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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE DIFFERENT EVENTS, MEETINGS AND WORK PROJECTS THIS YEAR. THE AWARDS THAT THE CLUB RECEIVED FROM BOTH THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND THE FOREST SERVICE WERE VERY GRATIFYING. THE CLUB HAS HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF FUND RAISING AND WORKING TO MAKE THINGS BETTER IN OUR FIGHT FOR MULTIPLE USE OF OUR LAND. PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. WE CAN'T AFFORD TO LET DOWN OUR GUARD. WE HAVE WON SOME BATTLES THIS YEAR BUT THE WAR IS STILL GOING ON. ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CARBON-EMERY MOTORSPORTS OF HELPER FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN MAKING THE NEWSLETTER POSSIBLE AND WISH THEM A VERY GOOD NEW YEAR.
MARK H. WILLIAMS
January 9, 2001 SEUOHV Club Meeting Castle Dale Courthouse 7 p.m. Bring a friend.
To Be Announced 2nd Annual Swell Cure For Cabin Fever Poker Ride
REPORT ON RECENT EVENTS:
December 9, 2000 Club Ride and Annual Christmas Party
Some of the Club members met at the Mayors Park in Ferron at 9 a.m. to head out for a ride through Short Canyon. They enjoyed their ride and made it to the Christmas party by 3. Once again we had a great time getting together with all of those who could make it to the Christmas party. As last year, there were around 70 people who attended. We started off the afternoon with snacks and good conversation. When the grilled turkey tenders were ready to serve, everyone lined up to fill their plates with a wonderful assortment of foods at the buffet table. After the meal, prizes were distributed with a Chinese auction. The Club and several different vendors had provided prizes. A big thanks goes out to the vendors that donated prizes also.
Thanks to all of you that helped make this party such a big success again this year. Thanks to those that helped put away the chairs and tables and cleaned up in the kitchen and the rest of the Senior Center after dinner. It was greatly appreciated.
SEUOHV Club Members:
The area manager of the Price Bureau of Land Management area, Mr. Dick Manus will be attending the club meeting next Tuesday the 9th. He will be talking about the BLM's recent court victory concerning the SUWA temporary restraining order and the routes within the Sid's Mt WSA. He will also be answering questions concerning the San Rafael Off Highway Vehicle Travel Plan that is now underway. Please plan on attending this informative meeting and bring a friend. There is no better way to learn what is going on than to hear it from the area manager himself. Mr. Manus has always kept us informed and has been willing to work with us on a balanced multiple-use management plan for this area.
Alan J. Peterson
Public Relations Officer
FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
President-elect George W. Bush has nominated Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton to be the new Secretary of the Interior. Norton has previously held posts in former Republican administrations in both the Interior and Agriculture departments and is known as a champion of the oil and gas industry. Bush said Norton would help strike a balance between ecological concerns and development of the nation's natural resources.
There will be several changes made and me will have an administration that doesn't give environmental extremists control over public land. It is hoped that her opinions, "critical of land grabs," will translate into a "strong review of the national monuments.' Norton will be a strong supporter of mining interests. She will work to "open up Alaska and Arctic exploration" and is an advocate of multiple use of public land. She understands the problems that are to be had in the West. It is believed that Norton will join multiple-use advocates and possibly reverse what damage has been done by the current administration.
Salt Lake City - In a crushing blow to the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance a federal court has rejected SUWA's petition to close vast areas of southern Utah to vehicle access. Following six days of hearings, district judge Dale A. Kimball late last Friday, December 22, 2000, denied a preliminary motion by SUWA to ban vehicle use in nine popular recreation areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management, But the decision went a step further by also granting recreationist's motion to dismiss SUWA claims regarding the nine areas. The areas SUWA unsuccessfully sought to close to motorized vehicles include the San Rafael Swell, Behind the Rocks near Moab, Indian Creek in San Juan County, Wildhorse Mesa near Capital Reef National Monument and the Coral Pink Sand Dunes.
Brain Hawthorne, Executive Director of Utah Shared Access Alliance, reminds us that we must understand that this decision is limited to the 9 areas SUWA had petitioned for immediate closure, and can be immediately appealed to the U. S Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Nevertheless, he says, this is very good news.
RS2477 Revised Statute 2477 refers to roads in existence prior to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, also known as FLPMA.
DEIS Draft Environmental Impact Statement, used to assess any environmental impact that may be caused by a project, whether it be a new road, bridge or whatever. The draft report is often the initial version of the statement, perhaps after some public input is solicited and included.
FEIS Final Environmental Impact Statement, hopefully with more public input included.
PLUAC Public Land Use Advisory Commission is the common way a county commission gets information from state and federal programs regarding public lands and the management of them. PLUACS communicate with:
SLUPAC State Land Use Advisory Commission. Members of SLUPAC are normally well-connected to state officials and act as a clearinghouse between the state and federal officials on land use issues.
EPA Environmental Protection Agency is the Federal bureau charged with monitoring sensitive and some no-so-sensitive environmental issues.
CWA Clean Water Act and is the federal law regarding water purity and pollution standards. It is easier to violate this law than one would think.
ESA Endangered Species Act is the federal law that protects endangered species as well as so called 'threatened" species, such as the bull trout.
BDR The term for Bill Draft Request, which is what the legislature receives from various members and groups granted the right to propose a bill. The BDR's are then processed through committees and eventually some - certainly not all - make it to the floor of the legislature for action.
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency are the people who respond, from the federal level, to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods.
WSA Wilderness Study Area is the term often used for an area that is being scrutinized prior to its possible designation as a national wildlife refuge, national monument or other type of protected designation because of its unique flora and fauna or other environmental sensitivity.
OHV/ORV Means off-road or off-highway vehicle and is one of the main battleground terms between those who want to restrict these vehicles everything from "personal watercraft" to all-terrain vehicles to snowmobiles - and those who want the right to utilize public lands for recreation.
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act is the mandatory procedure to be followed by entities wishing to build structures or do work in environmentally sensitive areas.
IRA Inventoried Roadless Area is a term used by the U. S. Forest Service to describe areas in which "social and ecological values and characteristics… provide unique opportunities for dispersed recreation, sources of clean drinking water, and large undisturbed landscapes that offer privacy and seclusion."
Considering the number of land-rights stories that are seen on a daily basis, the foregoing acronyms should be very helpful to everyone.
TIPS FOR RESPONSIBLE OUTDOOR RECREATION:
*Slow down! Riding slowly over challenging terrain will minimize your impact on the ground. Using skill and common sense, not speed, will help you get there smoothly, safely, and in style.
*Blasting through streams is bad for fish and other aquatic life, not to mention your engine. Stirring up the sediment in the stream bottom can be damaging to fish and their ability to survive. Cross only at established fording points, and check water depth carefully.
*When riding switchbacks, avoid roosting around the apex of the turn when climbing, or brakesliding while heading down. Both techniques gouge out the trail, and can cause erosion to increase while requiring increased trail maintenance.
*Ride only on designated roads and trails open for your use. Don't cut switchbacks or take shortcuts.
*Try to stay in the middle of the trail to avoid widening it.
*Even. a quiet bike can sound noisy to other trail users - it depends on how it is ridden. Keep your speed and engine rpm low and steady when near houses and campgrounds, or anytime you are around non-riders.
*When you meet horses or pack animals it is a good idea to slow down and stop on the outside edge of the with your engine off. It helps to remove your helmet and speak in a low, calm voice so the animals know it is just a person under all that riding gear.
*When encountering others on the trail, yield to the passing group or those traveling uphill.
PLEASE TRY TO REMEMBER THAT CLUB MEETING IS THE 2ND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH (NORMALLY AT THE COURTHOUSE IN CASTLE DALE). BECAUSE OF OUR MANY MEMBERS IN CARBON COUNTY WE MAY BE HAVING SOME OF OUR MEETINGS IN PRICE BUT WILL LET YOU KNOW WELL IN ADVANCE.