Today's Land Use Update was a blast to write. There are a lot of really great things happening to protect your recreational access. Among the items is news that the House passed the provision offered by Congressman Paul Cook that would save the Johnson Valley OHV Area (A.K.A the Hammers). The provision now moves to the Senate. (Cook served as an Marine infantry officer, and during his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts) Also in this update are two items of legal sweetness. Sweetness in the form of ...Directors' Pick: 0 Image: Action Alert
We received an urgent action alert from the folks at the Outer Banks Preservation Association (OBPA). The OBPA folks are trying to keep one of the last remaining Outer Bank beaches open for vehicles. The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would stop the National Park Service from closing Cape Hatteras National Seashore to vehicle access. BRC's Greg Mumm is working with the OPBA on this issue and said it is distressing to see the wealthy foundations treat both visitors and local recreational users in such a shabby way. Mumm noted;
This morning we received an important update from Jeff Bates, President of the Grand Mesa Jeep Club, about a really fun way to oppose the closure of over 62% of the roads and trails in the BLM's Grand Junction Field Office. Jeff is working with local reps from the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition and other local OHV groups on a Public Lands Pizza Party. Jeff says the idea is to make fighting for trails fun – and fattening! The event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at the community building at the Mesa County Fairgrounds...Directors' Pick: 0 Image: Action Alert
This comes to us from Sno-Dak (Snowmobile North Dakota) via the Coalition for Recreational Trails. SITUATION: Snowmobile enthusiasts in North Dakota have just heard from Governor Dalrymple’s office that a meeting is scheduled for July 9th to determine whether or not he will opt out of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for the next fiscal year. If the Governor does not opt out, North Dakota trails will receive slightly more than $1 million in RTP funding next year. If he does opt out, your gas tax you spend on your snowmobile and OHV will be spent for other purposes!Directors' Pick: 0 Image: Action Alert
We just got word from Jeff Bates, President of the Grand Mesa Jeep Club, about a really fun way to oppose the closure of over 62% of the roads and trails in the BLM's Grand Junction Field Office.
Jeff is working with local reps from the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition and other local OHV groups on a Public Lands Pizza Party. Jeff says the idea is to make fighting for trails fun – and fattening!
OHV enthusiasts of every flavor (UTV, ATV, Motorcycle, 4x4 and even Snowmobile) are invited to the Community Building at the Mesa County Fairgrounds for a letter writing and pizza party. The event starts at 5:00 pm and will finish around 9:00 pm. Pizza will be provided for everyone who writes a comment letter.
ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT TO COMMENT ON THE YELLOWSTONE PROPOSED RULE FOR WINTER USE! THE SITUATION: The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the release of a Proposed Rule concerning winter use in Yellowstone National Park for public review and comment. This rulemaking process is in addition to the Final Winter Use Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) which was released on February 22, 2013. The Proposed Rule, published in the Federal Register on April 16, 2013, has a 60-day public comment period ending on June 17, 2013.Directors' Pick: 0 Image: Action Alert
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Monticello Field Office (MFO) has announced opportunities for the public to share comments and ideas relating to a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) application for an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safari in San Juan County. The BLM is considering a proposal by the City of Monticello, Utah to host and conduct guided ATV tours on 16 designated routes, also called trails, in areas throughout the Monticello and Moab Field Offices. The BLM will be preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the proposal, and theyDirectors' Pick: 0 Image: Action Alert
The Forest Service will host two public meetings this spring to share the latest information about the status and plans for implementation of the 2009 Motorized Travel Management decision for the Inyo National Forest. The meetings will be held on: Tuesday June 11 - Mammoth Lakes Community Center, 1000 Forest Trail, 6:00 to 7:30 pm Thursday June 13 - Inyo National Forest Supervisors Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop (behind DMV office on Line St.), 6:00 to 7:30 pmDirectors' Pick: 0 Image: Action Alert
OREGON - Comment Period Opens on Rim Butte OHV Jeep Trail Project EA Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers, The Deschutes National Forest has opened a public comment period for an analysis of developing jeep trails in the Rim Butte area of the Forest. The 30-day public comment period on the Rim Butte OHV Jeep Trail Project Environmental Assessment (EA) opened on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. The EA analyzes the effects of creating designated routes for off-highway vehicles (OHVs) within the Rim Butte area, located east of State Highway 97 and south of Newberry National Volcanic MonumentDirectors' Pick: 0 Image:
STOCKTON, CA (June 5, 2013) -- Motorized recreation is a great way to enjoy the scenic outdoors with family and friends, and no one knows this better than Family Off-Road Adventures, a company in California that specializes in organizing just such activities. They have been supporters of the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) for many years, aiding us in our efforts to preserve public recreational access to public lands. Over the last five years, they raised almost $9,000; with this year's recent Yosemite event raising almost $1,500 by itself.Directors' Pick: 0 Trail Ride: 0
RENO, NV (May 29, 2013) -- Using a Silent Auction at a big multi-function show, and a Mild to Wild Trail Ride in the Reno, NV, area, the awesome folks at Lockett Shows (Al and Shirley Lockett, and crew) raised $2000 to support BlueRibbon Coalition, champions of responsible outdoor recreation.Directors' Pick: 0 press release
BRC just received an email from the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA) with a Lawsuit Update. We've pasted NMOHVA's Lawsuit Update below. Please take a minute to read it over, and pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies. As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments. Ric Foster Public Lands Department Manager BlueRibbon Coalition 208-237-1008 ext 107
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BRC just received an email from the Citizens for Balanced Use (CBU), with their latest newsletter regarding new Resource Management Plans (RMP) for three separate Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Field Offices affecting millions of acres in eastern Montana. We've pasted CBU's Newsletter below. Please take a minute to read it over, and pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies. As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments. Ric Foster Public Lands Department Manager BlueRibbon Coalition 208-237-1008 ext 107Directors' Pick: 0 Image:
The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests has announced that the second round of Forest Plan Revision assessment information sessions will be held on the last two Thursdays of May. The objective of these sessions will be to present more in-depth information on a selection of topic areas related to the existing condition of the forests, and share opinions and ideas on these topics. The format will be a series of presentations from Forest Service personnel for the first half of the meeting, followed by discussion sessions on those topics during the second half.Directors' Pick: 0 Image: Action Alert
The Bureau of Land Management has announce the beginning of the 90-day public comment period on the Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (DRMP/EIS) for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area and the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. The plan will provide a framework to guide subsequent management decisions on approximately 210,000 acres administered by the BLM in Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties of western Colorado.Directors' Pick: 0 Image: Action Alert
Yesterday the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources postponed efforts to advance S. 486, Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act until the committee's June mark-up. This bill would overturn a National Park Service plan to limit motorized vehicle use at a North Carolina seashore. We've pasted Senator Burr of North Carolina's media release below. Please take a minute to read it over then pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies. As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments.Directors' Pick: 0 Image: Action Alert
The following information was forwarded to us by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) is accepting applications to fill vacancies on the following Grant Advisory Committees. Grant Advisory Committee's evaluate grant applications based on established criteria and make recommendations to the Idaho Park and Recreation Board for funding. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this position, please forward this information on to them.Thanks for your help in this matter, RicDirectors' Pick: 0 Image: Action Alert
Below is a very important Action Alert on two important issues. If you want to take action now, click here. The action items concern two alerts we sent last week. We have details and links below. In the meantime, I want to leave you with a statement from Representative Rob Bishop, Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation: Although our [recreation] opportunities are unsurpassed, they are not being realized as fully as they shouDirectors' Pick: 0 Image: Action Alert
SHEBOYGAN, WI (May 16, 2013) - The Wisconsin ATV Association (WATVA) has worked tirelessly with our partners on two bills that will improve the ATV & UTV sport. Both of these bills have passed the Assembly and Senate on a unanimous voice vote and are now awaiting the Governor's signature.Directors' Pick: 0 Press Release Randy Harden Trail Ride: 0
For every one year subscription [Top-Offroader Magazine] will donate $3.60 for each of the first one thousand one-year subscriptions, for a grand total of 3,600.00 to help save our trails!Directors' Pick: 0 Trail Ride: 0