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Boxers wilderness bill- Calif needs help...

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>Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 22:34:46 -0700
>To: Recipient List Suppressed:;
>From:
>Subject: Cal4Wheel Opposes Boxer Wilderness
>
>Contact: Jack Raudy
>(530) 389-9154
>
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>
>CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF FOUR WHEEL DRIVE CLUBS OPPOSES SENATOR BOXER'S

>WILDERNESS BILL
>
>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
throughout
> 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
close
> nearly 2.5 million acres of public land used by four-wheel drive and
> other off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, mountain bikers, and other
outdoor
> interests who enjoy recreating in the backcounty.
> Earlier Wilderness bills affecting California in 1984 and 1994
added
> almost 11 million acres of protected lands and Senator Boxer's bill
would
> increase that total to about 14 million acres, roughly 14 percent of
the
> 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
earlier
> 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
about
> the beauty and the splendor that this state has to offer," Raudy
> said. "However, we feel that sufficient acres of land have already
been
> set aside for Wilderness and now we stand to lose hundreds of more
miles
> of roads and trails where we have been taking our families for many
years."
> 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
a
> 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,
create
> 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
41,000-acre
> 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
the
> 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,
it
> 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
of
> 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
and
> other outdoor recreation enthusiasts opposing Senator Boxer's
Wilderness
> Bill are encouraged to contact her office or other members of the
Senate
> and House of Representatives who will ultimately vote on this bill.
>###
>
>John Stewart
>KF6ZPL
>Webmaster, Tierra del Sol 4x4: http://www.tds4x4.com
>Webmaster, Jeep-L: http://www.jeep-l.net
>Recreation Access and Conservation Editor, http://www.4x4wire.com
 




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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???
 




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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.
 




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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
www.senate.gov/senator/ )

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
E-Mail: senator@feinstein.senate.gov

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
E-Mail: senator@boxer.senate.gov
 




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