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

Kier Associates kierassociates at suddenlink.net
Tue May 28 08:09:15 PDT 2013

Y'all may want to know that Congressman Huffman has fished the Trinity for
steelhead with Scott McBain and that he would be interested in helping


Good contacts include his North Coast field rep, former Times-Std reporter
John Driscoll at john.driscoll at mail.house.gov and his district coordinator
Nick Hromalik nicholas.hromalik at mail.house.gov


Go get 'em - your cause is just!


Bill Kier

From: env-trinity-bounces at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us
[mailto:env-trinity-bounces at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us] On Behalf Of Michael
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 7:51 AM
To: Emilia Berol
Cc: env-trinity at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us
Subject: Re: [env-trinity] Two Rivers Tribune VOICES: Jens Sund- River
Access on South Fork of Trinity


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. 



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:


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 <tel:707-%20442-1721> , 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.

Jens Sund

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