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More damage at Cottonwood Springs

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February 13, 2005 01:29PM
The FOJF sponsored a hike yesterday from the Bonita Vista trailhead to Cottonwood Springs and back. This 6 mile round trip hike was not only a great way to get some fresh air and exercise, but also an oppertunity to check on local conditions in the Juniper Flats ACEC. As expected, motorcycle traffic is increasing within the cultural area and route proliferation is expanding. Another cut fence was discovered and red route closure markers have been vandalized again. It seems that OHV enthusiasts are'nt satisfied with a single trail through the cultural area and continue to engage in open play and trailburning. The damage to the cultural area is increasing and is now being documented by gps location.

Other users in the area were noted as well. An equestrian group was noted there and a different party of hikers was encountered. No BLM presence was noted and motorcyclists continue to violate regulations prohibiting motorized vehicle use off designated routes within the ACEC. J1299 has never been a designated route within the ACEC and the WEMO plan excludes ACEC designations. Since the WEMO routes have not been formally recognized, continued illegal use of J1299 is causing expanding damage to the cultural area. The BLM managers must be held accountable for this damage as enforcement resources are intentionaly diverted away from this area.

One solution is to fund restoration projects with green sticker money paid from license and fuel tax money collected. Let those doing the damage pay the cost of restoration.
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More damage at Cottonwood Springs

LaughingBear 1113February 13, 2005 01:29PM

Re:Fence stolen!

LaughingBear 705February 15, 2005 08:03PM

No kidding!

katrina island 703February 15, 2005 09:26PM

Re: No kidding!

jobe 633February 16, 2005 04:59AM

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LaughingBear 757February 15, 2005 10:16PM

Fences and Footprints

katrina island 646February 15, 2005 11:27PM

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LaughingBear 685February 16, 2005 06:55AM

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Jennifer Foster 723February 18, 2005 01:35AM

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Steamboat 584February 18, 2005 07:11AM

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Paul P. 701February 18, 2005 10:28AM

Established Cooperative Agreement

katrina island 679February 18, 2005 05:07PM

Re: Established Cooperative Agreement

mojavegreen 670February 18, 2005 06:33PM

Thieves, not the government?

katrina island 620February 18, 2005 07:32PM

Re: Thieves, not the government?

mojavegreen 647February 18, 2005 08:54PM

Re: Established Cooperative Agreement

Steamboat 668February 19, 2005 08:31AM

Jennifer Foster screaming

mojavegreen 680February 18, 2005 03:49PM

Re: Jennifer Foster screaming

Jennifer Foster 743February 19, 2005 02:30AM

Re: Jennifer Foster screaming

mojavegreen 618February 19, 2005 11:57AM

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Wizard 672February 18, 2005 12:14PM

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Rick 607February 18, 2005 01:07PM

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LaughingBear 705February 18, 2005 10:36PM

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LaughingBear 672February 19, 2005 06:19AM

What I wouldn't put past the BLM ...

katrina island 631February 19, 2005 11:50AM

Re: What I wouldn't put past the BLM ...

Steamboat 695February 19, 2005 12:30PM

Canary for BLM Management

mojavegreen 632February 19, 2005 02:40PM

J1299 Trail Counterpoint

katrina island 622February 19, 2005 04:42PM

Re: J1299 Trail Counterpoint

mojavegreen 637February 19, 2005 05:33PM

lots of equestrian tracks?

katrina island 653February 19, 2005 06:32PM

Re: More damage at Cottonwood Springs

LaughingBear 1083February 19, 2005 10:07PM



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