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Access-rights groups to fight possible land closure

December 29, 2009
Filed under Features

A federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposal could close about 30,000 acres of the 75,000-acre Clear Creek area in San Benito County, Calif., to off-highway riding.
This move could ultimately close the entire area since there would be no access, according to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).

The AMA is working to respond to the proposal with a number of other groups, including AMA District 36 (Northern California, Northwestern Nevada), BlueRibbon Coalition, California Off Road Vehicle Association, California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, Timekeepers Motorcycle Club and the Salinas Ramblers Motorcycle Club.

These groups are analyzing the BLM’s Clear Creek Management Area Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The draft plan studied a variety of alternatives for managing the land and the current preferred alternative would allow no off-highway vehicle use.

The AMA and other groups will respond to the draft plan by the BLM’s March 5 deadline for public comments.

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