Desert Safari 2014
(photo credit: John Stewart)
The Recreation HQ is issuing a special ACTION ALERT urging OHV recreationists and related businesses to send in a comment letter on the Draft Preferred Alternative/Proposed Action (PA) for Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct an environmental review for the Ocotillo Wells Recreation Area in Imperial County.
SVRA Plan Link
BLM NOI Link
This hybrid planning effort by State Parks and the BLM will guide management and OHV use at the SVRA for the next 10-20 years.
The HQ believes it is important for the OHV community to weigh on this planning effort in a large numbers to show support for continued OHV recreation at the park.
Please take a few minutes to utilize the some or all of the comments below in a personal letter to the agencies. It will make a difference!!!
COMMENTS DUE ON OR BEFORE APRIL 6, 2015
SAMPLE COMMENT LETTER
General Plan Project Manager
5172 Highway 78, #10
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
BLM, El Centro Field Office,
661 S. 4th Street
El Centro, CA 92243
Dear Planning Team:
Please accept my comments on the Draft Preferred Alternative/Proposed Action (PA) for Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct an environmental review for the Ocotillo Wells Recreation Area in Imperial County.
[INSERT BUSINESS NAME, PERSONAL STORY, HOW FAMILY USES OCOTILLO WELLS SVRA, ETC]
I am concerned with the plan’s “trails-only” focus in an area that has historically offered an important mix of trails and open riding opportunities. I urge State Parks and the BLM to include “Open” designations where appropriate in the final plan.
I believe the agencies should develop a streamlined event permitting process to expedite the approval of competitive and other permitted events that are well-known, historic, and reoccurring. This can be accomplished through known “pre-approved” routes or areas from which an event organizer can choose.
I support the SVRA’s already outstanding efforts to educate the public regarding the many important values and resources that exist in the project area. I also support efforts by State Parks and the BLM to acquire non-public lands to further enhance and consolidate recreational opportunities in the project area.
I am concerned about the focus on “primitive” camping. Historically, the term primitive camping is limited to tent camping. I believe the term as currently interpreted could result in a functional ban of trailer/RV camping throughout most of the project area. I urge the planning team to review historic trailer/RV/tent camping patterns and adjust the final plan to accommodate, to the maximum extent possible, trailer and RV developed and dispersed camping.
I am concerned the proposed plan indicates areas will be identified where OHV events MAY be allowed in future planning efforts. I believe that permitted events should be granted the same status and areas that are authorized in the plan for “California State Parks Sponsored Special Events Only”.
Thanks in advance for reviewing my comments and I look forward to working with the SVRA and BLM on this project.
Thanks for taking time to send in a letter. Please forward to your riding network.
Original author: Don Amador