CSNC has worked for several years to ensure the Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Plan, which governs the use of off-road vehicles, gives deference to protecting habitat and cultural resources. Due to our efforts, cross-country travel was ended, many user-created roads that were impacting streams and aquatic resources were closed, and 42 roads that cross meadows, in violation of the Eldorado’s own Forest Plan, were ordered closed by a Federal judge. Eighteen roads that the Forest Service determined were impacting the meadows will remain closed until those impacts can be corrected. We are now working with the Forest Service and other stakeholders on plans to restore these meadows. Hydrological impacts on the other 24 roads will also be corrected over the next few years. The above has not impacted legitimate access to our public lands; the Eldorado still allows vehicle use on over 1,000 miles of dirt roads and over 200 miles of trails. In addition, there are 635 miles of surfaced roads suitable for passenger cars.
In the State Appeals Court, we prevailed in a case that challenged El Dorado’s County Oak Woodland Management Plan, which would have allowed new development to badly fragment and destroy the County’s remaining oak woodlands.
CSNC was instrumental in getting the Central Valley Regional Water Board to issue the Eldorado National Forest and El Dorado County a Cleanup and Abatement Order for the Rubicon Trail. The trail has seen years of abuse, especially with the advent of “extreme” 4 wheel drive vehicles. Some areas along the famous route reeked of spilled petroleum products and human waste, which, along with sediment from the badly eroded trail, threatened fragile alpine streams and lakes. We also won a protective winter season closures of the Rubicon Trail as a condition for an easement sought by El Dorado County. The Rubicon Trail is now being regularly maintained, and the outlaws who had made the Rubicon unsafe for other users have been shown they are not welcome. As a result of CSNC’s efforts, The Rubicon will be available for future generations to use and enjoy, without damaging sensitive wildlife habitat.
CSNC and other stakeholders engaged in a 2-year dialogue with the State Water Board and the Forest Service to design Best Management Practices (BMPs) for implementing the Clean Water Act on National Forests in California. USFS Water quality handbook.bmps.2011
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