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    COLORADO - BLM Evaluates Roads and Trails in Archuleta, La Plata And Montezuma Counties
    Seeks public input on transportation needs to make public lands in southwest Colorado more accessible

    Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tres Rios Field Office announced a 30-day public scoping period to initiate travel management planning efforts across approximately 100,000 acres in Archuleta, La Plata and Montezuma Counties.
    The BLM has worked with community members, partners and other agencies to identify a sustainable transportation system with various trail designations accessing public lands in Archuleta, La Plata and Montezuma counties. The BLM is also seeking input from the public to address current and future transportation needs.
    The BLM is accepting comments through May 22, 2019. Comments must be submitted through the BLM ePlanning site at https://go.usa.gov/xE6ZU. The BLM proposed action and associated maps are also available on the ePlanning site and available for review at the Tres Rios Field Office, 29211 Highway 184 in Dolores.
    For more information, contact Keith Fox, BLM Planning and Environmental Specialist at (970) 882-6856 or via email at [email protected]. BLM media release
    Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
    Ric Foster
    Policy Director
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    208-237-1008 ext. 2
    Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
    and collaboration among recreationists.- https://sharetrails.org

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    As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit https://sharetrails.org/contribution-options/ to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!

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    OHV rider, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, California. Photo by Jeff Fontana, BLM.

    Bernhardt Confirmation

    The Senate confirmed the nomination of David Bernhardt to be the Secretary of the Department of the Interior on a vote of 56-41. Mr. Bernhardt had been acting Secretary since the first of the year. The Secretary’s celebration of his confirmation was short lived because four days later the Interior Department’s Acting Inspector General opened an investigation into possible conflicts of interest on the part of the Secretary. The investigation was launched based upon information provided by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn). We have no idea how long the IG’s investigation will last, but at a minimum, it has to be a distraction for the new Secretary as he begins his tenure at Interior.
    Land and Water Conservation Fund

    In January, the Land and Water Conservation Fund received permanent authorization when the Congress enacted the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. (Public Law 116-9). Even though authorization is now permanent, monies must still be appropriated on an annual basis in order to support the activities of the fund. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WVA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) now want to provide permanent funding at the level of $900 million per year, circumventing the regular appropriations process.


    OHV rider, Flat Top-Peach Valley OHV Area, Colorado. Photo by Uncompahgre OHV Trail Crew/BLM.

    Steens Mountain, Oregon

    A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Bureau of Land Management violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it failed to establish an environmental baseline prior to approving the Steens Mountain Travel Management Plan (TMP) and the Steens Mountain Comprehensive Recreation Plan (CRP). Those plans, among other things, allowed for OHV access to 36 miles of primitive routes. The court decision is a setback for OHV recreation in this very special recreation area.
    DOI Reorganization

    The idea of transferring the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to someplace west of the Mississippi River is still alive, but it may well be on live support. Frustration is growing among both Republicans and Democrats alike on Capitol Hill on the lack of specifics coming out of the Department of the Interior (DOI) in terms of its plans and timetable for the move, including the actual site for BLM’s new headquarters. Four states, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, have all been mentioned as possible locations.
    Transportation Reauthorization

    The transportation reauthorization process has begun on Capitol Hill. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have started holding hearings and seeking input from their members as an outline is being mapped out for the components of the legislation. There is growing recognition that the country’s transportation infrastructure is aging and that something needs to be done to address this need.
    Sincerely,

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    DON'T MISS THE UPCOMING WORKSHOPS - REGISTER NOW


    2019 Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO): OHV Training Workshops
    Thanks to funding from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife OHV Grant program, COHVCO will be holding two OHV training workshops to educate and benefit the state’s off highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, land managers, and other OHV stakeholders. These trainings will be focused on the development of sustainable trails and trail partnerships.

    Great Trails Training: Gunnison, CO
    The Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition in conjunction with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the US Forest Service, and the US Bureau of Land Management, will be conducting an OHV trails workshop in Gunnison, CO on May 31-June 2, 2019. The 3-day workshop will consist of classroom sessions on May 31, at the Gunnison Community Center and field sessions on June 1-2 on land managed by the BLM Gunnison Field Office. Field sessions will involve walking to various sites on the trail system so bring your best hiking shoes, appropriate clothing, and drinking water.
    When: May 31-June 2
    Where: Gunnison Community Center
    200 Spencer Ave
    Gunnison, CO 81230


    • More information including registration found here


    Developing Motorized Opportunities on Public Lands: Salida, CO
    The 3-day workshop will consist of a welcome reception on July 11, classroom sessions on July 12-13, a banquet dinner on the evening of July 12, and a field session on the Salida Ranger District on the afternoon of July 13. The welcome reception location will be sent to all registered attendees. Classroom sessions will be held at the Salida Steam Plant and the field session will be held on land managed by the US Forest Service, Salida Ranger District. Field sessions will involve walking to various sites on the trail system so bring your best hiking shoes, appropriate clothing, and drinking water. Lunch will be provided on the 12th and 13th.
    When: July 12-13
    Where: Salida Steam Plant
    220 W Sackett
    Salida, CO 81201

    • More information including registration found here


    Scholarships:
    COHVCO is offering a limited number of scholarships for attendees to the training workshop. Scholarships include two nights lodging, tuition, and all meals provided as part of the training. Check out the workshop webpages linked above for more information.
    Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
    P.O. Box 741353
    Arvada, CO 80006

    518-281-5810

    [email protected]

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    Arapeen Trail: Snow Level
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      FYI,
      We had heavy snowfall in Utah this past winter- and spring has beencool and wet. Much of the Arapeen Trail, areas above about 8,500' inelevation, are still covered with snow. This summer, I suggestriding the trail after July 1st to avoid trail closures. It is likelythat even on July 1 there may be an occasional lingeringsnowbank.

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    UPCOMING MEETINGS


    The Browns Canyon National Monument outside Salida CO is moving forward with planning after its designation as a National Monument by President Obama in 2015 to protect a wide range of recreational activities. The Organizations are asking planners to realign and repair the historic footprint of FSR 184 between FSR 184 and the Arkansas River to restore historical multiple use access to the area for a wide range of valued activities, such as camping and fishing and limited day use recreational opportunities, in order local residents to gain limited access to this portion of the River. This usage is consistent with the high levels of multiple use of the area historically.
    Upcoming meetings
    When:
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    June 3, 2019 - 5:30-7:30
    Salida SteamPlant, 220 West Sacket, Salida CO
    June 4, 2019 – 5:30-7:30
    Buena Vista Community Center, 715 East Main Street, Buena Vista, CO
    June 5, 2019- 5:30-7:30
    Denver Marriot, 1717 Denver West Blvd, Golden CO
    Two webinars are also available for those that can’t attend these meetings
    BLM information on the Browns Canyon planning
    Link to Proclamation creating Browns Canyon Monument
    Electronic comments via portal
    Written comments
    Browns Canyon RMP/EIS,
    5575 Cleora Road
    Salida, CO 81201
    Due Date: June 13, 2019
    Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
    P.O. Box 741353
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    OHV Rider, Flat Top Peach Valley Recreation Area, Colorado. Photo Credit: BLM Uncompahgre Field Office

    Summer is almost here which means the start of traditional family vacations, but in much of the country, wet weather and terrible storms have been the order of the day. Unfortunately, many Americans are picking up the pieces from devastating floods and tornados. For them, the summer of 2019 will be a time of trying to put their lives back together. We are very mindful of the challenges that lie ahead for these families.
    Transportation Infrastructure Reform on Life Support

    Given all the rebuilding that must take place in many communities hit by these terrible storms, there is another issue that needs addressing and that is rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure. Talks between President Trump and Congressional Democrats are stalled at best, and at this juncture there appears to be no pathway forward in reaching a consensus on how to pay for an infrastructure program that could cost upwards to $2 trillion. One suggestion is to increase the federal excise tax on fuel since the last increase took place 26 years ago. But given that the 2020 elections are approaching, there seems little chance of that happening.
    Recreation Funding on the Decline

    The Property and Environment Research Center out of Bozeman, Montana just released a comprehensive study on federal funding for recreation. The results were depressing, to say the least. It is something we had suspected, but having the hard facts really tells the story.
    DOI Reorganization in Trouble

    Plans to relocate the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from Washington to somewhere west of the Mississippi took a serious hit in the House Appropriations Committee. In May the committee completed its work on the FY 2020 appropriations for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and made it clear that it would not be providing the necessary funds to facilitate the BLM headquarters’ move.

    Lower Blackfoot River, Montana (BLM Photo)

    New Recreation Opportunities, Lower Blackfoot River Region

    In the May newsletter, I wrote about efforts in Congress to make permanent the funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, (LWCF), to the tune of $900 million per year and that we opposed to this idea until the existing fund is modified so that some of the LWCF revenue can go towards the huge maintenance backlog for the federal land agencies, as we just referenced during our discussion about the decline in federal spending for recreation. It has never made sense to us that the federal government should acquire more land when it can’t take care of what it already owns.


    Family camping (NPS Photo)
    Summer

    Enjoy your time with your family this summer and hopefully you will spend part of that time in the great outdoors. While doing so, whether its camping with the family, fishing or enjoying motorized recreation, pause and think of those who are busy trying to rebuild their lives and homes after a very difficult spring weather season.
    Sincerely,

    Larry E. Smith
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    Upcoming meetings on the draft GMUG Forest Plan revision

    The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) has announced their meeting schedule and the anticipated release of their draft forest plan sometime next week. With the upcoming holiday, we are sending an alert out without our preliminary thoughts so you can get the meetings on your calendar. Once the draft is out, we will be reviewing it ASAP. As we don’t have a copy of the draft plan yet our thoughts are limited. We will reconfirm this is a hugely important document for motorized usage as it will set goals and objectives for management of areas of the forest for the next 30 years. This document will guide where we can and cannot use motor vehicles on the forest for the next 30 years plus .
    Upcoming open house/ meetings

    When:
    Where:
    June 25, 2019 5-7 pm
    Montrose County Event Center, 1036 North 7th Street, Montrose,
    June 27, 2019 5-7 pm
    Fred Field Center, Van Tuyl Room, 275 South Spruce Street, Gunnison,
    July 9, 2019 5-7 pm
    Heritage Hall, 403 East Bridge Street
    Hotchkiss,
    July 10, 2019 5-7 pm
    Community Center, 120 West 8th Street
    Palisade,
    July 11, 2019 5-7 pm
    Heritage Hall, 403 East Bridge Street
    Hotchkiss
    Four webinars are also available for those that can’t attend these meetings
    Part 1 addresses a process review structure of the document, key terms and forest wide direction
    Part 1 is available twice and times are Monday June 10, 2019 at either 9-11 am or 4-6 pm
    Part 2 addresses management area direction, an overview of the interactive story map and monitoring
    Part 2 is available twice and times are Wednesday June 12, 2019 from 9-11 am or 4-6 pm
    Links for the webinar and call in information is below
    For audio, please call in to 1-888-844-9904, participant code 8454465#
    USFS information on the GMUG planning to date
    Electronic comments via portal
    Written comments
    GMUG National Forest
    Att: Forest Plan revision
    2250 South Main Street,
    Delta, CO 81416
    Due Date: Anticipated Mid July



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    Support S. 1527, the RTP Funding Transparency Act!

    Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct an updated study on the total amount of nonhighway recreational fuel taxes collected on an annual basis. The data from this study, a study to be conducted every five years thereafter, can then be used to determine how much funding should go towards the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

    The current annual funding for RTP is about $84 million. We believe that the amount of nonhighway recreational fuel taxes collected on an annual basis could be upwards to four times that amount. Hence, the need for a new study.

    Even with the new information, Congress will still need to make the final decision on how much money should go towards RTP. But having this up to date information will help them as they make this decision and hopefully, increase the RTP budget.

    Please write your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor S. 1527. Also ask them to write to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to express their support for this legislation.

    Senators Klobuchar, Risch, Shaheen, Burr and Van Hollen are the current sponsors of this legislation. If one of them happens to be your Senator, please write and express your appreciation for their leadership on the RTP legislation.


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    Group of OHV riders, Oceano Dunes SVRA, California. Photo by Brian Baer, California State Parks

    OHV Riding at Oceano Dunes State Park Threatened!

    A staff report for the California Coastal Commission has recommended that OHV riding at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA) be curtailed and possibly eliminated altogether. ODSVRA is comprised of about 1,500 dune acres. OHV riding is permitted in a little over 2 square miles and along roughly 3.5 miles of beach. This is the only OHV park along the State’s coastal zone. Along with the OHV recreation experience, RV camping is a very popular activity at this State Park.
    U.S. Forest Service NEPA Reform

    One of the frustrations in dealing with the Forest Service, whether it is getting a recreational permit, a permit for repairing trails or even cutting down diseased trees, is the fact that the agency must follow procedures under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The procedures are such that timeliness is not a factor.

    OHV rider, Bocco Mountain, Colorado. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM

    Support Recreational Trails Program

    The Coalition for Recreational Trails (ARRA is a member) held a reception on Capitol Hill on June 11th to recognize twelve outstanding trail projects from throughout the country that were funded in part by the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). A diverse set of projects were recognized, both motorized and non-motorized, and the underlying message that all the recipients shared was that their project would have never happened without the financial support of the Recreational Trails Program.
    Legislative Update on H.R. 1225 and H.R. 3195

    The House Natural Resources Committee has reported legislation to the House floor that would address the mounting maintenance backlog for the federal lands agencies, H.R.1225, as well as make permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), H.R.3195. We have always felt that the Congress needed to address the maintenance backlog issue first before even considering the possibility of creating a mechanism to permanently fund LWCF. Instead, the committee obviously decided to deal with these issues simultaneously.
    Good News to Share

    We recently read a press release about the California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division and the National Youth Project Using Minibikes coming together in a “partnership to provide mentoring and education for urban youth through off-highway motorcycle recreation.” What a wonderful idea! Getting our urban youth outdoors and providing them with the opportunity to ride off-highway motorcycles in a safe and responsible manner doesn’t get any better. Future leaders for motorized recreation could well emerge from this program.
    Summer 2019

    We are almost to the halfway point of the summer season. As you spend time with your families on your annual vacation or on a weekend of OHV riding, please remember to share with us some of your favorite photographs of those times. As you know, we like to use some of your photographs for this newsletter. But please remember that if you send us a photo of someone operating an off-highway vehicle, proper safety gear is needed. We can only use photos showing appropriate safety gear. After all, we need to set the right example.

    Finally, when celebrating our nation’s birthday, whether it is off-roading, camping, hiking or just enjoying a picnic, do so responsibly for the sake of yourself and your family. Happy 4th.

    Sincerely,

    Larry E. Smith
    Executive Director
    Americans for Responsible Recreational Access


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    LAKE CITY NEWS | ALPINE LOOP SCENIC BACKCOUNTRY BYWAY
    The Alpine Loop Scenic Backcountry Byway is OPEN!
    See Colorado's backcountry like never before on the Alpine Loop Scenic Backcountry Byway, NOW OPEN and as majestic as ever!

    The Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway, a network of four-wheel-drive roads that connect Lake City, Ouray, and Silverton, traverses passes up to 12,800 feet while showcasing old mines, ghost towns, natural wonders, beautiful wildflowers, and abundant wildlife.

    Along the way, check out the following points of interests in order from Cinnamon Pass to Engineer Pass:

    SHERMAN OVERLOOK
    Get a bird’s eye view of the once-bustling city that serviced the profitable Black Wonder Mine.

    BURROWS PARK
    In a space of a few miles, see the historic buildings of at least six towns that once existed here during the height of mining in the San Juans.

    AMERICAN BASIN
    American Basin, one of the most photographed places in Colorado, is home to a spectacular show of wildflowers.

    ANIMAS FORKS
    This old mining town has a number of well-preserved buildings and serves as a junction for several four-wheel-drive roads.
    What are you waiting for?
    If you've never driven the Alpine Loop Scenic Backcountry Byway, what are you waiting for? Now that the snow is cleared away and the landscape is bursting with life, it's the best time ever to see Colorado's backcountry like never before.

    Get started today by picking up a map at the Lake City Visitor Center, located at 800 Gunnison Ave or visiting LakeCity.com.
    Before you venture into Lake City's famous backcountry, we encourage you to check the Hinsdale County Website for backcountry road conditions.

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    Motorbike rider, Flat Top Peach Valley Recreation Area, Colorado. Photo credit: BLM Uncompahgre Field Office

    BLM Gets Ready to Move West

    On July 16th, the Department of the Interior announced its intention to relocate the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management to Grand Junction, Colorado. Over time, upwards to 500 BLM employees will relocate to Grand Junction and to other BLM offices throughout the west.
    Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

    A new transportation bill unveiled by the leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) contains a provision that will authorize a new study on RTP funding. ARRA has been supporting S. 1527, the RTP Funding Transparency Act and we are pleased to report that the EPW legislation includes the legislative concepts found in S. 1527. This is a major accomplishment and we thank ARRA members for contacting their Senators in support of RTP.

    California Coastal Commission Hearing on Oceano Dunes SVRA (July 11, 2019). Photo credit: Don Amador, AMA District 36

    Oceano Dunes State Park

    In last month’s newsletter, we reported on the possibility that OHV riding at the Oceano Dune State Park in California could be threatened. The California Coastal Commission held a public hearing on July 11th to consider comments on a Commission staff report that recommended severe restrictions on OHV use at this important coastal riding area.
    FY2020/2021 Budget Agreement

    Before the Congress left Washington for its August recess, an agreement was reached between the Trump Administration and the Congress on federal spending levels for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021. Both the House and the Senate have passed this agreement which means that there will NOT be a government shutdown at the beginning of the new fiscal year! When the Congress returns after its August recess, it will complete action on all outstanding appropriations for FY2020.
    Thank you and Farewell

    This is the last newsletter I will send you as Executive Director of ARRA. Much has happened during my 19 years with ARRA. Motorized recreation on public lands has reached a new level of support on the part of federal policymakers both in the Executive Branch and in Congress along with the recognition that this activity contributes to both the personal health of OHV enthusiasts and to the economic vitality of our country.

    Before I close, I want to thank a couple of individuals and the organizations for their longtime support of ARRA. Namely, Tim Buche and Kathy Van Kleeck, both of whom served as key executives for the Motorcycle Industry Council, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association. Tim as CEO of these organizations and Kathy as the former head of the associations’ Washington office. Not enough recognition is given to these trade organizations for all they do for motorized recreation. So, a sincere thank you for their support of ARRA for so many years.

    And finally, to all of you as ARRA members, thank you for being a part of this journey with me. ARRA is you. It’s not about me. You are the ones who have consistently made the difference by contacting your elected representatives on critical OHV issues and in attending countless forums before the various land agencies for so many years (the RTP study and Oceano Dunes are the latest examples). Your collective efforts have made a positive difference for motorized recreation.

    ARRA is about to enter a new chapter and I hope you will continue to be a part of this effort. It’s mission to improve access to our public lands for motorized recreation remains of critical importance. In the months to come, you will be learning more about ARRA’s future; an exciting one at that, so please be a part it.

    Happy Trails,

    Larry E. Smith



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    Yellowstone National Park Winter Season Update
    NPS Announces Lottery for 2019-2020 Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program

    Dear Action Alert Subscribers,
    Here are some highlights of the Yellowstone Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program for this coming winter season (2019-2020).
    First, each day during the coming winter season, there will be up to five snowmobiles in each of four Non-Commercially Guided Transportation Snowmobile Events/trips, one from each of the four Yellowstone Park Gates.
    Second, you will be required to possess a non-commercial snowmobile access permit which will be awarded annually through an online lottery system. The lottery is located at the www.recreation.gov website started on August 1st to determine the trip dates for Non-Commercially Guide Leaders wanting to visit Yellowstone this coming winter season (2019-2020). The lottery will remain open until August 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified on September 10. Successful applicants will have until September 30 to accept or decline their awarded choice.
    After the lottery is finished and the initial trips are awarded (only one trip from the lottery) unclaimed or cancelled permits will be made available via www.recreation.gov on a first-come, first-serve basis, for the dates still available, beginning on October 1, 2019, at 8:00 am MT. There is no waiting list. Cancellations may occur throughout the winter season, so check the website often for openings.
    Finally, a total of only two trips are allowed per season per non-commercial guide, the trips can last up to a maximum of three days in length. Note: permits cost $40 per day with a $6 application fee.
    Third, permit holders are considered non-commercial guides and must be at least 18 years old on the first day of their trips. All snowmobile operators must possess a state-issued driver's license and successfully complete the free online Yellowstone Snowmobile Education Certification program. Anyone can take the course to learn about park rules that help visitors safely enjoy the unique experience of winter in Yellowstone while also protecting park resources.
    Fourth, you will be required to use only current Best Available Technology (BAT) snowmobiles in your group. Note these required machines can be rented at locations near the four gates.
    For the complete detailed information on the Non-Commercially Guided Access Program, please see the Yellowstone Park Service website at (www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/ncgsap.htm).
    For additional information on the Yellowstone Winter Use issue and snowmobile community's combined seventeen-year effort to keep snowmobile access to Yellowstone in winter, visit our dedicated website www.saveyellowstonepark.com.
    Please remember one of our collective main efforts during the last SEIS Winter Planning process was to have a Non-commercially Guided access program for entry into Yellowstone. We accomplished that and now is your chance to plan a trip into the Park without a commercial guide. Please consider signing up during the lottery period from August 1-31, 2019.
    To learn more about planning a winter trip to Yellowstone, visit Explore in Winter.
    Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
    Jack Welch
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    303-324-7185
    Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
    and collaboration among recreationists.- https://sharetrails.org

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    NEW MEXICO - Cibola NF Releases Draft Management Plan & DEIS
    Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
    The Cibola National Forest has announced the release of the draft land management plan and associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Cibola NF DEIS was published in the Federal Register on August 9, 2019, which initiates the 90-day comment period from August 9, 2019, to November 7, 2019. The NOA is available on the EPA Federal Register site at the following link here.
    All documents are available for review and download on our Cibola NF plan revision website at the following link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/CibolaForestPlanRevision. Hard copies of the Draft Plan, Volumes 1 and 2 of the DEIS, and the map packet are available to review (for reference only) at all Cibola NF District offices, the Supervisor's Office and local libraries in Tijeras, Magdalena, Mountainair and Grants, NM.
    During the 90-day comment period the public may submit electronic, written, or hand-delivered comments concerning these draft documents. To be accepted, all comments must be postmarked by the last date of the comment period, November 7, 2019 at 11:59:59PM.
    The public is encouraged to submit comments electronically via the online commenting tool, Comment Analysis and Response Application, or CARA, where you can fill out the form or upload a comment letter at the following link here.
    As a reminder, the open house public meeting schedule is as follows:
    August 20, 2019, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Joint Cibola NF, Carson NF, & Santa Fe NF public meeting
    Santa Fe Community College
    6401 Richards Ave
    Santa Fe, NM 87508

    August 27, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Mountainair
    Dr. Saul Community Center,
    107 Roosevelt
    Mountainair, NM 87036

    September 5, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Mount Taylor
    Old Cibola County Building,
    515 W High St
    Grants, NM 87020

    September 17, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Magdalena
    Magdalena School/Fine Arts Center
    201 Duggins Dr
    Magdalena NM 87825

    September 26, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Sandia
    Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center-West Social Hall
    501 Elizabeth St. SE
    Albuquerque, NM 87123

    If you have any questions about the DEIS, the Draft Plan, public meetings, or how to comment, please contact Sarah Browne, Forest Planner by phone at 505-346-3812 or email to [email protected]. Thank you for your continued interest in the management of your public lands.

    Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
    Ric Foster
    Public Lands Volunteer
    BlueRibbon Coalition
    208-237-1008 ext. 2
    Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
    and collaboration among recreationists. -
    https://sharetrails.org
    __________________________________________________ _____
    As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visithttps://sharetrails.org/contribution-options/to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!


 
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