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12 The Julian News May 16, 2012 I :ARTH I [] TALK00 Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear EarthTalk: I understand there is an effort underway to allow all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, "motorbikes, motorboats and other motorized vehicles into wilderness areas, which would overturn a long- standing ban. What's behind this? -- Harry Schilling, Tempe, AZ A new bill making its way through Congress, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act (H.R. 2834), aims to make federally managed public lands across millions of acres of Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management property more accessible to hunters and anglers. And a key element of the bill calls for allowing motorized vehicles and equipment--as long as they are used for hunting or fishing into these areas. Leading green groups are outraged because this would undermine 1964's Wilderness Act which expressly bans motor vehicles on these last wild vestiges of untrammeled American land. According to the non- profit Wilderness Society, the motorized vehicles prowsion "would result in the destruction of the very wilderness values that millions of American hunters and anglers cherish." "The practical effect could be to open all designated wilderness areas to all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorbikes, motorboats, chainsaws and other motorized vehicles and equipment..." warns Wilderness Society president William Meadows in a letter to Congress. He adds that buildings, towers and temporary roads could even be built in currently pristine stretches of wilderness if the proposed bill becomes law. But what's most troubling to Meadows and others is language in the bill saying that "any requirements imposed by [the Wilderness Act] shall be implemented only insofar as they facilitate or enhance the original primary purpose or purposes for which the federal public lands or land unit was established and do not materially interfere with or hinder such purpose or purposes." Meadows fears this could be construed to allow road building, timber cutting, mining, oil and gas drilling and other Manchin. Depending on how it plays out, the bill could be on the President's desk by the summer. "Recreational fishing and hunting are important and vital recreational activities on our federal public lands," concludes the Wilderness Society, "but the anti-Wilderness provisions of H.R. 2834 should not be allowed to become law." A key element of the Recreational Fishing andHunting Heritage and Opportunities Act now making its way through Congress would allow motorized vehicles and equipment into wilderness areas, undermine 1964 's Wilderness Act which expressly bans motor vehicles on these last wild vestiges of untrammeled American land. development in our remaining wilderness areas. Another beef environmentalists have with the bill is that it would exempt decisions made or actions taken with regard to hunting and fishing on federal lands from federal environmental review and public disclosure regulations established under 1969's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Wilderness Society reports that this part of H.R. 2834 would keep the public and concerned parties out of decisions to compromise the integrity of wilderness but also other types of protected lands. First introduced in the house last September by Michigan Republican Dan Benishek (with 45 bi-partisan co-sponsors), H.R. 2834 made it through the House Natura Resources Committee within three months and is poised for a full House vote later this spring. If it passes there, the Senate will take upa companion version, S. 2066, sponsored by Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski and West Virginia Democrat Joe photo credit: Comstock CONTACTS: H.R. 2834. www. govtrack, us/congress/bills/112/ hr2834; Wilderness Society, www. EarthTalkฎ is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www. Send questions to: Subscribe:! subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www. TeenCERT continued from page 1 1 Aide, Robin Calloway, and Secretary Trudy Wells for their dedication to providing every student with the opportunity to learn and practice disaster preparedness and life saving skills. Ongoing training provides a safer more self-confident student body. By honing their skills they are great examples and excellent resources by remaining calm and assisting school staff during disasters. Johnny Hake, lead instructor, Sheana Fry, Jan Payne and Kathy Payne continue to maintain the highest levels for safety and training in disaster preparedness. County Helps Businesses Go Green, Recycle Fluorescent Lights County officials are reminding small business owners that they can still get free "mail-back" recycling kits to help them legally recycle their old fluorescent lights, thanks to the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and a federal grant. More than 350 local businesses have used the kits to safely recycle more than five tons of old fluorescent lights since the County first made them available in 2010. "This has really been a great program," said Superwsor Greg Cox. "It's gven local small usinesses a helping hand in a own economy, made it easier to properly dispose of fluorescent lights, kept mercury out of our landfills and protected the environment." Fluorescent lights and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) help businesses cut electrical costs and be more environmentally-friendly. But it's illegal in California to toss old fluorescent lights out in the regular trash because they contain small amounts of mercury, a toxic metal that can harm people and the environment unless properly recycled. To help local small businesses, DEH bought the recycling kits with federal stimulus funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to the County through an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. Each kit can hold up to 75 fluorescent bulbs or tubes (depending on size), and businesses can simply mail the kit back free of charge to let the County recycle the lights. Businesses can receive up to three kits each while the supplies last. To qualify, businesses must be located within San Diego County. Off with Their Heads The sunny daffodils that bloomed around Julian this spring and every spring, thanks to Sally Snipes and the volunteers of the Julian Daffodil Project, are but a memory now. The grasses and weeds are growing tall around them and folks are tuning up their weedeaters and mowers, anxious to get a start on tackling this spring's growth. But, regarding the daffodils, Sally pleads, "please don't cut them down until they are brown"! Why? Daffodils rely on the photosynthesis that is taking place right now, after they are through blooming, to supply the nutrients needed to produce next year's plant and flowers. If the daffodils aren't able to photosynthesize this year they will most likely not grow back next spring and will not flower if they do. Sally says the Daffodil project has seen areas where she and her volunteers have planted stands of bulbs be lost completely because of being cut down prematurely. So please, don't cut them down unt!l they are brown! Julian Honey Company Established Hives and Swarm Removal Licensed & Insured 1. In the 2009 and 2010 major- league seasons, only two players compiled at least a .300 batting average, 20 stolen bases and 20 home runs. Name them. 2. How many different seasons has Alfonso Soriano compiled at least 35 home runs and 30 steals? 3. In 2001, the Rams' Kurt Warner became the third quarterback to lead the NFL in completion percentage, touchdowns passes and passing rating in the same season for a second time. Name the two to do it before him. 4. The 1981-82 North Carolina men's basketball team, which won a national title, had three players who ended up among the top five slots in the NBA Draft. Name two of them. 5. Name three of the five New York Rangers to win the All-Star Game MVP Award. 6. The first Czech athlete to win a Winter Olympic gold medal did so in what event? 7. 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