|6/01/01 Weekly ASA
|This week, the ASA Group
(ASA,CORVA, AMA as co-plaintiffs and backing from SDORC) filed a 60
day Notice of Intent to Sue with the BLM for noncompliance of the
Endangered Species Act (ESA).
We feel the BLM should have consulted with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service per the ESA before closing any areas at the Imperial Sand
Dune Recreational Area for 2 reasons:
1) The judge has said that the BLM was not relieved from any requirements
of the ESA because of the lawsuit settlement.
2)The ESA requires consultation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
This is a separate issue from the suit that has been filed by the
ASA Group for noncompliance of NEPA and FLPMA.
This effort is overseen by Board Member Mark Harms of Sand Tires Unlimited.
Advisory Council (DAC) Meeting Saturday, June 16 from 8:00 a.m. to
|From: Roy Denner, SDORC
Education Chairman and DAC Vice Chairman
Subject: Desert District Advisory Council (DAC) Meeting The Desert
District Advisory Council will meet Saturday, June 16 from 8:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p. m. at the Kerr-McGee Center in Ridgecrest.
The meeting will be an important one for OHV interests. The agenda
includes updates/briefings on BLM's off-highway vehicle program, OHV
management related issues, the OHV Grant Program, and a discussion
of the "Off-Road to Ruin" publication.
It should be a very interesting session. Paul Spitler, the Executive
Director of the California Wilderness Coalition - the organization
that published "Off-Road to Ruin" - has been invited to
attend and will have an opportunity to defend that report - if he
shows up. Mr. Spitler also sits on the OHMVR Commission - the people
that control our green Sticker funds.
I will have a report from a San Diego environmental analysis company
that is dissecting the studies referred to in that report. I am hoping
to have a representative from the environmental company in attendance
as well. No fireworks allowed!!
We will also be discussing the draft of the first Desert Area Management
Plan - the "Northern & Eastern Colorado Desert Coordinated
Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)" - also
known as NECO. This is NOT a Management
Plan - it is purely an EIS. It starts out by closing five OHV areas
- some because they are overused and some because they are underutilized.
It goes on to provide reasons and methods to close any area that might
have an impact on sensitive or possibly sensitive species and/or
This so-called management plan is written in the shadow of the current
lawsuits and attempts to satisfy the enviro-extremists to the point
that they will never again have a reason to sue the BLM. What a joke!
If this plan is implemented the way it is drafted it will become the
guideline document for BLM plans all over the country. I expect to
have, at that meeting, a report on the NECO plan that is being prepared
by a top-notch environmental attorney from San Diego. He is reviewing
NECO in detail and commenting on the poor science and anecdotal information
used to draw far-reaching conclusions.
We will not be caught short again like we were with the Glamis closures!
So - if you can make the next DAC meeting you might find it interesting.