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Apparently those self appointed "environmentalists" and self serving bureaucrats do not like people running in the hills either (which has exactly zero potential for any measurable impact and conflict). From BAOC mailing list:
Well if you were clued in to our "soft schedule" planning calendar,
you might have been aware of a possible Annadel event on Nov. 23.
Unfortunately, they are denying any permit this year that has anything off trail.So we can't hold the event there.
I certainly see a disturbing pattern here. A few of our GCO meets are currently at risk due to new rules about what we can do and where we can do it on our maps in the River Parkway. This is due to a law suit against the county (permit givers) by a well-funded, self -appointed watchdog group called SARA. They happen to be extremely well connected politically, and have an army of lawyers at the ready. If you extrapolate this trend we're seeing, urban-O may be the only O we will be able to enjoy in 10 years. I sure hope the trend is reversible.
SARA = Save the American River Association. The County of Sacramento passed a American River Parkway Plan in 2006, and SARA is suing the county because it disagrees with the way the plan is being implemented, specifically with regard to organized competitive recreational activities and permitting. They seem to be against running events. They may or may not be aware of orienteering.
They are unfortunately quite aware of orienteering events; see the complaint at http://www.sarariverwatch.org/Review-of-Gold-Country-Orienteering-Event-FINAL-Sept-22.pdf. Rather a disturbing read.