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John Stewart

Day One: Secretary Zinke Signs Orders to Expand Access to Public Lands

Orders Strengthen America’s Outdoor Heritage and Restore Opportunities for Sportsmen and Anglers

WASHINGTON - Today, on his first day on duty, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (pronounced ZINK-ee) issued two secretarial orders which expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide. These orders deliver on promises made by both President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke to expand access to America’s public lands. The action was hailed by representatives from sportsmen, conservation, and recreation organizations. 

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John Stewart

Forest Harvesting Isn't So Bad After All

New study identifies biomass harvesting techniques that have few long-term impacts

MOSCOW, Idaho, October 6, 2016 - A set of newly published studies evaluated nearly forty years of data on the impacts of biomass utilization on soil, tree, and plant recovery and found minimal impact using certain forest harvesting techniques.

Scientists collect samples from the forest floor at the Coram Experimental Forest in Montana.Scientists collect samples from the forest floor at the Coram Experimental Forest in Montana.
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John Stewart

USFWS Releases National Survey of Economic Activity

Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities contributed more than $144.7 billion in economic activity across the United States according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, published every five years.

The final report of the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation has detailed information on the number of U.S. residents 16 years of age and older who fished, hunted or wildlife watched (fed, observed, or photographed wildlife) in 2011. It also provides information on their expenditures for trips, equipment, and other items. Individual state reports will be available on a flow basis beginning in January 2013.

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John Stewart

BLM extends sage grouse comment period

Public comments will now be accepted through January 15, 2016.

Cal4Wheel has participated with this effort along with BlueRibbon Coalition, in addition to the greater sage grouse effort across the 11 western states.  The “bi-state” population segment is unique to the Bridgeport region of California and east into Nevada.

There is an ongoing lawsuit lead by BlueRibbon Coalition with Cal4Wheel, AMA District 36 and a local club concerning the the grouse and planning efforts that would impact recreation in the region.

Cal4Wheel will continue to be involved through this round and as long as necessary to ensure OHV recreation is not closed out of the area.  

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John Stewart

USFS Water Quality Management Plan Released for Comment

The Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) describes and evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the Conditional Waiver. The MND establishes that there is no substantial evidence, in light of the whole record before the State Water Board, that the project may have a significant effect on the environment, with incorporated mitigation measures that will avoid or mitigate potential significant impacts. All of the mitigation measures needed to avoid or minimize potentially significant impacts are set out in the MND and incorporated into the Conditional Waiver’s conditions.

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