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Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance Announces Annual Meeting

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 9:36am

For those who live in or around Washington state, or those who enjoy its many recreational attractions, the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) has announced its annual meeting. This meeting is open to the public, and will feature discussion on Washington recreational issues and WOHVA's plans for the following year.

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IDAHO - Nez Perce-Clearwater NF Extends Forest Plan Revision Scoping Comment Period

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 8:54am

The Forest Service has extended the scoping comment period for an additional 60 days on the Forest Plan Revision for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Information gathered during this scoping period, as well as other information, will be used to prepare the draft plan and the draft EIS. Comments must be received by November 14, 2014. The Nez Perce-Clearwater process is particularly important given some of the key issues and the long-running role of key participants including:

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NORTH CAROLINA - Forest Service to Host Trail Strategy Meeting

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:35pm

The National Forests in North Carolina have announced that they will host a workshop on September 18, 2014, to address management of non-motorized and motorized recreation trails across the Uwharrie National Forest. The meeting will be held 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Garner Center, 210 Burnette St., Troy, North Carolina.  Representatives from a wide range of trail-user groups, individuals who represent local communities and ecotourism, or

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NATIONAL - Public Listening Sessions on BLM Planning 2.0 Initiative Slated for Denver and Sacramento

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:29pm

As part of its ongoing effort to improve the management of the nation's public lands by working more efficiently with the public and partners, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold two public listening sessions on its Planning 2.0 initiative in Denver and Sacramento during October. Both meetings will provide an overview of the effort as well as a group discussion on methods to improve the BLM's planning process. The Planning 2.0 effort is aimed at creating a more dynamic and efficient way

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Forest Plan Revision: Staying Engaged

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:57am

As National Forests throughout the country begin their Forest Plan Revision efforts, BRC believes that commitment by the OHV community to remain engaged with their particular Forest(s) during this and subsequent programmatic and site-specific planning efforts is critically important.

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BRC Board Elections & General Membership Meeting

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 8:27am
Attention Members! The BlueRibbon Coalition 2014 Board of Directors Election is coming up. This year's board election will include three current board members standing for re-election (Joni Mogstad, Todd Ockert and John "JP" Parrinello). More information on these outstanding candidates is available below this announcement.

Final voting will be conducted, and the election results tabulated, at the 2014 BRC General Meeting on Sunday, November 2, 2014 (details to be announced at a later date, check back at this site regularly for updates).

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UTAH - BLM Seeks Public Input on Recreation Management in Nine Mile Canyon

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 9:50am

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Price Field Office is seeking public comment on management in the Nine Mile Canyon Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). The Nine Mile Canyon SRMA, managed by the Price and Vernal Field Offices, is internationally significant for its concentration of archaeological sites and extensive rock art, and the BLM-Utah is inviting the public to provide input into the management of this unique area.

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BlueRibbon Coalition Seeks Executive Director

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 9:38am
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POCATELLO, ID (September 4, 2014) -- The BlueRibbon Coalition is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization which champions responsible use of public lands and land access for outdoor recreation.

The Executive Director is hired  by the BlueRibbon Coalition Board of Directors and serves as a full time, salaried BlueRibbon Coalition employee to execute the business of the BRC, excepting for those functions reserved for the Board in its by-laws.

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Yellowstone Announces Lottery for New Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program for this Coming Winter Season!

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 7:26am

On September 3, 2014, Yellowstone National Park announced that through the www.recreation.gov  website a public lottery will start on September 3rd to determine the trip dates for Non-Commercially Guide Leaders wanting to visit Yellowstone this coming winter season (2014-2015). The lottery will remain open until October 3, 2014.  Please see the Park Service news release here. Please note, the BlueRibbon Coalition is an active member of the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access

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CALIFORNIA - Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests Announce Scoping Public Workshops for Forest Plan Revisions

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 7:39am

The U.S. Forest Service has just published their Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that, when completed, will revise forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. The NOI will also have information on the purpose and need for this action along with the agency's proposed action. The final EIS will result in three separate Records of Decision and three separate forest plans.

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BRC UTAH LAND USE UPDATE-Help Stop Massive Land Grab in Utah!

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:28pm

Immediate Action Requested - Recently more than a dozen Senators sent a letter to President Obama urging him to designate 1.8 million acres of red rock lands surrounding Canyonlands National Park in Utah as a national monument. None of these Senators are from Utah and only two are even from western states. Signatories were Senato

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BRC BRINGS NEW SUIT TO RESTORE TRAIL ACCESS - WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:56pm

Recently, The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) filed a complaint against the Federal government to challenge the arbitrary closure of, "Trail 38," a high value single-track motorcycle trail in Wyoming. The BRC Legal Program is representing a local AMA District club and local users in the case. "Though the trail mileage is small, the stakes are high," said J.R. Riggins, a plaintiff in the suit and Wyoming dirt bike rider. "The Forest Service apparently thought it could fly under the radar and close this trail without meaningful

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ARIZONA - Tonto NF Extends Comment Period for Travel Management Project DEIS

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:54am

The Tonto National Forest has announced that the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Travel Management Project, originally scheduled to end on August 18, 2014, has been extended to September 17, 2014. You can review a copy of the DEIS at public libraries in Globe, Cave Creek, Payson, Young, and select Mesa and Phoenix locations or at the Forest Supervisor's Office or Ranger District Offices. It is also available for download at

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WASHINGTON - Olympic NF Seeks Input on Identifying a Sustainable Road System

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 8:51am

The Olympic National Forest is hosting three final open houses asking the public to share the areas and roads they use on the Forest. This information will help the Forest identify a financially sustainable road system that meets diverse access needs, minimizes environmental harm, and is safe and dependable because it is scaled to available resources. The open houses have been held around the Olympic Peninsula throughout this summer, with the final three being held in Shelton, Aberdeen, and Olympia during

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COLORADO - BLM Begins Public Scoping On Gunnison Sage-Grouse EIS

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 9:26am

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input to identify conservation measures to protect Gunnison Sage-Grouse within the bird's habitat on federally-managed lands in Colorado and Utah. Based on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recommendation to adopt additional conservation measures, the BLM is initiating a public scoping process to incorporate these measures into up to 11 BLM Resource Management Plans through an Environmental Impact Statement and associated amend

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CALIFORNIA - Public Meeting Scheduled on Changes in the Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 8:59am

Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management and the Marine Corps will host a Resource Management Group meeting about the changes in land use in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area at the Lucerne Valley Community Center on August 16, 2014 from 1-3 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future locations of the Marine's company objective areas within the Shared Use Area for military training in accordance with Military Land Withdrawals Act of 2013 (Public Law

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COLORADO - BLM Releases Proposed RMP Amendment for Hartman Rocks Recreation Area

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 8:48am

The Bureau of Land Management Gunnison Field Office has released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the BLM Management Plan. The EA analyzes a proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment to designate Hartman Rocks as a Special Recreation Management Area, close a 4,363-acre area to recreational target shooting, and limit winter travel with tracked vehicles to designated groomed trails. The EA also considers additional direction to guide management of recreation at

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NEVADA-CALIFORNIA - USFS & BLM Release Bi-State Sage-Grouse Revised DEIS

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:20am

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has released the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Revised DEIS) for the Greater Sage-grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (Bi-state sage-grouse) Forest Plan Amendment. This Bi-state sage-grouse population occurs in portions of Lyon, Mineral, Esmeralda and Douglas counties in Nevada, and in portions of Alpine, Inyo, and Mono counties in California.The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest proposes to amend the Toiyabe National Forest Land

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NORTH CAROLINA - Cape Lookout National Seashore Extends Comment Period for Draft ORV Plan

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:29am

On May 23, 2014, the National Park Service released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for its Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan at Cape Lookout National Seashore (CALO) for a 60-day public comment period. Following a recent request for an extension, the comment period will be extended 45 days, to September 4, 2014. The purpose of this Plan/DEIS is to evaluate whether to allow ORV use at the Seashore. If ORV use is permitted, this Plan/EIS will address how to manage that use in

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MONTANA-Flathead National Forest Seeks Input on Travel Analysis Process Preliminary Map

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:12pm

The U.S. Forest Service seeks public input on an analysis of the road system on the Flathead National Forest. The travel analysis process includes the identification of risks and benefits on National Forest System Roads (NFSR) roads as they pertain to safe and efficient travel and the protection, management, and use of the national forest. To learn more about the Travel Analysis Process and access the interactive mapping tool click here. This is this is the primary tool for the public to view the analysis and provide input

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