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lOB Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter : National f o Did you know the Forest Service is legally required to coordinate with county [ officials prior to making decisions that affect the i national forests and the i public? Coordination goes i back to the 1982 Forest Planning Rule, the 2005 i Travel Management Rule, i and is found throughout the Forest Service directives for i managing motor vehicle travel on the national forests. i It is not just a "nice thing to i do." It's a mandate to , consider other governmental i policies and reconcile any , differences to the extent : possible. When the Forest Service is considering a major federal action that affects national forest management, it is supposed to meet with the counties early in the planning process to jointly develop proposals rest and county coordination works, if you do it WHERE I STAND SYLVIA MILLIGAN CHAIR REC REA T ION OUTDOORS COALITION AND CORKY LAZZARINO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SIERRA ACCESS COALITION that best meet their mutual objectives. So how's this working, you're probably asking? It's not. In 2005, the Lassen and Plumas national forests started their travel minagement planning process, which designated where you can drive or ride your motor vehicle. In 2009, the Forest Service regional forester for all the California national forests determined all higher standard unpaved roads, called passenger car roads, were "highways" under the California Vehicle Code. When he did this, nonhighway legal vehicles were prohibited on 1,258 miles in the Lassen and Plumas national forests that off-highway vehicle enthusiasts have ridden for decades. They were stunned the regional forester said these mostly single-lane, unpaved roads are "highways." Highways are generally two lanes and paved. Current Forest Service road management policy is contrary to how the counties in northeastern California manage hundreds of miles of interconnecting, unpaved county roads through the Lassen and Plumas national forests. The counties, local California Highway Patrol, and California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division all state unpaved forest roads are not "highways." The Forest Service did not coordinate with any of the counties to reconcile these differences. This has left the public totally confused on where they can or can't ride their OHVs. For the last seven years, motorized recreation users and five counties (Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama) have asked the Lassen National Forest to amend its travel management plan and authorize OHVs on 663 miles of unpaved, passenger car roads. The forest supervisor can do this. These roads would then be designated as "mixed-use" roads. Mixed use is a term used by the Forest Service when highway legal and nonhighway legal vehicles are allowed to share the same road. To date, no coordination has occurred on the counties' proposal. The counties have reminded the Forest Service of its obligation to meet well in advance of releasing their "proposed action" to designate more mixed-use roads. What is equally frustrating is how long the Lassen National Forest is taking to respond to the counties' request. It should not take seven years! Lassen National Forest staff met with the Lassen and Plumas county coordination councils in Jandary and implied more delays were likely. Now the Lassen National Forest has embarked on a travel management plan to designate routes and areas for oversnow vehicle (snowmobile) travel. The counties asked the Forest Service to coordinate during the development of its proposed action. Again, coordination did not occur and the Lassen issued its proposed action Jan. 14 without county input. Why won't the Lassen National Forest coordinate with county governments when it's rec]uired to by its own rules and directives, when it leads to better decisions, when it engenders trust and credibility for the Forest Service, and when it results in closer working relationships with governmental entities to accomplish future work? It seems so obvious to us how critical coordination is for the management of our national forests. It's time for the Forest Service to walk its own talk. Work with the counties in a meaningful way. or all construction needs Scholarships support agriculture The Plumas-Sierra CattleWomen and Plumas- Sierra CattleMen groups are again offering scholarships to 2015 graduating seniors and to last year's recipients who are continuing their studies and meet the qualifications. The qualifications are as follows: --Must have been a resident of Plumas or Sierra county for one year and a graduate of a Plumas or Sierra county high school. --If applicant's family's major source of income is not from a ranch, farm or agriculture-related source, applicant must be studying in an agriculture-related field. --If applicant's family's major source of income is from an agriculture-related source, the applicant maY enter any field of study in a college or trade school. Application packets are available at all high schools, charter schools and Christian schools. Applications must be submitted to the committee by April 15. 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