[env-trinity] Two Rivers Tribune VOICES: Jens Sund- River Access on South Fork of Trinity

Michael Caranci michael at theflyshop.com
Tue May 28 07:50:55 PDT 2013


This is a horrible precedent for the USFS to set, effectively eliminating
one of, if not the, primary river access in this stretch of river, and
without proper notification or public input.  It is bound to have a
negative impact fiscally on the community of Willow Creek.  I've already
personally sent Mr. Kelly a note, and encourage everyone who has utilized
these accesses to do so as well.  They didn't even notify holders of
special use permits of the closure, or to my knowledge any associated
stakeholder groups.  I agree with Emelia, also, that Congressman Huffman
should be made aware of the improprieties of this action and its potential
negative impacts for the local communities.

Regards,

Michael Caranci
Travel Sales Specialist
Director of Schools & Camps
The Fly Shop
530-222-3555 or 800-669-3474
michael at theflyshop.com


On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 7:43 AM, Emilia Berol <ema.berol at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Thank you for posting this article from Two Rivers Tribune,  Tom, and many
> thanks to the author of the article
> for speaking out about this issue.
> These road closures are more proof of what a negative Forest Supervisor
> for Six Rivers NF we have in Tyrone Kelley.
> We need a new supervisor. I am not sure where he came from, or whose
> agenda
> he has been promoting, but I don't like it. I hope people who are impacted
> by his policies will take the time
> to contact him, and Congressman Huffman, about the road closures. The way
> in which the road closures
> are being handled is secretive, inconsiderate, arrogant, and truly an
> insult to the people of this community.
>
> Emelia Berol
> Willow Creek, CA
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On May 27, 2013, at 3:40 PM, Tom Stokely <tstokely at att.net> wrote:
>
>
> http://www.tworiverstribune.com/2013/04/voices-river-access-on-south-fork-of-trinity/
>   VOICES: River Access on South Fork of Trinity
>
> Dear Two Rivers Tribune,
>
> The cost of swimming and kayaking in the South Fork of the Trinity River
> is going up. According to the new Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) available
> on line at www.fs.fed.us/r5/sixrivers, presented by Six Rivers Forest
> Supervisor Tyrone Kelly, you are now subject to a $5,000 fine, 6 month
> imprisonment, or both, should you decide to use the following river access
> points: Rd 6N52 (Sandy Bar), Rd 5N38 (Low Water Bridge) Rd 5N22( Todd
> Ranch), Many regularly traveled roads have been eliminated or truncated on
> the new MVUM map. There have been no signs posted to inform members of the
> public or private landowners that roads which have previously been used for
> decades are now closed to vehicles. If you have been using a road through
> National Forest Service to access your property, you may now be arrested
> driving home from work. It is further explained on the web site listed
> above that private property which has “valid access rights” will not be
> affected. What is not explained is who will make this determination,
> federal police, federal right-of-way agents? If it is determined that you
> don’t have valid access rights you may apply for a special use permit. The
> Forest Service is required to provide land owners “one point of reasonable
> access” to reach their land. You can apply for a special use permit. Some
> of these have been taking over 10 years to be processed. There are over 100
> applications pending for special use permits.
>
> This new map impacts access to hunting, fishing, firewood gathering, and
> other recreational uses, as well as privately owned land. If you own
> private land that is accessed through public forest I recommend you compare
> these MVUM maps to the well thought of Six Rivers National Forest Atlas
> available at your local ranger office, or if you don’t want to spend the
> money, the firewood gathering maps still show the newly eliminated roads.
> You may be surprised to see your road has been eliminated and you are now
> subject to a heavy fine, imprisonment, or both. I was informed by Tyrone
> Kelly that numerous hearings were held to decide these closures, yet the
> Willow Creek Forest Service Information Officer hadn’t been informed, nor
> has anyone I have spoken to in the community to date including the chamber
> of commerce. The new MVUM map for the Mad River Ranger District South
> states, “It is the responsibility of the user to acquire the current MVUM.
> This map shows the National Forest System roads, National Forest System
> Trails, and the areas on National Forest System lands in the Mad River
> Ranger District, Six Rivers National Forest that are designated for motor
> vehicle use pursuant to 36 code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 212.51.” It is
> unrealistic that people who have been using roads for years should know,
> without adequate public notification, that these roads have suddenly been
> deemed illegal to use by motor vehicles. How many people planning on
> kayaking down the South Fork of the Trinity from the Todd Ranch to Sandy
> Bar, as many people do every year, will think to do the research to confirm
> that these widely used access points are still legally open to their
> vehicles?
>
> I currently own property which has a right of way that has been in place
> since the days of mule travel in 1902. It is now eliminated on this map. I
> don’t want a federal policeman giving me a fine or trying to arrest me as
> this mess is sorted out. These maps should be put on hold until these
> concerns are fully understood by the public. And I think it is reasonable
> for the public to refuse to apply for special use permits until Mr. Kelly
> can demonstrate he has sorted out the large backlog of pending applications.
>
> Compare the new MVUM map to the Atlas and if you have a smart phone
> download Topo Maps and the map pertaining to the area you are interested
> in. You can do your own field work.  The river access changes are very
> subtle. When calling to investigate this you may be told the Road is not
> closed, and that is true. But do you want to walk a mile to Sandy Bar with
> all of your gear or pack your Kayak down the Todd Ranch put in road? Tyrone
> Kelly’s phone number is 707- 442-1721, his email address is
> tkelly01 at fsfed.us. The phone number to Ranger Dan Dill at the Lower
> Trinity Ranger District office is 530-629-2118. These changes are not
> pending, they are currently in effect. It is important that our public
> officials get feedback and respond to public concerns. Representative Jared
> Huffman :http://Huffman.house.gov@rephuffman. I can be reached at
> jenssund at suddenlink.net.
>
> Sincerely,
> Jens Sund
>
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