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  • November 07, 2016 4:51 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    Hello from the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division!

    It’s that time again – time to prepare for the 2016/17 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program (Grants Program) grant cycle. Workshops for the upcoming grant cycle are scheduled for the week of January 09, 2017.

    The two-day workshop, one held in Southern California and one held in Northern California, will be two full-day sessions. Please see the attached agenda for information on the workshops. 

    Applicants may attend one or both days of the OHV Grants Program workshop. Although attendance is not required to participate in the OHV Grants Program, the OHMVR Division highly encourages applicants to attend, as the workshops provide valuable information.

    The schedule for the workshop is as follows:

    SOUTH

    Date:               Monday, January 09, 2017

                            Tuesday, January 10, 2017

     

    Where:            Doubletree Hotel

    222 North Vineyard Avenue

    Ontario, CA 91764-4431
    Phone (909) 937-0900

    Note: See attached schedule for agenda information. Individuals attending the first day of the workshop should bring a laptop as the session will include “hands-on” instructions for navigating OLGA.

    OHMVR Division staff does not make hotel reservations for workshop attendees.  Please contact the hotel directly if you would like hotel accommodations.

    NORTH         

     

    Date:               Thursday, January 12, 2017

                            Friday, January 13, 2017

     

    Where:            Lions Gate Hotel

                            3410 Westover Street

       North Highlands, CA 95652

       Phone (866) 258-5651

    Note: See attached schedule for agenda information.  Individuals attending the first day of the workshop should bring a laptop as the session will include “hands-on” instructions for navigating OLGA.

    OHMVR Division staff does not make hotel reservations for workshop attendees.  Please contact the hotel directly if you would like hotel accommodations.

    Please RSVP your workshop attendance via email to ohvinfo@parks.ca.gov.   Please include the following information in your email:

    1. Name of attendee(s)
    2. Agency
    3. Phone Number(s)
    4. Date(s) of attendance

    Please submit your RSVP by close of business Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

    Updates regarding the workshops will be provided as necessary on the OHMVR Division’s website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.

  • September 16, 2016 11:18 AM | Bruce Brazil (Administrator)

    On Oct. 21st, the OHMVR Commission will hold a meeting to consider approval of the Carnegie SVRA Draft General Plan and certification of the Environmental Impact Report. The public will have an opportunity to provide comments on the approval of the General Plan at the hearing. For more details, please refer to the attached meeting notice. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the OHMVR Commission meeting.  The meeting is in Sacramento.

    Notice of meeting:

    http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/pages/1140/files/Notice_2016_Comm_Meeting-Carnegie%20SVRA%20GP-102116.pdf

    Current Agenda of meeting:

    http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/pages/1140/files/Agenda-OHMVR-CommissionMtg-Oct-21-2016-Carnegie.pdf

     

  • August 30, 2016 2:24 PM | Bruce Brazil (Administrator)

    The public is invited to participate in Community Conversations about the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Management Plan.  

    Your interests and concerns are important. These conversations are an opportunity to express what you value in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. 

    Workshops will be from 5:30 to 7:00pm

    Wednesday, Sept 14, at the Grange Community Center, 9355 Government St, Upper Lake, CA

    Wednesday, Sept 28, at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave, Winters, CA

    Wednesday, Oct 5, at the Holiday Inn Express, 545 N. Humboldt. Ave, Willows, CA 

     

  • August 29, 2016 2:54 PM | Bruce Brazil (Administrator)

    The last step available to the public in the BLM appeals process concerning the reopening of the Clear Creek Management Area to motorized recreation was denied.  The Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) denied the appeals mainly on the grounds of:

    An appellant has the burden of demonstrating by a preponderance of the evidence that BLM committed a material error in its factual analysis, that BLM failed to give due consideration to all relevant factors, or that no rational connection exists between the facts found and the choices made.

    and

    the appellant has failed to carry its burden to demonstrate, with objective proof, that BLM did not adequately consider the likely effects on the health of recreational users and other aspects of the human environment.

    This leaves H.R. 1838 by Sam Farr as the current remaining chance to reopen Clear Creek to motorized recreation. 

    A preliminary air/asbestos report initiated by the OHMVR Division has been released.  The findings by an independent scientific group shows MUCH less potential for health problems associated with motorized recreation in the CCMA.  When the final report is released, it should contain sufficient data to initiate a new look at the CCMA closure by the BLM.      

     

      

  • August 29, 2016 2:51 PM | Bruce Brazil (Administrator)

    From: Becker CIV Kristina L <kristina.becker@usmc.mil

    ****Status Update****

    The Marine Corps returned the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area to the Bureau of Land Management on August 20th - open for public use. The Combat Center is committed to maintaining positive relationships with our community and thanks community members for supporting its efforts in achieving current and progressive service-level training requirements.

    The next planned use of the Shared Use Area for military training in August 1-30, 2017. Please see the attached flyer for your use - to post or share with friends or family. As with August 2016 training, the closure period will include the time required to ensure the Shared Use Area is clear of recreation activity prior to training and to confirm the land is clear of hazards prior to reopening for public access. The adjacent Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area will remain open to the public during Shared Use Area closure.

    For additional information including a map of the area, please visit http://www.29palms.marines. mil/Staff/G5-Government-and- External-Affairs/Johnson- Valley <http://www.29palms.marines. mil/Staff/G5-Government-and- External-Affairs/Johnson- Valley> .

    Please contact 760-830-3737 or respond to this email with any additional questions or concerns.

  • August 22, 2016 3:30 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    News Release
    California Desert District, California

    22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

    For Immediate Release   August, 15 2016                                                                         CDD-16-35

    Contact: Stephen Razo, (951) 697-5217, srazo@blm.gov

    BLM Invites Public to Share Vision for Mojave Trails National Monument

    MORENO VALLEY, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Needles Field Office, is inviting people to share what they value most within the newly designated Mojave Trails National Monument for the BLM to consider as the monument planning process begins.

    A series of envisioning sessions will enable the public to provide comments on specific interests and concerns that will assist the BLM in the development of the Mojave Trails National Monument Management Plan. These sessions are in advance of public scoping meetings which will begin in the fall.

    The Envisioning Sessions are scheduled for:

                  Tuesday, August 30, 2016  (5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

                  Hampton Inn, 2710 Lenwood Rd, Barstow, CA 92311  

                  Wednesday, August 31, 2016  (5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

                  Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

                  Thursday, September 1, 2016  (5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

                  El Garces Hotel, 950 Front St., Needles, CA  92363

    “We want the public to helps us determine how their public lands should be managed,” states Mike Ahrens, Needles Field Office Manager. “Public input helps the BLM develop a lasting framework for land use and resource management decisions.”

    The BLM will work collaboratively with the public, cooperating agencies, and partners to begin identifying the vision for the planning area and key management priorities to be addressed in the upcoming draft  monument management plan.

    The sessions will be open house format with the same kind of information provided at each location.

    For further information contact: Stephen Razo, External Affairs, California Desert District: srazo@blm.gov 

  • July 11, 2016 10:33 AM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)


    IMPORTANT ALERT: A new website has been started to give YOU a voice in the changes pending at California State Parks that will affect our off-road programs, options and opportunities: www.savecaliforniaohv.com. It is critical that the off-road recreation community be heard in this process, and through this website every enthusiast can communicate your ideas to State Parks. Remember the state is here to represent all Californians, including off-road enthusiasts, but they MUST hear from you!

    Off-road enthusiasts are also encouraged to attend an open house to learn about State Parks' proposals. You will get to comment in person, and hear directly from the State Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation about her plans for changes to the Off Highway Motorized Vehicle Recreation Division.

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016
    6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Resources Building Auditorium
    1416 9th Street,
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    CORVA encourages everyone to make your voice heard either by attending the meeting or commenting through the website.

  • July 11, 2016 10:32 AM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    July 19, 2016:  The public is invited to an open house to learn about the effort to review the department’s organization structure.  Through the Organizational Structure Opportunities project, the Department seeks to identify opportunities to elevate and strengthen all of its programs, including the OHMVR program and the services it provides.  Please see the attached Notice and Agenda for details.

    OHV Open House Agenda

    OHV_Open_House_Opportunities

  • July 08, 2016 7:45 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)


    News Release

    California Desert District, California

    22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

    For Immediate Release: July 5, 2016  
    CDD-16-31

    Contact: Stephen Razo, (951) 697-5217, srazo@blm.gov

    BLM Desert Advisory Council Announces Special Recreation Permit Subgroup Members

    MORENO VALLEY, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District Advisory Council, has selected members to its Special Recreation Permit (SRP) Subgroup.

    Representatives on the subgroup are Jim Woods (California Off-Road Vehicle Association - Southern Region), Jerry Grabow (American Motorcyclist Association - District 37), Linda Koch (Equestrian Interests), Robert Koch (Off-Road and Equestrian Interests) and Randy Banis (Desert Advisory Council Representative).

    The SRP Subgroup is tasked with identifying operational issues in the application of required recreation permits, providing comments about current or proposed actions by BLM, and aiding in accurately communicating recreation permit procedures to interested parties. The subgroup reports its findings to the full Desert Advisory Council (DAC), which ultimately advises the Secretary of the Interior through the BLM’s California Desert District Manager.

    All members of the DAC SRP subgroup serve an unpaid two-year appointment. Subgroups meet at least four times per year. SRP subgroup members are selected and appointed by the DAC and a designated federal official.

    All meetings of the DAC and subgroups are open to the public. Future meetings of the SRP Subgroup will be announced to the public at least 15 days in advance.

    For further information contact: Stephen Razo, BLM Desert District External Affairs, at: srazo@blm.gov.

  • June 30, 2016 12:12 PM | CORVA Administrator (Administrator)

    Washington Post:  By Tony Perry June 27, 2016


    The Marines initially intended to airlift more than 1,100 desert tortoises away from a combat training site. After protests arose, that plan has been put on hold. (Lauren Kurkimili/U.S. Marine Corps)

    TWENTYNINE PALMS, CALIF. — Troops sent to the Marine Corps’s sprawling base in the Mojave Desert near here for advanced combat training are warned sternly about an unbreakable rule: no harming the desert tortoises or leaving behind food crumbs that are likely to attract ravens, the arch-predator of tortoises.

    To further protect the creatures with the high-domed shells on their backs, certain areas of the base are off-limits. And to prop up the tortoise population on base, the Marines have teamed with UCLA for the past decade to run an on-base hatchery.

    Yet a battle is brewing between the Marines and the tortoises — or, really, their environmental advocates — that shows how even a fast-moving fighting force must sometimes give way to some of the slowest creatures on Earth.

    The issue is a live-fire exercise set for August to train troops in assaulting an enemy from numerous locations. Similar exercises have been done in the past, but this year’s event was to have included recently annexed property that is home to numerous desert tortoises.


    Col. James F. Harp releases tortoise 2-4 from the Combat Center’s Desert Tortoise Headstart Program. The Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs released 35 tortoises from the program after they spent approximately 9 years at the Tortoise Research and Captive Rearing Site. (Lauren Kurkimili/U.S. Marine Corps)

    To protect the tortoises from becoming collateral damage as bombs, mortars and artillery are fired and Humvees rumble around, the Marines were planning to airlift more than 1,100 of them away from the area.

    But just weeks before the relocation was to begin, the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson protested that the effort would mean certain death for large numbers of the tortoises, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. The group warned that it would go to court to stop the operation.

    As a result, the airlift is on hold, the training exercise has been downsized and federal officials not aligned with the Marine Corps are reviewing the tortoise relocation to judge its impact on the creatures.

    “This proposed translocation is a disaster for the already at-risk desert tortoises in the west Mojave Desert,” said Ileene Anderson, a senior scientist with the diversity center.

    The desert tortoise is found in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts of California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. An adult tortoise can reach six inches in height, weigh up to 15 pounds, and live as long as 100 years. The tortoise population in the western Mojave, which includes the Marine base, has declined by 90 percent since the early 1980s, according to the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife.

    Among the causes cited by the group and others for the decline are drought, respiratory disease, a population explosion among ravens, suburban development and increased use of the desert by off-roaders and other recreationalists.


    The tortoises were required to grow at least 4 inches in length before being released, in order to ensure they could fend off predators. (Lauren Kurkimili/U.S. Marine Corps)

    In response to the environmentalists’ concerns, the Marines say they have carefully monitored the health of tortoises set to be relocated and will continue to do so through small transmitters on the animals’ backs. The Corps has allocated $50 million for the airlift, environmental assessments, fencing, research and health monitoring of the tortoises through the year 2045.

    “We’re not just going to throw them over a fence,” said Walter Christensen, natural and cultural resources branch manager at the base. Six spots adjacent to the base have been assigned for the relocation, he said. All have sufficient water and food and are far enough away from the tortoises’ current homes that they will not try to walk back, he said.

    At 1,190 square miles, the Marine base is nearly the size of Rhode Island. Most Marines sent to Iraq and Afghanistan come here for training, under a program known as Mojave Viper.

    Faced with the possible lawsuit over the tortoise airlift, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it was reviewing its tentative approval of the relocation plan. Since the desert tortoise is listed as a threatened species — a notch below endangered — the service’s approval is needed for any such move.

    The Marines have reconfigured and downscaled the August training away from tortoise-heavy areas, with fewer tanks and armored vehicles. In addition, no live-firing will be done in Johnson Valley, an area of the base that is central to the dispute.

    Training is an everyday event at the base, located 140 miles east of Los Angeles. But the August exercise was meant to be special: It was to be the first time that the Marines used the Johnson Valley property, Marine brass hoped to find out whether the valley would be good not just for large-scale exercises such as this summer’s but also for even larger exercises in coming years.

    For a decade, the Marines fought environmental groups, local landowners and off-road enthusiasts over annexing Johnson Valley, which was controlled by the federal Bureau of Land Management.

    In 2013, after intervention by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a deal was cut by Congress: 107,000 acres of Johnson Valley will be designated exclusively for use by the Marine Corps, another 50,000 will be shared between the Marines and civilians. The August exercise is to include sections of both, as well other areas of the base.

    The Marines insist they need to use the property to devise a training exercise in which three large infantry groups can practice assaulting a common target, each using artillery, mortars and air power. Without the Johnson Valley area, the corps has no base large enough for such an exercise, officials said.

    At the crux of environmentalists’ concerns was a tortoise relocation done in 2008 at the Army’s Fort Irwin, which is east of Twentynine Palms. That program was suspended after only a year when it was learned that about 30 percent of the relocated tortoises had died.

    “It was a debacle,” Anderson said of the Fort Irwin program.

    To the Center for Biological Diversity, that experience shows that relocation is a dreadful strategy and that the Marines’ plan, which would involve many more tortoises,needs further scrutiny.

    The Marines assert that the Fort Irwin deaths are misleading. Brian Henen, a civilian ecologist at the Twentynine Palms base, said the mortality rate of the tortoises that were moved was the same as that of tortoises that were not relocated, suggesting the main cause was a drought that decreased water and forage. Federal officials, who did an investigation of the Fort Irwin deaths, also concluded that the deaths most likely were attributable to the drought. Environmental groups disputed the finding.

    Brian Croft, a wildlife biologist and division chief with the Fish and Wildlife Service, has sympathy for both sides in this dispute. His agency has dealt with numerous problems related to the moving of tortoises, including ones caused by solar projects and a community college expansion next to the Twentynine Palms base.

    “From everything we know from studying translocation, as long as it’s planned properly, it can be done without increasing the mortality rate of the animals,” Croft said.

    The Fish and Wildlife Service expects to decide in September whether the Marines can go ahead with the airlift, Croft said.

    Jennifer Loda, the Center for Biological Diversity’s attorney for amphibian and reptile issues, said she hopes the final decision will leave the desert tortoises undisturbed. The tortoise’s ancestors lived in the Mojave Desert thousands of years before the Army and Marine Corps arrived, she noted.

    “They have an inherent right to be here. They have the same right as we do.”

     

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/in-battle-of-desert-tortoise-vs-marines-the-tortoise-wins--for-now/2016/06/27/28e71c24-2435-11e6-aa84-42391ba52c91_story.html


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