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Duncan Hunter protects OFF-ROADERS!!! MUST READ:

Postby RasterMaster » Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:47 pm

Hunter weighs in on dunes management plan
By LAURA MITCHELL
Staff Writer


U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, weighed in on the Imperial Sand Dunes draft management plan this past week in a meeting with U.S.

Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clark.

The BLM's draft management plan and the environmental study it was based on have been criticized by environmentalists, off-roaders and business people. The draft plan and study were the subject of a series of public hearings last month in California and Arizona that drew well over 2,000 people. The public was invited to comment on the draft plan orally or in writing.

Hunter met with Clark Wednesday and submitted a letter with his official comments. The Imperial Sand Dunes are within Hunter's congressional district. Hunter's letter states he has three recommendations for the draft. The plan should be approved with a "no jeopardy opinion" since there is no justification or supporting data in the draft environmental study for using an adaptive management area or buffer zone to restrict off-road access, the letter states. Existing boundaries - Highway 78 to the north, Interstate 8 to the south, a canal to the west and railroad tracks to the east - act as a natural buffer zone, Hunter's letter states.

The letter also states the management plan must consider socio-economic impacts to Hunter's congressional district. Imperial Sand Dunes users contribute millions of dollars to Imperial County.
Hunter also suggests extending Gecko Road off Highway 78, which would create more areas for camping, as suggested in the 1987 draft management plan.

June 28 is the last day to submit written comments on the draft. For more information on submitting comments, contact Jim Komatinsky at the El Centro office of the BLM at 337-4400 or on the web at
http://www.ca.blm.gov/elcentro

Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or
lauramitchell9@yahoo.com

NHRA & NASCAR Dads (and moms) Look at Duncan Hunter

Only one candidate for President has stood up and fought the environmentalists to protect motorsports recreation, supports drilling for and refining oil in the US, supports American automotive manufacturers and aftermarket innovations and himself drives a Chevrolet Suburban with over 200,000 miles on it.

If you are an automotive performance enthusiast you need to take a look at Duncan Hunter for President unless the idea of a 2009 electric Ford Pinto sounds appealing to you. And just in case you're wondering he didn't just jump on the bandwagon yesterday.

Here's a note from John Stewart, Director of Environmental Affairs for United Four Wheel Drive Association (9/3/02):
"San Diego and Imperial Counties have been represented by one individual that has been a friend of recreation: Duncan Hunter. For those not in tune with the southland, Imperial County is home to the Glamis San Dunes, also known as Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.


The area is a very popular recreation area and is a prime target for the wilderness advocates. Duncan Hunter has stood up to the wilderness advocates and represented recreation.


The problem is, redistricting has caused some changes. Duncan Hunter no longer represents Imperial County and the sand dunes area. That area has been annexed to Bob Filner's district. Filner is one of the more liberal of liberal Democrats in the House. He is not a friend of recreation. His constituents are the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity.


Some of you may wonder why a 4-wheeler should be concerned with the sand-buggy and ATV area. Well, Imperial County is also the location of Truckhaven Hills. If you have heard of Tierra del Sol Desert Safari, that is Truckhaven. It is one of the premier 4-wheeling spots left in the state.


So, the stakes are high for this election cycle. Every Republican candidate elected (or re-elected) is a plus for recreation.


Boxer has introduced her vision of California Wilderness in the Senate. That "vision" is not expected to advance; however, it will never go away.

Three representatives from California have introduced their version of the overall Boxer Wilderness proposal. Together, these three bills encompass more area than the Boxer bill. They will not go away.

http://redstaterusa.blogspot.com/2008/01/nascar-dads-and-moms-look-at-duncan.html

More from the archives:
http://www.corva.org/Latest_Issues/2006/HAROLD%20CONGR%20RECORD.pdf

Duncan Hunter Member of Automotive Performance and Motorsports Congressional Caucus

Duncan Hunter is the only candidate for president that that is a member of this SEMA associated group and has been an advocate for motorsports, recreation and automotive performance enthusiasts for years.

http://redstaterusa.blogspot.com/
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Re: Duncan Hunter protects OFF-ROADERS!!! MUST READ:

Postby Seth » Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:00 pm

Good read. I am glad somebody is fighting for our right to off-road.
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Postby RasterMaster » Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:13 pm

Wasn't sure if this should have been posted in OFF TOPIC or LAND USE.... :duh: :where:
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Postby KevinA » Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:56 pm

I took that test that was posted here a while ago about what candidate you most agree with and my # 1 was Hunter. Didn't know who he was at the time but now that I am paying more attention I wish he had some more publicity.
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Postby Bellvis » Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:38 pm

Moved thread to Trail Talk. ;)
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Postby Sewie » Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:52 pm

Too bad there's not more politicians who share his views on off-roading. They're all too busy collecting PAC money from the "enviromentalists." :x :x

The letter also states the management plan must consider socio-economic impacts to Hunter's congressional district.


That's something that's not brought up enough. :up: Think how many companies rely on off-roaders for business. It's not just accessory companies and the like. But gas stations, restaurants, motels, etc., in areas where people wheel. The Forest Service/BLM and the greenies filing their lawsuits either don't consider it, or don't care. :wall:
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Postby Alec W » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:37 am

Sewie wrote:Too bad there's not more politicians who share his views on off-roading. They're all too busy collecting PAC money from the "enviromentalists." :x :x

The letter also states the management plan must consider socio-economic impacts to Hunter's congressional district.


That's something that's not brought up enough. :up: Think how many companies rely on off-roaders for business. It's not just accessory companies and the like. But gas stations, restaurants, motels, etc., in areas where people wheel. The Forest Service/BLM and the greenies filing their lawsuits either don't consider it, or don't care. :wall:

Any idea what the OHV total revenue is? It’s got to be a multibillion dollar industry I would think.

After a few more trail closures maybe the lobby money will start coming from our side and the politicians will flip flop. They are politicians after all and $ is almost as important as votes ;)
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Postby ToxicTurtle » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:27 am

EC4WDA has an economic assessment book that we put together a few years ago. We are in process of updating it now.
One can see an online version here: http://www.ec4wda.org/4wdAssesment/4wdAssesment.htm The whole doc is available over on the right side.
It has made quite a difference in some municipalities but has been completely disdained in others. An important thing to remember about the extreme antis is that they are anti capitalism too. That means they don't care about the socio-economic impact closing "pristine wildlands" has on any municipality. If anyone is interested in working to get one done, simply ask me and I can get you copies of our surveys and how we put ours together.

Although not a member of the SEMA Automotive Caucus, I can say that Romney didn't hinder our efforts in MA when he was governor.

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