The Foresthill Forum will be hearing this issue August 1, 2016, 7:00PM, at 24601 Harrison St., Foresthill. If interested parties show up, write letters, email, and voice their concerns regarding the loss of the public access to this trail, representatives will hear from their constituents and act accordingly.
For the agenda of the Forum and additional information go to Placer County website: http://www.placer.ca.gov/ForesthillForumMAC
A letter to Supervisor Montgomery from Loomis Basin Horsemen is posted in its entirety below, and this comment comes from a long time resident in the area:
"Access to White Oak Flat (BLM/BOR land) and ASRA Gate 102 to Francisco's, WST and beyond has become a complex issue. There are a few homeowners towards the end of McKeon Ponderosa Way who have wanted for years to have a gated community, for various reasons.
In 2002, when this issue came up, County Public Works clearly informed everyone that public use of their end of the road could not be denied. However, one of those homeowners recently discovered an old document from the County apparently abandoning that portion of the road in the late 1980's. He has put up private road signs and wants to put in a gate. Now the County appears to be looking for BLM/ASRA to step up and state it is against their wishes for the public to be denied access to these long-used public lands.
Thus everyone needs to contact these public agencies if historic White Oak Flat and the trails leading out from McKeon Ponderosa Way are to be protected for all to use! We need a dedicated public easement to the White Oak Flat staging area! Let us see all of our public agencies work together to protect the public's interest in one of Foresthill's best assets, its recreational trails! Please contact write/email these government officials at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Supervisor Montgomery: JMontgomery@placer.ca.gov
Michael Schneider, ASRA Superintendent: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Horn, Regional Manager of BLM: email@example.com
Loomis Basin Horsemen letter below says in their letter to Supervisor Montgomery:
"The Board is entrusted to provide public access to public lands and follow through on commitments made to the citizens of this County. Reestablish the road as a public maintained road to White Oak Flat and as a County trail to the BLM gate."