CCC & Oceano Dunes

BradM

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3/25/02

FRIENDS OF OCEANO DUNES - UPDATE
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1) WE NEED TO SEND LETTERS ASAP!!! - ACTION REQUIRED
2) MEETING IN BAKERSFIELD April 6TH - PLEASE ATTEND!
3) TRT UPDATE - ACTION REQUIRED
4) LAWSUIT UPDATE!
5) CCC MEETING UPDATE! - PLEASE ATTEND!
6) CLOSING COMMENTS!
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1) WE NEED TO SEND LETTERS ASAP!!! - ACTION REQUIRED

The Governor, his staff and the Department of Parks and Recreation are working EXTREMELY hard to keep the Oceano Dunes open. There are some serious battles ahead. The California Coastal Commission is threatening to ignore the TRT process and expand the Snowy Plover exclosures to pole 6.

If the exclosure moves to pole 6, further restrictions and reductions are anticipated. We are slowly losing our beach one fence at a time.

We have made our position clear…NO MORE COMPROMISE!

Please take a moment and send the Governor (Gray Davis), Mary Nichols and Dave Widell an email, letter or fax to remind them to STAND TOUGH;
· Tell them why Oceano is special to you
· Encourage them to STAND TOUGH against the unbalanced environmentalists
· Let them know that YOU support them in their efforts
· Remind them that YOU do not want compromises
· No more fences
· No more decisions from the CCC based on emotion

Governor Gray Davis: graydavis@governor.cagov
Mary Nichols: mary@resources.ca.gov
Dave Widell: DWIDE@parks.ca.gov

THIS IS SERIOUS, DO IT NOW & ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO IT!!!

2) MEETING IN BAKERSFIELD April 6TH - PLEASE ATTEND!

Hanford was a huge success, now we are going bigger in Bakersfield Saturday April 6th. This will be an absolutely incredible event. We will have an opportunity drawing for a NEW HONDA 300EX and other great prizes. We anticipate over 5000 people….come join us, get informed, eat great food and win great prizes.

We are welcoming other OHV groups to come and provide information about their organization and to also assist in the question and answer session.

<CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS> http://www.oceanodunes.org/donate.asp

NO SALARIES ARE PAID, WE ARE A 100% VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION

Sincerely,

Friends of Oceano Dunes!
P. O. Box 398
Oceano, CA 93445
805-788-4926
<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.oceanodunes.org>www.oceanodunes.org</A>






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Paige

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Thanks Brad - here is an e-mail from FOod about the banding of the little chicks - I tried to attach a pic - but it didn't work =-(

Oceano Dunes is facing closure due to the protection of the Western Snowy
Plover. Last year, 68 chicks were born, within a few days of birth they are
banded. The banding process is unusual, and many think it is harsh
(including me). A young chick is fitted with 4 bands, 2 per leg and the
seams sealed with a soldering iron. This practice is considered the best
method and it occurs at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (as
well as other locations) as ordered by USF&W and the CCC.

The Western Snowy Plover has unique markings to blend in with the
surrounding sand. This camouflage is critical to its success. Look at the
attached picture, and see if you think the bands help or hurt the camouflage
process. Band colors are made up of all colors, and various combinations are
used to distinguish location.

Last year, 66 of the 68 chicks were banded...and only 2 fledged (survived).
We have pictures that document this banding process (with soldering
iron)...but I thought I would share a similar process described BELOW.
Please Note, no pin striping tape is used at Oceano.

This is our tax dollars at work!

BTW - 2001 there were no plover deaths attributed to people, equestrians or
vehicles!

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