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Buh Bye Pismo/Oceano

Postby HummBebe » Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:03 pm

Buh Bye Pismo.....

Center for Biological Diversity Takes First Step in Lawsuit to Stop
Beach Driving From Killing Snowy Plovers


For Immediate Release, April 21, 2009

Contact: John Buse, Center for Biological Diversity, (323) 533-4416

OCEANO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a formal notice of intent to sue against the California Department of Parks and Recreation over its ongoing authorization of motorized vehicle use at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, which is known to result in mortality of wintering snowy plovers—a threatened species.

“The Endangered Species Act prohibits anyone, including state agencies, from killing, harming, or harassing listed species like the snowy plover,” said John Buse, a Center for Biological Diversity senior staff attorney. “Despite observations of snowy plovers crushed and terrorized by vehicles, the Department of Parks and Recreation has done nothing to stop further harm to wintering plovers.”

The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, in southern San Luis Obispo County, includes about 1,500 acres of sand dunes and 5.5 miles of beach areas open for use by motorized vehicles. The Area is operated and managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. Street-legal vehicles can be operated on the beach in the northern portion of the Recreation Area, while the southern portion is open to off-road vehicles and motorized campers.

But the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is also home to hundreds of western snowy plovers, a small shorebird that is protected as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. Snowy plovers nest and breed in the Recreation Area between March and September, with most individual birds returning year after year to the exact same nesting spots, generally in flat open areas such as beaches and sandspits. Many snowy plovers also remain in the Recreation Area after the end of breeding season and throughout the winter, where they are vulnerable to disturbance and to being struck by vehicles.

In addition to managing the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, the Department of Parks and Recreation permits special off-road vehicle events and races. As a result of a previous Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit, during one such event in October 2008, the Department deployed biological monitors to determine whether snowy plovers were harmed. Monitors reported that one plover was found dead in tire tracks and appeared to have been crushed. In addition, monitors observed dozens of snowy plovers “being terrorized” by vehicles on the beach.

The notice provided to the Department of Parks and Recreation announced the Center’s intent to sue if the Department fails to take action to prevent future injury to snowy plovers. “For a species as imperiled as the snowy plover, any harm or harassment matters,” said Buse.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 220,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.



The only way to prevent these birds from being 'terrorized', injured or killed is to close the park.
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Re: Buh Bye Pismo/Oceano

Postby stjames151 » Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:13 pm

HummBebe wrote:
The only way to prevent these birds from being 'terrorized', injured or killed is to close the park.

We all know that is not true. It's just a BS argument used by irrational greenies. But it makes me not want to raise kids in the future I forsee.
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Re: Buh Bye Pismo/Oceano

Postby Seth » Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:25 am

That would truly be a terrible shame. Please let us know if there is a letter writing campaign set up for this.
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Re: Buh Bye Pismo/Oceano

Postby Rich » Fri May 01, 2009 11:50 am

Of all the places in CA I would think the greenies would have the most trouble closing pismo. Not saying it couldn't happen, but I'd bet against it.
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Re: Buh Bye Pismo/Oceano

Postby Sewie » Fri May 01, 2009 1:25 pm

Rich wrote:Of all the places in CA I would think the greenies would have the most trouble closing pismo. Not saying it couldn't happen, but I'd bet against it.


They've been trying for decades and have succeeded in closing off parts of the park. I agree, I don't see the entire park being shut down. But as usual, it will take lots of time, energy, and donations by the OHV community to counteract their BS.
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