NAC Action Alert
AMERICAN RIVER
Auburn State Recreation Area
California

May 23, 2007

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DATE: May 23, 2007
SUBJECT: California: American River
TO: Naturists and other concerned citizens

Dear Naturist,

This is an Action Alert from the Naturist Action Committee concerning an important opportunity in the state of California.

In conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the California Department of Parks & Recreation is continuing its development of a joint General Plan / Resource Management Plan for the Auburn State Recreational Area (Auburn SRA). Naturists have already made themselves a significant part of that process, and it is essential that we continue our high level of involvement.

IMPORTANT TO ATTEND PUBLIC WORKSHOP #2

NAC is strongly requesting your attendance at an important public workshop. This is the second in a series of public events that will help shape the future of the Auburn SRA.

   DATE: May 30, 2007
   TIME: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM PDT.
   LOCATION:
       Canyon View Community Center, Foothills Room
       471 Maidu Drive
       Auburn, CA  95603

NAC will have personnel at the public workshop / meeting. It's important that naturists have a significant turnout. Even if you don't intend to speak, please plan to be there.

A BRIEF HISTORY AND DISCUSSION

The American River area is largely funded by the Bureau of Reclamation. Under a 1977 contract, it has been operated by California State Parks as the Auburn State Recreation Area. Generations of Californians and others have enjoyed the tradition of nude recreation along the river.

Decades ago, a large dam was planned for the American River. Preparation for the dam project included construction of a diversion tunnel to take the river's water around the dam site. To avoid the tunnel, river rafters have had to remove their craft at the Highway 49 bridge, near the confluence of the river branches, more than 3 miles upstream from the dam site.

Geologists found the dam to be sited on an unstable fault, and the project was eventually abandoned. The river channel reclamation effort at the dam site now includes plugging the diversion tunnel. Rafters will eventually be able to take the main channel. A few CA Parks officials concluded that the prospect of user conflict between rafters and naturists should be resolved in advance by banishing the naturists.

In the summer of 2006, rangers from the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation began telling park users along the American River that nudity would no longer be permitted on the river near Auburn, and that signs banning nudity would be posted in the area. The clothing-optional sites that were most threatened by the proposed prohibition were located northeast of the town of Auburn, below the confluence of the North and Middle branches of the American River and above the site of the indefinitely delayed Auburn Dam.

The Naturist Action Committee issued an Action Alert on June 10, 2006, asking naturists and others to write to California Parks officials and to attend the first workshop session in the General Plan process. The response was tremendous! Letters poured in, and naturists made up a full third of all the public participants at the initial workshop.

Naturists made their point, and the Auburn SRA Superintendent and his superiors definitely got the message. Eventually, NAC was asked, very nicely, to please turn off the flow of letters.

The Naturist Action Committee thanks you for your help! You absolutely made a difference in 2006. Now, it's time to sustain our momentum by attending Public Workshop #2 in 2007. It's important that you be there.

WHAT IS NAC DOING?

It's been a little less than a year since the first workshop, and the Naturist Action Committee has used the time wisely. NAC has continued working closely with California Parks officials. The Superintendent at the Auburn SRA knows very clearly that naturists will NOT be ignored. He has reversed the earlier plan for a ban on benign nudity, and he is now working toward viable plans to manage FOR responsible clothing-optional uses of the resource.

NAC is also working with local individuals and groups who may not be directly affiliated with major naturist or nudist organizations, but who are sincerely committed to preserving opportunities for clothing optional recreation on public land. NAC expresses its thanks to those individuals and groups.

We definitely have momentum on our side now. We must continue to press our advantage.

WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO DO?

The Naturist Action Committee is asking you to attend the important public workshop on May 30. See the details above. This is the second of three planned public workshops. The process will result in a General Plan/Resource Management Plan for the Auburn State Recreation Area. The Plan will be developed and released jointly by California Parks and the Bureau of Reclamation.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

NAC is asking ALL NATURISTS and other concerned individuals to attend, regardless of your residence. The area at issue is U.S. public land being administered as a California public park. This is a matter that affects us all.

Even if you do not intend to speak at the Public Workshop, your presence is important as support for those who will be speaking on behalf of naturists.

IF YOU SPEAK AT THE WORKSHOP It's understandable that you might be perturbed at previous attempts to exclude naturists from public lands on the American River. However, please remember that we overcame that obstacle as a result of our flood of correspondence and our disciplined performance at the previous meeting. We're winners now, and while we must remain vigilant, we should act like gracious winners at the upcoming workshop.

If you speak at the workshop, you must avoid making personal attacks based on the early confrontational approach of some CA Parks officials. We're well past that now, and we need to continue working together with officials to assure a future for naturists in the General Plan for Auburn SRA.

MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Additional information and links are available, along with this NAC Action Alert on the web site of the Naturist Action Committee.

  
www.naturistaction.org

Select "Alerts" and find this NAC Action Alert under Current Alerts.

PLEASE HELP NAC TO CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS!

The Naturist Action Committee is the volunteer nonprofit political adjunct to The Naturist Society. NAC exists to advance and protect the rights and interests of naturists throughout North America. Fighting for the clothing-optional recreational use of public land is expensive. To do its job, NAC relies entirely on the voluntary generosity of supporters like you.

After you've made your plans to attend the public meeting in Auburn on May 30, please take a moment to send a donation to:

   NAC
   PO Box 132
   Oshkosh, WI 54903

Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation:
www.naturistaction.org/donate/

Thank you for choosing to make a difference.

Naturally,

R. Allen Baylis
Board Member
Naturist Action Committee

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Executive Dir. Bob Morton       -
execdir@naturistaction.org
Board Member Allen Baylis      -
rab@baylislaw.com
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick  -
naturist@sunclad.com
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