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Winter in the foothills of Auburn, California, submitted by an ARRA member.


Happy New Year!
There is something to be said about starting a new year. We can put the shortcomings of the previous year are behind us and have a clean slate ahead of us. Probably wishful thinking, at least on my part, but there is some comfort in starting anew.
Lame Duck Congress
Speaking of shortcomings, in the last newsletter I boldly wrote, “I have never witnessed a Lame Duck session that is productive.” Well, this session was lame, but before limping out of town for one last time, the Congress did do the following:

  • funded the federal government to the tune of $1.1 trillion through September, 2015;
  • passed an omnibus public lands bill that encompassed 96 separate bills totaling more than 451 pages which was then creatively tucked into the massive defense reauthorization bill.
  • delayed for one year the ability of the Obama Administration to list the greater sage-grouse and the Gunnison sage-grouse as endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
  • extended the authorization of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancements Act (FLREA) through to September, 2016
Funding for the Public Lands Agencies
As mentioned, Congress finally funded the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, September, 2015. With the a quarter of the fiscal year already completed, the federal land agencies now know how much money they have to spend through the rest of the fiscal year. Overall, funding for 2015 was generally status quo with what the agencies received in 2014.
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5th Annual Clean Up day at the Tonto National Forest, submitted by an ARRA member. More than 250 volunteers turned out led by the Copperstate 4 Wheelers.


114th Congress
The new Congress convenes for the very first time on January 7th. The first day is always a festive one especially for the newly elected members and their families. The reality of having to govern will soon set in especially for the Republicans now that they are firmly in control both chambers of Congress. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), the new Senate Majority Leader and House Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio) have both pledged their intention for both chambers to legislate with bi-partisan input. We will soon know whether they are able to fulfill that pledge.
It will take a couple of weeks for committee assignments, the selection of new subcommittee chairs and staffing issues to be settled, but we anticipate that by the end of January, things will begin to pick up speed on the legislative front. We will be looking for opportunities to further our recreation agenda.

Submitted by an ARRA member from Auburn, California.


RTP
The reauthorization of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) continues to be a front and center issue for us. We are fortunate to have strong bi-partisan leadership on this issue in the Senate. In the House of Representatives, we are in a re-building phase in terms of RTP champions because of the retirement of both Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin) and Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine). Working closely with the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT), we have begun to identify and approach potential leaders in the House and we anticipate that this process will soon be completed. Then we can begin the overall task of working this issue during the next six months as both chambers work on overall transportation reauthorization which RTP falls under. Your assistance, as always, will be an important component to this effort.
FLREA
We mentioned that the 113th Congress reauthorized the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) through September of 2016. This extension will allow the land agencies to continue to collect fees for various recreational activities and give Congress more time to reform this important federal program.
Last year, Rep. Rob Bishop, (R-Utah) proposed legislation in the House of Representatives that would revise FLREA, though support for his revision was mixed among some interest groups. ARRA supported Rep. Bishop's effort and we anticipate that we will be working closely with him on this issue as well as other recreation issues in the 114th Congress now that he has become the Chairman of the full House Resources Committee.
Thank you!
I want to begin this New Year by acknowledging and thanking all ARRA members for their consistent involvement and support for our efforts to further recreation opportunities on public lands. We could not do our work without you. So, thank you.
We look forward to working you throughout 2015.
Larry E. Smith
Executive Director
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA)





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to our fellow pot state washington folks...

WASHINGTON - Comments on Motorized Travel Management Proposed Action Due January 20
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
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 closures.

  • All roads currently open for motorized use (maintenance levels 2-5) would remain open to highway legal vehicles.
  • All motorized trails would remain open to the current vehicle designation (4x4, ATV [<50 inches wide], or motorcycle).
  • All closed roads (maintenance level 1) would be closed to motorized vehicles, unless part of a motorized system trail.
Motorized vehicles would be allowed to drive up to 30 feet from the edge of all open roads to park. As displayed on the proposed action maps, motorized access to dispersed camping within 300 feet of specifically designated roads would be permitted.
Motorized travel would be restricted to existing routes within those corridors and not permitted closer than 100 feet from water. An exception to the 100 foot set-back from water would apply for identified Respect the River sites.
Motorized travel off the identified system of roads and trails, and off established routes to access dispersed camping within corridors, would be prohibited.
LINK TO PROPOSED ACTION WITH MAPS
BRC continues to review this proposal with local OHV enthusiasts and agency staff. At this time, there are five major areas of concern. Those issues are the closure of all level 2 and 3 roads to non-street legal OHVs, accuracy of the maps, and forest-wide closure of level 1 roads to OHVs.
Level 2 Roads - (often called 4WD or high clearance vehicle routes) are often the backbone of any OHV trail network as they provide non-street legal connectivity for ATVs and dirt-bikes between the trails and provide recreational opportunity for OHVs that are wider than 50 inches such as jeeps, SxS, and 4x4 pickups.
Level 3 Roads - When designated as mixed-use roads for use by all OHVs, they provide connectivity and recreational opportunity for larger vehicles.
Accuracy of Maps - BRC urges local OHV clubs and enthusiasts to review the maps to see if any trails or other routes were left off the map. If so, request the agency make corrections to the map. Also, review the maps to see what level 2 and 3 roads are needed for connectivity (for non-street legal OHVs) and recreational opportunity for larger non-street legal vehicles.
Level 1 Roads - Review the level 1 roads that are proposed for closure and urge the agency to convert important routes (that provide connectivity or have high recreational value) as "roads-to-trails" or to manage them as a motorized trail.
Water Buffers - BRC is concerned that this restriction (as written in such broad and undefined terms) could effectively ban a significant number of OHV routes, since routes often parallel water courses and/or cross them. Users should request the agency to better clarify this proposal so that designated routes are not inadvertently impacted by these 100 foot "non-motorized" buffers.
Please provide written comments on the Proposed Action by January 20, 2015.
The preferred comment method is online via this website:
Comment on Motorized Travel Management Proposed Action
You can also print and fill out this Comment Form, and mail it in.

For more information contact Jennifer Zbyszewski, Interdisciplinary Team Leader at: [email protected]
Contacts for additional information about Access Travel Management:
Tonasket Ranger District
Mathew Reidy, District Ranger
Betsy Peterson, Recreation Staff
509-486-2186 Methow Valley Ranger District
Michael Liu, District Ranger
Jennifer Zbyszewski, Recreation Staff
509-996-4003
Chelan Ranger District
Kari Grover-Wier, District Ranger
Paul Willard, Recreation Staff
509-682-4900
Entiat Ranger District
Janet Flanagan, District Ranger
509-784-1511

Wenatchee River Ranger District
Jeff Rivera, District Ranger
509-548-2550 Cle Elum Ranger District
Mary Maj, District Ranger
Pam Novitsky, Recreation Staff
509-852-1100
Naches Ranger District
Kelly Lawrence, District Ranger
Bill Zimmer, Recreation Staff
509-653-1401
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC. Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
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As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!
 

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Support bill to require federal agency to seek independent scientific analysis on the effects of 15 percent ethanol
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U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced H.R. 21 on Jan. 6. This bill would repeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s waiver decision related to E15 fuel and the authority of the agency to grant further decisions in the matter, until the EPA seeks an independent scientific analysis of the effects of gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol.

“Despite ample warnings, the Environment Protection Agency continues to push E15 into the marketplace. The Clean Air Act requires a waiver for any fuel that is substantially different from zero percent ethanol before it is introduced to consumers,” Sensenbrenner said. “The EPA has been granting CAA waivers and justifying the decisions by citing a single disputed study conducted by the Department of Energy.

“Pro-ethanol groups and the EPA argue that E15 has been sufficiently tested and safe for use, a direct contradiction to what the scientists and engineers who build cars and small engines have stated,” he added.

Sensenbrenner said, “Our constituents use boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, cars, lawnmowers and tractors. They deserve to definitively know what E15 will do to the engines they rely upon.”

The AMA agrees and has repeatedly expressed concerns to government officials and federal lawmakers about possible damage to motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle engines caused by the inadvertent use of E15 when the new fuel becomes widely available. The AMA also asked that motorcycles and ATVs be part of any scientific study into the effects of E15 on internal combustion engines and related systems.

In October 2010, the EPA approved E15 for use in model year 2007 and newer light-duty vehicles (cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles). In January 2011, it added model year 2001-2006 light-duty vehicles to the approved list.

Since the approved list includes many light-duty vehicles in use today, refineries, distributors, and fueling stations could choose to offer primarily E15 gasoline. This concerns all motorcyclists and off-highway enthusiasts, because it could affect the availability of gasoline with less ethanol (E10) or none at all (E0).

The new E15 gasoline formulation may appear at a nearby fueling station, so motorcyclists need to be careful when fueling their motor vehicles. No motorcycles or ATVs are currently on the approved EPA list for E15 use, and the use of E15 can void manufacturers’ warranties.

We need your help to pass H.R. 21. You can send a prewritten email to your representative immediately by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information.

Please join the AMA to help us fight these efforts. More members means more clout against our opponents, and your support will help the AMA fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. To join the AMA, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com/membership/join.
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for you all with motorcycles...


Dean,
U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced S. 127, the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act.
S. 127 would prohibit federal funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints, limiting the implementation of these discriminatory checkpoints nationwide.
Stop MOCs
Please click the take "Stop MOCs" button and then enter your information in the fields at the bottom of the webpage and click the red submit button to send a prewritten letter to your senators asking them to support the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act by becoming a cosponsor.
Stop MOCs
During the past several years, federal, state and local governments spent many hundreds of thousands of dollars on motorcycle-only checkpoints. The AMA opposes this discriminatory practice believes that funds could have been better spent on programs to prevent distracted driving, increase rider education programs or improve motorist awareness.

Follow this link to view the AMA's MOC timeline.
This bill is similar to S. 2078, supported by Sens. Shaheen, Ayotte, Manchin, Johnson and Collins in the 113th Congress.
If you are not yet an AMA member, please join the AMA to help us fight efforts to restrict your right to ride. More members means more clout against our opponents, and your support will help us fight for your riding rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. To join, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com/membership/join.
Please Follow the AMA on Twitter @AMA_Rights and like us on Facebook.


 

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for folks who love riding in the moab area...


[h=3]PUBLIC MEETING IN MOAB REGARDING THE BISHOP/CHAFFETZ PUBLIC LAND INITIATIVE[/h]





COLORADO OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE COALITION - COHVCO
Hello members ,

There is a meeting this Thursday regarding the Bishop/Chaffetz Public Lands Initiative. It sounds like this bill may be getting close to being introduced in Congress, and this is our chance to see exactly what it is all about. The meeting is at the Grand Center at 7 pm Thursday January 15. Anyone that is interested and can attend is encouraged to do so. The email invitation below from Representative Chaffetz's office gives the details.

Hello Friends,

I hope you all are doing well and had a great holiday. The 114th Congress kicked off earlier this week and we all are excited to be back in the swing of things. Between the two of our offices, we've had many changes with our bosses assuming greater resposnbility at their respective committees. It's been an exciting change and we're excited to get to work.

Just about all of the staffers you have come to know during the Public Lands Initiative are in the same place. Casey Snider, Wade Garrett, Colton Miles, and Kelsey Berg continue to work PLI [public lands initiative] on a daily basis. Casey has put 12,000 miles on his truck since last summer. The Chaffetz Office has rented 47 different vehicles to help us travel the expansive first district; and Colton, Casey, and myself have hosted over 50 meetings in Washington over the same time period!

We've also had tremendous support and assistance from the Governor's office, state legislators, NGO's, and our country partners. Emery, Grand, Carbon, Uintah, Daggett, Summit, and San Juan have hosted and led a variety of land planning meetings over the past few months. These meetings have involved local producers, farmers, envionmentalists, recreationists, and the general public. Each of these meetings have been scheduled with the hopes of crafting locally-supported land plans that solve current problems and address future needs. Most, if not all, of these meetings have been productive.

Wade, Casey, Ryan Wilcox from Senator Lee's Office and myself will be traveling to many eastern Utah counties next week. We will be holding a Congressional Staff Open House on Thursday January 15th at 7:00p at the Grand Center in Moab. You all are invited to attend. This informal event will allow us to discuss the process in person with interested stakeholders, learn about recent progresses made at the local level, and answer questions about PLI and the 114th Congress. We wish we could visit with folks individually, but our time is limited and the Open House will allow us to interact with a wide variety of folks and friends in a short period of time. If there are people I've missed, please forward this email.

Please let myself, Wade, or Casey know if you plan to attend or have any other questions.

All the best,
Fred

Fred Ferguson
Chief of Staff
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03)
2236 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
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202-225-7751
www.chaffetz.house.gov

Sincerely,
Brian O'Connors
Chair, COHVCO

 

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Support bill to require federal agency to seek independent scientific analysis on the effects of 15 percent ethanol
Urge your representative to support today!


Take Action
U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced H.R. 21 on Jan. 6. This bill would repeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s waiver decision related to E15 fuel and the authority of the agency to grant further decisions in the matter, until the EPA seeks an independent scientific analysis of the effects of gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol.

“Despite ample warnings, the Environment Protection Agency continues to push E15 into the marketplace. The Clean Air Act requires a waiver for any fuel that is substantially different from zero percent ethanol before it is introduced to consumers,” Sensenbrenner said. “The EPA has been granting CAA waivers and justifying the decisions by citing a single disputed study conducted by the Department of Energy.

“Pro-ethanol groups and the EPA argue that E15 has been sufficiently tested and safe for use, a direct contradiction to what the scientists and engineers who build cars and small engines have stated,” he added.

Sensenbrenner said, “Our constituents use boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, cars, lawnmowers and tractors. They deserve to definitively know what E15 will do to the engines they rely upon.”

The AMA agrees and has repeatedly expressed concerns to government officials and federal lawmakers about possible damage to motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle engines caused by the inadvertent use of E15 when the new fuel becomes widely available. The AMA also asked that motorcycles and ATVs be part of any scientific study into the effects of E15 on internal combustion engines and related systems.

In October 2010, the EPA approved E15 for use in model year 2007 and newer light-duty vehicles (cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles). In January 2011, it added model year 2001-2006 light-duty vehicles to the approved list.

Since the approved list includes many light-duty vehicles in use today, refineries, distributors, and fueling stations could choose to offer primarily E15 gasoline. This concerns all motorcyclists and off-highway enthusiasts, because it could affect the availability of gasoline with less ethanol (E10) or none at all (E0).

The new E15 gasoline formulation may appear at a nearby fueling station, so motorcyclists need to be careful when fueling their motor vehicles. No motorcycles or ATVs are currently on the approved EPA list for E15 use, and the use of E15 can void manufacturers’ warranties.

We need your help to pass H.R. 21. You can send a prewritten email to your representative immediately by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information.

Please join the AMA to help us fight these efforts. More members means more clout against our opponents, and your support will help the AMA fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. To join the AMA, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com/membership/join.
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Corn is for making liquor not gasoline. Friggin ethanol content killed my weed whacker:mad:
 

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Corn is for making liquor not gasoline. Friggin ethanol content killed my weed whacker:mad:
also, very good when mixed in with your mashed potatoes too! haaaaaaaaaa
very thankful we can purchase 91 octane gas around here with "zero" ethanol...just have to drive 30 miles for it...always take our gas cans with when heading that way...when in florida for 4 weeks i found the new "wa wa" stations have a stand alone hose at each pump stand for non ethanol fuel...
 

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Anything under 10% they dont have to advertise it as having ethanol. You never know what they are adding to bump up the octance numbers. Your 91 octane might not be as good for your engine as you had intended it too be.
 

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Anything under 10% they dont have to advertise it as having ethanol. You never know what they are adding to bump up the octance numbers. Your 91 octane might not be as good for your engine as you had intended it too be.
our pumps on this side of the border indicate "10% ethanol or less" per gallon on the pumps...the station where i/we get our 91% octane also advertises "5% or less ethanol" on one pump where they mix their 87 octane ethanol gasoline with their 91% non ethanol premium gasoline...i'm assuming as i have no way to test it that the 91% octane is arrived by the extra refining of it...folks around here have been purchasing it for years at this one station because what you experienced with your weed whacker...they've had no problems since with their 2 cycle mixtures...also, because we live at high altitude the octane ratings are different here 85/87/91 vs in florida where it was 87/89/93 where we were staying...
 

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bunch of states listed in this alert...

January 14, 2015
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
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 improves, snowmobile access to the Park will be limited.
Read more here
Public hearing slated on off-highway recreational vehicle safety standards - Examiner
http://www.examiner.com/public-hearing-slated-on-off-highway-recreational-vehicle-safety-standards
What they didn't tell you about the congressional public lands package - Missoulian
http://missoulian.com/what-they-didn-t-tell-you-about-the-congressional-public...html
Forest Service works on strategy to meet growing recreation demands - Missoulian
http://missoulian.com/forest-service-works-on-strategy-to-meet-growing-recreation-demands...html
[HR][/HR] CALIFORNIA
Update on ATV Adventure Trails Pilot Program - Sierra Wave Media
Update on ATV Adventure Trails Pilot Program | Sierra Wave: Eastern Sierra News
New California Land Use Laws for 2015 - KCET News
New California Land Use Laws for 2015 | Land Use | Revisit | KCET
OFF-ROADING: Desert dust-up over off-limit areas - The Press Enterprise
OFF-ROADING: Desert dust-up over off-limit areas - Press Enterprise
[HR][/HR]
COLORADO

Rio Grande National Forest announces official start of its Forest Plan revision - The Rio Grande National Forest is officially kicking off the process to revise its Forest Plan. The Forest Plan provides overarching guidance to all management activities on the National Forest for the next 15-20 years. The first phase of the revision process assesses the existing ecological, physical, and social conditions of the forest and surrounding areas, and it identifies parts in the current plan that need to change.
Read more here
[HR][/HR] IDAHO
Keeping trails open is coordinated task - Teton Valley News
http://www.tetonvalleynews.net/keeping-trails-open-is-coordinated-task...html
[HR][/HR] MICHIGAN
Forest Service Seeks Public Comments on Roads - MI News 26
Forest Service Seeks Public Comments on Roads | MI News 26
State board approves $2.9M grant representing 'next step' in proposed ORV, adventure park in Groveland Twp - Oakland Press
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/state-board-approves-29m-grant...park-in-groveland-twp
[HR][/HR] MONTANA
BLM to hold meeting in Billings on Missouri Breaks access - Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/blm-to-hold-meeting-in-billings-on-missouri-breaks-access...html
[HR][/HR]
NEVADA
BLM Extends Public Comment Period for the Draft RMP/EIS Las Vegas & Pahrump Field Offices -- 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.
Read more here
Officials: Legislation won't make off-roaders into relics - Las Vegas Review Journal
Officials: Legislation won?t make off-roaders into relics | Las Vegas Review-Journal
[HR][/HR]
NEW MEXICO
BLM Releases Proposed RMP & FEIS for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (proposed RMP/final EIS) for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument (National Monument) administered by the Las Cruces District Office in southern New Mexico. BLM planning regulations provide for a formal protest of the proposed RMP/final EIS decisions by those meeting certain criteria. Protests must be filed by January 27, 2015.
Read more here
A Variety of Opinions About The Forest Service Management Plan - Cibola Beacon
http://www.cibolabeacon.com/a-variety-of-opinions-about-the-forest-service-management-plan...html
[HR][/HR] OHIO
Ohio State Snowmobile Association's return to area benefits local economy - Gaylord Herald Times
http://www.petoskeynews.com/ohio-state-snowmobile-association-s-return-to-area-benefits...html

UTAH
DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST-Scoping Begins for the Powell Ranger Districts Travel Management Project - The Powell Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest is proposing to relocate, reclassify, or decommission a number of existing roads and trails as well as construct or designate new roads and trails. The purpose of this project is to revise the Motorized Travel Plan for the District and is limited to addressing known deficiencies in the 2009 Dixie National Forest Motorized Travel Plan.
Read more here
Notice of Motorized Vehicle Temporary Restrictions for Moab Jeep Safari - This notice restricts motorized use on 10 popular vehicle routes located on public land used by the Moab Jeep Safari during its annual Moab Jeep Safari organized-group event, authorized under a Special Recreation Permit (SRP).
Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 7 (Monday, January 12, 2015)
Appeals Court Reverses Decision in Kane County Roads Lawsuit - KUER News
Appeals Court Reverses Decision in Kane County Roads Lawsuit | KUER
[HR][/HR]
VIRGINIA
George Washington NF Forest Plan Review Period Ends January 20 -- A Notice of Availability for the FEIS for the George Washington National Forest Revised Land and Resource Management Plan was published in the Federal Register on Friday, December 19, 2014. Implementation of the Plan will begin 30 days following this Federal Register notification (December 19, 2014). This decision is subject to administrative review.
Read more here
[HR][/HR]
WASHINGTON
Comments on Motorized Travel Management Proposed Action Due January 20 -- 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.
Read more here
[HR][/HR] WISCONSIN
Snowmobile trail in Blue Mound State Park to move forward - The Capital Times
http://host.madison.com/ct/snowmobile-trail-in-blue-mound-state-park-to-move-forward...html
[HR][/HR] WYOMING
Shoshone forest plan revision calls for more protection - Casper Star Tribune
http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/shoshone-forest-plan-revision-calls-for-more-protection...html
Shoshone Forest plan to keep 3 areas vehicle-free - The Salt Lake Tribune
Shoshone Forest plan to keep 3 areas vehicle-free | The Salt Lake Tribune
BLM seeks comment on proposed Wyoming dunes rules - The Washington Times
http://www.washingtontimes.com/blm-seeks-comment-on-proposed-wyoming-dunes-rules/

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our pumps on this side of the border indicate "10% ethanol or less" per gallon on the pumps...the station where i/we get our 91% octane also advertises "5% or less ethanol" on one pump where they mix their 87 octane ethanol gasoline with their 91% non ethanol premium gasoline...i'm assuming as i have no way to test it that the 91% octane is arrived by the extra refining of it...folks around here have been purchasing it for years at this one station because what you experienced with your weed whacker...they've had no problems since with their 2 cycle mixtures...also, because we live at high altitude the octane ratings are different here 85/87/91 vs in florida where it was 87/89/93 where we were staying...
I never paid much attention to the whole ethanol thing but since ive seen it in action in more bad ways that one, i do my best to avoid it. I add stabil ethanol treatment to gas now to hopefully avoid any negative side effects.
 

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anyone looking for work?

The following is a corrected version of the release sent out yesterday (01/15/2015), titled "Executive Director Search Continues." If you plan to pass this along (thank you!) and have not yet done so, please use this version instead. The linked version on the web remains unchanged.
We apologize for any inconvenience this correction may have caused.

BLUERIBBON COALITION, INC.

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Glen Zumwalt, Chair Executive Director Search Committee
Phone: (208) 237-1008, ext. 105
Email: [email protected]
Date: January 15, 2015

BLUERIBBON COALITION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH CONTINUES

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.

The Executive Director will be responsible to manage BRC staff, to develop and execute a plan to achieve the coalition's goals, and to properly present the "public face" of BRC through various communication formats, including social and print media, oral and written presentations and other forms of outreach.

The Executive Director also will be responsible for providing leadership for membership development and fund raising while maintaining financial stability and insuring compliance with applicable laws.

The Executive Director position requires excellent communication skills. The Executive Director shall provide the board of directors with on-going information regarding the health and direction of the BRC, the status of operational and financial plans, the synergy of the BlueRibbon Team and is the primary representative of the coalition.

The person applying for this position must demonstrate a successful record of fundraising and organizational leadership. It will be considered a plus if the applicant has a history of effective advocacy in the field of public recreation.

Serious individuals should submit resumes to:

Glen Zumwalt, Chair, Executive Director Search Committee
c/o BlueRibbon Coalition
4555 Burley Drive, Suite A
Pocatello, ID 83202
208-237-1008 ext 105
[email protected]

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The 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 (1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org).
 

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there's brc and there's pbr...pbr was this ole boys first illegal beer back in the early 60's...memories...haaaaaa
 

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for utah folks and others who love riding in the san rafael area...

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

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

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 management planning process.
Informational open houses for the San Rafael Desert travel management area will be held at the following locations:
January 21, 2015
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
John Wesley Powell Museum
1765 East Main St
Green River, Utah 84525

January 22, 2015
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Emery County Courthouse
75 East Main St
Castle Dale, Utah 84513
In advance of the open houses, the public is encouraged to view a map of the planning area and current route inventory maps on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at: https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php (search for project name "San Rafael Desert").
Written comments will be accepted at the public scoping meetings and throughout the scoping period which ends Feb. 21, 2015. Please reference "San Rafael Desert Travel Management" when submitting comments. Comments may be mailed or emailed using the following:

Mail
BLM Price Field Office
125 South 600 East
Price, UT 84501

Email
[email protected]
If you are interested in viewing additional maps or Google earth files of the current route inventories you can contact Jaydon Mead or Josh Winkler at the BLM Price Field Office at (435) 636-3646. You can also visit our website Price for more information.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
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As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!
 

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for those in arizona and/or enjoy arizona ridin'....

ARIZONA - BLM hosts Quartzsite Open House on Proposed Trail Closures- La Posa Travel Management Plan Preliminary EA Available
Dear BRC Alert Subscriber,
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 La Posa Travel Management Plan - Yuma Field Office - BLM Arizona.
To coincide with the comment period, and to update the public on the preliminary EA, the BLM will hold an open house on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The open house will be held at the Quartzsite Community Center located at 295 Chandler Street; Quartzsite, Arizona; from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Local BLM specialists and managers will be available so that residents and interested parties can ask questions and voice concerns. Maps will be on display for review, as well as general EA and travel management information.
Written comments about the preliminary EA for the La Posa TMP will be accepted through February 19, 2015. Comments postmarked by this date will be considered in making the final decision. The comments should be specific to be most effective. Comments should be mailed to BLM Yuma Field Office, Attention: Ray Castro; 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road; Yuma, Arizona 85365; or through email to [email protected].
The La Posa Travel Management Area surrounds Quartzsite, Arizona, and encompasses over 380,000 acres of public land in La Paz and Yuma Counties.
For more information about the open house, please contact Ray Castro at 928-317-3251.
[HR][/HR] BRC also received an email from Shirley Leeson, President of the American Lands Access Association (ALAA), with an urgent request regarding their upcoming January meeting in Quartzsite, Arizona, on the La Posa Travel Management Plan.
We've pasted Shirley's email below. Please take a minute to read the alert, take action and then pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies.

QUARTZSITE
Friday, January 23, 2015
7pm, Quartzsite Alliance Church 720 Desert View

ALAA will have a meeting at the Quartzsite Alliance Church, 720 Desert View, Friday, Jan 23, at 7pm. Speaker: John MacDonald, Field Manager, Yuma BLM Office, regarding La Posa. We expect a number of additional speakers to speak to the issue. John will announce an additional comment period on the La Posa Travel Management Plan which has been languishing for several years. Winter visitors will have a chance to make their comments count regarding closing of BLM roads surrounding Quartzsite. Come and be a part of the solution.
Shirley Leeson, ALAA President
[email protected]
[HR][/HR] Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
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As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!
 

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for colorado folks...


COLORADO - Public Comments sought on Proposed Action for Travel Management of Rico-West Dolores Landscape
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
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 Association (PAPA), and San Juan Trail Riders (SJTR).
The Forest Service is looking at management options for the Rico-West Dolores Landscape, and the Proposed Action includes several elements of concern. It seems that what the Forest Service has worked to defend in court it is now ready to give away. We need your help TODAY to get this process back on track and preserve key riding opportunities in the Rico-West Dolores! Please submit comments on or before the January 30, 2015 deadline.
For help in commenting, please CLICK HERE. Or, if you have questions, contact the BRC Land Use Department or any of the above-named partner organizations. And don't hesitate to make a donation earmarked for the Rico-West Dolores effort. Without your support our Legal Program cannot exist.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Don Amador Ric Foster
Western Representative Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition BlueRibbon Coalition
925-625-6287 208-237-1008 ext 107
The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
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As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!
 

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a little for almost everyone...



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 deadline to submit comments is April 8, 2015.
Read more here
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ARIZONA
BLM hosts Quartzsite Open House on Proposed Trail Closures - La Posa Travel Management Plan Preliminary EA Available - 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. The preliminary EA may be reviewed on the BLM website.
Read more here
Arizona State Parks Offers Funding for Motorized Trail Projects - Workshop January 27 Grant Deadline February 27 - Arizona State Parks is offering funding from the state Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund (OHV) and federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for motorized trail projects. Project sponsors must complete an application package and submit it to Arizona State Parks by the deadline on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Read more here
AZ OHV Ambassadors to offer "Show Me" Meet/Greet Sessions at Multiple Locations North of Phoenix - If you were given a new dirtbike, ATV, Side-by-Side, or other motorized vehicle for Christmas, just moved to Arizona, or just want to learn more about the off-highway riding opportunities in the north Phoenix area, come ride with the Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Ambassadors from January-April!
Read more here
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CALIFORNIA
Lassen National Forest; California; Lassen National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation Environmental Impact Statement - The Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to designate over-snow vehicle (OSV) use as allowed, restricted, or prohibited on National Forest System roads, National Forest System trails, and Areas on National Forest System lands within the Lassen National Forest; and to identify snow trails for grooming within the Lassen National Forest.
Read more here
BLM Issues Decision for Bakersfield Resource Management Plan - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Bakersfield Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS), providing direction for the management of approximately 400,000 acres of public lands and 1.2 million acres of mineral estate in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kings, Tulare, Madera, eastern Fresno and western Kern counties.
Read more here
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COLORADO
Public Comments sought on Proposed Action for Travel Management of Rico-West Dolores Landscape - 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. The BRC Legal Team has worked hard to defend against unreasonable trail closures in the Rico-West Dolores Area . Pivotal in this effort has been the guidance and support of our fine partners in Colorado, including the Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA), Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO), Public Access Preservation Association (PAPA), and San Juan Trail Riders (SJTR).
Read more here
[HR][/HR]
IDAHO
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Bruneau - Owyhee Sage-Grouse Habitat Project, Owyhee County, Idaho -The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise District, Boise, Idaho, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments to identify relevant issues. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until February 19, 2015. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM Web site, DOI: BLM: Idaho Home Page.
Read more here
Application for Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Funding - The following National Forest/Ranger Districts are currently applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR):​
  • Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests LINK
  • Caribou-Targhee National Forest's Ashton/Island Park Ranger District LINK
  • Caribou-Targhee National Forest's Palisades Ranger District LINK
  • Payette National Forest Supervisor's Office and the Council Ranger District LINK
  • Payette National Forest's McCall and Krassel Ranger Districts LINK
  • Sawtooth National Forest LINK
  • Salmon Challis National Forest North Zone LINK
  • Boise National Forest's Idaho City and Mountain Home Ranger Districts LINK
Lawmakers want collaborative management of public lands - KTVB News
http://www.ktvb.com/2014/12/11/lawmakers-public-lands-collaborative

IDAHO & MONTANA
Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai National Forests Finalize Revised Forest Plans-Faye Krueger, Regional Forester for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service's Northern Region, has signed the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai National Forests' revised Forest Plans.
Read more here
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NEVADA
BLM Carson City District Hosts Public Meetings for the Draft RMP/EIS -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is asking the public to review and comment on a Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Carson City District. The draft plan will affect approximately 4.8 million acres of public land. Comments will be accepted during a 120-day period which closes March 27, 2015. Public meetings to review and comment on the draft EIS will be announced at least 15 days in advance in local newspapers and on the BLM website.
Read more here
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.
Various strategies include robust participation in the administrative process, which might include a request of an extension of the comment period (currently it ends on February 6, 2015) to allow for BRC, legislative staff, and local OHV leaders to tour proposed impacts to casual OHV use and competition events and request for a supplemental analysis. Stay tuned on this issue for an update on or before February 2.
- Don Amador, Western Rep. BRC
MVTAB Hears Public Concerns About BLM Plan - Moapa Valley Progress
http://mvprogress.com/2015/01/21/mvtab-hears-public-concerns-about-blm-plan
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NORTH CAROLINA
State report supports ORVs - Carteret County News-Times
State report supports ORVs - News-Times: News
[HR][/HR]
SOUTHEASTERN STATES
BLM Extends Southeastern States DRMP and DEIS Comment Period - 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. When finalized, the plan will provide a framework to guide subsequent management decisions for the next several decades on approximately 3,000 surface acres and 1 million acres of subsurface mineral estate.
Read more here
[HR][/HR]
TEXAS
NPS Releases Final ORV Management Plan, FEIS Lake Meredith National Recreation Area - The National Park Service (NPS) has announces the availability of a Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Texas. The plan defines how the parks' resources, visitors, and facilities will be managed for the next 15 to 20 years.
Read more here
[HR][/HR]
UTAH
BLM - Price FO to Host Informational Open Houses for San Rafael Desert Travel Management Plan - 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 Jan. 21, to Feb. 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.
Read more here
[HR][/HR]
WASHINGTON
Limits proposed on ATVs, motor bikes in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest - The Seattle Times
Limits proposed on ATVs, motor bikes in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest | Local News | The Seattle Times
[HR][/HR]
WYOMING
Forest Service Proposes New Motorized Trail on Bearlodge Ranger District - The Forest Service proposes to designate a new motorized trail on Bearlodge Ranger District, Black Hills National Forest, north of Sundance, Wyoming. Reuter Motorized Trail would provide a route for off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from Reuter Trailhead and Campground to the larger OHV trail system. Officials said that by eliminating the need for OHVs to use Warren Peak Highway, the trail would improve safety for all drivers.
Read more here
The 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. The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season is here. Federal employees, please mark BlueRibbon Coalition and Check #11402 on your CFC pledge form to support our efforts to protect your access. Join us at 1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org_______________________________________________________
As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!
 

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wyoming info...

BLUERIBBON COALITION, INC.
MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Paul Turcke - 208-331-1800
DATE: February 2, 2015
A TRAIL CLOSED IS NEVER REOPENED? BRC LEGAL OPENS TRAIL 38.
BOISE, ID (February 2, 2015)-When the snow clears in the coming spring, Wyoming riders will again enjoy the opportunity to traverse Trail 38 on the Bighorn National Forest, thanks to the Inyan Kara Riders-BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) legal effort. Trail 38, a 4.5 mile section of rare Wyoming single-track, was closed in the Spring of 2012 through a Tongue District Ranger letter purporting to change the Trail's designation to non-motorized. Following unsuccessful outreach and correspondence to the Forest Service, local riders contacted the BRC to evaluate their options. On August 6, 2014, the BRC Legal Team filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District of Wyoming, alleging that the non-motorized designation of Trail 38 violated federal laws and regulations. Rather than answer the complaint, the Forest Service withdrew its designation, and Trail 38 reverted to its earlier motorized status.
"We are pleasantly surprised by the Forest Service's quick and decisive choice to avoid protracted litigation," said J.R. Riggins, a named plaintiff in the suit and leader of the Wyoming rider's effort. "Cynics sometimes think that litigation is an expensive exercise in symbolic futility, but our ability to resume summer trips on Trail 38 serves as a tangible reminder that a well-designed courtroom effort can make a difference on the ground," Riggins observed.
Since 1997, the BRC Legal Program has appeared across the nation to fight recreation closures and defend pro-trail agency decisions. Many cases involve defense against attacks from anti-access groups. Some, like Trail 38, are efforts to go "on offense" and establish or restore access opportunities which has occurred at least 14 times. The BRC Legal Program total investment in access is at 1.7 million dollars spent and counting.
The plaintiffs in the Trail 38 effort were represented by Paul Turcke of Boise, Idaho, who has been lead counsel for BRC since the Legal Program's inception, and local counsel Harriet Hageman and Stacia Berry of Hageman Law in Cheyenne. These lawyers previously joined forces to represent recreation interests in support of the State of Wyoming's challenge to the 2001 Clinton-Gore Roadless Rule. The parties to the suit have reached an initial agreement on a settlement, which is undergoing final approval by federal government officials.
 
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