Spitler and OffRoad To ruin

martininsocal

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Does anyone remember the Off Road To Ruin article written by Paul Spitler and the wilderness coalition? It was basically a bunch of lies and manipulated pictures to try to get offraoding banned in California. In the article, he made a statement that the Willows Fire that burned in San Bernardino County and the San Berbardino National Forest was caused by Offroad Motorcylists riding illegally.
Guess What? There is an arsonist from Fresno who appears to be the guy who started the Willows fire. He is on trial for several other fires right now and when a search was done of his residence, they found evidence linking him to other fires, including the Willows Fire. (seems he liked to take pictures of the fire starting before the fire departments arrived...smart guy) He is a true :love the Flames" arsonist and will probably get an insanity connection to his actions. lighting fires was his way of getting back at "people". How do we get back at Spitler for throwing crap like fire starts by us out there as the gospel only to see it is nothing more than truthless proganda?

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Ryno

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Martin-

I was on that fire for about a week. I would think he is freelance, but if he's not, write a rebuttal to his superior, or the magazine/ paper. People tend to listen to Firefighters about fires, and misinformation. To just drag him through the coals is making the off-road community look bad...we have to present a kick in the ass with class.

Ryno

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Mike_McCluskey

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Ryno has the right idea. Make a huge stink about how carelessly the Spit guy slandered the OHV community. Make him apologize for his erroneous and malicious attacks on our groups.
 

martininsocal

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guys- do you know who paul spitler is? he sits on the California OHV Green sticker Board! He is the guy who helped get our green sticker funds approved for uses other than OHV projects! He used his OFFROAD to Ruin Paper/study as ammunition for this purpose. He is a huge headpiece in the California wildlands/wilderness movement. We have been rebutting his stuff for a couple years, but when th etruth comes out, do you think it plays in the media? When he released Offroad to Ruin, it made the front page of several huge California Papers(LA Times, SF Chronocle, etc...) and was touted as the smoking gun from OHV users to prove our war against the environment. There were pictures of smashed turtles, denuded sand dunes, Burnt Forests, etc...all blamed on us. I just happen to have seen an update on the cause of the Willows fire and remebered he blamed it on us in his report. We should open this guy up for what he is to the politics in SAC!

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Paige

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Martin,

I know Off-Road to Ruin oh so well - I wrote a rebuttal to it which is posted on <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.clorv.org>www.clorv.org</A> and our lobbiest passed it around in Sac. According to my research the willow fire was started as a contolled burn that got out of control by either BLM or F&W. Of course that could be wrong - but you know how those people LOVE to BURY the truth. They did in fact blame it on a "bunch of motorcyclists." The report is a basless form of fiction.

Spilter got a lot of flack about that - and the way and method he used to release it. I do think that any information you have - if there is fact to it can be used to further de-rail the ramblings of this org.

Off-Road to Ruin in Part of the California Wilderness Org that is pushing the Boxer Bill- anyone see the connection?

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Paige

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Hey just go this - speak of theh Devil - Literally!!

California Wilderness Coalition Controversy Grows
May 31, 2002
by: John Stewart, OutdoorWire Recreation Access and Conservation
Editor (http://www.outdoorwire.com)

An independent group recreation advocates has been investigating the
California Wilderness Coalition (CWC) and their involvement with the
California Wild Heritage Act of 2002 proposed by Senator Boxer, D-CA.

Initially exposed was conflict of interest on the part of U.S.
Geological Survey (USGS) employees and CWC that involves the misuse
of the USGS logo and official titles of employees on a lobbying
letter to California Governor Gray Davis. In that letter, dated 30
April 2001, a group of individuals claiming to be "scientists" signed
a letter to Governor Davis advocating support for habitat areas and
linking corridors for wildlife in the state of California. This
letter was based on conclusions from a 79 page report entitled
'Missing Linkages' detailing the primary wildlife migration routes in
the state of California. As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle
on 7 August 2001, the report was the product of an ad hoc committee
supported by the California Wilderness Coalition, the U.S. Geological
Survey, the Nature Conservancy, the Center for the Reproduction of
Endangered Species, and the California Department of Parks and
Recreation that met in November of 2000. The report and letter were
prominently displayed on CWC web site for a number of months.

The letter to Governor Davis featured the logos of the USGS and the
California Department of Parks and Recreation along with the logos of
the CWC and the Nature Conservancy in an effort to lobby the
governor's support of their agenda of linkage of wildlife habitat
areas identified in the Missing Linkages report. In addition to
numerous signatures of individuals representing environmental
organizations, the letter contained the names and official titles of
federal employees from USGS, U.S .Forest Service (USFS), and Bureau
of Land Management (BLM), and signatures and official titles of
California State Parks and California Department of Parks and
Recreation employees.

In response to an inquiry to the USGS, Director Grout reported that
the CWC did not have authority to use the USGS logo and the USGS
employees were "junior level employees" that signed a blank piece of
paper. These signatures, along with their official titles and the
USGS logo, were improperly placed on the letter by the CWC without
the knowledge or approval of the employees or the USGS. When CWC
became aware of the inquiry into the improper use of the official
logo of the USGS, they modified the letter posted to their web site.
The modifications consisted of the removal of the USGS logo and the
signatures of the "junior level employees" of the USGS that had
signed the letter as "concerned scientists". On 27 February 2002, an
addendum posted to the CWC web site "regretted the error" in
improperly using the logo and names of the USGS employees.

Federal statues (5 CFR 2635-702(c)) are explicit. Federal employees
are allowed to participate in political activities as PRIVATE
citizens. They may not use their public office to influence
legislation or lobby political agendas. According to federal statue,
the federal employees would be in violation of federal law if they
signed the letter in their official capacity and authorized the use
of their names in their official capacity. The CWC used the
signatures of the USGS employees without their permission and
misrepresented the USGS sponsorship of the Missing Linkages report.
The USFS and BLM employees are in apparent violation of federal
statute as their signatures and official titles appear on the letter.

Research of the California statutes covering conflict of interest and
ethical conduct by state employees indicates that the logo for the
California Department of Parks and Recreation and the use of official
titles by state employees is a conflict of interest when used for
other than official state business. The California Department of
Parks and Recreation logo appears on this letter along with the
signatures and OFFICIAL TITLES of some state employees. The state
employees are in positions that could influence the decision
affecting state lands and access to the public and achieve a
"personal gain". Like the federal statutes, California statutes
prohibit state employees from using their official position for
personal gain. The letter to Governor Davis is a directed lobbying
effort and the state employees signing is in apparent violation of
state statutes of using their official office for personal gain; i.e.
they are using their official title to lobby the state for a personal
belief. The use of the official logo is also an apparent
misrepresentation of "official" state support for the letter subject.

California state records list the CWC as a 501(c)(3) organization.
With that organization charter, CWC is allowed to engage in certain
activities, including limited lobbying. They are not allowed to
engage in "substantial" lobbying or other effort to develop or
influence legislation without claiming such activities as a
"substantial" function when filing their income tax forms. IRS
regulations state "if a substantial part of the activities of the
organization consist of carrying on propaganda or otherwise
'attempting to influence legislation', the organization's exemption
from federal income tax will be denied". CWC tax records for the
year 2000 do not reflect their filing for that special status.
However, within that tax year, they sponsored the "conference" that
lead to the Missing Linkages report, a directed lobbying effort, and,
within that time frame, they were actively engaged in developing the
legislation presented by California Senator Boxer as the California
Wild Heritage Act of 2002. To further compound the issue, CWC is not
a registered lobbyist organization with the State of California or
federal government.

The evidence to date indicates that federal employees for the USFS
and BLM violated federal statutes covering ethics and conflict of
interest and employees of the State of California violated state
statutes covering ethics and conflict of interest.

CWC engaged in an effort to submit a directed lobbying letter to
California Governor Davis which includes improper use of official
logos of the USGS and California Department of Parks and Recreation
and signatures of federal and state employees in violation of federal
and state statutes. The signatures and official titles of the USGS
employees were placed on the letter without their approval.

CWC violated their tax exempt charter by engaging in substantial
directed lobbying efforts through organizing the conference,
submitting the letter to Governor Davis, and participating in the
development of legislation not permitted from a 501(c)(3)
organization.

We believe these facts contributed to Paul Spitler's resignation from
his position as Executive Director of the California Wilderness
Coalition.

In response to an inquiry to Vice President Cheney, this information
has been referred to the Justice Department for review.

Senator Boxer's office was provided with this information detailing
allegations of violation of state and federal statutes, fraud, and
tax violations along with a request for an investigation. A
certified letter receipt acknowledged her office received the
information. When asked for a comment, Tom Bohigian, Chief of Staff
for Senator Boxer, replied, "We're not interested."

Supporting validation of the truth behind these allegations, the
California Wilderness Coalition has started to remove information
from their web site. One page removed from their web site states:

"The California Wilderness Coalition (CWC) is implementing The
Wildlands Project vision in the Golden State.

The first stage of this effort are the mapping meetings we will
hold throughout the state. The purpose of these mapping meetings is
to gather conservation activists, scientists, and other folks who
care about wild California together to map areas critical for the
reservation and restoration of biological diversity and wilderness.
These maps are not meant to be scientifically valid, peer-reviewed
documents. Rather, the maps are meant to assist the conservation
community in identifying priority areas for preservation and
restoration.

The second stage is the establishment of regional workgroups to
implement The Wildlands Project's vision. We intend to help create
such workgroups in the northern Sierra, southern Sierra, desert,
south coast, north coast, and central coast. These workgroups will
identify over the years to come ways to make The Wildlands Project
Vision a reality in their local areas."

The result of these "mapping meetings" was the legislation,
"California Wild Heritage Act of 2002" (S2535) introduced by Senator
Boxer on 21 May 2002.

While information is being removed from their web site, archive
copies of the CWC web site dated September 7, 2001, April 17, 2002
and May 10, 2002 have been collected.
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