Author Topic: Opposition to Inclusion of Oceano Dunes SVRA  (Read 2078 times)

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Opposition to Inclusion of Oceano Dunes SVRA
« on: May 12, 2011, 08:43:18 AM »
 Friends of Oceano Dunes need us to send letters to the US Fish and Wildlife Service: The following is a message from Jim Suty, Friends of Oceano Dunes. US Fish & Wildlife is proposing to declare a large part of Oceano Dunes SVRA as critical habitat for the Snowy Plover, eliminating OHV activity! This would greatly affect access to the dunes - PLEASE ACT NOW

Thanks for the help - Amy

The attached letter needs to be signed, dated with printed name and address. They then need to be mailed to USFW (address at the top of the page). Letters MUST be received prior to 5/23/11...therefore mail by 5/16/11....we have one week. Please send to friends and distribute wide and far.

May 10, 2011

By U.S. Mail

Public Comments Processing,
Attn: FWS-R8-ES-2010-0070
Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222
Arlington, VA 22203

Re: Opposition to Inclusion of Oceano Dunes SVRA in the Critical Habitat Designation for the Western Snowy Plover
Dear Fish and Wildlife Service:
I am a frequent visitor to Oceano Dunes SVRA in Pismo Beach, California, where I enjoy one of the most unique off-roading experiences in the world.
I have just learned that the Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to declare a significant part of Oceano Dunes to be “critical” habitat for the western snowy plover.
I am confused by this proposal since I know that in 2005 the Service specifically excluded Oceano Dunes from plover critical habitat because of the severe impacts such a regulation would have on the local and regional economy in San Luis Obispo County.
Miles of riding area have already been off-limits to off-road recreation even though this is not critical habitat. The plover seems to be thriving with all of the conservation measures that State Parks currently has in place. I understand that State Parks is planning even more. In light of all this, what additional benefit can adding the critical habitat regulation have? It seems like it will just be used by extremists to try to shut down the park to off-road recreation.
I OPPOSE designating Oceano Dunes SVRA as plover critical habitat. It should remain excluded for economic reasons as it has been for the past 6 years without harm to the plover.
Name: ________________ Date _________

Print Name: __________________
Address: _____________________
City ____________ State: _______ Zip ____

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