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Green Groups Influence Bay Area Regional Park District to Support Ban on OHV Use at Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area

July 23, 2012 5:41 PM
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2012 OHV Commission Tour of Carnegie SVRA and Tesla Property

LIVERMORE, CA (JULY 23)--Documents obtained by a Public Records Act (PRA) request appears to show an effort by some anti-access groups and their supporters to exert undue pressure on a government agency to oppose motorized recreation at a local OHV park.  The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, filed a PRA with the East Bay Regional Park District on July 2, 2012.

BRC filed the request to obtain copies of any communications between the District and the Friends of Tesla, a local anti-access group founded by Celeste Garamendi to oppose OHV recreation on the Telsa property at Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area.

An initial review of the information shows Garamendi in a March 19, 2007 letter to a District Board Member informing her of the need for them to develop "outside" pressure to prevent motorized recreation on property purchased with non-general fund user-pay/user-benefit monies from the OHV Program at California State Parks.

Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, states, "It appears that environmental activists and East Bay Parks may have had inappropriate contact outside of the CEQA process to potentially impact responsible OHV recreation on designated routes at  Tesla."

"It should come as no surprise that some of the same anti-OHV groups who sued to close the SVRA in 2009 are stakeholders in current efforts to ban or restrict OHV recreation at the Park.  Just as the court recently dismissed (with prejudice) their 2009 lawsuit,  I believe the public will reject the effort by green groups and their friends in state government to prevent lawful use by the OHV community of the Tesla property," Amador continued.

BRC PRA Information
http://archive.sharetrails.org/uploads/East_Bay_RPD_2007_CEQA_Concerns0001.pdf

Friends of Tesla
http://www.teslapark.org/

State Legislators Join Opposition to OHV
http://archive.sharetrails.org/uploads/Buchanan_Carnegie_6-8-12.pdf

OHV Commissioner Response to Opposition
http://archive.sharetrails.org/uploads/Laird_Carnegie_Connolly_Perez_letter.pdf

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May 31, 2016 3:24 PM
Some of the many historic OHV routes in the Pine Nut Mountains

BOISE, ID (May 31, 2016) -- Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, today slammed recent decisions that would severely restrict off-highway vehicle (OHV) events and trail improvements in many areas in eastern California and Nevada.  The changes, in the name of sage grouse management, were demanded by a handful of preservationist special interest groups.

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November 23, 2015 3:16 PM
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MISSOULA, MT (November 23, 2015) --Various organizations, led by the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Club, have filed a lawsuit challenging U.S. Forest Service planning efforts on the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests.  The complaint, filed on November 12, 2015, in federal court for the U.S.

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November 23, 2015 10:38 AM

POCATELLO, ID (November 23, 2015) – Early last week, the BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.org joined with other recreation groups in a letter sent to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in support of a balanced approach to managing public lands as part of the Moab Master Leasing Plan.

The letter addressed to BLM serves as formal comments from OHV stakeholders.  It also represents an effort between motorized and non-motorized recreation groups working together for the protection of outdoor recreation resources on public lands.

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