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BLM says Greenhorn will be closedWell, I’m not exactly sure how they will do that, and the cost is sure to be high.A little background:On 9/22 if you remember, some of the local PBB members organized a small, albeit effective clean up. At the clean up we discussed whether or not this area was worth saving. It was such a mess. We collectively agreed that was, and that a little education could go a long way.When I got to the office on Monday morning I called the Folsom BLM office, and spoke with Mr. Jeff Horn, outdoor recreation officer. At first Mr. Horn was very surprised, excited and happy to hear about the clean up, the interest in additional cleanups, and the offer to put up signage at the camping areas. Then as if someone hit him over the head, his tone completely changed, and he then informed me about the FEIS (Final Environmental Impact Statement), that it has been completed, the comment periods were over and that the ROD (Record of Decision) would be signed very soon, and, that Greenhorn was going to be closed.Alarmed, I contacted a few people and asked if they knew anything about it. Answer: No. I quickly looked up the FEIS on the BLM website, no references there to the closure of Greenhorn. (Bebe wrote a lengthy letter to BLM, if you would like to read it follow the links below)Essentially, after I fired off that e-mail, (6 weeks ago) I have heard nothing. I contacted him twice yesterday, and received no return phone call or e-mail. So now it is time to bring it to the users. We need to organize, and let them know we want to keep this play area. But we have to be willing to work for it.The majors players/decision makers I know of are, The BLM, Tahoe National Forest (very small area), Nevada County, Private Landowners, and Local users.Some ideas for what needs to be done:Signs at all 6 entrances, and the 3-4 major camping areas.Pack it in - Pack it out, Leave No Trace – Use Portable Sanitation - Stay on the Trail – No Trespassing etc.Well-drawn maps of the area from You Bet to Buckeye Flat Rd. (Aerials w/ road overlays would work best)Regular clean upsCommunity OutreachOrganized EventsWe should also have regular meetings with all the above-mentioned authorities, preferably together at one time, preferably on site.All of those who would like to help, even in the smallest way, let me know on this thread. We can schedule a meeting and get some more thoughts on how to save this great play area.ThanksBebe
The turn out was incredible.To every one of the Volunteers who attended todays Clean-Up:THANK YOU FOR CARING ABOUT GREENHORN!!!I am so over whelmed by the people that turned out for the 9AM start, but add to that, they just kept coming, signing in and working. We had 112 folks turn out for this event. Un-freaking-believable!!!I have so many to thank for the support that made this event successful:Dennis Mayer, RTF and FOTR: Truly, you have been my Mentor since I arrived in the OHV world. I can't thank you enough for your love and support!Don Spuhler, CA4WDAC: Thank you for putting the energy into Greenhorn it deserves. Cal4's involvement will be critical to our success in keeping it open.To the Greenhorn IC Chiefs:Rick Krause, Rick White, Martin Ward, Erik Bibelheimer, Dana (Cobra5.0Jeep) and Will Corbett, you all make great wing-men, thank you for doing such an incredible job today. To the Team Leaders:Erik, Brian, Don, Dennis, Rick, Derek, Aero and Ken, OUTSTANDING PRODUCTIVITY from all your crews. It just could not have been more effective, and we have you to thank! We easily hauled out over 25 cubic yards of trash, metal, scrap iron, two loads of tires (1 car hauler and 1 dump truck), and 3 vehicles.Thank you to Les Schwab, who took all the tires for no charge... Auburn Placer Disposal who donated 11 passes to their dump for those who would haul to Auburn, and to CALTRANS for providing 150 enormous trash bags.The most important factor in the success of this clean-up were the local users, many of them still in their teens!!! What an incredible group you are! You should all be proud of yourselves ! What a way to step up and become a part of something so important to your community!!!We will be doing this again, and we will be asking for your helpMaintaining Greenhorn so that it can stay open to all is our goal. Thank you all for helping us to achieve it!Bebe
man i am going to have to wheel up there with you. Last time i went i just found the mini sluce box i think they called it and the main river bed to play in. It was dried up when i was there or atleast most of it was.
those pics are siiiiiaaaaccccccckkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Right on man you guys did some great things up there good job to all the crew that made it!!! And if Bebe off the pbb happens to see this she is an awesome person to set this up and get the ball going
Greenhorn Creek: A fun zone for vandalsDeputies to crack down on illegal activityBy Robyn Moormeister, firstname.lastname@example.org» More from Robyn Moormeister12:01 a.m. PT Dec 11, 2007Crime, late-night parties and fires, dumped cars, off-road accidents and promiscuous shooting are just some of the headaches local deputies regularly encounter in the Greenhorn Creek area of Nevada County.They're getting fed up."We have had several reports of rapes, people not wearing their helmets, riding too close, accidents, beer bottles everywhere," Nevada County Sheriff's Cpl. Walt Jones said. "We're called out there many times over the year."A memorial cross and flowers at the edge of a steep cliff at Greenhorn Creek for Brandon Alcala - a 19-year-old Grass Valley man who died from injuries he suffered while four-wheeling there last March - offers a reminder of the area's dangers.Off-roaders have enjoyed the Greenhorn area for many decades, drawn by the mountains of gravel left by hydraulic gold mining. Miners staked out surface and underground mines as early as 1861, and by 1870, "they were doing a great deal of hydraulic mining out there ... around Red Dog and You Bet," said historian Edwin Tyson, of the Searls Library for historic materials in Nevada City. The 1883 Sawyer decision outlawed the extremely damaging practice, Tyson added.But responsible off-roaders are not the problem, officials said. Rather, it's the vandals who go to the late-night raves, get drunk and burn stolen vehicles that ruin the area for the rest of the off-road community."We want (vandals) to know we're out there paying attention to unlawful activities," Jones said.Residents in the Greenhorn area called the sheriff's office five times between Oct. 21 and Dec. 2 to report shooting, according to sheriff's logs."(Vandals) dump their junk and then they use it for target practice," said Miriam Limov, of the South Yuba River Citizen's League. "Greenhorn is out of the way, therefore they can get away with it."Volunteers with the South Yuba River Citizen's League and Friends of Greenhorn clean up the junk that vandals dump in the watershed on a regular basis."People dump big stuff out there - cars, washing machines, dryers, stereos, mattresses and furniture," Limov said. "Anything from a dumped vehicle is going to contaminate the water system. So we send strong guys out there every year with large trucks to haul it out."Deputies respond to the reports of shooting, and often arrive to find their suspects long gone. But they do find smoldering fires left behind, which the fire department must extinguish.Deputies have hidden in the forest and ambushed several parties, trying to cut down on the illegal behavior.They plan to beef up patrols in the area, as well, Jones said. The land in the Greenhorn area is primarily private land, Jones said, with some smaller segments of land owned by the Tahoe National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. Regardless of who owns the land, sheriff's deputies and search and rescue volunteers must respond to calls of illegal activity and to rescue stranded 4WD enthusiasts.Deputies said they plan to enforce all laws, including vehicle codes, to cut down on illegal activity, and they will use whatever personnel they can to maintain a law enforcement presence in the area.The Sheriff's Office uses funds from a state off-highway vehicle grant to increase patrols. Jones recently applied for a second grant."We patrol on the weekends and on weekdays," Jones said. "In addition to deputies, we can use reserve officers and search and rescue volunteers. We'll do whatever we can." oooTo contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4236.• 9:21 p.m., Oct. 21 - A caller reported hearing shooting in the Greenhorn Creek area. Deputies were unable to locate the source of the shooting.• 9:18 p.m., Nov. 13 - A caller from Greenhorn Creek reported people were shooting in the area for about one hour. Deputies checked the area, and all was quiet.• 5:24 p.m., Nov. 18 - A caller from Greenhorn Creek reported hearing multiple shots fired.• 3:28 a.m., Nov. 28 - A caller from Greenhorn Creek reported shooting in the canyon. A patrol deputy was advised.• 10:16 a.m., Dec. 2 - A caller from the 17000 block of Benedict Canyon Lane reported people were shooting through the trees at Greenhorn Creek. The shooting stopped, and the person would call again if the shooting resumed.- Robyn Moormeister
Date: Wed, Jul 9 2008 2:14 pmFrom: BebeFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/9/08Contact:Jacquelyne Theisentheisen@starstream.netFriends of Greenhornfriendsfirstname.lastname@example.org://groups.google.com/group/friends-of-greenhornLocal Recreation Group Says Land Use Planning Must Be An Open ProcessFOLSOM, CA - A Nevada County Recreation group is concerned thatclosure directives were crafted n a recent secret meeting between theBureau of Land Management Folsom Field Office, the Tahoe NationalForest, Nevada County Sheriffs Office, and Hansen Brothers Enterprises(HBE). The Friends of Greenhorn (FOG) believes Orson Hansen provideda letter to the Nevada County Sheriffs office requesting assistance inkeeping recreationists out of the Greenhorn Creek OHV area.A stipulation in the Mining Permit HBE holds at the pleasure of NevadaCounty clearly states HBE must provide access for "lawful recreation".It appears that FOG was purposefully excluded from any meaningfulparticipation by the aforementioned agencies and businesses on how tomanage recreational access in the affected area"Our group has strong concerns about how decisions are being made inan apparent vacuum by land management agencies, county government, andlocal businesses." said Jacquelyne Theisen, Friends of GreenhornMember and spokesperson for the group. "We've put over 250 volunteerwork hours into the area last year alone. I believe the recreationcommunity deserves better treatment and a seat at the table.""In the beginning they have appeared to have a willingness to workwith us and other stakeholders to come up with solutions to some ofthe issues that occasionally crop up in the creek bed", Theisen goeson to say "Sadly e-mails sent to BLM Folsom Field Office Director BillHaigh go unanswered and our issues are ignored. I suppose it's timefor us to demand a response."Confirmed with a Nevada County Sheriffs Office representative, theGreenhorn area is still legally accessible from Buckeye Road. "Iencourage people to get down there and keep recreating!!" saidTheisen. "Until there is an (obviously predetermined) closure order,and a Record of Decision is filed on Tahoe National Forests TravelManagement process, this area will remain open for another couple ofyears. If you don't use it, you will definitely lose it."FOG believes that users should unite with local government officialsand other stakeholders to petition the BLM to start a plan amendmentprocess, which could allow for legal OHV use in the areas now closed.FOG believes this is the best track to take but the group wants toreserve the right to investigate other options if the petition processfailsFOG is encouraging everyone who recreates in the Greenhorn area tospeak up and speak up now. Write to Congressman Doolittle, StateSenators Sam Aanestad and Dave Cox, Assembly members Ted Gains, richardLaMalfa and Rick Keene, Nevada County Supervisors, BLM FFO DirectorBill Haigh, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn, and HansenBrothers Enterprise's owner Orson Hansen. Let them know you want openmeetings and dialogue. Tell them how your family recreates in thearea, and how long your family has recreated in the area. Let themalso know how you use the area, panning, rock hounding, OHV, ATV, 4WD,SUV, Motorcycle, camping, touring etc."
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