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John Stewart

Secret Trails

Will promoting local trails ultimately kill them?  Will the wrong people show up and trash our trails?  Can too much awareness of our sport (the hobby that we are all so passionate about) undermine its existence?  Should trail riding areas and our favorite backcountry roads remain "our little secret"?"

And, just what is this "little secret"??

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John Stewart

Change vs Status Quo

Election Year 2008 ushered in an era of “change”.  Or, did it?  There is an adage that alludes to “...the more we change, the more we stay the same...”

It appears true as partisan bickering still rules the halls of Congress.  Four years ago it was the Democrat Party digging in with adamant opposition to everything.  Today it is the Republican Party digging in with adamant opposition to everything.

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John Stewart

Conservation Triangle – Extraction, Preservation and Recreation

Much is said today about the changing lifestyle that allows more freedom for leisure time activities, more time for recreation.  During leisure time, people have the freedom to engage in a variety of activities and outdoor recreation is popular.  Some recreationists are informed and experienced; others are uninformed and inexperienced.

The term "uninformed recreationist" refers to the one that is gung-ho go anywhere at anytime without a care in the world for what is happening.  Someone that has the attitude that they "own" the land and their “rights” come first, above all else.

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John Stewart

Collaboration and New Beginnings

Summer 2008 is coming to a close and the winter wheeling season is approaching.  For many areas the summer brought record fires and interruption to wheeling opportunities.  At one point, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California had four “fire complexes” burning at one time.  A “fire complex” is a group of fires within a 50,000 acre area.  The toll on wildlife and habitat on public lands and private property has been tremendous.

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Is change happening?

The Forest Service is undergoing change.  Rather than a rigid bureaucratic administrative process mired in history, there is a refreshing breath of new life showing within the agency.

Within USFS Region 5 (California), there are 14 Forest Plan revisions scheduled over the next 3 years. Nationwide, many Forests are undergoing similar planning efforts.  These planning efforts are directed at updating existing Forest Service Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMP).  Preliminary information (and actions) indicate these plan revisions will be conducted using collaborative action processes.

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