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MONTANA - Custer Gallatin NF Releases Draft Plan & Draft EIS for Public Comment
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Custer Gallatin National Forest Plan Revision Team has released the Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement initiating a 90-day public comment period running March 1 - June 5, 2019.
The Forest will be hosting 10 public meetings, 8 webinars and 10 resource-specific podcasts available for download (March 18th). Maps and other materials will be available for review at public meetings, and planning team members will be available to answer questions.
Upcoming Public Meetings, Webinars & Podcasts

  • April 3 - Bozeman, MT from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn
  • April 4 - West Yellowstone, MT from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce (30 Yellowstone Ave)
  • April 8 - Ashland, MT from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at TRECO (Tongue River Electric Cooperative, (2435 Hwy 212, Ashland, MT)
  • April 9 - Camp Crook, SD - from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Camp Crook Community Center (203 Main Street, Camp Crook, SD)
  • April 10 - Billings, MT - from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Bighorn Resort Broso/Bighorn Rooms (1801 Majestic Lane, Billings, MT)
  • April 11 - Red Lodge, MT from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Roosevelt Center Community Room (519 S. Broadway Ave, Red Lodge, MT)
  • April 22 - Big Timber, MT from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Sweet Grass County Extension Office (515 Hooper Street, Big Timber, MT)
  • April 22 - Livingston, MT from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge (1515 W. Park Street, Livingston, MT)
  • April 23 - Cooke City, MT from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Cooke City Chamber of Commerce Community Room (206 W Main Street, Cooke City, MT)
  • April 23 - Gardiner, MT from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Gardiner Community Center (209 W. Main Street, Gardiner, MT)
Webinar dates include:

  • Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 pm.
  • Monday, April 15 from 5:00 pm. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 25 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 1 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 9 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 16 from 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 21 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tune into all webinars at: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/cgfpr-500/
Resource Specific Podcasts
will drop March 18, 2019 for downloading and listening at: outLANDish by Your Forests, Your Future
Go to News Release, Go to Draft Documents (Draft Plan/Draft EIS)
You can comment online HERE
By email to: [email protected]
By mail to the below address:
Forest Service
Attn: Forest Plan Revision
Custer Gallatin National Forest
10 E Babcock, P.O. Box 130
Bozeman, MT 59771
For more information, contact Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan at 406-587-6735. Information can also be found on the Custer Gallatin National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin and click on Forest Plan Revision, then Draft Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement review.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Policy Director
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
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https://sharetrails.org
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for cali folks...

CALIFORNIA - Eldorado National Forest Releases OHV Grant Applications for Public Comment
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Eldorado National Forest has submitted three applications for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Cooperative Funds for the upcoming 2018/2019 grant cycle. There will be two grant applications this year. This includes an application for ground operations and trail maintenance across the four Ranger Districts and an application for law enforcement across the Forest.
These preliminary applications are available for review on the OHMVR website starting on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 through Monday, June 3, 2019. If you wish to submit comments, there are instructions on submitting comments through the Online Grant Application (OLGA) database located at: EGrAMS : Home
You may also send written comments, suggestions, or letters of support for the applications to Michelle Zuro-Kreimer, Eldorado National Forest, 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667 or at [email protected].
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Policy Director
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
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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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Discussion Starter #483
for stateside folks...

Young enthusiasts receive instructions nearby the protected wetlands at the Wambaw Cycle Trailhead in Huger, SC. Photo credit: USDA Forest Service and ATV Safety Institute.
[HR][/HR][h=2]Omnibus Public Lands Legislation, S. 47[/h]
Well, the much talked about Omnibus Public Lands legislation, S. 47, is now a done deal. The Senate passed the measure on February 11th on a vote of 87-7. Then on February 26th, the House approved the legislation by a vote of 363-62. Because the two chambers approved the exact same 700-page bill, the need for a conference committee to work out the differences was avoided. Instead, the measure goes directly to the President’s desk for his signature.​
[h=2]David Bernhardt Nominated as Interior Secretary[/h]
The current interim Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, who served as the Deputy Secretary under former Secretary Ryan Zinke, was awarded the brass ring when the President announced that he intended to nominate Bernhardt for the top post at the agency. He will bring to the job a wealth of experience at the Interior Department.​

[HR][/HR]
Snowmobilers learning to analyze the snowpack near Big Sky, Montana. Photo credit: Gallatin National Forest.
[HR][/HR][h=2]Old News but Good News[/h]
In our last newsletter, we mentioned that another government shutdown was looming, but we also said that we did not think it would come to pass. The previous 35-day shutdown was painful enough so when the second one posed a potential safety threat to air travel, the chance of another shutdown evaporated. We are pleased that the Interior Department and the Forest Service have full funding for the rest of this fiscal year.​
[h=2]Public Lands Maintenance Backlog[/h]
The maintenance backlog problem for our public lands agencies is not going away. In the House, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) has introduced H. R. 1225, legislation that would address the maintenance backlog for all federal lands’ agencies. To date, 111 of his colleagues have co-sponsored the legislation. Over in the Senate, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced similar legislation though it would only focus on the maintenance backlog for the National Park Service.​
[h=2]Coalition for Recreational Trails[/h]
Just a brief heads-up that next month we will be furnishing you with information on how you can nominate your favorite project underwritten with funds from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for special recognition by the Coalition of Recreational Trails (CRT), a network of organizations who strongly support RTP. ARRA is a member of that group.​
[h=2]RTP Transparency Act[/h]Speaking of the Recreational Trails Program, legislation will soon be introduced that would authorize the U. S. Department of Transportation to conduct a study to gain a more accurate accounting on how much excise tax revenue is paid for fuel used in OHVs. The information currently used by the Department in determining the size of the RTP fund is woefully outdated and needs updating. Introduction is expected soon, and we will furnish you the bill # once it is known. We plan to launch an ARRA alert to garner support for the legislation.
Sincerely,
Larry E. Smith
Executive Director
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA)
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Discussion Starter #484
for colorado folks...

ALERT
[HR][/HR]
Nick Dellaca, the Colorado State Trails Manager, will be leaving at the end of May 2019, but his replacement will be selected by the end of this month.We are requesting club Presidents and interested members, to e-mail letters to the Assistant Director of Parks, Margaret Taylor, encouraging her to support a manager who will continue to represent all users, including members of the motorized community. Conservationists are pushing hard for an individual who is strongly oriented toward non-motorized trail recreation with no motorized experience. Attached at the bottom is a sample letter to help you with content and format.
Please use your own words to address the points blow:

  • I (we) understand Nick Dellaca the State Trails Manager will be leaving Parks and Wildlife and you will be interviewing his replacement.
  • I (we) appreciate the work of Nick Dellaca, particularly his fairness to all trail users.
  • A great deal of progress has been made within the Trails Program.
  • I (we) understand this was accomplished under your watch and we greatly thank you for your contributions to trails.
  • Given the strong partnership that exists between motorized recreationists and Parks & Wildlife, we strongly encourage you to continue the Trails Programs with an individual whose background and performance speaks to fairness for all tail users.
  • Additionally, the individual should have a wealth of trails experience and a superior record of cooperation with all trail groups.
Keep it short and sweet, and please, no "axe-grinding", this is neither the place nor time.

Feel to contact me with any questions at [email protected].

This is an important change for our community and we thank you for your support!


Sincerely,
Jerry Abboud
COHVCO President
[email protected]
[HR][/HR]
Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
P.O. Box 741353
Arvada, CO 80006
 

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CALIFORNIA - BLM Bishop Field Office and FS Inyo National Forest OHV Grant Applications Now Available for Public Comment
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office and U.S. Forest Service Inyo National Forest have submitted to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) preliminary applications for grant funds to enhance and manage motorized recreation. The agencies invite public comments on the preliminary grant applications now until May 6, 2019.
The agencies also invite the public to come out to an informal open house happening from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at the U.S. Forest Service/BLM office, located behind the Department of Motor Vehicles, at 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop, CA. Copies of the preliminary applications will be available at the open house. The public can come by at any time during the open house to review and discuss the grant applications.
Representatives from the two agencies will be onsite to answer questions and receive or facilitate comments on changes, concerns and support for final grant applications, which will be submitted before June 3.
These and all other applicants' grant requests, as well as detailed instructions about the process and how to comment, can be viewed on the OHMVR website. Public comments should be submitted directly through the division website and sent to the responsible agency.
As stewards, federal agencies manage public lands for the benefit of current and future generations. For more information, to submit ideas through other means, or if someone has special needs for accommodation to participate in this open house, please call Inyo National Forest District Recreation Staff Officer Tony Papa at 760-873-2561 or email him at [email protected], or contact BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Sara Manley by telephone at 760-872-5000 or email [email protected].
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Policy Director
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
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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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COLORADO - BLM Hosting Open House in Hayden to Discuss Roads and Trails
Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,
The Bureau of Land Management is hosting a public open house March 14, 2019, in Hayden to discuss management of more than 1,870 miles of inventoried roads and trails across approximately 638,195 acres in Moffat and Routt counties.
The Little Snake Field Office in northwestern Colorado is undertaking a comprehensive, multi-year look at the roads and trails it manages to address current and future needs. To make the effort more effective and manageable, the field office has been divided into three travel management areas.
"Public involvement is critical for helping us develop an effective travel network," said Little Snake Field Manager Bruce Sillitoe. "Before we start developing alternatives for the area we call Travel Management Area 3, we want to hear ideas and concerns from the public."
Travel Management Inventory Area 3 includes public lands in Routt County along with Diamond Mountain, Browns Park, Cold Springs, Cross Mountain, Axial Basin, Williams Fork, and Elk Springs in Moffat County. TMA3 comprises the areas within the field office not included in TMA1 or TMA2, which are further along in their route evaluation process.
The March 14 open house will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Hayden, 365 S. Poplar St. The public can stop by anytime during the open house to review maps, discuss access and recreation opportunities, and learn more about how to be involved in this effort.
Comments will be most helpful if received by March 26, 2019. Maps and addition information are available on-line at https://go.usa.gov/xE98P or at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson Street in Craig. Comments may be e-mailed to [email protected] or mailed to Outdoor Recreation Planner, 455 Emerson Street, Craig, CO 81625.
Last year recreation on lands managed by BLM Colorado generated $618million and supported more than 5,000 jobs.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or any other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails
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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for new mexico folks...
NEW MEXICO - BLM to Hold Public Scoping Meetings for Sombrillo Travel Management Plan and Environmental Assessment
Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office invites you to participate in a second round of public engagement meetings on the travel and transportation planning process for the Sombrillo Travel Management Area (TMA). The TMA is approximately 20 miles north of Santa Fe, east of US-84/Hwy 285 extending north to Espanola, and south of Hwy 76 extending east to the Santa Fe National Forest.
Two public open house scoping meetings will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the Northern New Mexico College Room AD 101/102, 921 North Paseo De Onate, Espanola, NM 87532 and on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the Pojoaque Middle School campus, Sixth Grade Academy Conference Room, 1791 NM-502, Santa Fe, NM 87506.
Those interested are invited to stop by to review the preliminary route network alternatives; discuss and identify new recreational and access opportunities and learn more about implementation of the travel management plan. Travel management includes all forms of transportation, including travel by foot, horseback, and mechanized vehicles such as bicycles as well as the numerous forms of motorized vehicles from motorcycles and four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles to cars and trucks.
For individuals who cannot attend, meeting materials will be available online and in hard copy at the Taos Field Office at 226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM. Comments must be in writing and submitted via email or at the Taos Field Office by April 29, 2019. Comments are encouraged to be completed by downloading the comment form available at: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite...
Please submit comment forms to: [email protected] or Outdoor Recreation Planner
226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM 87571. For additional information, contact Tami Torres, Outdoor Recreation Planner by email at [email protected] or by phone at 575-751-4757.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails
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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COLORADO - BLM Releases Draft Travel Management Plan for Eastern Moffat County
Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,
The Bureau of Land Management released a draft environmental assessment that analyzes alternatives for managing more than 1,900 miles of roads and trails on 370,000 acres of BLM-administered lands in Moffat County.
The Little Snake Field Office in northwestern Colorado is undertaking a comprehensive, multi-year look at the roads and trails it manages in order to address current and future needs. This environmental assessment analyzes a range of alternatives for managing roads and trails on BLM lands between Maybell and Craig north to the Wyoming border. This area is referred to as Travel Management Area 2 and includes parts of the Powder Wash, Big Gulch, Seven Mile and Great Divide areas.
"Public involvement continues to be a key piece of this process," said Little Snake Field Manager Bruce Sillitoe. "Our goal is a more efficient travel network, and public participation is essential."
Maps and additional information are available on https://go.usa.gov/xP73M.
Comments may be e-mailed to [email protected] or mailed to Outdoor Recreation Planner, 455 Emerson Street, Craig, CO 81625. Comments will be most helpful if received by April 3, 2019.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or any other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails
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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ALASKA - BLM Seeks Public Input on Travel & Transportation in the White Mountains & Steese Areas
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eastern Interior Field Office is hosting four public meetings in early April to seek input on travel and transportation in the White Mountains National Recreation Area and Steese National Conservation Area. The public is invited to stop by to review maps, discuss and identify recreation and access opportunities and learn more about being involved in this effort. Travel management planning addresses all forms of transportation, including travel by foot, skis, dogsled and bicycle, as well as the numerous forms of motorized vehicles.
"Public involvement is critical in helping us develop an effective travel network that will improve public access to public lands managed by the BLM," said Eastern Interior Field Manager Adam Carr. "Before we start travel management planning for these areas, we want to hear ideas and concerns from the public."
Meetings will be held in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Central and Fort Yukon on the following dates:
LocationDateTime
Anchorage, AK - Loussac Library,
3600 Denali Street
Wed., April 3, 20193:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Fairbanks, AK - Morris Thompson Cultural
and Visitors Center,
101 Dunkel Street
Thurs., April 4, 20193:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Central, AK - Mining MuseumFri., April 5, 20194:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Fort Yukon, AK - Community HallMon., April 8, 20194:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The BLM's travel and transportation management involves coordination with the public and local partners to evaluate public access to and travel activities on BLM-managed public lands. The BLM will evaluate natural resource management needs, road and trail design and conditions, and recreation and non-recreation uses of roads and trails. In BLM's Eastern Interior resource management plans, approved in December 2016, the agency committed to completing a transportation and travel plan for the Steese and White Mountains areas within five years.
Meeting materials will be available online (www.blm.gov/alaska/EasternInteriorTravel) and in hard copy at the BLM Eastern Interior Field Office at 222 University Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99709. Please submit comments by email to [email protected] or by mail to BLM Eastern Interior Field Office, Attn: Eric Yeager, at the above address. Comments must be postmarked or received by May 2, 2019. A downloadable comment form and other information are available on the project website at www.blm.gov/alaska/EasternInteriorTravel.
For more information, please contact Outdoor Recreation Planner Eric Yeager at [email protected] or 907-474-2200.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails
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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for colorado and wyoming folks...

BLM Looking for input on North Sand Hills



Upcoming meeting on North Sand Hills OHV Area
The BLM is looking for your input on the future management of the North Sand Hills Area outside Walden, Colorado (one of the very few sand dunes you can ride in a multi-state area and the only one you can connect sand dune riding with more traditional trail riding in the same day) in a series of upcoming public meetings. They are looking for your input on issues like: 1. Would you pay a small fee to use the area?2. Improved campsites at location and would you pay to camp?3. What facility improvements would you want? Bathrooms? Sunshades at campsites? Fire rings?
When:
When:
March 28, 2019 - 5:30-8:00
Wattenburg Center, 686 County Road 42, Walden CO
Apr 1, 2019 – 4- 8:30
REI Flagship Store, Denver, CO Top Level Meeting Room; 1416 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
April 2 – 5:30-8
USFS Arpahoe/Roosevelt HQ Building
2150 Center Street, Building E,
Fort Collins CO
April 3 5:30-8
Laramie County Community College
1400 East College Drive,
Cheyenne,Wyoming
BLM information on the North Sand Hills OHV area
Electronic comments
Written comments
BLM Kremmling Field Office, Attn: John Monkouski, P.O. Box 68, Kremmling, CO, 80459
Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
P.O. Box 741353
Arvada, CO 80006

518-281-5810

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ATV rider, Hackberry Lake OHV Area, New Mexico.
[HR][/HR][h=2]CRT Awards![/h]
It’s that time of the year when we call upon all OHV enthusiasts to nominate their favorite OHV trail project to be considered to receive a Coalition for Recreational Trails Achievement Award. The only caveat is that the nominated projects must have been funded in part by the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

Please go to this link to learn more about the nomination process. The deadline for submission of projects is May 1, 2019.​
[h=2]Bernhardt Nomination[/h]
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a March 28th confirmation hearing on David Bernhardt’s nomination to be the next Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Bernhardt has been serving as Acting Secretary since the resignation of Secretary Ryan Zinke.​

[HR][/HR]
Vulture Mountains Recreation Area, Arizona. Photo from BLM Arizona website.
[HR][/HR][h=2]Secretarial Order on Recreational Access[/h]
Acting Secretary Bernhardt signed a secretarial order requiring that the Bureau of Land Management consider the impact of “public access to public lands” prior to making any decision on whether to exchange or sell a federal parcel. The order also directs the bureau to “identity priority recreational access opportunities in all ongoing resource management plan (RMP) revisions to ensure that recreational access is evaluated.”​
[h=2]FY 2020 Budget Submission[/h]
The Trump Administration forwarded to the Congress its budget submission for the 2020 fiscal year, and neither the Department of the Interior nor the Forest Service fared very well. Compared with what they are to receive in this current fiscal year, both agencies are looking at potential cuts in funding of upwards to 11%.​
[h=2]Vulture Mount Recreation Area, Maricopa County, Arizona[/h]
The Bureau of Land Management has signed a lease agreement that will allow the Maricopa Parks and Recreation Department to manage 1046 acres of BLM land at the Vulture Mountain Recreation Area near Wickenburg, Arizona. This lease agreement will allow for a portion of this area to be developed and then managed for a variety of recreational activities including an OHV riding area. This is encouraging news that this area will be made accessible to the recreating public. If you would like to learn more about this agreement between BLM and Maricopa County, please go to this link to access the Master Plan.
Larry E. Smith
Executive Director
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA)
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CALIFORNIA - Announcing Johnson Valley Shared Use Area Resource Management Group Meeting
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management Barstow Field Office and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms will host a Resource Management Group meeting from 10 to 11 a.m., April 6, at the Yucca Room at the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley. The meeting is open to the public.
Representatives will be available to answer questions and discuss the Shared Use Area of the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.
As previously announced, the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area will remain open to the public from August 1-30 and will not be used for military training. The closure of the Shared Use Area for military use was determined to be unnecessary after the Marine Corps revised the scope of training to be conducted in August 2019. Training conducted in August 2019 will utilize ranges on the installation, including the land acquired through the land expansion. All training will occur within Combat Center boundaries.
For more information about this public meeting, contact Katrina Symons, Barstow Field Manager, at 760-252-6004.
As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments.
Ric Foster
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext. 2

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and collaboration among recreationists.- https://sharetrails.org

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ALERT
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2019 COHVCO OHV Training Workshops

Gunnison, CO: May 31st-June 2nd

Salida, CO: June 12th-13th

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.

Visit the COHVCO website to learn more about these great training opportunities!

Sincerely,
Jerry Abboud
COHVCO President
[email protected]
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Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
P.O. Box 741353
Arvada, CO 80006
 

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CALIFORNIA - UPDATED ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING LAND USE IN THE JOHNSON VALLEY AREA
USMC Releases 2020/2021 Johnson Valley Shared Use Area Closure Dates

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Marine Corps plans to close the Johnson Valley Shared Use to the public in order to conduct military training during the following time periods:
 30 April-11 May 2020
 30 October-09 November 2020
 30 April-10 May 2021
 29 October-08 November 2021

The closure period will include the necessary time required to complete pre and post inspections of the land with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The adjacent Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area, managed by the BLM, will remain open to the public for recreation purposes during the closure of the Shared Use Area. Off-road enthusiasts can also enjoy the nearby Stoddard Valley OHV Open Area.
The Marine Corps will continue to implement robust outreach to ensure proper notification when the Shared Use Area is reopened for public access. For additional information, including a map of the area, please visit: http://www.29palms.marines.mil/johnsonvalley/ or contact the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Resource Management Group at 760-830-3737 or [email protected].
As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments.
Ric Foster
Policy Director
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

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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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CALIFORNIA - BLM Releases Final Environmental Analysis for The West Mojave Route Network Project
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment for the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP). The Final SEIS and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment is available electronically on the BLM ePlanning project website at https://go.usa.gov/​xE6YH.
The route network accesses approximately 3.1 million acres of BLM-managed public lands in the western portion of the Mojave Desert, including parts of San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside, Kern, and Inyo counties. The entire planning area covers 9.4 million acres of the California Desert Conservation Area, which includes lands managed by federal, private and military entities. The BLM prepared the WMRNP Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Final Supplemental EIS to comply with a U.S. District Court Order.
The announcement in the Federal Register on the motorized route network designation and implementation strategy opens a 30-day protest period, which will run through May 28, 2019.
All protests must be in writing and mailed to the appropriate address or submitted electronically through the BLM ePlanning project website https://go.usa.gov/​xE6YH. If submitting a protest in hard copy, it must be mailed to BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, WO-210, P.O. Box 71383, Washington, D.C. 20024-1383; or by overnight Delivery to: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, WO-210, 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, D.C. 20003.
Before including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, or other personal identifying information in a comment, be aware that the entire comment-including personal identifying information-may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may ask the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Policy Director
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

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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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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
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails
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.
[HR][/HR][h=2]Bernhardt Confirmation[/h]
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.​
[h=2]Land and Water Conservation Fund[/h]
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.​

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OHV rider, Flat Top-Peach Valley OHV Area, Colorado. Photo by Uncompahgre OHV Trail Crew/BLM.
[HR][/HR][h=2]Steens Mountain, Oregon[/h]
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.​
[h=2]DOI Reorganization[/h]
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.​
[h=2]Transportation Reauthorization[/h]
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,

Larry E. Smith
Executive Director
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA)​
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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 12[SUP]th[/SUP] and 13[SUP]th[/SUP].
When: July 12-13
Where: Salida Steam Plant
220 W Sackett
Salida, CO 81201


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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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    ‎May‎ ‎29 at ‎10‎:‎54‎ ‎AM



    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.

    Kevin Christensen
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    Manti, UT
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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:
Where:
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
Arvada, CO 80006

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