U.S. Forest Service locking down California Forest to Campers and Hunters
The USFS has just released their "Dispersed Camping & Game Retrieval Guidance" (click here for a link to the document). The guidance in this document says that the public can travel no more than 50' off a designated route to a dispersed camping site or for hunters to retrieve their game.
SAC believes that this is unacceptable. The USFS has taken away all routes less than 0.5 mile long, which eliminates access to many camping and hunting areas. If this guidance is followed on the Plumas, it will have a major impact on forest use. Note on page 4 that the Regional Office developed this plan through just "informal discussions" with CDF&G. SAC doesn't believe that informal discussions are the appropriate way to set policy.
SAC will be meeting with the USFS to discuss how the issue of dispersed camping and game retrieval will be handled on the Plumas.
Members are invited to send their comments to SAC at (SierraAccess@yahoo.com).
You are also strongly encouraged to voice your opinion directly to:
Fred Krueger, Plumas NF (530) 283-7840 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Kathy Mick at the USFS Regional Office (707) 562-5589 (email@example.com).