Settlement conference for Adventure Trail lawsuit

On Friday, Inyo County lawyers and attorneys that represent environmental groups will conduct a phone conference to see where things stand with the Adventure Trails pilot program for Off-Highway Vehicles. In June, The Center for Biological Diversity and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility sued Inyo County. The lawsuit alleges that Inyo failed to adequately consider the environment in approval of going forward with the project.

The program, spear-headed by Dick Noles of Bishop and others, would allow licensed drivers of Off-Highway Vehicles to travel ten miles onto county roads to get to goods and services in Inyo communities. The pilot program was spelled out in Assembly Bill 628.

Inyo County’s handling of this project did go through an environmental review, and then the two environmental groups filed suit. They claim Inyo County failed to address environmental concerns.

Inyo County Counsel Randy Keller said that the County had decided to compile a list of steps to process proposed roads for the Adventure Trail program. He called them steps to analyze the proposed roads. The environmental groups are generally objecting on the grounds of potential environmental harm to plants and wildlife. They also point to noise and impacts on people by riders and vehicles that are not street legal.

In the past, Dick Noles has pointed to approval of the project by the Inyo County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol and Inyo County government. He also said that there are no new roads involved. The roads would be existing county roads that lead to commercial areas. Arizona and Utah operate similar programs.

Noles and others continue to work with communities to list roads that would become a part of this project. More will be known of the legal fight after Friday’s settlement conference.

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George
George
8 years ago
Blutarsky
Blutarsky
9 years ago

I have always suspected this is a ruse to let local residents ride out their driveways to rut up more country side. The Earth isn’t here to be an amusement park thrill ride. I lived for many years in the OV and it hurts to return and see the damage.… Read more »

salblaster
salblaster
10 years ago

the atv trails project is funded by off road regestration fees. the same fund that gave the friends of inyo their 600,000 $ but i dont think they have anything to do with this lawsuit. i’m not sure who’s funding the center for biological diversity or public employees for enviromental… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  salblaster

Good post salblaster.

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago

Without a few of the law suits, not a lot of them, to me … a lot of them are BS. There is just cause for some.

John Barton
John Barton
10 years ago

Without a lot of the lawsuits by the enviros, a lot of open space and ranch land would now be covered in strip malls and housing developments. The political/social pendulum swings to the extremes every now and then but common sense, science and attorneys from both sides end up bringing… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago

They do not include Science, just emotion… Yep!

fish dude
fish dude
10 years ago

Hey Warner…Stay away from the Kool-Aid!!!! The CFBD and other enviro’s sue everyone and everything…. They attack all ways of economic existence around the West… Ranching, Fishing, Packing and Off-Roading just to name a few….They do not include Science, just emotion… You go to China..

steve
steve
10 years ago
Reply to  fish dude

China is not that crazy, Ken needs to go to N Korea.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago
Reply to  steve

Well, I made a broad statement that could be considered incorrect depending on how one decides what pollution is. I was thinking air pollution and — http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/11/29/10-cities-with-worlds-worst-air/ Shows China a couple of times. But there’s other pollution. Google in your own way. Here’s some I found. http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2011/09/27/the-10-most-air-polluted-cities-in-the-world/ http://lightbox.time.com/2011/04/20/terribly-beautiful-industrial-pollution-seen-from-above/?iid=lb-gal-viewagn#1 http://society.ezinemark.com/worlds-most-polluted-cities-773683176f74.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/22/earth-day-2011-worlds-most-polluted-places-_n_852617.html#s268313&title=Linfen_China… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago
Reply to  fish dude

My irony detector is off the scale “fish dude” . Ever stop to think how much those damned environmentalists have done to preserve fishing in the East Side? Or have your emotions clouded your reason?

Jerry C.
Jerry C.
10 years ago

I wonder if our “friends” of the Inyo is involved in this… They love clogging up our court system. How many times have they sued the FS now??
What is it 10?
Ridiculous!

Mark
Mark
10 years ago
Reply to  Jerry C.

FOI and the Center for Biological Diversity are responsible for costing us tax payers millions of dollars with all their lawsuits.

and we’re paying them $19.50 an hour to do it!

steve
steve
10 years ago

These enviornmental groups won’t be happy until we all live like the year 5000 BC.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago
Reply to  steve

That is just plain stupid. Thank environmentalists every time you drink water out of your tap that doesn’t threaten to burst info flames and every time you take a breath that isn’t chunky. If you want to live free of environmentalists, move to China and enjoy wearing a face mask… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken, it’s one thing to environmentally sensitive, and care for it .. but it is another to to go overboard. As is the case with a lot of the nonsense that runs rampant now days with some environmental terrorists and freaks .. But before people go getting their undies in… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Ken- I think you are correct about the good side of environmentalist, but does that mean you don’t think we should be able to ride our quads on existing roads?

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

I’m not well informed on the details of which roads were closed and why. So my opinion can only be very general. I don’t think one can make a blanket statement about all roads in the Owen’s Valley and on the East Side in general. I think that each road… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

thxs ken

Mark
Mark
10 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

to many people is right. The tax credits should go to people that don’t have kids.

People that have kids should pay higher taxes then those that don’t

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

I agree Ken, it is what I have said before .. sort of .. people .. the few who can’t act responsibly, screw it up for everyone. And yes it should have been, and should be taken on a road by road study. they did not close all of the… Read more »

Mark
Mark
10 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

China is making money hand over fist because they’re not limited by invironment concerns. They even by much of our coal to make cheap power. Then they take the profits they made and buy land and businesses here in the U.S. At some point they will own the good ol’… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Dear Mark, You might consider this from MIT Political Science Professor Stephen M. Meyer: “When we turn away from anecdotes and special interest (i.e., industry and environmental lobbies’) “studies” the results from rigorous, independent, economic analyses strongly suggest that no lasting macro-economic gains will be forthcoming. “Focusing on a number… Read more »

Mark
Mark
10 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

I considered it. Sounds like complete bs to me.

China’s gains into this country can hardly be called macro. If they were the professor might be correct.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  Mark

You need to investigate all the facts and find out if you want to breath bad air, eat dangerous food, take poisonous pharmaceuticals, live in dangerous buildings, buy toys coated with lead paint, buy milk for babies tainted with toxins, brush your teeth with poisonous toothpaste, buy dog food tainted… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
10 years ago
Reply to  Mark
Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  Mark

mark- I would bet you still believe in the trickle down theory.

hisierragal
hisierragal
10 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark, might I recommend the spell check feature?

Happy rider
Happy rider
10 years ago

I SO hope this adventure trail system goes through in bishop cause then I’ll be able to ride my quad to town. i can ride to Vons, to the gas station, to my job downtown cause it’s supqsed to open roads to golden state cycles and i work down the… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Happy rider

LOL sounds wonderful eh happy? Well while it might be nice .. and it does work in the smaller towns, it will not work in Bishop .. Bishop is way too busy and there will be big truck wrecks … just a matter of time if they allow ATV’s in… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

Big Al- I have to say I totally disagree with you on this one. I don’t think they will be driving down Main St. at all. I wish they would come out and show us their route plans so we can really argue this issue more.

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble I am not really against it .. I’m just saying .. for the reason OHV people would come into town .. fuel, groceries, or services of some sort, such as how other established trails like this in other states do this, it would not be feasible for a town… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

I believe they would go mostly down the road north of K-mart . I’m guessing, but that almost has to be the main entrance. No traffic behind it.

John H.
John H.
10 years ago

I think the trail system would bring all types of tourist to our towns.I live next to one of the roads I assume will be used and hope to see people enjoying themselves soon. Anybody know what plants and animals the Biological Diversity folks are worried about?