Although HQ is officially closed until Monday, we wanted to
get a short story out for weekend readers who want to know how the 2013 Summer
Northcoast Redwood Access Tour turned out.In simple words, it was a huge success.
NPS/State Park HQ in Orick
HQ will go into more details next week, but we attended a
number of meetings and/or tours with county officials, users, and agency staff to
discuss and review a wide range of state and federal OHV recreation-related issues.
The Land Use Battle Wagon at the Largest (or one of the largest flags) Flag in CA
"Wes Greene's Tractor Service in Arcata"
At the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors video link
below (44:24 to 52:12) you will find BRC’s, Don Amador, giving public comment
to the officials on the following subjects: noting board’s history of
fighting for access, non-highway designations for county roads, asking FS to
revisit 1999 project level NEPA decision to close 40 miles of routes in High
Plateau, county RS2477 filing/request, restoring green-sticker vehicle access
at Tolowa Dunes State Park,potential
for a county ATV park, ask county to review its standing/statute of limitations
regarding the biology scandal involving Mad River Biologists, and listing the
Last Chance Grade Bypass plan as an emergency.
Video Link (if you have trouble with Internet Explorer…
try launching video in Google Chrome)
Don Amador and the Recreation HQ will be out of the
office and in the field (July 20-26) on our 2013 Summer North Coast Redwoods
Access Tour.We will be addressing OHV
access issues in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties and will be meeting with local
motorcycle and 4x4 clubs, elected county officials, state and federal land
managers, and other stakeholders.
There continues to be a lot of OHV access concerns
related to the Six Rivers National Forest, Smith River National Recreation
Area, Clam Beach, and Tolowa Dunes State Park.
Thanks to all the sponsors who are making this trip
possible.If you would like to donate
to this tour to help defray the costs of diesel and other travel expenses, you
can make a donation at:
In one of the most stunning actions that I have ever seen
taken by a land management agency, the East Bay Regional Park District Board
cast a “here is a poke in your eye” vote to continue their efforts to ban OHV
recreation on the Tesla property at Carnegie SVRA.
I attended the District board meeting yesterday where
they voted to approve the new Master Plan that includes a map of the Tesla
property identified as a future acquisition.Even though District staff has said they really don’t want the Tesla
property for non-motorized use, they continue to stand – like children - in
front of the candy store lusting for the forbidden fruit.
BRC News Release with info on District Vote, News
Articles, BRC 2012 Comment Letter
HQ’s, Don Amador, had a radio interview yesterday with
the gang at Bike Week Radio.Scott Cox
and the crew at the station started the show off with KTM’s Kurt Caselli who
was followed by motorcycle legend, Peter Starr.
We talked about a lot of important issues during my “OHV”
segment at the end of the show.Topics
coveredincludes: OHV Grants being
adjusted back to 31M, buying a dual-sport motorcycle (Factory plated vs. bikes
that comply with 2003 DMV cutoff rules), new leadership at state parks and OHV
division, 2012 state park scandal,Imperial Sand Dunes reopening 50K acres and legal history of that
fight,and 2014 midterm elections.
Amador’s segment starts at 47:31 at the show’s archive
link for the July 14 Show
A number of great Dual-Sport and 4x4 events are occurring
this summer and it would be impossible to mention them all.However, QWR is planning to attend two events
that feature diverse OHV opportunities for dual-sport, adventure bike, SUV, ATV,
UTV, and 4x4s.
The Dust Devils Motorcycle Club is hosting its 2013 Ride
Reno 200 Dual Sport Ride on September 13-15, 20-13.It is an AMA National Event and this year it
also has loops for adventure bikes.QWR and
its Sound Trails Initiative will be there with its Quest sound testing
equipment to offer the SAE J-1287 20-inch sound test for the event to help
educate riders about using sound compliant exhaust systems.
QWR Sound Education Station at Previous Event
This ride takes you up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains
where you will see spectacular forested lands and back through the high desert
where wild mustangs can often be seen.
QWR will also be at the 2013 Sierra Trek hosted by the
California Association of Four-Wheel Drive Clubs.This event runs from August 8-11, 2013.According to the club, Sierra Trek is the
granddaddy of all Cal 4 events. It is held in Northern California near Truckee.
The event takes participants over the famous Fordyce Trail and the surrounding
areas via SUV, ATV, modified 4x4 vehicles and dedicated trail rigs.
Cal 4 is working hard to introduce new and fun activities
for families that we know you will enjoy. You can still run the Fordyce trail
with the confidence that the trail staff will make your adventure memorable!
Cal 4 is also bringing back two-day SUV and the ATV/UTV
runs in additions to the challenging 4x4 trail rides.
QWR and STI will also be at this event and will be making
the SUV adventure touring runs. We will also be manning the BRC booth and
talking with riders about responsible use of system roads, trails, and areas. This is a great event for those who want a
high elevation OHV experience in an alpine setting.
This is just a fun update for your 4th of July
weekend. Today, I got to spend some time talking
trails (responsible use, conservation, fun) with FOX 40 TV in Sacramento that was doing a short story on the fun
aspects of off-roading.BRC’s off-road
ambassadors, Del and Stacie Albright were also there along with MetalCloak Manufacturing
and Kevin Carey, BRC board member and founding member of Friends of the
Rubicon, and members of Cal4WD.
Link to Live Interview with BRC’s Don Amador and some
cool shots of 4x4s in action
As the Recreation HQ prepares to celebrate the 4th
of July with family and friends, we wanted to give you a quick update regarding
theFeb - 2012 arrest of Ron LeValley and
other associates of Mad River Biologists for embezzlement of over $900,000
dollars.HQ believes this scandal calls into
question the quality of their“science” that was used by land management agencies on
July 3, 2013 Times Standard Article on Mad River
HQ believes it is important to find out how much of their
science was “dry-lab” vs. field-based research. As a native of Humboldt County, I am
concerned that a lot of the public land closures in the area based on LaValley’s
“work” related to the Northern Spotted Owl, marbled murrelet, and snowy plover
may have been unwarranted.
Link to Feb. 27, 2012 HQ Report on the Initial Arrest of
LeValley and Crew
HQ believes it is scandals like this that creates more
distrust of the “science” and research being used to effect the closure of
motorized trails and other multiple-uses of public lands. Closures based on bad science, corruption, and
political agendas have no place in 21st Century land-use planning and
Tribute to 19 Firefighters Killed on July 19, 1953
by the Rattlesnake Fire on the Mendocino NF
The Recreation HQ wants to extend its deepest sympathies
to the family, friends, and colleagues of the 19 wildland firefighters who were
killed Sunday night in the Yarnell Hill Fire.That fire is fiercely burning near Prescott, Arizona.
The OHV community feels this loss since it is often
wildland firefighters who train for such events by doing trail maintenance on
motorized routes.They also help with
post-fire rehab of recreation sites by falling hazard trees and clearing
Fire Crews Protecting Ranch in 2012 Mill Fire
Many Forest Service and BLM OHV recreation staff come
from the fire discipline.In the summer,
some get called to fight fires. Also, agency line-officers often have a
background in firefighting.
HQ feels a great sense of loss at this tragic event.Next time you see a wildland firefighter…
give them a heartfelt thank you.
Don is owner of Quiet Warrior Racing, a recreation, land-use, and political consulting company. Don is also a consultant to the BlueRibbon Coalition and serves as their western representative. Don has over 23 years in the field of recreation and land-use advocacy. Don served as a commissioner on the California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission from 1994-2000. Don has also served on many recreation stakeholder groups and advisory committees. Don served on the USDA Region 5 Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (2009 - 2014). Don has a BA from St. Mary’s College of California and belongs to the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals.