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BLM Meetings for Imperial Sand Dunes

KTM_rad

Well-Known Member
Please attend either one of these, we need to show that we care about what happens to our recreational opportunities........

The following news just in from the El Centro office of the BLM:

The Imperial Sand Dunes (Glamis) Public Scoping Meetings (Resource Management Meetings) have been rescheduled as follows:

Sept. 25th
Phoenix College Auditorium
Phoenix, AZ

Sept. 27th
Town and Country Resort and Convention Center
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA

All meetings are 7-9p.m.

Randy
CORVA Field Rep - So. Cal.
(California Off Road Vehicle Association)
AMA Member
 

kurt

Well-Known Member
Randy - What will be discussed and gone over at these meetings? I hate to admit it but I haven't been to one, I've tried to be supportive thru filling out the on-line polls, staying informed, and contributing a few $$, but realize that I need to give up my most precious commodity - time - to help make an impact. Any info on what will be discussed would be great, I"ll be at the SD meeting, see ya there. Kurt
 

sirhk100

Well-Known Member
I second what Kurt said, I'm in the same situation. I need to devote some time to the cause but unfortunately for me it's linited. I think I could actually make the San Diego date though. What's the agenda for these meetings. I'll look around glamisonline and glamisdunes for info.
Khris
 

KTM_rad

Well-Known Member
THESE ARE MUST ATTEND MEETINGS that could have dire consequences if we fail to show our numbers. If we do not show up in large numbers, we show our apathy and our willingness to take whatever is thrown upon us. That is what happened for the last 30 years and look where it got us. We are finally ahead of the curve when it comes to knowing who, what, where, and when.

We urge you to attend at least one of these meetings - you are not required to speak - just your presence adding to the body count will speak volumes. WEAR YOUR ASA TEE SHIRT SO THAT WE ARE COUNTED.

There is a management plan called a Resource Management Plan (RMP) that is used to manage the Dunes. The last one was done in 1987; back then it was called a RAMP. It is now being replaced. The BLM is writing the new one right now and we have an opportunity to shape it. IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL THAT WE BE INVOLVED.

The way we get involved is by going to at least one of the following meetings - more details below.

The meetings are from 7-9 p.m.


Sept. 25th
Phoenix College Auditorium
Phoenix, AZ

Sept. 27th
Town and Country Resort and Convention Center
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA


At these meetings, you will see that there are 15 items identified as dunes management issues. These items are what came out of the first Scoping or public input meetings held about a year and half ago for the management plan then called the RAMP. They are not taking any comments on these 15 management issues but asking that we review them and give our input on any issues that have not yet been identified. WE ARE BEING ASKED ONLY TO HELP THEM IDENTIFY ISSUES AT THE DUNES AT THIS TIME.

Let's not waste any of our energy on saying anything about what we don't like about this process or what we don't like about the management issues already identified. No venting please. There will be opportunity for that later and we will let you know when and how. Our energy needs to go into sending in written comments and attending these meetings. Remember that the group that cries out the loudest usually gets what it wants. Again - checkered flags and ASA shirts. A rough head count is done at each meeting to determine how many from what organizations attend.

The 15 management issues already identified are:

1. How will the BLM conserve the unique natural resources of the Imperial
Sand Dunes as well as protect Federal and State listed species under the
Endangered Species Act in an area managed for OHV use?

2. How can air quality standards in the Imperial Sand Dunes be met?

3. At what levels are noxious weeds occurring within the Imperial Sand
Dunes planning area and what measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate
infestations.

4. What level or levels of recreation setting can or will be provided at
the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area?
The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area can provide a wide variety of outdoor settings. Currently the majority of the area is in undeveloped setting where Recreationists can engage in activities not dependent on facilities and experience a moderate level of self-reliance and risk. Natural resources in these areas have not been modified to accommodate human use. There are currently no Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) guidelines that direct the development of any of the areas associated with the ISDRA. Public opinion varies as to what range of settings should be accommodated at the ISDRA.

5. How will OHV recreation be managed in relation to resources and other
Recreationists, including safety?

6. How will education, law enforcement, and other techniques be used to
ensure compliance at the ISDRA? Especially with respect to illegal use of
alcohol, drugs and firearms.

7. How much facility development and access is appropriate for the
Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area?

8. How often, where and what should vendors/concessionaires be allowed to
vend on public land in the ISDRA to best serve the needs of the public?

9. How much impact are the tour buses having on the facilities at the
ISDRA and should there be compensation for that use?

10. What level of education and resource interpretation should be provided
at the ISDRA?

11. What is considered the Carrying Capacity at the ISDRA, is it
being exceeded and if so, what actions should be taken?

12. How much motorized trespass is occurring in the North Algodones Dunes
Wilderness, what impacts are occurring and how can it be eliminated?

13. What management prescriptions should be utilized for legal motorized
access afforded the Border Patrol, California Department of Fish and Game
and law enforcement agencies to the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness?

14. What is the future for the Fee Demo program?

15. How will priorities be set with anticipated budget reductions from
"green sticker" and allocated dollars?

More issues need to be considered in this plan. A few of them are:

--· What is the value of the Dunes are as a recreational area and what value it is to us?
--· What are the current cultural values with respect to our way of life and our families?
--· What is the economic impact on the state and local economies?
--· How does children going to the dunes with their parents help shape future adults and thus society itself?
--· When land is closed at the dunes, are more acres being provided elsewhere that are dunes?
--· How dunes provide a break from everyday pressure and stress.
--· Provide opportunity to bond with family and friends
--· Good science and the latest techniques should be used in monitoring plants and animals.
--· Is the air quality at the dunes in fact in danger - what monitoring can be done?
--· Will we continue to have a TRT?
--· Has any consideration been given to the fact that the dunes are used almost exclusively during the winter months and even then predominately only on weekends?

We have seen many comments on bulletin board on the web site, but they need to be written down and sent to the BLM. We're sure there are many good suggestions out there. They have to be reasonable. Think of the big picture, health and safety, funding, social benefits, economic benefits, cultural benefits, environment, family values, etc, etc..

Some months after the main issues are identified, we will then have a chance again to give input on how important each is and the ways best to handle each issue. We will have the chance to bring to light the best solutions IF ANY that are required to maintain our access to the dunes. These plans involve consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. At that time, the PMV and how much protection is needed for it will be reviewed.

Remember the Environmentalists will be out in full force - so must we for there is every possibility that we could permanently lose the dunes that were closed last November.


Randy
CORVA Field Rep - So. Cal.
(California Off Road Vehicle Association)
AMA Member
 

Paige

Well-Known Member
I can't go - but folks - you MUST stand and be counted. The meetings are not that long fortunately and if you haven't been following - find Randy, sit near by and get updates here and there on what is going on. At the recent DAC meeting folks showed up to show the BLM the masses that support what ASA, CORVA, everyone is trying to do - you start to catch on as they go through..

Randy - for the desert racers here - I suggest a meeting place outside where they can catch up with you and meet and greet. I am sure that ASA will be there selling shirts. If you have a clean up shirt wear that, a SCORE shirt wear that, a MDR shirt wear that, anything - just show that you are an off-roader.



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KTM_rad

Well-Known Member
For anyone interested in going, I will plan on being near building entrance about a half hour early, and will be wearing an orange CORVA shirt. Hope to see you there !! BTW, the ASA folks know a lot more about what's going on, I am still in the learning process with some of these issues myself.

Thanks for your support,

Randy
CORVA Field Rep - So. Cal.
(California Off Road Vehicle Association)
AMA Member
 

sirhk100

Well-Known Member
I'm planning on attending this meeting. I get off work up in Irvine at 5:00 though so chance are I'll be walking in right at 7:00 unless I can get off early. I'll be sporting my ASA t-Shirt. I'll keep an eye out for you since I'm honestly clueless to current events but will be changing that soon as I get more involved.
 

rdc

- users no longer part of the rdc family -
I forwarded all the info on the SD meeting to my friends and family. Looks like they'll be going, unfortunately i will be unable to attend.

"Brakes just slow you down"
 

sirhk100

Well-Known Member
Damn no_money, we could have met and discussed our plans in person for the vehicles since they sound pretty similar. Oh well, I'm sure there'll be another opportunity.
Khris
 

sirhk100

Well-Known Member
I should be able to get there ahead of time. I'll be coming down from Irvine and hope to get outta here around 4:30 so that should hopefully give me enough time. I look foward to meeting you all and learning more about what I can do to be more proactive in saving our sport!!

Khris
 

kurt

Well-Known Member
Just a reminder to everyone - the meeting is tomorrow night, Thusday at 7pm, if at all possibe attend - the more people we have the better!
 
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