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BRC National Land Use Update

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 1:15pm

January 26, 2015 NATIONAL Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs); Notice of Extension of Comment Period - The Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) in the Federal Register on November 19, 2014, concerning recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The NPR invited the public to submit written comments by February 2, 2015. In response to two requests for an extension, the Commission is extending the comment period. The new dead

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Vegas BLM Plan Is Big Hit To Desert Access & OHV Events

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:24am

As BRC continues to review the draft plan with our legal counsel, legislators, and local users, it is our initial opinion that this proposal, unless modified, will have a significant impact on historic dispersed OHV recreation, the functional elimination of competitive motorized events, and the closure of virtually all OHV use of sand wash-based trails.

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COLORADO - Public Comments sought on Proposed Action for Travel Management of Rico-West Dolores Landscape

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 9:46am

As you know, the San Juan National Forest is asking for public comments on a Proposed Action for travel management of the Rico-West Dolores Landscape in southern Colorado. The BRC Legal Team has worked hard to defend against unreasonable trail closures in the Rico-West Dolores Landscape. Pivotal in this effort has been the guidance and support of our fine partners in Colorado, including Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA), Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO), Public Access Preservation Associatio

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SOUTHEASTERN STATES - BLM Extends Southeastern States DRMP and DEIS Comment Period

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:53am

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Southeastern States Field Office (SSFO) has extended the public comment period on its Draft Southeastern States Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) until March 16, 2015 for members of the public to discuss and comment on the draft RMP/EIS alternatives. “We’ve received several requests for additional time to review the draft in detail so that interested parties can provide us with specific, effective comments,”

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ARIZONA - BLM hosts Quartzsite Open House on Proposed Trail Closures- La Posa Travel Management Plan Preliminary EA Available

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:02am

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office has announced that the La Posa Travel Management Plan preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) will be available for review starting Wednesday, January 21, 2015. There will be a 30-day public comment period and all comments must be received by close of business on February 19, 2015. Beginning on January 21, 2015, the preliminary EA may be reviewed on the BLM internet website at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/travel_mgmt/la_posa.html.

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UTAH - BLM - Price FO to Host Informational Open Houses for San Rafael Desert Travel Management Plan

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 9:41am

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office announces that the public scoping period for the San Rafael Desert Travel Management and Transportation Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) will run January 21, to February 21, 2015.   The BLM will host two open houses where the public can provide written input on route designation criteria and travel routes in the planning area that are important to their use of public lands. These meetings will also help inform the public about the BLM's travel

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BRC's Executive Director Search Continues

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:03am
Image:  Contact:  Glen Zumwalt, Chair Executive Director Search Committee

POCATELLO, ID (January 15, 2015) -- The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) would like to announce the continuation of its search for an Executive Director to lead the organization, which champions responsible use of public lands and land access for outdoor recreation nation-wide. We welcome all qualifying applicants.

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

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TEXAS – NPS Releases Final ORV Mgmt Plan, FEIS Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:41am

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the release of the Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Plan/EIS) for Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. The purpose of this Final Plan/EIS is to guide and direct the actions of the NPS in the management of off-road vehicles use at the Recreation Area. The plan designates routes and areas where off-road driving is allowed within the recreation area.

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BRC National Land Use Update

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:55pm

NATIONAL Yellowstone Opened to Limited Snowmobile Access With Non-commercially Guided Access On December 15, 2014 the gates opened to another season of snowmobile access to Yellowstone National Park. However, recent warm weather and limited snowfall resulted in very little snowpack on many of the park's interior roads. Until appreciable snowfall is received and conditions on the park's packed, groomed roads improv

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WASHINGTON - Comments on Motorized Travel Management Proposed Action Due January 20

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 8:22am

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is proposing changes to motor vehicle use on specific roads, trails and areas within the non-wilderness portion of the Forest. Winter -- over the snow motorized use -- will not be analyzed at this time and is not part of this proposal. The proposed action is to close the Forest to cross-country motorized travel off the existing National Forest system road network, and existing National Forest system motorized trails, consistent with current designations of vehicle type and seasonal clos

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NEW MEXICO - BLM Releases Proposed RMP & FEIS for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 2:24pm

NEW MEXICO - BLM Releases Proposed RMP & FEIS for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,

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VIRGINIA & WEST VIRGINIA - George Washington NF Forest Plan Review Period Ends January 20

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 2:20pm

VIRGINIA & WEST VIRGINIA - George Washington NF Forest Plan Review Period Ends January 20

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

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COLORADO - Public Comments sought on Proposed Action for Travel Management of Rico/West Dolores Landscape

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 10:10am

The San Juan National Forest is asking for public comments on a Proposed Action for travel management of the Rico/West Dolores Landscape. This comment period officially begins the National Environmental Policy Act analysis for the project. Public comments received will be used to refine the Proposed Action and create alternative courses of action to be considered. The comment period begins December 12, 2014, and ends January 30, 2015. The Proposed Action was developed by an interdisciplinary team of

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NEVADA - BLM Extends Public Comment Period for the Draft RMP/EIS Las Vegas & Pahrump Field Offices

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 9:32am

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced that the comment period for the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been extended an additional 30 days. The extended timeframe means that the comment period on the Draft RMP/EIS -- originally set to close January  7, 2015 -- will now close February 6, 2015.Once finalized, the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices RMP will provide management direction for the 3.1 mil

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CALIFORNIA - BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Action for Rice Canyon OHV Open Area

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 2:08pm

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Eagle Lake Field Office (ELFO) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) that will analyze the impacts of development and maintenance within the existing Rice Canyon 105 acre open area managed primarily for off-highway vehicle (OHV) use. The project area is within the Antelope/Shaffer/Bald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) which was designated in the 2008 BLM ELFO Resource Management Plan (RMP).The Rice Canyon OHV open area is

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Coastal OHV Park Offers Fun and Economic Boost

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:58am
Image:  Contact:  Don Amador, BRC Western Representative

OAKLEY, CA (December 18, 2014) -- A highly popular off-road state park located on the central coast of California was host last week for a government body that oversees the operation. On December 11 & 12, the California State Park's Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission met in Grover Beach. Commissioners toured the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Area (SVRA) and discussed many aspects of the CA OHV program statewide including various operational tenets of the SVRA. 

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Support BRC With Your Last Minute Shopping!

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:48am

Doing some last minute shopping? Support BRC by using the AmazonSmileProgram when you are shopping online. We are proud to be one of the charities you can choose for a donation from Amazon.com and their AmazonSmile program. It costs you nothing – they donate 0.5% of your purchase to the charity of your choice and it is just one click away! Just start shopping here and first fill in the box for YOUR charity and type in "BlueRibbon Coalition" to choose us! Then start shopping – it’s still the same Amazon.com that you’re used to.

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Yellowstone Opened to Limited Snowmobile Access With Non-commercially Guided Access

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:09am

On December 15, 2014 the gates opened to another season of snowmobile access to Yellowstone National Park. However, recent warm weather and limited snowfall resulted in very little snowpack on many of the park's interior roads. Until appreciable snowfall is received and conditions on the park's packed, groomed roads improves, snowmobile access to the Park will be limited (see Park Service News release). Remember during the 2014/2015 Winter Season, the Park will operate under the newly approved Winter Use

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BlueRibbon Coalition National Land Use & Legislation Update

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:48pm

BRC has received questions and feedback concerning the pending National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2015. This bill recently passed the House of Representatives, and now faces a vote in the Senate. Appended to this bill is a massive package of other bills, including dozens of public lands bills. On the plus side, this signals at least a momentary end to the Congressional gridlock that has prevented meaningful public lands legislation from moving for years. Many of these bills are positive for recrea

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Give A Gift Of BRC Membership!

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 1:36pm

Give the gift of recreational access this holiday season. Nothing is more important to that outdoor recreation enthusiast on your holiday gift list than a future of trails, access and having fun! You can make that happen with the gift of a BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) membership - the champions of responsible recreation nationwide who help keep the outdoor fun alive!

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