NAC Update
AMERICAN RIVER
Auburn State Recreation Area
California

August 3, 2006

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DATE: August 3, 2006
SUBJECT: California: American River
TO: Naturists and other concerned citizens

Dear Naturist,

The Naturist Action Committee wishes to make you aware of further positive developments in the situation at Auburn State Recreation Area in California.

Recently in Auburn, local naturist activists Marty Brittan and Durand Stieger met with Auburn Sector Superintendent Jay Galloway and Gold Fields District Superintendent Scott Nakaji. NAC board member Allen Baylis participated in the meeting by telephone from his office in southern California.

Messrs. Galloway and Nakaji presented a welcome and encouraging shift in the position of the Auburn SRA toward naturist issues. The dramatic change reflects a thoughtful reconsideration of this matter by California Parks personnel.

GOOD NEWS: INITIAL POSITION REVERSED

Specifically, the park officials have acknowledged that they had initially pursued a wrong path when they sought to prohibit skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing along the American River. Existing California Parks protocols provide a way to manage FOR nude recreation in traditional areas. Both Galloway and Nakaji have now expressed their commitment to those protocols, including the Cahill Policy, a proven field-level method of managing clothing-optional recreation in the California Park system.

Cahill allows rangers to insist that naturist users get dressed for a time when a complaint is received, but Galloway and Nakaji have promised to exercise discretion in considering and processing whatever complaints may be made.

This is an enormous turnaround from the policy of aggressive elimination that characterized the Auburn SRA's approach toward nudity just two months ago.
  
NOW ... AN END TO THE LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN

On June 10, the Naturist Action Committee called you to action to defend skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing at traditional locations on the American River within the Auburn State Recreation Area. There is no question that your spectacular response to NAC's Action Alert played a prominent part in forcing the reconsideration we're now seeing.

NAC thanks you for your enthusiastic involvement!

Now, it is time to end the letter writing campaign, as the next phase of this activist effort unfolds.

WHAT IS NAC DOING NOW?

The Naturist Action Committee is continuing to work with local naturists and is pursuing the dialog with California Parks officials. This remains a long term process.

NAC is working with user groups representing other interests, so that understanding may be improved and user conflict minimized.

NAC is focusing on long term considerations by working to see that naturist interests are properly included in the General Management Plan presently being developed for the Auburn unit.

WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO DO?

This is an Update. NAC is not calling for any new action. The letter writing campaign has served its purpose quite well. NAC is requesting that no further letters be sent at this time.

MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

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

  
www.naturistaction.org

Select "Alerts" and find this NAC Update under Current Updates.

There, you'll find links to the text of the Cahill Policy, the Bost decision, and other important information. The specific URL is:
http://www.naturistaction.org/AlertsAdvisoriesUpdates/UPDATES/CA_American _River_08-03-06_/ca_american_river_08-03-06_.html


PLEASE HELP NAC HELP NATURISTS!

The Naturist Action Committee is a volunteer nonprofit organization that exists to advance and protect the rights of naturists throughout North America. NAC has no membership roster on which to assess dues, and it relies entirely on the voluntary generosity of supporters like you. Please donate to NAC.

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Thank you for making it possible for NAC to continue serving naturists!

Naturally,

Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

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Board Member Allen Baylis       -
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