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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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UTAH - BLM Utah Seeks Nominations for Vacancies on Resource Advisory Council

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:49pm

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public nominations for the Utah Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The Utah RAC is a 15-member advisory panel which provides advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands issues for 22.9 million acres of Federal public lands in Utah. The RAC meets 1-4 times per year.  Membership includes a cross section of Utahan's around the State representing energy, tourism and commercial

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UTAH - BLM Seeks Public Comment on ATV Event in Eastern Utah

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:00pm

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking the public's input on a proposal by Monticello to host and guide the 2014 San Juan ATV Safari. This is an incredible three-day adventure of world-class riding that needs your support. We are asking all OHVers in Utah to take the time to shoot the BLM an email or a quick note supporting the Special Recreation Permit (SRP) for this annual event. We have provided some bullet points below to help. The EA, which includes route maps, is available for public review a

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BRC Now On Instagram & Google+

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:28pm
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POCATELLO, ID (July 16, 2014) -- The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is proud to announce that it has added to its online presence two new social media venues. BRC can now be followed as "brc4access" on Instagram, the biggest image sharing application on the internet; BRC also can be found on Google+, a fast growing utility created by the well known internet search engine of the same name (you can access BRC on Google+ directly at: http://bit.ly/brc-google).

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IDAHO - Next Phase of Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Plan Revision Begins

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:16pm

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has announced the next phase of revising the Forest's Land and Resource Management Plan (the Forest Plan). The Forest has released the proposed action for the Forest Plan and is asking for additional public input. For the last 20 months, the Forest has engaged the public in collaborative public participation efforts which have been instrumental for providing input into development of the proposed action.The full text of the proposed action can be found at HERE. If you would 

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WASHINGTON - FS Announce Results of the Sustainable Roads Public Meetings for Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:36pm

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is hosting a series of public results forms to share the data collected from the sustainable roads public outreach meetings held last summer. Participants helped identify forest roads that mattered to them. The Forest is in the process of creating a sustainable road strategy to maintain the forest road system within budget for safe travel, use, administration and resource protection. Come see the results from the Sustainable Roads outreach meetings:

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NEW MEXICO - Cibola NF Extends Time to Provide Input on Forest Plan Revision Documents and Processes

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 1:06pm

The Cibola National Forest has received requests from the public for more time to review and offer input to the Draft Assessment Report of Ecological/Social/Economic Conditions, Trends, and Risks to Sustainability. In addition, the public has also requested more time to contribute to the preliminary needs for change statements addressing risks to sustainability to the resources, goods, and services that the Cibola provides. In response to these requests, Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman announced that the Cibola will con

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BRC Seeks Ad Sales Representative

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:10pm

JOB OPPORTUNITY: The BlueRibbon Coalition is seeking proposals for a non-salaried, commission-based Advertising Sales Representative for a future magazine publication. If interested, contact Michael Patty at brc-ads@sharetrails.org or 1-800-258-3742 (ext. 103).

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ARIZONA - Tonto National Forest Releases Travel Management Project DEIS

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:54am

Tonto National Forest has announced that the Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Travel Management Project was posted in the Federal Register on July 3, 2014, which will begin the 45-day public review and comment period. This comment period will end on August 18, 2014. The DEIS provides the public an opportunity to learn about, and participate in, the federal decision-making process.You can review a copy of the DEIS at public libraries in Globe, Cave Creek, Pay

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NORTH CAROLINA - Forest Service to Hold Plan Revision Meeting on July 10

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 7:43am

The Forest Service will hold a plan revision public meeting on July 10, 2014, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Resort Drive, Asheville, N.C. The meeting is part of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests management plan revision process. Discussion topics will include (1) wildlife habitat and (2) managing for ecosystem integrity and ecosystem diversity. An information and comment station for Wild and Scenic Rivers will also be available. The tentative meeting time is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A meeting agenda

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UTAH - BLM Issues Decision to Amend Monticello Travel Plan

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 7:28am

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field Office has issued the decision to amend the Monticello Travel Management Plan by approving the motorized use of five travel routes-Blanding to Bulldog, Jacob's Chair, Nokai Dome, River House and Woodenshoe. The five approved routes add to more than 2,800 miles of trail currently open and available for OHV use on lands managed by the Monticello Field Office in southeastern Utah."This extensive trail system offers OHV riders vast and diver

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