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Old December 17th, 2009, 09:09 AM   #1
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Default Savanna Ecosystem Restoration Project

Posted by Jarhead (GLFWDA President):

Previously, I have made posts in an attempt to help educate and make wheelers aware they can make a huge difference by just giving a few minutes a day or an hour a week to help our sport.

Just one example: http://www.glfwda.org/showthread.php...highlight=sopa

If you do nothing else, download the attached PDF and fill out the PUBLIC COMMENT SHEET and it to the Baldwin-White Cloud Ranger Districts Huron-Manistee National Forests address provided.

This scoping project requires our immediate attention as the areas affected are areas we currently use, including our trash cleanup area. We need to act quickly as comments need to be submitted by January 11, 2010. Jeff Traynor is scheduling a meeting regarding the scoping project for Sunday, December 20th at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Hills Foods, 4668 Cascade Rd Se, Grand Rapids Township, 49546, hope to see you there.

Project Name: Savanna Ecosystem Restoration Project EA

*NEW LISTING*

Project Purpose
- Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants
- Forest products

Planning Status
Developing Proposal
Est. Scoping Start 11/2009

Decision
Expected: 06/2010

Expected Implementation: 07/2010

Description: Restoration and Creation of savanna by reducing forest canopy to 10-50% canopy closure, burning, seeding of nectar plants, and herbicide treatment of invasive plant species. Treatment area is 3,000 acres.

Location: UNIT - Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District. STATE - Michigan. COUNTY - Muskegon, Oceana. LEGAL - T13N, R17W, Sec 36, T13N, R16W Sec 1-5, 9-16, 19-36, T13N R15W Sec 2-10, 16-18, 19,20,29,30, T11-12N, R 17 W Sec 1,2, T12N, R16W Sec 4-6. Grant , Otto & Greenwood Townships, Oceana County, Montague-White Hall & Blue LakeTwsp, Muskegon Co.

Forest Service Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) for the Huron-Manistee National Forest
http://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/forest-level.php?110904

Jarhead (Bob)
President


ed. - Sorry for the cross link, but the PDFs are too big to attach here, and I aren't computer smart enough to know how to down-size them.

The scoping letter and public comment form are at
Savanna Ecosystem Restoration Project - GLFWDA
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Old December 17th, 2009, 09:21 AM   #2
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so big picture, because of a butterfly they are gonna put the kabosh on the MNF for wheeling? (no i didnt read the 15 pages, looking for cliffnotes)
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so big picture, because of a butterfly they are gonna put the kabosh on the MNF for wheeling? (no i didnt read the 15 pages, looking for cliffnotes)
Pretty much, ........ This same butterfly stopped developement along the White Pine trail in Algoma Township last year.
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Not the whole MNF, but a hunk. How big is uncerain, the current project defined in the SOPA reads 3,000 acres, but if you read back in a ways it mentions a 26,000 acre savannah project. I have not had time yet to re-read or compare to the MVUM either, if someone else has please pass along what you find.
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A big section of it seems to be open forest roads that loop along the White River surrounding the Pines Point area. All of that would be closed, leaving only a few county roads open. The description reads that roads would still allow fishermen to get within a quarter mile of their favorite areas. The roads would be converted over to hiking and horseback trails which would essentially parallel existing trails in the area for them. And we get kicked out. Not that they haven't already closed almost all the trails in that area, this would just be the finishing touch. I haven't sorted through the remainder of the areas affected, I started here because it's the area closest to me.
Creation of the Savanah areas sounds like a fancy way of saying they're going to clearcut these areas.
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good old les russel...... he is on a mission.
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Wow, if this happens who will pick up the trash in the spring from the people who don't give a shit about the KBB
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This crap keeps up it'll make us look like a bunch of friggin Oregon hippies. I hate hippies
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A big section of it seems to be open forest roads that loop along the White River surrounding the Pines Point area. All of that would be closed, leaving only a few county roads open. The description reads that roads would still allow fishermen to get within a quarter mile of their favorite areas. The roads would be converted over to hiking and horseback trails which would essentially parallel existing trails in the area for them. And we get kicked out. Not that they haven't already closed almost all the trails in that area, this would just be the finishing touch. I haven't sorted through the remainder of the areas affected, I started here because it's the area closest to me.
Creation of the Savanah areas sounds like a fancy way of saying they're going to clearcut these areas.
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.....and harvest the timber for the General Fund Coffers. Sounds like the Fire Tower area all over again.
How is it that the Government can lie, cheat, and steal, right in front of us, and we cant stop it.

District Ranger, we are calling you out. How about some explanation.
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well maybe ol' les needs a lesson. I bet he won't get one person up there who lives around a closed up trail to help him clean as volinteers ... unless he is paying for it out of the DNR budget or the trails fund.
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Please note the short time frame for public comments - January 11, 2010
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