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Trail Closures
« on: June 24, 2008, 09:21:38 AM »
 ::)I'll be posting TRAIL CLOSURES as I find out new information ::)
For Release: June 11, 2008
      Contact: Pamela A. Mathis (623)580-5509 or (602)402-7690
 
Monument Roads Temporarily Closed for Restoration
Beginning This Friday
at Sonoran Desert National Monument 
 
(PHOENIX, AZ) – As a 30 day public notice period concludes, officials at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prepare this week for a large scale public lands restoration project that results in a temporary closure of some roads in the Sonoran Desert National Monument, southwest of Phoenix.
 
The road closure begins this Friday, June 13, 2008, and encompasses 88 miles. BLM is now gating entry points and posting signs and maps along these routes, which are scheduled to be closed to all forms of motorized vehicles for a two-to-three restoration period. Thirty-five alternate recreational sites are identified in a map on the Arizona State Parks web page at: http://www.azstateparks.com/partnerships/ohv/ohv_sites.html
 
The temporary road closure is timed to coincide with the hottest days of the year when the sensitive desert is most susceptible to continued vehicle abuse. By September, the BLM and its volunteers will begin to repair damaged roads and create undeveloped camping and parking sites, reseed vegetation, install information signs, maps, and visitor information stands. As each area is restored, the temporary road closures will be opened in stages starting in two-to-three years.
 
The temporarily road closure became necessary when increased popularity and abuse by some users led to persistent damage of the vegetation, and the natural and cultural resources for which the monument was designated in 2001.
 
Motorists or OHV users who violate the closure will be cited by law enforcement officials; a violation carries a fine up to $1,000 and/or a year imprisonment, or more when public lands are damaged.
 
All monument access remains open for hiking and equestrian use.
 
--BLM--

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Forest fire burning near Crown King
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008, 06:02:46 PM »
Forest fire burning near Crown King
by Senta Scarborough - Jun. 29, 2008 02:08 PM
The Arizona Republic
Residents of Crown King, a remote mountain community north of the Valley, are being voluntarily evacuated ahead of a fire that has so far burned up to 150 acres.
About noon Sunday, officials began evacuating residents of the Horsebasin Thief and Crown King communities along with campers from two nearby campsites, Prescott National Forest Public Affairs spokeswoman Debbie Maneely said.
Those evacuated are going to Mayer High School where the American Red Cross is providing shelter and food, Maneely said. The shelter is located in Mayer, Ariz., near Highway 69 about 15 miles from Interstate 17.
The human-caused blaze started about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, and is located about three miles south of Crown King, northeast of Lane Mountain, officials said.
Many of the area residents have summer homes or weekend homes.
"It's a really remote area. There is only one road in and one road out," Maneely said.
The densely-forested area with Chaparral and Ponderosa pines and a lot of dead fuel makes the blaze a challenge to fight, Maneely said.
The blaze is slowly moving north. So far, fire crews have been using aircraft to battle the blaze but more crews and engines are on the way to start containment lines, Maneely said.
The Crown King area typically has a blaze each year but often they are started by lightning, Maneely said. She said they have done some prescribed burns in preparation but unfortunately not in the affected area.

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Picacho Peak State Park
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2008, 03:52:46 PM »
July 8 - Picacho Peak State Park
Temporary Park Closure
Due to construction of a new Visitor Center, Picacho Peak
State Park will be closed to all public entry starting July
8, 2008. Campers must check out by 2 pm on July 7. The
park is scheduled to re-open in October 2008. For more
information call 520.466.3183 or visit online at: www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/picacho.html

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Re: Trail Closures
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2008, 07:54:39 AM »
Thanks John
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Re: Trail Closures
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2008, 01:46:04 PM »
Crown King is open again
As of yesterday, July 9,2008 all residents were let back into Crown King.  A total of five homes were destroyed in the fire.  The fire department credits controlled burns last year to holding down the amount of damage in this years fire.  All trails are open again, however with monsoons coming, there's an increased chance of "wash out" in burned out areas.  Be sure to check trail info before attempting.

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Re: Trail Closures
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2008, 01:56:35 PM »
Park Service consulted on Casa Grande Mountain trail plan
By HAROLD KITCHING, Staff Writer   July 09, 2008
 
Only one person spoke Monday night during a public hearing on a master plan for a Casa Grande Mountain trails system.
Keith Swearingen, who lives in the area, told the City Council that the plan looks good but he has some concern about traffic entering from Arica Road, which he said sometimes now has a traffic problem.
The plan will be back before the council shortly.

Community Services Director Mary Johnson told the council that Casa Grande has been working with Joe Winfield, a landscape architect with the National Park Service's Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance Program, and that there have been extensive public meetings to get feedback on the hope of developing a nonmotorized, multiuse-trails master plan for the park.

"This has been a very challenging project due to coordination with several adjacent property owners and efforts to obtain authorization to access certain properties to achieve our goals," Johnson said. "With that being said, some of this remains unresolved, but we continue to work with the various parties."

Johnson said the proposed trails plan is organized into five loops with eight connector trails totaling 22 miles. Trailheads, with map kiosks, safety information and parking, would be on the north, east, south and west ends of the park.

The following is an e-mail sent by me today to the Community Services Director Mary Johnson:

Dear Mrs. Johnson,
 
As a member of the Casa Grande 4 Wheeler's Club, I was quite taken aback to read that actions are being taken to plan a nonmotorized, multiuse-trails master plan for Casa Grande Mountain.  I was also shocked to discover that there had been "extensive public meetings to get feedback", when not one of our membership had been aware of this until reading the article in the paper yesterday.  Are there plans to get any further public input before implementation?  I'm sure all of our membership would be very interested in attending such a meeting, as we all use Casa Grande mountain trails on a fairly regular basis.
Thank you for any information you might provide.
 
John Spencer
Casa Grande 4 Wheeler's Club



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Re: Trail Closures
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2008, 02:18:29 PM »
CASA GRANDE MOUNTAIN CLOSED TO MOTOR VEHICLES
The following is the reply I recieved from Mary P. Johnson, Community Services Director

Dear Sir,
Thank you for the inquiry. 

We have had two Master Planning processes (Community Services
Department Master Plan, which encompassed a non-motorized trails
component and the Casa Grande Mountain Park Trails System Master Plan),
and both processes had several public meetings, and took multiple years
to complete.  With that being said, a citizen survey was conducted as
part of our Community Services Department Master Plan, which serves as
one of our planning tools, and one the most significant needs referenced
by our citizens was the need for more Hiking and Biking Trails/Fitness
and Wellness Programs. 

Casa Grande Mountain Park is simply too small to accommodate an OHV
use, and OHV is typically planned in areas where there is more
significant/useable acreage.  Honestly, it will be a tight fit trying to
accommodate the multi-use trails with the various other activities that
occur in and around Casa Grande Mountain Park, such as a Public Shooting
Range, a Law Enforcement Shooting Range and a private Skeet/Trap Range.

As far as city property is concerned, "No person in a park shall bring
into or operate any motorcycle, car, truck, motorbike, any terrain
vehicle, or bicycle, whether motor-powered or not, except in areas and
on roads or paths designated for that purpose by the department
director. (Prior code § 18-3-4)."

The entire Casa Grande Mountain Park area is almost completely
surrounded by private ownership or federal ownership, and again, if this
activity is occurring, has permission been granted by either of these
parties?  I am unaware of any party granting permission on their
property for OHV use.

The trail system proposed will be a non-motorized, multi-use trail
system. It will serve: walkers, hikers, trail-runners, bicyclists,
in-line skaters, and equestrians. To the extent possible, all trails in
the proposed regional trail system will accommodate multiple users.  The
trail system is not intended to serve motorized off-highway vehicles
(OHV’s) such as motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and
four-wheel-drive trucks. The facility needs of these users are being
addressed by various federal and state agencies.
Off-highway vehicles will be prohibited from using the proposed
regional trail system to ensure public safety and to prevent damage to
the trails, the natural resources adjacent to the trails,and the
cultural resources that may be present along the trail.  Resource
destruction is certainly a consideration.  They have closed part of the
Sonoran Desert National Monument to OHV use to hopefully restore some of
that.  As the only real natural resource area that the City owns, it
would not make sense to allow any further destruction.

I hope this explains the challenge that we face as it relates to the
size of Casa Grande Mountain Park to accommodate this type of use, and
also the fact that our planning efforts are based on the citizen survey
information.  There are a number of authorized OHV sites around the
state and within our county.  You can check out the following website
for more information, then go to the section Off Highway Vehicle
Program...
http://www.pr.state.az.us/

Please note my e-mail address has changed. 
Mary P. Johnson, Community Services Director
City of Casa Grande, Parks & Recreation
404 E. Florence Blvd.
Casa Grande, Az.  85222
Phone:  (520)421-8677, X4510
Fax:        (520)421-8678
mjohnson@casagrandeaz.gov

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Re: Trail Closures
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2008, 03:30:31 PM »
Coconino National Forest and Mogollon Rim

Mogollon Rim Motor Vehicle Closure / Off Road Vehicle Restrictions Information
This area is off limits to any motor-vehicle being operated off of National Forest System Roads. Camping, game retrieval and wood-gathering may still take place in this area. Vehicles may park off a designated route (numbered roads ONLY) a distance that is the same as the length of their vehicle (and trailer if applicable), unless signed otherwise.
The affected area is roughly: east of Hwy 260, south of FR 142, west of FR 141 and north of FR 300.
 
PURPOSE: To eliminate off-road use that has caused resource damage.
•   This Order is in effect until September of 2009 when the Travel Management Rule (TMR) is implemented. 
•   A map identifying the off-road closure is attached and made part of this Order.
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Re: Trail Closures
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2008, 08:26:55 PM »
Casa Grande Mountain land closure

I have been corresponding with Mary Johnson of the City Parks Department, there
will be a meeting Monday July 21st at 7:00PM at City Hall.  The trail master plan proposal can be viewed at

http://www.casagrandeaz.gov/web/guest/communityservices

SEE TRAIL MASTER PLAN for maps and detailed information.

Please help look for any information that pertains to a public survey on this issue as I have not been able to find any.   The back bone of our arguement is who was surveyed and when.  How can so many people be unaware of this if a proper survey was conducted.

I have contacted Sandee McCullen from the Virtual Jeep Club and asked for her assistance.  She fights land issues on a regular basis and may be able to provide assistance.

This is your back yard people, anyone that rides dirt bikes, quads, any form of motorized vehicle needs to be joining in this fight to keep the trail open.

Help spread the word, we have less than a week to get as many people as we can to
attend this meeting!
« Last Edit: July 15, 2008, 08:40:23 PM by Charlie »
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Trail Closure of CG Mountain
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2008, 07:58:12 AM »
Sent to Mayor B. Jackson at bjackson@casagrandeaz.gov

Your Honor
 
Upon reviewing the Regional Trail System Master Plan, I see no opportunity for any motorized recreation program within Casa Grande.  By passing the OHV problem off onto Federal Agencies, does not allow for the City of Casa Grande and its taxpayers to be involved.
 
Many of the proposed trails are a great idea for today's economic status in trying to stay close to home, however with the closure of Casa Grande Mountain to motorized vehicles it also does not provide usage of an area that can be utilized by the less fortunate who may be handicapped and can only enjoy our great outdoors via motorized vehicles.
 
I, along with others who are interested in building a fully-rounded community to enjoy the outdoors, will be attending the just discovered meeting on Monday, July 21st.  We have also spent time cleaning up the area around CG Mt, i.e. Jimmy-Kerr road.  Will any of the other trail users also sign up for cleanup crews?
 
Also, during any survey was any of the thousands of Snow Birds surveyed?  They spend many of their hard earned retirement dollars in this City.
 
Sincerely
 
 
Sandra Morin
Full-Time resident at
Palm Creek RV and Golf Resort
 



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CG Mountain Trail Closure
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2008, 08:05:40 AM »
Regarding the reply recieved from Mary P. Johnson, Community Services Director

"....and both processes had several public meetings, and took multiple years
to complete.  With that being said, a citizen survey was conducted as
part of our Community Services Department Master Plan, which serves as
one of our planning tools, and one the most significant needs referenced
by our citizens was the need for more Hiking and Biking Trails/Fitness
and Wellness Programs. " 

Casa Grande has doubled in size over the last years.  When was the survey taken when CG was only 20,000 not the 45,000 and may grow to 230,000 by 2030 that the Master Plan states?

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Re: Trail Closures
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2008, 08:16:23 AM »
In response to the reply from Mary Johnson, Community Services Director

"The trail system proposed will be a non-motorized, multi-use trail
system. It will serve: walkers, hikers, trail-runners, bicyclists,
in-line skaters, and equestrians. To the extent possible, all trails in
the proposed regional trail system will accommodate multiple users.  The
trail system is not intended to serve motorized off-highway vehicles
(OHV’s) such as motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and
four-wheel-drive trucks. The facility needs of these users are being
addressed by various federal and state agencies."

The trail system only effects the healthy Casa Grande residents.  Any one with a disability that cannot walk, hike, bike, use in-line skates must have a horse to use the system.  I have meet many people on the OHV trails that have gotten to see our beautiful area by 4x4 because they cannot use any of the other methods described in Mrs. Johnson's response.

Also by putting the burden of OHV use to the Federal Government, she in fact infers that there is no place in the 250 mile plan sited in the Casa Grande General Plan and mentioned in Section 1.1 of the City of Casa Grande Regional Trail System Master Plan.

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Re: Trail Closures
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2008, 10:45:23 AM »
Desert Wells Multiuse Area
•   New Gate Closures - Effective as of Monday, May 19, 2008
Gates 1-4, 6-10 and Access B are all being closed due to safety concerns and new construction soon to be happening on the Southern end of this use area. Most trails are still open to ride on, these gate closures are to control where users enter and exit the use area. Access A, Access C and Gate 5 will all remain open for use. Park at least a quarter mile off the roadways and always stay on roads and trails.

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Re: Trail Closures
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2008, 10:47:53 AM »
Granite Mountain Multiuse Area
•   NEW - July 9 , 2008 - Due to passage of Senate Bill 1552 and Maricopa County and The City of Scottsdale dust control ordinances, Granite Mountain Multiuse Area is closed to all motorized vehicle use.
•   Information: The Granite Mountain Multiuse Area is located in Scottsdale, near Pima Road and Dynamite Boulevard. It is a multiuse area for horseback riders, hikers, and other outdoor recreationists. It is state trust land and you must have a recreational permit to use state trust land. The city of Scottsdale owns quite a bit of land in the center of the multiuse area, known as the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The preserve is off-limits to all motorized vehicles. Non-motorized users are welcome.

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Re: Trail Closures
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2009, 04:24:34 PM »
In line skaters!!! They'll need our 4 wheeler's to evcuate these folks!!! I'll pay to watch a In Line Skater go up & come back down Casa Grande  Mtn.