December 19, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Trout Unlimited Applauds Department of Commerce Decision on Toll Road Appeal
Orange County -- On December 18, the federal Department of Commerce denied an appeal brought by Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) of a February 2008 ruling that an extension to the 241 toll route (“Toll Road”) in southern Orange County would violate the provisions of the Coastal Zone Management Act.
The Department of Commerce found that there is at least one viable alternative design for the project and that the Toll Road is not necessary for national security.
“This is great news for the endangered southern steelhead trout,” said longtime Trout Unlimited activist George Sutherland. “The Toll Road, as proposed, could be detrimental to steelhead and our habitat restoration efforts in San Mateo Creek. Now we should move forward – we invite TCA to work directly with us to ensure that the new Toll Road design is more ‘fish-friendly.’”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wild and native trout of the Tahoe National Forest need your help!
Unmanaged Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use continues to threaten our most beloved fisheries
Truckee, CA (November 18th, 2008) – The incredible fishing resources of the Tahoe National Forest (TNF) are in dire need of protection from unmanaged OHV use. The Tahoe National Forest is asking for public comment and input on Route Designation, a plan with serious implications on wild and native trout species. This is a critical time for sportsmen to step up in support of their favorite trout waters and tell the Forest Service to stop unmanaged motorized abuse.
Route Designation is a process to designate off-highway vehicle routes and determine what routes will remain open and which routes will become closed, or illegal, for future use. For the Tahoe National Forest, this process began in 2004 as part of a Region-wide effort. This process is currently in the Draft Environmental Impact (DEIS) stage of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This is the last chance for the public to comment on the plan before the final decision is made in early 2009.