The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation has been a tireless voice for John Muir’s “Range of Light” for 28 years, working for sound management of our public lands and enlightened government land use policies. The CSNC Board of Directors and our members have worked countless hours to make sure land managers and politicians do not overlook environmental values when making land use decisions.
Our interests and work include recreation, forestry practices, meadow restoration, removal of invasive plants and land use issues. A key goal is the right-sizing of the National Forest road system. When the Forest Service or County proposes a project that threatens wildlife or wildlife habitat, we speak up for the voiceless. When projects threaten meadows, mountain streams and aquatic habitat, we advocate for protecting water and fish. When our communities are faced with incompatible land use projects, we organize to protect our rural lifestyle.
OSV (Over SNOW Vehicles) Management news: “The Tahoe is only the second national forest to undergo winter travel management planning under the new OSV rule. To ensure rule implementation is off to the right start and avoid the specter of litigation that has plagued summer-time travel management planning, it is critical that the Tahoe’s OSV plan satisfies the Forest Service’s substantive legal duty to locate areas and trails designated as open to OSV use to minimize resource damage and conflicts with the majority of winter visitors enjoying non-motorized, quiet forms of recreation.1 Unfortunately, as detailed below, the Tahoe’s proposed action and OSV planning process to-date fall terribly short of what is required to comply with that duty and with the plain language of the final OSV rule.” The campaign to establish sensible and environmentally ethical management plans for over-snow travel is just beginning. What happens on the Tahoe Forest will have a big impact on plans for the Eldorado Forest.
Read CSNC’s Scoping Comments on Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation Proposed Action and the companion Proposed Preferred Alternative for Tahoe National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation
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CSNC WINTER 2014 Newsletter