The Senate version of the transportation bill, called the DRIVE Act, passed earlier and also retained the RTP funding.
The bill next goes before the full House for approval.
MORENO VALLEY, Calif. – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has extended until Jan. 25 the comment period for its Draft Land Use Plan and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the West Mojave Route Network Project in California.
Two public meetings will be scheduled. Notice will be posted on the BLM website.
The relevant documents are available at the California Desert District Office and field offices in Barstow, Needles, Ridgecrest, Palm Springs and El Centro and at the BLM’s California state office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, Calif. The documents also may be found online at www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/energy/DRECP.html.
Comments, with WMRNP in the subject line, should be submitted to:
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) defended her two-pronged approach to winning “national monument” designation for three Southern California tracts before an assembled crowd at the Whitewater Preserve in mid-October.
Since 2009, the senator has been trying unsuccessfully to convince Congress to designate the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains areas as national monuments. In 2015, Feinstein increased her efforts by sending President Obama a letter asking him to use executive action to make the designations that Congress has not.
“The AMA objects to bypassing Congress in making monument designations and believes that the viewpoints of local officials and stakeholders should be considered,” says AMA Western States Representative Nick Haris, who attended the desert meeting.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – The U.S. Marine Corps plans to close the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area in Southern California during the month of August 2016 to conduct military training, according to a notice from the corps. Under the terms of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, 53,000 acres in Johnson Valley were designated as a shared-use area that could be used for military purposes 60 days each year. The rest of the time, the land is available for recreation.
The Marines are working with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Federal Aviation Administration on the details of the closing and are developing an outreach program to notify stakeholders of the training schedules, safety plans and land-use and airspace changes. More information is available at www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff/G5CommunityPlansPAO/JohnsonValley.aspx.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The state Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications for grants to support off-highway-vehicle trail projects and new trail proposals. Application forms are due by Nov. 30. Minnesota’s OHV trails grant-in-aid program is intended to develop and maintain trails for use by all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-road vehicles. Projects with a focus on maintaining or improving existing trails will receive a higher priority. Program and application information is available from the DNR Information Center at email@example.com or by phone at (651) 259-5644.
HELENA, Mont. – Montana State Parks announced fee hikes for OHV permits effective Oct. 1. OHV non-resident temporary use permits went from $5 to $27. The anticipated increase in revenue is targeted for trail maintenance, noxious weed abatement, OHV education and enforcement efforts. Permits may be purchased from local vendors or online at app.mt.gov/als/index/index.html.
LAKESIDE, Mont. – The U.S. Forest Service has decided to include motorized and non-motorized trails in its plan for the Island Unit Trail on Black Mountain. The Island Unit encompasses 46,000 acres. The Forest Service decision authorizes 2.98 miles of new motorized trail construction and the use of nearly 39 miles of existing roads and trails. Combined with the existing Blacktail Wild Bill OHV Trail, riders will have access to about 52 miles of trails.
SANTA FE, N.M. – The Santa Fe National Forest has released its Draft Assessment document and has scheduled meetings at which the public can propose changes and additions. The remaining meetings are:
- Nov. 2 at the Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., Los Alamos, N.M.
- Nov. 3 at the New Mexico Highlands University, 1031 11th St., Las Vegas, N.M.
- Nov. 9 at Coyote Elementary School, State Highway 96, Coyote, N.M.
- Nov. 10 at Peco Elementary School, 10 Panther Parkway, Pecos, N.M.
- Nov. 12 at Santa Fe National Forest Supervisors Office, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, N.M.
- Nov. 16 at Science and Education Center, 90 Villa Louis Martin, Jemez Springs, N.M.
- Nov. 17 at UNM West, 2600 College Blvd. NE, Rio Rancho, N.M.
All meetings are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Those unable to attend a meeting may comment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, via fax to (505) 438-5390 or by mail to Forest Plan Revision, Santa Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM, 87508. Recommendations should be delivered by Dec. 4.
HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has scheduled a series of meetings to discuss its Master Management Plan for state forests. The agency’s mandate that no new OHV trails be opened is reiterated on page 175 of the 2015 draft plan. Written comments will be accepted until Nov. 30 at email@example.com and by mail at Bureau of Forestry Planning Section, P.O. Box 8552, Harrisburg, PA, 17105.
The scheduled meetings include:
- Nov. 3 at the Ramada Inn Nittany Room, State College, Pa.
- Nov. 10 at Comfort Suites, Carlisle, Pa.
- Nov. 12 at Genetti Hotel, Williamsport, Pa.
- Nov. 17 or Nov. 18 at Rachel Carson State Office Bldg., Harrisburg, Pa.
All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jeff Wolesagle at (717) 425-5366, Christina Novak at (717) 772-9101 or Terry Brady at (717) 705-2225.
WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest has withdrawn its administrative decision to allow the operation of wheeled ATVs on six U.S. Forest Service routes already open to highway legal vehicle traffic. The six routes are: the Bald Mountain WATV Route and the Clover Spring WATV Route on the Naches Ranger District, the Entiat Ridge WATV Route on the Wenatchee River and Entiat Ranger Districts, the Grade-Oss WATV Route on the Chelan and Methow Valley Ranger Districts, the Table Mountain WATV Route on the Cle Elum Ranger District, and the Thunder Mountain WATV Route on the Methow Valley and Tonasket Ranger Districts.
Any decision to reopen these roads to wheeled ATVs in the future, whether as originally conceived or in a modified form, will be based on additional analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act and any other applicable statutes and regulations, and the issuance of a new decision document, the Forest Service wrote in a public announcement. For more information, contact Maureen Hanson, staff officer, at (509) 664-9307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRVINE, Calif. – The National Motorcycle Safety Fund has launched an initiative to help deaf and hard-of-hearing students take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic RiderCourse. The fund will help pay for hiring sign-language interpreters at training sites. The MSF pays all of the interpreter costs at sites in states where it directly manages the training programs. In other states, the NMSF will offer grants for each class, covering the actual cost of the interpreter, up to $750.
BOLOGNA, Italy – Dominique Cheraki, Ducati North America CEO, will become the Ducati Network Development Director at the company’s headquarters on Jan. 1. Jason Chinnock will take over as CEO of Ducati North America, with responsibility for the United States, Canada and Mexico.
PARIS, France – The Paris mayor is seeking to ban motorcycles registered before 2000 from major areas of the city between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to reduce traffic congestion and pollution. The effort motivated an estimated 15,000 riders to block the city’s outer ring road in October in protest. Tens of thousands of riders in 34 other French cities also protested, according to published reports. The protests were organized by Biker France and the Federation Francaise des Motards en Colere (French Federation of Angry Motorcyclists). The motorcyclists say their vehicles are the solution to the problems, not the cause.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame welcomed the members of the Class of 2015 at the 2015 Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Harley-Davidson, on Oct. 17.
The ceremony, hosted by actor, motorcyclist and AMA board member Perry King, inducted dirt tracker Alex Jorgensen, road racing champion John Kocinski, longtime Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. race team manager Keith McCarty, entrepreneur and industry patron John Parham, off-road racing champion Rodney Smith and former Harley-Davidson CEO Richard Teerlink.
Also honored was 1999 Hall of Fame inductee and three-time world road racing champion Wayne Rainey as the 2015 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend, presented by MAG. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends are existing Hall of Famers who are recognized for their ongoing contributions to motorcycling.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tread Lightly!, a national nonprofit promoting responsible outdoor recreation, honored the American Motorcyclist Association in October with a “Founding Partner” plaque during Tread Lightly!’s 25th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C.
“The AMA was an original Tread Lightly! member in 1990 and has maintained membership from the very start,” says Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations. “We are fortunate to have such an active and effective partner in our efforts to promote responsible off-highway recreation.”
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