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Forest Service Could Roll Back 93% of Public Comment Periods

Almost anytime there’s a chance for you to weigh in with land managers about an important decision—from trying to fight off mining in the headwaters of the Boundary Waters to the creation of a new management plan for your local National Forest—that opportunity exists because of a law called the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. Right now, the Forest Service is proposing big changes to the way it implements the law that could drastically roll back your say in how public lands are managed.

At its core, NEPA does two main things. First, it requires that major federal actions are analyzed for their effects on the environment and on recreation—basically just requiring informed decision making. Second, NEPA ensures that the American people get to have a say in those decisions—public participation. NEPA is arguably the most important law for environmental quality and public lands management in the U.S. since it requires that we measure the impact of big changes to public lands – like building a new mine or enlarging a parking lot – and study the potential impacts on air and water quality, recreation access, potential pollution, and more.

 More info here: https://www.outdooralliance.org/blog/2019/7/25/forest-service-could-eliminate-93-of-public-comment-periods

NEW MEXICO – Cibola NF Releases Draft Management Plan & DEIS

The Cibola National Forest has announced the release of the draft land management plan and associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Cibola NF DEIS was published in the Federal Register on August 9, 2019, which initiates the 90-day comment period from August 9, 2019, to November 7, 2019. The NOA is available on the EPA Federal Register site at the following link here

 More info here:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/cibola/landmanagement/planning/?cid=FSBDEV3_065627

Santa Rita’s go to court…

Last Tuesday, July 23rd, Judge James Soto presided over an all-day hearing regarding the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains.

The lawyers on both sides gave oral arguments. The purpose was to help the judge decide whether he will grant an injunction that will stop groundbreaking activities connected with the mine until he makes decisions on the two cases that are before him.  

He made no decision on Tuesday, but took everything “under advisement.” He said he will issue his decision before August 1 (I assume this means on July 31).

We all thought our lawyers did an excellent job and we feel positive. But, the judge gets the last word – so, as always, STAY TUNED. For details about the hearing, see Tony Davis’s article in the AZ Star here.

And, thanks for your support over these many years!!

Gayle Hartmann, president

Save the Scenic Santa Ritas

Euro parts tariff

Oppose tariffs on EU motorcycles parts, and accessories

Sign the petition today!

The Office of United States Trade Representative, as part of a dispute over aircraft subsidies, has proposed 100 percent tariffs on motorcycles imported from countries in the European Union with an engine size between 500cc and 700cc, along with parts and accessories.

The American Motorcyclist Association is joining others in the motorcycling community to oppose the USTR’s latest ill-conceived proposal. Motorcyclists should not be penalized with exorbitant tariffs because of an unrelated trade dispute. Any trade sanctions imposed as a result of this dispute should come from more closely related industries or products.

To oppose this tariff, the AMA is asking our members to sign this petition.

Learn more here…

https://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/sign-petition?1&engagementId=501480&ep=AAAAC2Flc0NpcGhlcjAxqPv5SxFKRDEhsf6yBEas6b2k-VGxLdlG2qd-ImRp6MMOs3pGL3-D4o8FuWFQPE68DitMX-uN4ePAR1YMTC_xVvzwl9R9FbX2jP85MO8MPjs&lp=0

Copper Classic Donation

Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) presents a donation of $2,500 to the Mammoth-San Manuel Unified School District’s Community Schools. Shown is Lisa Armenta receiving the check from Chuck Ivy of the Trail Riders of Southern Arizona dirt bike club. The proceeds help fund a three-week sports camp in the summer for kids 1st to 8th grades as well as various field trips.

Trail Riders of Southern Arizona is a non-profit club that hosts the San Manuel Copper Classic off-road motorcycle race each year in San Manuel, Arizona and makes it a fundraiser. The race is part of the Arizona Motorcycle Riders Association (AMRA) race series. The last event was held March 9th, 2019. In addition, school kids run a food stand at the race to also raise money.

TRS Racers

Best of luck to the TRS racers who will be participating in the Bill Holcomb Off-Road Challenge, Saturday May 11 in Page Arizona.

As always, ride hard, ride safe and represent TRS well before during and after the race.

G

RST Weekend Extravaganza

Very nice turn out this weekend in spite of the warm temperatures. The staging area was made ready for us to use and although not complete, it worked our very well for us. In total there were 22 TRS members over both days. More work was done trimming brush, “kicking” rocks and installing the trail barriers (aka mini cattle guards). John Titre of the US Forest Service camped out with us Saturday evening. We made it a point to publicly express our thanks for all John he has done to bring this project to the Tumaccaoiri Mountains! The diner meal on Saturday was excellent too, Thanks Todd!!

Forest Service Message to TRS, RST Project

Message below from John Titre.I notified him we have now contributed over 1,000 volunteer hours to the project.

George,

Incredible accomplishment! —And it is just not the hours but the level of expertise throughout the project. It could not have been done without that level of involvement from TRS. Not once did we use the Supervisor’s Office for GIS work expect for printing three maps when our printer was disabled. The biologist and archeologist were able to use shape files generated for their analysis.

This is definitely a Legacy Project and will be on the District for several hundred years like the other trails that are a hundred years old that we maintain. The difference is that this trail was properly designed and implemented. Once completed it will be of national significance.

TRS will likely continue to be an integral part of trail stewardship for many years.

I am indebted to your service to the Nation and the Forest Service.

Sincerely,
John

RST Weekend Camp/Trail Build/Ride/Cookout

TRS,

Let’s start organizing for the end of the month camp/trail build/ride cook-out event.
We know the following;
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28
Time: It will be warming up by the end of the month, so we will try to start things by 8:00am each day. Per the Forest Service, we are encouraged to limit volunteer work to 3-4 hours per day.
Location: We will be using our RST Staging area as our camp site. It is located just off Forest Service Road 684 (gps coordinates 31.62903N, 111.10227W)
What We We Do?: Have fun, install fence crossing (aka mini cattle guards), trim brush, “kick” rocks off the trail, have fun, ride the trails we work on, have fun, camp fire fun, food and drink fun…fun
TRS will bring trail tools, drinking water, gatorades, a couple of ez-ups.
You should bring your bike, riding gear, camping gear. Water and snacks for consumption when out on the trails. Consider sun screen, cell phone and a 2-way radio if you have one, tuned to frequency 151.625.
We are looking for a few to organize the lunch and dinner meals for Saturday & Sunday. TRS will reimburse for the food.
Need to know if you plan to attend and which days.You do not need to attend both days.
If you don’t want to camp out, consider the RV camp sites near Amado.
Mountain View:
https://www.mountainviewrvranch.com
Deanza:
http://deanzarvresort.com
Sincerely,

George Wysopal
President, TRS