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Old 07-03-2017, 11:48 AM   #16
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Old 07-05-2017, 06:11 AM   #18
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This just sent to Ed "the Chair" Garcia:
I ask you to strongly oppose SB 249 introduced by Senator Allen, a bill seeking to reauthorize the Off-Highway Motorized Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division of the Department of Parks and Recreation. This bill proposes to dissolve the existing sound management from OHMVR and state vehicular recreation and replace it with a cumbersome, ineffective and expensive program.

The bill is cleverly crafted to hobble the OHMVR Division to result in its demise.

The bill is supported by, and I suspect, crafted by, Celeste Garamendi and her anti OHV friends (“Save Tesla Park”, of which there is no such thing). It is a veiled ploy to increase the value of her husband’s ranch which is adjacent to one of the OHV parks (SVRA)

Contrary to what the supporters would have you believe, this bill would be an environmental disaster. The California OHMVR Division, in addition to operation the SVRAs, administers millions of dollars in grant money to help preserve County, State and Federal lands that see use of dirt roads for recreation. This includes hunting, fishing, geology etcetera.

The bill includes:
·         A never-ending supply of unnecessary reports,
·         Irrelevant duplicate agency consultations
·         Benefits to adjacent landowners

The OHMVR program was enacted in 1971, and has successfully managed off-road recreation in state vehicular recreation areas and given children and families safe places to recreate. SB 249 would produce no environmental improvements; only take away from recreationists, rural communities that host off-road recreation, and law enforcement efforts.
Those that oppose the continuation of off-road recreation in California have pushed hard to make SB 249 sound like something that would benefit environmental efforts, however all the bill would achieve is the elimination of off-road recreation at an $11 million price tag to the state.

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Old 07-05-2017, 06:27 AM   #19
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I just talked to Chinook, the secretary for the Water Parks and Wildlife Committee, This bill is scheduled to be heard July 11.
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Lodge a Protest against DPR

We have a very important complaint we need to lodge against a newsletter produced weekly by the Communications Office of the Department of Parks and Recreation. They included a link to a hit piece on OHV by the California Native Plant Society.

California Native Plant Society is the organization that Garamendi/Connelly have used to funnel their money and hire the lobbyist who wrote SB 249.

The inclusion of this hit piece goes against everything State Parks should stand for: http://www.cnps.org/cnps/publication...ul-sep2017.pdf

Please write an email to the following people and tell them this action is unacceptable:

Dennis.Weber@parks.ca.gov,
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gloria.sandoval@parks.ca.gov

I'll follow with the test of the email I sent earlier today.

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Thanks. I thought the departments were disallowed from taking a position on legislation.

Should we ask for a retraction?
"To whom it may concern: please retract the link in Communications... newsletter to the severely biased CNPS article endorsing SB249. It is not in the interest of California to promote the agenda of a special interest group spreading misinformation"

Something like that? I will start a new thread to bring attention to this.
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This was the text of my email of complaint. We are holding onto the fact that DPR should not take any political positions to use at the most appropriate time:

In the most recent edition of the California State Parks Weekly Digest you chose to publish a link to an article by the California Native Plant Society in reference to off-road vehicle use.

If your goal for the Digest is to further the following mission; "To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation", you have failed with your publication of the most recent Digest.

Including a link to an article which paints a highly negative view of legal off-road recreation opportunities offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation and by extension casts aspersions on those who enjoy recreating off-road, only serves to alienate - not inspire, millions of Californians.

In addition, the clear purpose for the publication of the article by the California Native Plant Society was to garner support from decision-makers for SB 249, which if passed as proposed, would effectively shut out families and children from enjoying safe, well-managed parks that offer off-road recreation opportunities.

There is a place for unbiased reporting and an associated benefit of supporting all points of view, which would entail seeking an opposing viewpoint to publish at the same time as the article by the California Native Plant Society. But evidently you did not believe it was important to reach out to advocates such as myself, who work to support the Off-Highway Motorized Vehicle Division of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and support their goal to offer environmentally sustainable off-road recreation opportunities to citizens of California.

This was a highly regrettable decision.
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I copied and pasted your article along with the following into emails.

"As an active volunteer who has regularly planted and maintained sensitive eco-systems within the designated vehicle recreation areas I find it personally offensive that the DPR would publish a truly biased article on the subject. Furthermore, I would highly suggest that someone from the Native Plant Society spend a day with volunteers at one of our OHV Parks and see for themselves why these parks generate future conservationists."
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