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Old 02-05-2013, 08:31 AM   #1
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SOS - Kern Audubon Blocks Grant For Trail Maintenance

From Stewards of the Sequoia...

Stewards Awarded Grant to Help Maintain Trails-but Blocked by Audubon

GREAT NEWS Stewards have been approved for two grants this year totaling about $23,000. Until now Stewards has self funded our incredibly successful Trail Appreciation program maintaining almost 2000 miles of trail in Sequoia.
However in order to receive the funding Stewards members will need to provide about $38,000 in matching volunteers and equipment. This means we will need more volunteers than ever for these trail projects, but it also means every hour you volunteer will help fund even more trail work. Hope you can help out.
HOWEVER THERE IS A DARK CLOUD. The Kern Audubon Society filed a letter apparently objecting to funding one project because these trails allow all forms of recreation including motorized use. So the funding will be contingent on legal counsel determining if there is any basis for Audubon's objections.



Actually this funding comes from the self funded OHV registration fees, so it clearly should be spent on trals that allow motorized use, but Audubon's meddling brings up many important issues.
  • Audubon is a conservation organization so why are they objecting to Stewards doing conservation projects which would reduce the impacts of recreation trails and keep trails open and enjoyable for everyone. Seems like Audubon should be supporting Stewards award winning conservation efforts like the Forest Service, BLM, State and County do.
  • It is pretty clear that Audubon has an agenda to restrict recreation access to your public lands.
  • Why is a publicly funded organization like Audubon blocking trail maintenance on public lands?
  • According to Audubon's tax return they made $1 billion dollars last year with an increase in $130 million in assets. With that kind of money one would hope Audubon could be funding trail conservation programs like Stewards of the Sequoia.
Give Audubon Society a call 800-542-2748 and politely let them know what you think about Kern Audubon Society blocking non profit conservation organizations like Stewards of the Sequoia from getting funding to augment our vollunteer programs on public lands.
Post your thoughts on their Facebook page for their members to see.

The public has a right to recreate on their public lands. Why is Kern Audubon Society attempting to increase impacts by blocking trail maintenance on your public lands?

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Perhaps we could get some California ADVr's to make some phone calls???


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Old 02-05-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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SOS Thanks You For Your Efforts

An update today from SOS, March 5th, 2013
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Stewards Of The Sequoia Ruffles Some Feathers

The local Newspaper Kern Valley Sun has run an article about the Audubon attempt to block Stewards trail maintenance
Horgan was angered by the Audubon Society’s letter, and viewed the letter as an attempt to block the release of funding and trail maintenance on public lands.
“Audubon has a lot of preserves and their mission is supposed to be about conservation. So why would they block stewardship work that would reduce the environmental impacts of trails while keeping the trails open and enjoyable for everyone?” Horgan said. “I thought the Audubon Society was a member of the community, but their letter has shown themselves to be bad neighbors.”
http://www.kernvalleysun.com/news/local/article_b1f5f372-7b74-11e2-8f4f-0019bb2963f4.html

Audubon Society California Director phoned Stewards and said that people calling their office has wasted a considerable amount of Audubon staff time, which begs the question of their wasting a considerable amount of Kern County staff, legal counsel and commissioners time with their totally baseless letter.

Audubon Society needs to continue to hear from the public by calling 800-542-2748 and politely let them know what you think about Kern Audubon Society wasting Kern County staff time while attempting to block non profit conservation organizations like Stewards of the Sequoia from getting funding to augment our volunteer programs on public lands.
The public has a right to recreate on their public lands. This would be the first Kern County grant for trail maintenance in the multi decade history of this grant program, It cannot be a coincidence that Audubon chose this time to air their objections.
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