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    San Diego Comments needed by Oct 6 - Cuyamaca General Plan update

    WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: SEND A COMMENT SUPPORTING THE PLAN BY OCT 6. SEE TEMPLATE BELOW.

    THIS PLAN IS GREAT FOR BIKES. IT IS A SLAM DUNK BUT WE NEED TO SEND COMMENTS SUPPORTING IT.

    Coles notes summary: State park is rolling back State Wilderness boundary which will open 3 trails to bikes


    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park east of San Diego is updating its park general plan. Comments on the plan are due October 6. This is not a trails plan but it does impact our riding opportunities directly because it deals with park goals for recreation and designations such as State Wilderness.

    There has been a lot of negativity in San Diego the past couple years with access to many of our trail systems under attack by over-zealous land managers. This is NOT the case at Cuyamaca.

    Instead, State Parks has been awesome to work with and are very interested in improving opportunities for mountain biking. Most significantly, as part of the plan they are proposing to roll back State Wilderness Boundaries to allow access to mountain bikes on a number of trails.

    You can view the draft plan here: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/21299/...ug%202014r.pdf

    The key pages are:
    4-8 (page 108 of doc) - map of preferred alternative
    4-22/23 (page 122-23) - mountain biking goals
    4-29/30 (page 129-30) - trail goals/guidelines
    4-71 (page 171) - map of proposed Wilderness boundary adjustments
    4-72/73 (page 172-3) - description of Wilderness boundary adjustments

    Summary of what we get out of it (all positive!)

    The ultimate impact of this plan is that rolling back State Wilderness boundaries will give us access to three trails we currently cannot ride (portion of West Side Trail, portion of East Side Trail, Kelly's Ditch Trail). Once access is changed to allow bikes we will have a number of new loop opportunities plus a better connection to Julian, on dirt. The plan also corrects a longtime error whereby we have actually been riding in State Wilderness for many years on the East Side Trail below Sweetwater Bridge and on Harvey Moore/Deer Park heading over to Cuyamaca. Both of these are actually in State Wilderness now but due to mapping errors we have been riding them since the 80's. State Parks recognized and wanted to fix this. For Deer Park however they were proposing a closure to bikes but have been persuaded to keep it open to maintain the connection to Cleveland National Forest.



    WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: SEND A COMMENT SUPPORTING THE PLAN. SEE TEMPLATE BELOW.

    Submit to: [email protected]
    Email subject line should be: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park General Plan

    Dear California State Parks,

    Thank you for another opportunity to comment on the General Plan Update, and thank you for all the work that your staff has put in to this process so far. I am writing to express my overall support for the Preliminary General Plan and Draft EIR with specific mention of the following items:

    A) I support the wording in the Management Zones Matrix to allow mountain bikes on designated roads and trails in cultural and natural preserves. This gives State Parks the ability to maintain mountain bike access to trails in such areas where it is appropriate, recognizing that such trails may provide important connectivity or access to certain areas of the park. Thank you for making this change.

    B) I support the Mountain biking goal and guidelines as listed on page 4-23 as well as the Trails goals and guidelines on page 4-29.

    C) I support adjusting and better defining the State Wilderness Boundary, in particular the following items in Table 2 on pages 4-72 and 73:

    6) Move boundary back considering presence of SDGE power line and access roads.

    7) Decommission wilderness at Green Valley. This will provide multi-use access on the East Side Trail north to the Outdoor School, a critical connection that will open up new loops.

    8) Establish multi-use corridor along Harvey Moore and Deer Park Trails which is critical to maintain mountain bike access to Cleveland National Forest.

    9) Adjust wilderness boundary 100 feet west of West Side Trail to allow for multi-use trail connection.

    10) Adjust wilderness boundary 100 feet east of East Side Trail to maintain existing multi-use trail connection that has been used by bikes for decades.

    11) Adjust wilderness boundary to 100 feet west of Blue Ribbon Trail. This will provide an excellent connection to the south end of the park that is a much safer alternative to Hwy 79.

    12) Adjust wilderness boundary to 100 feet west of Kelly’s Ditch Trail to provide a key connection north to Julian and maintain access to a future Trans-County trail alignment.

    Please approve the plan as it is now written. The proposed changes are a very positive step for multiple use and will help provide positive experiences for all users in the future. I encourage State Parks to continue this momentum and look forward to working with you on the Roads and Trails Management Plan.

    Sincerely,
    Your feedback can be valuable whether you have ridden here or not. If you are from outside SD and have ridden Cuyamaca please add to your comment that you have travelled to ride here. That makes a big difference as they want Cuyamaca to be a destination for riding in SD.

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    Thanks for the heads up! I submitted my comments just now.

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