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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 9A - Coordinating council debates use of off-road vehicles Shelley Wilkerson Staff Writer shelley.wilkerson8@grnail.corn several concerned citizens objected to a report developed by the Plumas National Forest regarding OHV (off-highway vehicle) and OSV (over-snow vehicle) usage at Lake Davis. The report was discussed at the Oct. 2 Plumas County Coordinating Council meeting. The feasibility report submitted by Beckwourth District Ranger Deb Bumpus showed the area around Lake Davis as closed to OHV and OSV use. Council member and County Supervisor Terry Swofford objected strongly and said the area has been open to snowmobile use for years. He said he would "fight this.., we will go to war." Bumpus explained the report was not a "decision-making document" and said it was submitted to the council for review prior to submission to the state. The state requires the document as part of a grant proposal submission. Swofford said the concern about OHV use at Lake Davis has been mentioned at every public meeting prior to the report being generated. Bumpus said at issue are the bald eagles that nest next to the lake, and explained that lack of snow has made necessary research impossible Community members listen intently to Plumas National Forest Supervisor Earl Ford at the Plumas County Coordinating Council meeting Oct. 2. Photo by Shelley Wilkerson to do. She reiterated the report was not a "solution document" and said the "eagles may be just fine, but we can't tell that yet." Jeanne Graham, owner of J&J Grizzly Store at Lake Davis, said there are already recreation guidelines for staying away from bald eagles and that none of the research shows that the eagles are upset by OSV use. Graham also noted that the economic impacts of how the Forest Service decision would affect "not just the Lake Davis businesses but the community and the county" have not been studied. Kyle Felker, steering committee member of Sierra Access Coalition, said there is also research that shows bald eagles are actually more disturbed by bicycle use tflan OSV use. He noted the actual Plumas National Forest maps that are sold locally 'show an OSV trail all the way around Lake Davis. Graeagle resident Stan Thompson said not allowing OHV and OSV vehicles is discriminatory against the disabled and said the Forest Service should "plan on going to court" if it implements the plan as shown. Council chairman and Plumas County Public Works Director Bob Perreault said he was upset by the "lack of coordination from the Forest Service in creating the document with the council." Council member John Sheehan noted the title "feasibility report" "implies that decisions have already been made." The Forest Service must submit a final report to the state by December, Bumpus said. She said she "appreciates all the comments, and will incorporate this information" into the final report. Subpart A Earl Ford, Plumas National Forest supervisor, explained for Subpart A the Forest Service is required to identify Forest Service roads that are "considered in excess of what is needed." Ford said the roads identified would then be closed, obliterated, converted to Wafts or kept open if there were SlW$1B|IIPLUMBING HEATING o COOLING - ELECTRIC Insure Your Family's Safety and Comfort! "overwhelming lublic needs that we did not identify." Ford said, "We have over 14,000 miles of roads that we don't have the money to maintain." He said the report would be published after the process was completed to allow time for public comment. Subpart C Ford handed out a news release from the USFS Pacific Southwest Region that explained the Forest Service is beginning a process of preparing environmental impact statements regarding OSV use. Council member and County Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said she held a townhall meeting in her district that focused on Subpart C. Thrall's district includes both Lassen and Plumas national forests. The news release says the Forest Service will hold public meetings to "identify issues and concerns." The Lassen National Forest meeting will be Nov. 5 in Susanville at the Lassen National Forest Supervisor's Office at 6:30 p.m. The Plumas National Forest meeting will be Nov. 6 in Quincy at the Mineral Building in the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m. Fire settlement funds Council members discussed settlement funds that the Forest Service has received. Last month they voted for a letter to be submitted to the Board of Supervisors. The letter was not submitted due to objections by Thrall. Thrall explained she thought the timing was off, as she and Ford have been See OHV, page 11A Time to Winterize the Boat! Make sure you have the boat winterized BEFORE it freezes! gall & Make Your Appointment Today! 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