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Lawsuit Aims to Protect Species From ORV Expansion in Sierra Foothills


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For Immediate Release, July 30, 2010

Contacts: Karen Schambach, Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation, (530) 333-1113

Lisa Belenky, Center for Biological Diversity, (415) 385-5694

Lawsuit Aims to Protect Species From ORV Expansion in Sierra Foothills

GEORGETOWN, Calif.— The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation and the Center for Biological Diversity today filed suit to protect struggling species, including the rare California red-legged frog, from off-road vehicles and construction in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The groups are challenging a California Off-Highway Vehicle Division decision to approve funding for nearly nine miles of new ORV trails and construction of three new bridges in the Rock Creek Recreation Trails Area of the Eldorado National Forest. The work would include blasting of rock outcroppings, excavation, construction of retaining walls and other “improvements” designed to increase ORV use in the Rock Creek area.

The groups are challenging the decision because the agency failed to adequately review impacts to soil, water and air quality, riparian habitats and imperiled species such as the California red-legged frog, western pond turtle and Eldorado manzanita. The state’s OHV division refused to prepare an environmental impact report for the work and instead chose to rely on an inadequate review that lacked important mitigation measures for any damage.

“The agency ignored impacts the increased ORV use will have on forest resources — tearing up soils, damaging creek banks and beds, and reducing water quality critical for maintaining riparian and aquatic habitat for many species,” said Lisa Belenky, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “California law requires evaluation of impacts on wildlife and plants before a project begins.”

“These so-called improvements are designed to expand ORV use in an area that is already being severely damaged by off-road vehicles,” said Karen Schambach, president of Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation. “The Forest Service ignores requests for more hiking opportunity, yet continues to promote a use causing sedimentation in our creeks, air pollution and noise that keeps quiet recreationists from using this area.”

Read more about the California red-legged frog and Western pond turtle here.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a nonprofit conservation organization with more than 255,000 members and online activists dedicated to protecting endangered species and wild places. www.biologicaldiversity.org

The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation is a grassroots organization dedicated to the protection of ecosystem values and the long-term sustainability of our natural resources for future generations. www.sierraconservation.org

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The woman is a hateful bitch! Unfortunately she is also an effective one. The Forest Service is scared to death of her, and bends over backwards for her in the attempt to avoid her ridiculous lawsuits. One of these days they might figure out that their efforts to placate her are useless, she will continue to sue as long as the system continues to award her and her kind for pushing litigation on so called environmental issues regardless of merit, and paying their costs win or lose.

Too bad no one on our side can stir things up like that. Granted the deck is stacked heavily in favor of the anti-access side, but a more aggressive approach by our so called advocacy groups would sure be a welcome change for the OHV community. The lawsuit being filed by Shasta County against the Forest Service and the Shasta-Trinity NF Travel Management Plan is a good sign, too bad our national organizations are too timid to do something like that.

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but a more aggressive approach by our so called advocacy groups would sure be a welcome change for the OHV community.

If nothing else, it would at least generate some good will for them with the OHV community.

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she sues to make the USFS build an OHV bridge, then she sues to stop the OHV bridge.

meanwhile she does not sue the USFS for building logging roads and destroying our designated OHV trails.

If I had 10 million dollars I would spend some of it to legally attack that hateful marxist witch.

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Guess Karen didn't destroy any habitat when she built her home out in the woods.

Maybe she never drives her car on the roads that were built to get to her house in the woods.

Maybe she never shops at the store they built out in the woods so she could shop.

What a bitch.

We should restore her house to forest so we have somewhere to ride.

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this is the same woman who pitched a fit with the forest service for granting a permit to Global Biorhythm for hosting the Tahoe Sierra 50-100 mtn bike race...which is mostly on logging/fire roads. And give me a break...I live on 20 acres in Camino and I can tell you that manzanita is not having a problem surviving anything...it's like a weed...you clear it back with a chainsaw to keep your house from burning down and it comes right back.

Has anyone ever tried to countersue or otherwise launch legal action against these enviro groups? There has to be something in her thought process/actions that is illegal...if nothing else for wasting our taxpayer dollars with frivolous lawsuits.

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“The Forest Service ignores requests for more hiking opportunity,"

This is amazing, park your car and start hiking!! Last time I checked you didn't need a developed trail for that.

Just more proof, has nothing to do with frogs, water or anything else.

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