Re: Record of topic responses by CET&LC To Date.
The following list of issues were referred to the California Equestrian Trails & Lands Coalition (CET&LC) for response and comment by local member groups of our 10 coalition member organizations. (Each of these had a letter written to the respective agency, legislators or city and is in rough sequence order. CET&LC formed in May 2002.
1. Spenceville Fish & Game equestrian group size restrictions
2. Boxer Additional Wilderness designations, Opposition
3. ABDSP plan CET&LC resolution comments
4. Milpitas regional park dog run area interference with near by equestrian trail
5. Day of the Horse supportive letter
6. CET&LC request to CA State Legislators vote NO on AB1668 that would repeal the Collier Keene State Hostel Facilities Act.
7. CET&LC comments to Sierra NF Trail Maintenance Procedures
8. CET&LC Opposition to Coastal Commission SB 1916 expansion of commission powers
9. Comments about Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment (SNFPA) FS Region 5 grazing workshop by CET&LC
10. Comments about SNFPA FS Region 5 undefined recreation workshop by CET&LC
11. Huntington Beach animal limitations on city streets (parades, etc)
12. Miramar Naval Air Station stable closure requesting alternative plan
13. Comments on the Donner Memorial State Park General Plan.
14. Comments on State Trails Conference limitations
15. State Parks response to CET&LC Letter on State Parks equestrian posture.
16. Comments to recipient on horses on trails and the resultant effects (editorial).
17. Support letter for "Coastal Trail", equestrian needs.
18. Support for private horse-keeping efforts with more regional definitions.
19. San Bernardino NF fisherman camp equestrian closure
20. CET&LC multiple use trail position
21. BLM headwaters land acquisition and equestrian restrictions.
22. San Bernardino NF Rim of the world trail grant limitations.
23. Oroville State Park Rec. Area Multi-Use trails conflict with Mtn. Bikes and Equestrians
24. Montana De Oro State Park Potential Beach Closure for horses because of listed Snowy Plover (nesting period.
25. Sequoia NF Monument general plan comments
26. ABDSP Wild Horse removal without proper procedure.
27. Southern National Forests (4) general management plan
28. Red Rock Canyon State Park general plan
29. ABDSP Coyote Canyon Wild Horse litigation
30. Additional letter on Montana De Oro State Park beach closure related to Snowy Plover.
31. Make petition to de-list Snowy Plover from endangered or threatened listing because of new information and science.
32. Newport Beach horse waste management process-Concern that bags would be necessary
33. San Diego Parks and Trails renovation after major fires
34. Safety presentation to DWR/State Parks related to Oroville conversion of trails to Multi-Use.
35. Support of Right to Ride legislation with California congressional Representatives.
36. Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment (2004 VERSION) – concern for effects to Trails and use (CET&LC Position)
37. Tijuana River Corridor and potential limits to equestrian use. CET&LC comments
38 CET&LC comments on Pt. Reyes Nat. Sea Shore.
39. Coalition Response to SB1852 legislation
40. Discussion on La Habra Heights Trails and Mtn. Bikers hazards.
41. Started developing CET&LC position on multi-use trail criteria.
42. CET&LC thoughts on John Muir, Ansel Adams and Dinkey Lakes Wilderness management plan.
43. Wild Horse removal from Anza Borrego Desert State Park-CET&LC position
44. CET&LC Recreational Fee program discussion and position.
45. Sequoia/Kings River Nat. Parks General Management Plan comments.
47. Santa Monica Mtns. Ordinance related to equestrian properties.
48. CET&LC comment to Sierra Nat. Forest on 10 ft. trail width proposed rule.
49. Anza Borrego Desert SP Resolution for management.
50. CET&LC Intervener status on 2004 Version of SNFPA supporting US Forest Service.
51 Completed final Safety Consideration Consensus for presentation to State Parks Director.
52. Comments to East Bay Regional Parks District conversion of existing trails to multi-use.
53. Cuyamaca SP Horse camp closure. CET&LC Comments
54. Discussion on Forest Service Purity Doctrine and trails.
55. John Muir and Ansel Adams Final DEIS Comments
56. Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.- Caballos Camp and others
57. Mike Wells, Superintendent letter on Cuyamaca RSP with CET&LC response.
August 11th 2008
As you know, for over two years Mother Lode Unit has been involved with the Eldorado National Forest's OHV Route Designation Project/Travel Management Plan. We attended public meetings, we participated in the Forest Service's telephone conference calls for forest stakeholders, we met with the Forest Service, we studied Route Alternatives and Environmental Impact Reports, we again met with the Forest Service in the field at Fitz Rantz Bridge on the Silverfork and at Schneider's Cow Camp, we researched the role of horses and pack stock in the area that became ENF, we provided written comment, we studied the Forest Service's Record of Decision and Final Environmental Impact Statement, we appealed their decision, we attended an Informal Disposition meeting for all appellants the Forest Service held, we attended a private meeting with the Forest Service and 5 Mother Lode members and finally, we were informed our appeal, along with those of all the other 27 appellants, was dismissed and there was no further administrative appeal.
This is the background information leading to Dan Clifford, our BCHC Vice-President, Public Lands, requesting our members to email and write their national legislators, asking their help in delaying the implementation of the Eldorado National Forest Public Wheeled Motor Vehicle Travel Management Plan until the Forest Service explores all reasonable alternatives to the motorized camping restrictions implied in their Record of Decision and Final Environmental Impact Statement. We wish to thank Dan Clifford for his outstanding Memorandum that lays out the issue in a concise, easy to understand style, clearly presenting the "points" of our issue and stressing the importance of each member's needed contribution. Dan, you have provided Mother Lode Unit with superb leadership at this critical time. We appreciate your efforts working at different levels and we thank you.
We also wish to thank all the following Mother Lode members. I know many of you have taken the time and effort to write and send your letters, with copies to Dan Clifford. Others are still in the process due to summer plans and being out of town. However, once contacted, the overwhelming response has been affirmative, with members promising to commit to our request to get those letters out. I really want to thank you for that committment.
Gerry Bourn Bob Calder Peggy Christensen
Lee Cole John Deangelis Dorothy Foster
Gary Fraley Kathleen Gaudreau Patricia Gibbs
Urban Gomes Carolyn Gilmore Rick Gourley
Jerry Griffin Randy Hackbarth Julie Hahn
Cheryl Hart Lavonne Hughes Carrie Johnen
Mary Johnson Al and Cheryl Kaiser Mike Keim
Corky Layne Jerry Ledbetter Carol Lundberg
James and Karen Mansel Dan Marus Marvin McCauley
Diane Medlock Donald Hess Charlene Paoluccio
Jack Peebles Bob Pfaff Terri Riley
Rick Schwyn Dolores Scott Shirley Sherwood
Pat Shockey Valerie Siebenhaar Sandy Stovall
Judy Suter Cordell Van Rees Chris Walker
Billy White Stephanie Williams Becky Wolk
Neva Yarborough Claudia Ball
Eleven of the above members will receive thank you letters as they do not have email.
Additionally, there are still those members we are trying to reach. We believe we will have a good outcome once we are able to contact them.
We want to especially thank Mother Lode member Jerry Griffin. Jerry is also the President of Cosumnes River Horsemen in Placerville. Jerry had a wonderful idea and acted upon it with his offer to hold a letter writing workshop during their August 7th meeting. We hope to get a number of letters from this. It's like the icing on the cake!
There are not enough thank you's to be said to John Lewis, our Public Lands Chairperson. John led this effort from the start and his dedication to public access and knowledge of the Eldorado is incredible. It has been a priviledge to work with John.
We personnally wish to thank all of the following: Patricia Gibbs for all of her help; she has been invaluable, providing analysis, insight and editorial direction; Mother Lode members John Lewis, Jerry Ledbetter, Randy Hackbarth, Becky Wolk and Patricia Gibbs for attending lengthy FS meetings, engaging with them on the issues and presenting our perspectives. A very big thank you goes to Mother Lode's Corky Layne. Singlehandedly, Corky produced the mailing that went to every Mother Lode member, giving them Dan Clifford's Memorandum. Likewise, Mother Lode members Carolyn Gilmore, Becky Wolk and Pat Shockey are to be commended for helping to contact members about their letters and we thank them. Janet Peterson, President of Action Coalition of Equestrians (ACE) and it members are to be thanked for giving us wonderful support and encouragement during this project as well as has John Keyes, President of California Equestrian Trails and Lands Coalition (CET & LC) of which BCHC is a member. Knowing ACE and CET & LC were in our corner meant a lot.
All of this effort and dedication, and what we have learned during this process will only make us stronger and more effective as we face these issues with Tahoe National Forest which is also in Mother Lode's area. In fact, someone told me we have a meeting on Tahoe NF coming up on Tuesday, July 29th in Auburn; hope to see you there. I know that after reading this email some of you may be feeling like you missed out on the fun and excitment we had dealing with the Forest Service on the Eldorado and you are probably thinking a select few hogged it. Well, give Bill or I a call at 530-626-8589 and we will let you in on the fun still to be with the Eldorado. Seriously, there will also be work to be done in our involvement with Tahoe and other upcoming issues. We will do it because it needs to be done; the right of Americans to access their public lands is that important. And, we can count on you. Thanks.
Bill and Claudia Ball, members, Public Lands Committee
Mother Lode Unit, BCHC