Office of the Pacific Southwest Region to publish legal notices required under 36 CFR 214, 218, and 219. The intended effect of this action is to inform interested members of the public which newspapers the Forest Service will use to publish notices of proposed actions, notices of decision, and notices of opportunity to file an appeal/objection. This will provide the public with constructive notice of Forest Service proposals and decisions, provide information on the procedures to comment, appeal, or object and establish the date that the Forest Service will use to determine if comments, appeals, or objections were timely. Click on the forest of interest and see what Newspapers will have the Public Notice anouncement about that forest and the USFS Actions.Read the Notice Here....
Your Letters and phone calls worked! SB 249 was ammended to be acceptable and is now supported by CORVA and other OHV groups. The bill has passed the Legislature and is now on Govenror Jerry Brown's desk for signature.
Existing law requires the special fees, specified use fees for state vehicular recreation areas, and other specified funds to be deposited in the Off-Highway Vehicle Trust Fund, (Not the State General Fund) and requires moneys in the fund, upon appropriation, to be allocated for specified purposes related to off-highway recreation. These provisions are to be repealed on January 1, 2018. This bill would extend the operation of these provisions indefinitely. Rockhounds and Rockhounding could benefit from this bill by making funds available to maintain or improve access roads to Collecting sites.
Update on Legislation to Reauthorize the OHV Program in California - SB 249. Just a few short months ago, we never would have believed we could take out 90% of the objectionable components of SB 249, and rewrite the bill using current law as the basis for moving forward. Because of your calls and communications to legislators and justified anger at the original language in SB 249, the OHV community was able to convince the author and legislative leaders to work collaboratively on this bill and it's companion bill SB 159. SB 249 removed the sunset for the California OHV recreation program, giving us a permanent program and grants program protected by statute!
CALIFORNIA FOSSIL IVORY ALERT - Our First warning to any dealers with a business in California or those dealers that plan to attend the West Coast Gem & Mineral Show (Fall), Santa Ana CA November 11 -13 of this year (or any show in California). The California Ivory ban goes into effect on July 1, 2016 and it will be illegal to sell any fossil ivory in the state after that date. The legislation's definition; "Ivory" means a tooth or tusk from a species of elephant, hippopotamus, mammoth, mastodon, walrus, warthog, whale, or narwhal, or a piece thereof, whether raw ivory or worked ivory, and includes a product containing, or advertised as containing, ivory. You will risk confiscation of your fossil ivory and very stiff fines and other penalties for having any of the legally collected material available during the shows or for sale in your business. From AAPS May 2016 Newsletter
In California there is already an existing ban on Ivory import and sales, but
that ban has an exemption for sale of Ivory that had been imported prior to
January 1, 1977, which protected a significant portion of the Ivory owners in
California at the time. Experts tell us that exemption covers millions of
dollars of ivory objects in the state that don’t fall into the otherwise very
narrow exemptions in the existing law.
“(a) Finding.—Congress finds that, for purposes of section 603 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1782), any portion of a wilderness study area described in subsection (b) that is not designated as a wilderness area or wilderness addition by section 1301 or any other Act enacted before the date of enactment of this title has been adequately studied for wilderness.
“(b) Description of study areas.—The study areas referred to in subsection (a) are—
“(1) the Cady Mountains Wilderness Study Area;
“(2) the Kingston Range Wilderness Study Area;
“(3) the Avawatz Mountain Wilderness Study Area;
“(4) the Death Valley National Park Boundary and Wilderness 17 Wilderness Study Area;
“(5) the Great Falls Basin Wilderness Study Area; and
“(6) the Soda Mountains Wilderness Study Area.
“(c) Release.—Any portion of a wilderness study area described in subsection (b) that is not designated as a wilderness area or wilderness addition by section 1301 is no longer subject to section 603(c) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1782(c)). Read More Here
S. 32: California Desert Protection and Recreation Act of 2017 - A bill to provide for conservation, enhanced recreation opportunities, and development of renewable energy in the California Desert Conservation Area, and for other purposes.
"The Secretary, without consideration, to the State, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to a parcel of public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management in San Diego County, California, comprising approximately 934 acres and generally depicted as Table Mountain Wilderness Study Area Proposed Transfer on the map prepared at the request of Representative Juan Vargas entitled Table Mountain Wilderness Study Area Proposed Transfer to the State and dated October 8, 2015, for the purpose of allowing the State to include that land as part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park." Just FYI - No collecting in State Parks.....
On the submission of an application by Imperial County, California, the Secretary of Transportation shall seek, in accordance with section 47125 of title 49, United States Code, and section 2641.1 of title 43, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulation), a conveyance from the Secretary of a parcel of Federal land administered by the Bureau of Land Management comprising approximately 3,500 acres adjacent to the Imperial County Holtville Airport (L04) for the purposes allowing the County to expand the airport.
Additional Public Meeting Scheduled for Soda Mountain Solar Project in San Bernardino County
The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled an additional public meeting for public comment on the Soda Mountain Solar Project's draft environmental document. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Travelodge Inn and Suites Yucca Valley Meeting Room, 54850 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley.
The Director’s Protest Resolution Reports analyze each unique or summarized protest issue statement received on each individual BLM Proposed Resource Management Plan to determine whether the State Director followed established procedures, considered relevant information in reaching proposed decisions, and whether the proposed decisions are consistent with the applicable statutes, regulations, and BLM policy.
The following Director’s Protest Resolution Reports are available for online viewing or download.
HR6286 Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act of 2012 --- This bill would close rockhounding areas under new wilderness, but leave off road access in place. Rockhounds should read the text of the bill and should contact their elected official to voice their opinion on this bill. Read the bill below on this page under Clear Creek Management Area. Read a letter to Congressman Doc Hastings through the hyperlink below.
Resource Management Plan Revison - Read the Plan - Affects Horse Canyon Agate Beds
National Forests in California
Inyo National Forest shares plan direction for Sustainable Recreation and Aquatic-Riparian Resources
The Inyo National Forest is finalizing its environmental impact statement and forest plan. To celebrate our progress, and prepare you for when we release the final documents this fall, we’re offering you a preview of the Inyo’s updated plan direction for sustainable recreation and aquatic and riparian resources. This isn’t the only preview we have planned. In the coming weeks, you’ll see updated plan direction for wild and scenic rivers and species of conservation concern. All this information will be available on-line at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r5/FPRPreview.
When you see the Inyo’s final forest plan later this year, you’ll notice we made a few changes based on many of the suggestions, ideas and comments you provided us. For instance, we refined our analysis particularly around recreation, wild and scenic rivers, recommended wilderness, aquatics, grazing and fire management. We improved the plan’s architecture to provide better organization and clarification based on your comments on the draft forest plan (published May 2016).
Curious about the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests? We’re continuing to address public comments in a revised draft EIS for these two forests. We’ll share updates on that progress in the coming months as well.
These previews offer a glimpse into plan development as it is happening. This process is information sharing; we are not receiving formal comments. The completed, final EIS and Inyo plan will be available for a 60-day objection period this fall. If you have questions feel free to contact Deb Schweizer, Public Affairs Officer, Inyo National Forest, at 760-873-2427.
Sustainable Recreation (Recreational Rockhounding is not included)
The Cleveland National Forest received funding from the California Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grants Program to decommission unauthorized routes, as defined by the 2008 Motorized Travel Management decision, that have the greatest resource impacts.
That $5 permit to access certain parts of national forests in Southern California could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a recent ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. A panel of judges unanimously agreed with four hikers who objected to paying a fee to use a portion of an Arizona national forest. Read the Court Ruling
BUSTED! Los Padres National Forest ticketed 200 Santa Barbara families for parking by the side of the road to let their kids play in a rare snowfall. It seems that little adventure requires an "Adventure Pass." Read the story HERE.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune writer Steve Scauzillo explains how it could affect the Adventure Pass (http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_19974329) which is only available for the Angeles, San Bernardino,Cleveland and Los Padres national forests:,
The strongly worded, 15-page decision says any member of the public who walks, hikes, rides a horse, picnics on the side of a road, camps at undeveloped sites, even parks in a national forest "without using facilities and services" is allowed to do so without being charged. Charging a fee, such as the Adventure Pass, even for someone who visits an area with amenities but doesn't use them, violates the FLREA [or, Federal Lands and Recreation Enhancement Act], according to the decision.
SACRAMENTO, CA (July 31)-- The Eldorado National Forest is free from preservationist litigation attacking a Travel Management Plan that originally closed just over 900 miles of roads and trails. Today Senior U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton issued his final order and judgment in a case originally filed in 2009. Download final order - PDF
October 14, 2012 - Eldorado NF Releases Travel Management Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (TM SEIS) On Re-opening Routes Closed via Court Order Read More:
October 14, 3012 - Brief History of Legal Battle over Eldorado NF Read More: