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Union County Fair Parade
As usual we will be riding in the Union County Fair Parade, which will be on Friday August 4 this year. We generally line up near 8th and O. It is starting at 6 PM this year so get there between 5 and 5:30 if you can. If anyone has kids that can participate, please bring them. The more bodies we can round up the better we look as an organization.
Blue Mtns. Forest Plan Revision
• We are still working on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which contains the Alternatives and analysis for the three Proposed Revised Forest Plans.
• We are also working on the Biological Assessment required for formal consultation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This fall of 2017, we plan to finalize the Biological Assessment and begin formal ESA consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service.
• Upon receipt of a complete Biological Assessment and request to initiate formal consultation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service will have 135 days (unless extended) to complete a Biological Opinion. Based on the formal consultation process, there may be changes that would be reflected in the Proposed Revised Forest Plans.
• After we conclude the ESA consultation process, the Pacific-Northwest Regional Forester will select an Alternative from the FEIS. The Regional Forester’s selected Alternative will constitute the Revised Forest Plans for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests.
• We would then publish the FEIS along with the three Revised Forest Plans and three Draft Records of Decision. We are currently expecting to publish these documents in early 2018, at which point they would be available for the objection period.
• The objection period (60 days), and the process to resolve objections (minimum of 90 days), would be overseen by the Washington, DC Office of the Forest Service. Based on objections, there may be additional changes that would be reflected in the Revised Forest Plans.
• At the conclusion of the objection and resolution process, the Regional Forester would sign the Final Records of Decision for the Blue Mountains Forest Plans, and Final Forest Plans would be published.
So now you know as much as I do about the Forest Plan time line.
Things are coming to a halt on trail work due to fire regulations. We have been able to get a little more single track cut open, but are waiting on some help from the Kubota, which probably won’t happen till the weather changes. ODF fire restrictions limit us to roads clear of vegetation on MERA, this includes motorcycles and ATV’s. Let’s hope we get some cooler and wetter weather and don’t have any fires.
We held our first YSEP evaluation on July 15. We only had 4 kids show, but 2 of them did both the motorcycle and ATV evaluations. We will try to hold at least one more class this summer, I just haven’t settled on a date yet. These are evaluations, so the kids need to have experience riding. They need to have taken the online course at http://www.rideatvoregon.org/ and have their card. To sign up for the evaluations and for more information on what is needed and what to expect, go to http://ysep.omraoffroad.com/.
I haven’t been back up to Breshears. As far as I know, everything is cleared out and in good shape. The only concern is the fire danger. Depending on how you interpret it, I think we are only allowed on roads or trails clear of vegetation.
It is membership dues time again. Look on your address label. If the EXP date is 17 or older your dues are due. If 18 or higher, you are paid up.
Removing rocks from 317
We got to the point we had to start filling things back in.
Looks a lot different than when we started. Hopefully it will be easier to ride and last a while.