SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRAIL CLOSURE ALERT–JAN 28
(READ THIS ENTIRE STORY AND CHECK THE DATES AT THE BOTTOM–THIS IS SERIOUS AND COULD RESULT IN MASSIVE TRAIL CLOSURES UNLESS YOU SPEAK UP!)
The Warrior’s Society Director of Planning and Policy Chris Vargas, attended the Forest Plan meeting for the Trabuco District of the Cleveland National Forest, which borders Riverside and Orange County. These meetings will be held in January and February to discuss the Forest Plan for the Cleveland, Angeles, Las Padres and San Bernardino National Forests.
The focus of the meeting I attended was to discuss the Proposed Action on the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) for the Trabuco District in Orange and Riverside Counties. What this plan determines is what portions of the forest are designated for particular types of activity, or spectrum of activities. We viewed the Proposed Action and we were then given colored stars to put on the map with our suggestions on changing the plan. This process of getting the public’s input on changes was called the ‘Preferred Plan’ The categories were:
1.Primitive (P) – Area is characterized by essentially unmodified natural environment of fairly large size. Recreational motorized or mechanical use is not permitted. Wilderness areas are examples of this ROS designation. If you wanted areas changed to this ROS designation you put Red Stars on those areas. Some participants used all of their red stars in an attempt to have the forest plan designate areas that contain the multi-use / non-motorized trails in the Trabuco District to this ROS. Cabin lease holders would find their leases threatened with this designation.
2.Semi-Primitive Non-Motorized (SPNM) – Area is characterized by a predominantly natural or natural-appearing environment of moderate to large size. Although mountain biking is permitted in this ROS, wilderness areas could be compatible with this designation and mountain bikers should seek a clarification on this ROS to eliminate confusion. Much of the area that contains the multi-use / non-motorized trails in the Trabuco and Blue Jay areas fall under this ROS. If you wanted to change the ROS designation you put Green Stars on these areas. Cabin lease holders could find their leases threatened with this designation. Cabin owners should seek a clarification on this designation.
3. Semi-Primitive Motorized (SPM) – Area is characterized by a predominately natural or natural appearing environment of moderate to large size. Areas that are put in this ROS designation are not good candidates for wilderness areas. This designation is the one that most mountain bikers may feel the most comfortable with in areas already designated as this ROS. This designation would not make it easier to build roads or convert existing trails to roads – but keep the status quo. If you wanted to change the ROS designation of these areas you put Blue Stars on these areas. This designation is compatible for cabin lease holders and best describes the Trabuco Canyon area leading to and around the Holy Jim Trail.
4. Roaded Natural (RN) – Area is characterized by predominately natural-appearing environments with moderate evidences of the sights of man. If you wanted to change the ROS designation of these areas you put Yellow Stars on these areas.
5. Rural (R) – Area is characterized by substantially modified natural environment. If you wanted to change the ROS designation of these areas you put Silver Stars on these areas.
I cannot stress enough the importance of mountain bikers and all recreational users to attend this portion of the planning process to protect the National Forests in Southern California and your right to responsibly enjoy them. If you are not there to protect your freedom to responsibly mountain bike the forest, changes can be made by pro-wilderness activists to change areas with a mountain bike friendly ROS designation to one that is hostile to mountain biking. Ms. Wynn, the Public Affairs officer for the Cleveland National Forest, expressed her pleasure to see a mountain biker attend the meetings since they usually have none in attendance!
Meetings are now being held in January and February for the four National Forests in Southern California. The next meeting for the Trabuco District, which is in Orange County, is February 9, 2002 at the Corona Public Library, 650 S. Main Street Corona, California. The meeting time is 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. To get there from Orange County take the 91 and exit at Main Street. Turn left on Main Street. The Library is located on the Left at the corner of 6th and Main. The meeting will be held from 9:30 am-12:30 pm.
Below is the information you need to be informed and to attend those meetings in the National Forest near you. Please forward this email to every citizen you know who wants to protect their National Forests in Southern California as well as their freedom to responsibly enjoy them.
February 4, 2002
25380 The Old Road
Stevenson Ranch, CA
300 West Palmdale Blvd.
United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
1543 Barbara Street
Pasadena Conference Center
300 East Green St
February 9, 2002
9:30 am-12:30 pm
Corona Public Library
650 S. Main Street
(Trabuco Ranger District)
February 5, 2002
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Conference Center
Big Sur, CA
(Monterey Ranger District)
February 6, 2002
Salinas Community Center
Gabilan Meeting Room
940 North Main Street
(Monterey Ranger District)
February 5, 2002
Bonnie Oehl Elementary School
2525 Palm Ave, Highland, CA
(Front country & Cajon Pass, San Bernardino County)
February 6, 2002
Idyllwild Fire Dept. Conference Room
54160 Maranatha Rd.
(Idyllwild & areas to the north, Riverside County)
February 7, 2002
Hootman Senior Community Ctr.
2929 Running Springs School Road
Running Springs, CA
(Mountaintop communities west of Deep Creek, San Bernardino County)
February 12, 2002
Anza Valley Community Center
56630 Highway 371
(Federal lands surrounding Anza, Riverside County)
For More information: www.r5.fs.fed.us/sccs
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