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Portola Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 5A Off-highway and over-snow vehicle usage debated Shelley Wilkerson allow time for public Staff Writer comment. shelley.wilkerson8@gmail.com Several concerned citizens objected to a report developed by the Plumas National Forest regarding OHV (off-highway vehicle) and OSV (over-snow vehicle) usage at Lake Davis. The report was discussed at the Oct, 2 Plumas County Coordinating Council meeting. The feasibility report submitted by Beckwourth District Ranger Deb Bumpus showed the area around Lake Davis as closed to OHV and OSV use. Council member and County Supervisor Terry Swofford objected strongly and said the area has been open to snowmobile use for years. He said he would "fight this.., we will go to War." Bumpus explained the report was not a "decision-making document" and said it was submitted to the council for review prior to submission to the state. The state requires the document as part of a grant proposal submission. Swofford said the concern about OHV use at Lake Davis has been mentioned at every public meeting prior to the report being generated. Bumpus said at issue are the bald eagles that nest next to the lake, and explained that lack of snow has made necessary research impossible to do. She reiterated the report was not a "solution document" and said the "eagles may be just I'me, but we can't tell that yet." Jeanne Graham, owner of J&J Grizzly Store at Lake Davis, said there are already recreation guidelines for staying away from bald eagles and that none of the research shows that the eagles are upset by OSV use. . .rabam also noted that e economic impacts of how the FestService decision - would affect "not just the' Lake Davis businesses but {he community and the County" have not been studied.  Kyle Felker, steering committee member of Sierra access coalition, said there SalalSo research that shows d eagles are actually more listurbed by bicycle use than SV use. He noted the actual lumas National Forest naps that are sold locally show an OSV trail all the vay around Lake Davis. , Graeagle resident Stan ,Thompson said not allowing OHV and OSV vehicles is liscriminatory against the lisabled and said the Forest ervice should "plan on lgoing to court" if it ,implements the plan as shown. Council chairman and lumas County Public Works .Director Bob Perreault said he was upset by the "lack of coordination from the Forest ervice in creating the tlocument with the council." Council member John Sheehan noted the title "feasibility report" "implies that decisions have already been made." The Forest Service must submit a final report to the state by December, Bumpus said. She said she "appreciates all the comments, and will incorporate this information" into the fmal report. TI-I S WI:I:KI::N-D A'I" NAKOMA GOLF RESORT Subpart A Earl Ford, Plumas National Forest supervisor, explained for Subpart A the Forest Service is required to identify Forest Service roads that are "considered in excess of what is needed." i Ford said the roads identified would then be closed, obliterated, converted to trails or kept open if there were "overwhelming public needs that we did not identify." Ford said, "We have over 14,000 miles of roads that we don't have the money to maintain." He said the report would be published after the process was completed to Subpart C Ford handed out a news release from the USFS Pacific Southwest Region that explained the Forest Service is beginning a process of preparing environmental impact statements regarding OSV use. Council member and County Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said she held a townhall meeting in her district that focused on Subpart C. Thrall's district includes both Lassen and Plumas national forests. The news release says the Forest Service will hold public meetings to "identify issues and concerns." The Lassen National Forest meeting will be Nov. 5 in Susanville at the Lassen National Forest Supervisor's Office at 6:30 p.m. The Plumas National Forest meeting will be Nov. 6 in Quincy at the Mineral Building in the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m. Fire settlement funds Council members discussed settlement funds that the Forest Service has received. Last month theY' voted fora letter to be submitted to the Board of Supervisors. The letter was not submitted due to objections by Thrall. Thrall explained she thought the timing was off, as she and Ford have been working on "ways to use the funds differently than in the past" and said "for the council to take a position was premature." Ford explained the PNF has roughly $80 million of settlement funds left to spend Community members listen intently to Plumas National Forest Supervisor Earl Ford at the Plumas County Coordinating Council meeting Oct. 2. Photo by Shelley Wilkerson and that the Forest Service is "still committed on working with the county on ways to spend that." He said that the U.S. Code states the money may not be spent "outside of the footprint of the fires." Thrall said the settlement agreement and the U.S. Code are open to interpretation. She said that is why she and Ford have been working on finding ways to use some of the funds to create jobs in the county. Swofford explained to the meeting attendees that when the Forest Service has a timber sale, 25 percent of that sale comes back to the county for schools and roads. Ford said the Forest Service is not required to use the funds in partnership with the county, as they are not the result of a timber sale, but said, "If we work together in partnership citizens will know we are working on behalf of the community." Thrall said it is the position of the county that P00=a Faatar00 has the NFL Sunday lrlcket Package Come NFL team Open Sun. 12-8 197 Commercial Portola "We will go to war." Terry Swofford Supervisor 25 percent of the settlement funds should belong to the county. Photography and filming Ford said he wished to quell rumors that the USFS directive was going to be used to stop people from taking pictures in the forest. He said the directive is "for commercial filming to get a permit," and passed the meeting attendees a news release from the USFS chief. The release states, "Professional and amateur photographers will not need a permit unless they use models, actors or props; work in areas where the public is generally not allowed; or cause additional administrative costs." Ford did not know how that might apply to local businesses that film advertisements in the forest and did not know the cost of a permit. He said the directive was intended to stop commercial filming when there was "a risk of resource damage; a disruption of public use; or a risk to public health or safety." The council voted to revisit the subject at the next meeting after more research. A FUll SI::00CI00 BAKI::RY flesh pastries breads & bagels cakes & pies coffee & espresso NEW FALL FLAVORS! 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