Welcome! Log In Create A New Profile Recent Messages

Deep Creek Hot Springs

The Moon is Waning Gibbous (63% of Full)


Advanced

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

All posts are those of the individual authors and the owner of this site does not endorse them. Content should be considered opinion and not fact until verified independently.

April 14, 2002 09:31PM
DCHS, Inc. supports reasonable public access to Deep Creek. Currently routes JF3 and JF4 are more suitable 4-wheel drive high clearance vehicles. DCHS, Inc. would like to see these routes improved slightly to allow for 2-wheel drive vehicles. We believe that reasonable public access should be available and if these routes would be improved slightly that would suffice. (we are not into paving any route out there)

Because these routes are 4-wheel drive, this results in most of the public routed through the Bowen Ranch for access. This is not reasonable public access. In addition, DCHS, Inc. believes the person at the Bowen Ranch, Mike Castro, to be a dangerous unpredictable person who has committed violent acts against numerous individuals.

So, requiring the majority of the public to access through the Bowen Ranch subjects the public to unpredictable violence. This also allows Mike Castro the ability to decide who can access the springs and who can not through the Bowen Ranch. This means that the public driving 2-wheel drive vehicles are subject to Mike Castro's screening process.

Mike Castro does not limit himself to monitoring just the ranch lands, he patrols and has accosted people on public lands.

DCHS, Inc. believes that the increased use of Deep Creek Hot Springs should be dealt with in another manner. There is no doubt that with increasing populations and the introduction of the internet, that Deep Creek is facing increasing use. Perhaps making the hike longer is a solution, perhaps requiring reservations, etc. There needs to be a legal reasonable solution to this issue facing Deep Creek and we need to be a part of that decision process.

One of DCHS, Inc.'s purposes is to provide the necessary facilities and improvements needed to support the recreational use of the springs. For instance, down at the springs, there are no bathrooms or outhouses. This may cause a negative impact on the environment down there and may lead to closure. DCHS, Inc. would offer the solution by providing the funds needed for an outhouse down there.

Currently, there is an illegal cesspool at the Bowen Ranch. When DCHS, Inc. is in a position to take possession of the Bowen Ranch buildings this is one of the improvements that would have to be done. We would have to remove the cesspool and replace it with a septic system. We would like to see bathrooms and showers at the ranch.

Currently, there are no improved camping areas at the ranch or on the public lands. DCHS, Inc. would like to offer improved camping areas for the public. Otherwise, the public would be more likely to camp overnight at Deep Creek which is illegal.

DCHS, Inc. is not in favor of promoting a visitor center. The Bowen Ranch house would become a meeting place for the people who enjoy Deep Creek to meet, discuss the issues facing Deep Creek and offer solutions to the public agencies.

As far as the hotspringer's store, DCHS, Inc. has been funding expenses pretty much on its own for the past three years. We are not yet at the Bowen Ranch where we could then start setting up our organization. So, until then we needed a way to raise funds to pay for ongoing expenses and the funds needed for these future plans. Ongoing expenses include $30. a month for the website, $1,500 a year for insurance. There have been expenses for forming the corporation, attending meetings, writing letters, postage, ink, paper, audio tapes of meetings, etc.

We like the ruggedness of the area and are not into commercializing anything out there.

DCHS, Inc. has been attending public meetings and reviewing information about the new management plans being done by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. The plans call for drastic changes that have never been done before concerning the use of public lands.

The endangered species are to have priority over any human use. Deep Creek has endangered species and is being proposed as a Special Interest Area for cultural, scenic and zoological. A special interest area can also be for public popularity. This is not the case with Deep Creek. Deep Creek is also proposed for a designation as a Wild and Scenic River.

As to exactly what this will mean for Deep Creek remains to be seen. However, there are riparian areas that are being fenced off to prevent human access.

The Forest Service is scheduled to release their proposed changes to their management plan in June. Maybe then it will be more clear what is planned for the future of Deep Creek.

In the meantime, the Bureau of Land Management has been proposing that the Juniper Flats ACEC (Area of Critical Environmental Concern) be expanded to a much larger area bordered by Tussing Ranch Road to the north, and the Forest Service boundary to the south. With an ACEC, decisions are made by the authorized officer at BLM. The public would have no ability to be a part of the decision process.

DCHS, Inc. is concerned about how these new plans by these two agencies may impact our right to access and enjoyment of the springs. We shall soon see more clearly when the two proposed plans are released.
SubjectAuthorViewsPosted

Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Jona 1407April 13, 2002 09:58AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Jim 799April 13, 2002 10:37PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

katrina 838April 14, 2002 02:01AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 820April 14, 2002 11:45AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

free our forests 782April 14, 2002 12:17PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Jona 822April 14, 2002 03:06PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Rick 834April 15, 2002 12:15AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Jona 780April 15, 2002 08:09AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Jona 698April 15, 2002 08:28AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Rick 808April 15, 2002 04:39PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Jona 1372April 15, 2002 05:29PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

katrina 757April 16, 2002 01:50AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Rick 897April 17, 2002 10:36AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 822April 14, 2002 03:54PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

katrina 800April 14, 2002 09:31PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Jona 700April 14, 2002 10:49PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

katrina 783April 15, 2002 02:08PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Paul P. 778April 15, 2002 04:49PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Cares 802April 15, 2002 07:01PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Cares 776April 19, 2002 09:15AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Rick 899April 19, 2002 04:18PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

katrina 710April 16, 2002 01:42AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Paul P. 742April 16, 2002 02:48PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Rick 971April 15, 2002 04:51PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 794April 15, 2002 07:47PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 727April 15, 2002 09:01PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 784April 15, 2002 10:53PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Monkey Wrench Gang 782April 19, 2002 01:20PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

incredulous 798April 20, 2002 12:30PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

incredulous 779April 20, 2002 04:49PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

incredulous 877April 23, 2002 12:07PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Paul P. 715April 23, 2002 07:11PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Paul P. 833April 23, 2002 07:12PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

incredulous 853April 23, 2002 10:30PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard of OZ 748April 19, 2002 09:22PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard of OZ 732April 19, 2002 09:27PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 779April 19, 2002 11:35PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 752April 20, 2002 11:25PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

incredulous 783April 22, 2002 09:16AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

katrina island 825April 22, 2002 01:19PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

incredulous 755April 22, 2002 06:49PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

JOBE 751April 22, 2002 06:45PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

incredulous 792April 23, 2002 11:56AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Jona 1435April 22, 2002 03:06PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Paul P. 804April 22, 2002 05:09PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

katrina island 803April 22, 2002 05:56PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Jona 787April 22, 2002 05:21PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 757April 22, 2002 11:23PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 849April 23, 2002 07:11AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Free our forests 908April 23, 2002 10:43AM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Jona 756April 23, 2002 07:32PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 852April 23, 2002 09:56PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 807April 23, 2002 10:08PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 782April 23, 2002 10:44PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

incredulous 758April 25, 2002 06:06PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 830April 25, 2002 09:08PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

DCR 774April 26, 2002 12:43PM

Re: Mike Castro and DCHS INC

Wizard 1325April 26, 2002 09:02PM



Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.

Click here to login