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>Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 22:34:46 -0700
>To: Recipient List Suppressed:;
>Subject: Cal4Wheel Opposes Boxer Wilderness
>Contact: Jack Raudy
>(530) 389-9154

>Bill is Bad for Access, Bad for Resource Management, Bad for Local
>Communities and Just Plain Bad Idea
> SACRAMENTO, CA (June 4, 2002) - The California Association of Four

> Wheel Drive Clubs, with more than 8,000 members and 160 clubs
> the state, is joining other recreation groups and many elected and
> appointed public officials in opposing Senator Barbara Boxer's newly
> announced "California Wild Heritage Act of 2002." This bill would
> nearly 2.5 million acres of public land used by four-wheel drive and
> other off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, mountain bikers, and other
> interests who enjoy recreating in the backcounty.
> Earlier Wilderness bills affecting California in 1984 and 1994
> almost 11 million acres of protected lands and Senator Boxer's bill
> increase that total to about 14 million acres, roughly 14 percent of
> state's total land base. Designated Wilderness means the land is
> off-limits to all mechanized vehicles including off-highway vehicles,
> bicycles, logging, mining and other forms of commercial development.
> Jack Raudy, executive director for the California Association of
> Four Wheel Drive Clubs, said his organization was opposed to the
> Wilderness designations and it opposes any additional land closures
> outlined in Senator Boxer's bill.
> "I honestly believe that every member of our association is an
> environmentalist or conservationist at heart and we are passionate
> the beauty and the splendor that this state has to offer," Raudy
> said. "However, we feel that sufficient acres of land have already
> set aside for Wilderness and now we stand to lose hundreds of more
> of roads and trails where we have been taking our families for many
> The largest Wilderness additions would be in southeastern and
> southern California where Senator Boxer is proposing approximately
> 425,000 acres of new Wilderness in the Inyo National Forest, including
> new 282,880-acre White Mountain Wilderness Area.
> In central and northern California, the legislation would add a
> 51,790-acre Yuki Wilderness Area to the Mendocino National Forest,
> a new 68,480-acre Mineral King Wilderness Area in the Sequoia National
> Forest, establish five new wilderness areas totaling about 70,000 acres

> in the Tahoe National Forest, and add 97,590 acres of potential
> timberlands to the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area east of Willow Creek.
> Further to the north, the four-wheel drive association for several

> years has been spearheading efforts to reopen Black Sands Beach near
> Eureka for motorized recreation and a huge part of the entire
> Kings Range area would be permanently be off-limits as part of the
> proposed Wilderness designation, including Black Sands Beach.
> "We have always believed that national forests were supposed to be
> accessible for all citizens," said David Douglas, president of the
> California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs. "We could drive in
> national forests, we could take our families on fishing and camping
> trips, but with Wilderness designations, these beautiful areas will no
> longer be accessible by any type of mechanized travel."
> Off-highway vehicle enthusiasts are already denied access to more
> than 21 percent of California's national forest lands and 25 percent of

> areas under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management.
> While Senator Boxer's office is finalizing Wilderness boundaries,
> has been determined that over 90 percent of the land proposed for
> Wilderness or Wild and Scenic designations is currently used by off
> highway vehicles.
> According to the Wilderness Society, California currently has more

> than 14 million acres or almost 14 percent of the state's land base
> designated as Wilderness. This is the largest percentage of its land
> base of any state in the lower 48 states. Only Alaska with 15.4 percent

> of its land designated as Wilderness exceeds
> California. Representative John Doolittle, R-Rocklin, joined many
> public officials from throughout the state, saying Wilderness
> designations "simply do not strike the proper balance for either the
> environment or the people."
> In a letter to Senator Boxer, Assemblyman Jay La Suer, who
> represents the 77th District in San Diego said, "Americans are enraged
> that their individual freedoms continue to be taken away at the hands
> government. It is not the role of elected officials to decide how
> Americans ought to pursue happiness, yet your 'California Wild Heritage

> Wilderness Act' presumes to make that decision."
> Members of the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs
> other outdoor recreation enthusiasts opposing Senator Boxer's
> Bill are encouraged to contact her office or other members of the
> and House of Representatives who will ultimately vote on this bill.
>John Stewart
>Webmaster, Tierra del Sol 4x4:
>Webmaster, Jeep-L:
>Recreation Access and Conservation Editor,

That doesn't sound good! Bicycles even!!!! So who do we write, email or phone to tell them this sucks? I'd take 20mins to sit down and write a letter! Where do we send it???

California legislature members amaze me every day. I study Political Science, and when I see some of the bills they draft, I just want to get a 5 iron and smack them around.

Cali contact info

Heres some contact info I pulled from a quick search. Note- if you have the time and the stamps a real letter works much better than e-mail. A phone call may work better than e-mail. We have a pollster in our club who works on Cap hill and recited the various merits of the different forms of communication and e-mail was at the bottom of the list FWIW. Any communication is good though.


California's Senators:
( if you don’t live in California, you can find contact info for your Senators at )

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca)
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 202/224-3841
Fax#: 202/228-3954

Senator Barbra Boxer (D-Ca)
United States Senate
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3553
Fax #: (202) 956-6701
District Office: San Francisco
District Phone: (415) 403-0100