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for stateside folks...
OHV Rider, Flat Top Peach Valley Recreation Area, Colorado. Photo Credit: BLM Uncompahgre Field Office
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Summer is almost here which means the start of traditional family vacations, but in much of the country, wet weather and terrible storms have been the order of the day. Unfortunately, many Americans are picking up the pieces from devastating floods and tornados. For them, the summer of 2019 will be a time of trying to put their lives back together. We are very mindful of the challenges that lie ahead for these families.​
[h=2]Transportation Infrastructure Reform on Life Support[/h]
Given all the rebuilding that must take place in many communities hit by these terrible storms, there is another issue that needs addressing and that is rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure. Talks between President Trump and Congressional Democrats are stalled at best, and at this juncture there appears to be no pathway forward in reaching a consensus on how to pay for an infrastructure program that could cost upwards to $2 trillion. One suggestion is to increase the federal excise tax on fuel since the last increase took place 26 years ago. But given that the 2020 elections are approaching, there seems little chance of that happening.​
[h=2]Recreation Funding on the Decline[/h]
The Property and Environment Research Center out of Bozeman, Montana just released a comprehensive study on federal funding for recreation. The results were depressing, to say the least. It is something we had suspected, but having the hard facts really tells the story.​
[h=2]DOI Reorganization in Trouble[/h]Plans to relocate the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from Washington to somewhere west of the Mississippi took a serious hit in the House Appropriations Committee. In May the committee completed its work on the FY 2020 appropriations for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and made it clear that it would not be providing the necessary funds to facilitate the BLM headquarters’ move.
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Lower Blackfoot River, Montana (BLM Photo)
[HR][/HR][h=2]New Recreation Opportunities, Lower Blackfoot River Region[/h]
In the May newsletter, I wrote about efforts in Congress to make permanent the funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, (LWCF), to the tune of $900 million per year and that we opposed to this idea until the existing fund is modified so that some of the LWCF revenue can go towards the huge maintenance backlog for the federal land agencies, as we just referenced during our discussion about the decline in federal spending for recreation. It has never made sense to us that the federal government should acquire more land when it can’t take care of what it already owns.​


Family camping (NPS Photo)
[h=2]Summer[/h]Enjoy your time with your family this summer and hopefully you will spend part of that time in the great outdoors. While doing so, whether its camping with the family, fishing or enjoying motorized recreation, pause and think of those who are busy trying to rebuild their lives and homes after a very difficult spring weather season.
Sincerely,

Larry E. Smith
Executive Director
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA)
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for colorado western slope folks...

Upcoming meetings on the draft GMUG Forest Plan revision

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

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



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P.O. Box 741353
Arvada, CO 80006

518-281-5810

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[h=2]Support S. 1527, the RTP Funding Transparency Act![/h]Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct an updated study on the total amount of nonhighway recreational fuel taxes collected on an annual basis. The data from this study, a study to be conducted every five years thereafter, can then be used to determine how much funding should go towards the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

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

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

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

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

 

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for cali and stateside folks...
Group of OHV riders, Oceano Dunes SVRA, California. Photo by Brian Baer, California State Parks
[HR][/HR][h=2]OHV Riding at Oceano Dunes State Park Threatened![/h]
A staff report for the California Coastal Commission has recommended that OHV riding at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA) be curtailed and possibly eliminated altogether. ODSVRA is comprised of about 1,500 dune acres. OHV riding is permitted in a little over 2 square miles and along roughly 3.5 miles of beach. This is the only OHV park along the State’s coastal zone. Along with the OHV recreation experience, RV camping is a very popular activity at this State Park.​
[h=2]U.S. Forest Service NEPA Reform[/h]One of the frustrations in dealing with the Forest Service, whether it is getting a recreational permit, a permit for repairing trails or even cutting down diseased trees, is the fact that the agency must follow procedures under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The procedures are such that timeliness is not a factor.
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OHV rider, Bocco Mountain, Colorado. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM
[HR][/HR][h=2]Support Recreational Trails Program[/h]
The Coalition for Recreational Trails (ARRA is a member) held a reception on Capitol Hill on June 11th to recognize twelve outstanding trail projects from throughout the country that were funded in part by the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). A diverse set of projects were recognized, both motorized and non-motorized, and the underlying message that all the recipients shared was that their project would have never happened without the financial support of the Recreational Trails Program.​
[h=2]Legislative Update on H.R. 1225 and H.R. 3195[/h]The House Natural Resources Committee has reported legislation to the House floor that would address the mounting maintenance backlog for the federal lands agencies, H.R.1225, as well as make permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), H.R.3195. We have always felt that the Congress needed to address the maintenance backlog issue first before even considering the possibility of creating a mechanism to permanently fund LWCF. Instead, the committee obviously decided to deal with these issues simultaneously.
[h=2]Good News to Share[/h]We recently read a press release about the California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division and the National Youth Project Using Minibikes coming together in a “partnership to provide mentoring and education for urban youth through off-highway motorcycle recreation.” What a wonderful idea! Getting our urban youth outdoors and providing them with the opportunity to ride off-highway motorcycles in a safe and responsible manner doesn’t get any better. Future leaders for motorized recreation could well emerge from this program.
[h=2]Summer 2019[/h]We are almost to the halfway point of the summer season. As you spend time with your families on your annual vacation or on a weekend of OHV riding, please remember to share with us some of your favorite photographs of those times. As you know, we like to use some of your photographs for this newsletter. But please remember that if you send us a photo of someone operating an off-highway vehicle, proper safety gear is needed. We can only use photos showing appropriate safety gear. After all, we need to set the right example.

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

Sincerely,

Larry E. Smith
Executive Director
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access
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LAKE CITY NEWS | ALPINE LOOP SCENIC BACKCOUNTRY BYWAY​
The Alpine Loop Scenic Backcountry Byway is OPEN!
See Colorado's backcountry like never before on the Alpine Loop Scenic Backcountry Byway, NOW OPEN and as majestic as ever!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Motorbike rider, Flat Top Peach Valley Recreation Area, Colorado. Photo credit: BLM Uncompahgre Field Office
[HR][/HR][h=2]BLM Gets Ready to Move West[/h]
On July 16th, the Department of the Interior announced its intention to relocate the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management to Grand Junction, Colorado. Over time, upwards to 500 BLM employees will relocate to Grand Junction and to other BLM offices throughout the west.​
[h=2]Recreational Trails Program (RTP)[/h]A new transportation bill unveiled by the leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) contains a provision that will authorize a new study on RTP funding. ARRA has been supporting S. 1527, the RTP Funding Transparency Act and we are pleased to report that the EPW legislation includes the legislative concepts found in S. 1527. This is a major accomplishment and we thank ARRA members for contacting their Senators in support of RTP.
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California Coastal Commission Hearing on Oceano Dunes SVRA (July 11, 2019). Photo credit: Don Amador, AMA District 36
[HR][/HR][h=2]Oceano Dunes State Park[/h]In last month’s newsletter, we reported on the possibility that OHV riding at the Oceano Dune State Park in California could be threatened. The California Coastal Commission held a public hearing on July 11th to consider comments on a Commission staff report that recommended severe restrictions on OHV use at this important coastal riding area.
[h=2]FY2020/2021 Budget Agreement[/h]Before the Congress left Washington for its August recess, an agreement was reached between the Trump Administration and the Congress on federal spending levels for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021. Both the House and the Senate have passed this agreement which means that there will NOT be a government shutdown at the beginning of the new fiscal year! When the Congress returns after its August recess, it will complete action on all outstanding appropriations for FY2020.
[h=2]Thank you and Farewell[/h]This is the last newsletter I will send you as Executive Director of ARRA. Much has happened during my 19 years with ARRA. Motorized recreation on public lands has reached a new level of support on the part of federal policymakers both in the Executive Branch and in Congress along with the recognition that this activity contributes to both the personal health of OHV enthusiasts and to the economic vitality of our country.

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

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

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

Happy Trails,

Larry E. Smith

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Americans for Responsible Recreational Access
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for yellowstone winter enthusiasts...
Yellowstone National Park Winter Season Update
NPS Announces Lottery for 2019-2020 Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program

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

Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
and collaboration among recreationists.- https://sharetrails.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Volunteer
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext. 2

Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
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for stateside folks...
Dear Dean and Billie Jean,

As many of you know the comment deadline for the Forest Service's proposed revisions to its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations is next Monday, August 26, 2019. BRC is submitting comments to these NEPA proposed rule changes on behalf of our members. A copy of our comments are available for you to view at
http://bit.ly/brc_nepa_comments082319.

We need you to get involved and submit your own comments as well. These rules are complex, but they affect every one of you. We need to be always be part of the solution moving forward. Please see our comments and use them as you can!


Regards,




Spencer Gilbert
Executive Director
Sharetrails.org/BRC

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IDAHO - Salmon-Challis NF Management Plan Revision Update
Next Revision Update Webinar This Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
In September 2019, Forest Supervisor Chuck Mark announced the Salmon-Challis National Forest will evaluate the 1988 Salmon Forest Plan and the 1987 Challis Forest Plan separately. You can read more about the decision here and see answers to the most frequently asked questions here.
The Forest Plan Revision Team is holding monthly webinar updates. The latest webinar featured Dr. J.D. Wulfhorst, professor of rural sociology and agriculture economics at the University of Idaho. You can access the recording of the August 2019 webinar at the following link: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/p46b4vkgwbce/.
The next revision update webinar is scheduled for noon to 1:00 pm this Wednesday, September 25, 2019.
Access the webinar online at https://bit.ly/SCNFwebinar, and access audio by dialing 1-888-844-9904 and entering participant code 2595688#.
For further information, contact Josh Milligan, Planning Team Leader, 208-756-5560 or e-mail [email protected]. More information on the planning process can also be found on the Salmon-Challis National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, click Salmon-Challis Forest Plan Revision Information on the lefthand side of the page.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Volunteer
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.org
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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for colorado folks...
COLORADO - Pike and San Isabel NF Officials Release DEIS for Public Motor Vehicle Use

Dear BRC members, supporters and action alert subscribers,

Officials from the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Comanche and Cimarron National Grasslands (PSICC) have released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for public motor vehicle use. The Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register on Friday, September 20, 2019, initiating the formal 45-day public comment period that ends November 4, 2019.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is part of the 2005 Travel Management Rule, requiring National Forests and Grasslands to designate roads, trails and areas that are open for motorized use. It offers five alternatives for a system of designated roads, trails and areas by class of vehicle and season of use. See the complete Forest Service News Release with more information.

Forest officials will host four meetings for the public to review the alternatives, ask questions and learn how to submit comments.
CommunityDateTimeLocation
SalidaOct. 8, 20196:00 PM-7:30 PMSalida Steamplant
220 West Sackett
Salida, CO 81201
PuebloOct. 9, 20196:00 PM-7:30 PMPueblo Community College
900 W. Orman Ave. Student Center, Room 234
Pueblo, CO 81004
DenverOct. 10, 20196:00 PM-7:30 PMMindSpark Learning, West Room
455 South Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80226
Colorado SpringsOct. 11, 20196:00 PM-7:30 PMS4 Inc. Center For Excellence
1925 Aerotech Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916













Written comments must be submitted in person, through the online comment portal, or mailed to John Dow, PSICC Forest Planner, Travel Management, 2840 Kachina Drive, Pueblo, CO, 81008.
Comments, including the names and addresses of respondents, will be part of the public record. Anonymous comments will be accepted and considered, but those submitting comments anonymously will not have standing to object to the final decision. Only those who commented during this process will be eligible to object the final decision. Comments should be clear and specific to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and must be submitted by November 4, 2019.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48214 under the "Analysis" tab.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Volunteer
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.org
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 utah folks...
UTAH - Ashley NF Releases Notice of Intent for Forest Plan Revision
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Ashley National Forest has developed the preliminary draft version of its Land Management Plan (Proposed Plan) and are seeking review and comments. This preliminary draft is a long-term strategic plan for United States Forest Service land management and addresses how the Ashley intends to manage for the next two decades. The public review and comment period for these 4 documents will be from September 10, 2019 until November 8, 2019.
Documents available for review and comment are:

  • Preliminary Need for Change
  • Proposed Land Management Plan
  • Potential Wilderness Evaluation Report
  • Wild & Scenic Rivers Eligibility Report
All documents are available electronically on the Ashley National Forest website under Land & Resource Management, Planning page. You can open, view and comment by clicking on one or all of the documents. Commenters are encouraged to provide their information electronically so it can be shared and reviewed. The Forest Plan Revision website is https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ashley/landmanagement/planning.
You may provide comments or contact the Forest Service Planning Team in any of the following ways:
The preferred method to comment is online at our comment system here.
By standard mail: Ashley National Forest, Attention: Forest Plan Revision, 355 North Vernal Avenue, Vernal, UT 84078-1703
By email: [email protected]
By phone: (435) 781-5118
The Ashley National Forest will hold public meetings in conjunction with the public comment period. The dates, locations and times of the meetings are listed below.
Forest Plan Revision Public Open Houses
DateLocationDetails
October 7, 2019
5:00PM-7:00PM
Green River, WYSweetwater County Library
300 North 1st East
Green River, WY 82935
October 8,2019
5:00PM- 7:00PM
Vernal, UTUintah Conference Center Ballroom A & B
313 East 200 South
Vernal, UT 84078
October 9, 2019
5:00PM- 7:00PM
Duchesne, UTDuchesne County Events Center
60 West 400 South
Duchesne, UT 84021
October 10, 2019
5:00PM- 7:00PM
Manila, UTDaggett County Commission Chambers
95 West 1st North
Manila, UT 84046
October 11, 2019
2:30PM-4:30pm
Salt Lake City, UTSalt Lake City Library
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

The website provides information on commenting. If there are questions, please call the Forest Plan Revision team at (435) 781-5118, remember to leave your name and phone number
https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ashley/landmanagement/planning
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
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[h=1]Motor Vehicle Impact Statement[/h]
The meeting on Oct. 8, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. at the steam plant in Salida is very important to our riding privileges, there will also be discussion on the closure of part of the trails in lost canyon. Please attend this meeting if at all possible. The more of us that attend strengthens our point of view.
[h=1]News Release [/h] Media Contact: Julie Bain
(719) 553-1415 [email protected]

Pike and San Isabel National Forest Officials Release
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Public Motor Vehicle Use
Forest officials aim to continue working with all citizens to designate a motor vehicle use system within the Forests that balances the needs of forest users with protecting the land

PUEBLO, Colo., September 19, 2019 — Officials from the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Comanche and Cimarron National Grasslands (PSICC) today released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for public motor vehicle use. The Notice of Availability will publish in the Federal Register on September 20, 2019, initiating the formal 45-day public comment period that ends November 4, 2019.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is part of the 2005 Travel Management Rule, requiring National Forests and Grasslands to designate roads, trails and areas that are open for motorized use. It offers five alternatives for a system of designated roads, trails and areas by class of vehicle and season of use. The alternatives reflect input from forest users, partners, and state and local governments.
“Feedback on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement will help strengthen our analysis,” said Forest and Grassland Supervisor Diana Trujillo. “Hearing the voices of various forest users is extremely important to us. Our goal is to designate a motorized system that works for the public while caring for natural and cultural resources.”
The alternatives address a range of concerns about resource impacts from motor vehicle use, reduced motorized access, and potential conflicts between motorized and non-motorized users. The five alternatives are summarized below.
  • Alternative A, Public Motorized Routes Prior to Settlement, is the Forest’s public motorized route system prior to the November 2015 settlement agreement.
  • Alternative B, Settlement Action Proposal, removes all roads and trails not previously analyzed as identified in the November 2015 settlement agreement. Alternative B reduces the Pike and San Isabel National Forest’s motorized network by 34 percent.
  • Alternative C, Proposed Action, emphasizes a safe and environmentally sound system of roads, trails and areas that allows for existing forest uses and access to private property. It decreases roads open to motor vehicle use by just under 11 percent and increases trails open by almost 22 percent. The 4 percent overall reduction in roads and trails specified under the proposed action aims to reasonably address and balance the expressed concerns of motorized users, non-motorized users and environmental groups.
  • Alternative D, Motorized-Recreation-Focused Proposal, emphasizes public motor vehicle use and recreation. This alternative combines parts of Alternative C with motorized routes proposed during public scoping. It proposes new motorized areas. Alternative D decreases motorized access by about 3 percent overall.
  • Alternative E, Non-Motorized-Recreation-Focused Proposal, emphasizes natural resource protection, habitat quality and non-motorized recreation while providing the least amount of public motor vehicle access across the forest. Alternative E decreases motorized access by just over 50 percent overall.
The Travel Management Rule exempts the following from designation: aircraft, watercraft, and over-snow vehicles; use by the military, law enforcement, firefighters, and Forest Service for administrative activities; permitted special uses, such as livestock grazing, mining, logging, and collecting fuelwood, Christmas trees and other forest products; and access to pipeline and utility corridors, as well as access to private land.
Forest officials will host four meetings for the public to review the alternatives, ask questions and learn how to submit comments.
CommunityDateTimeLocation
SalidaOct. 8, 20196:00 PM-7:30 PMSalida Steamplant
220 West Sackett
Salida, CO 81201
PuebloOct. 9, 20196:00 PM-7:30 PMPueblo Community College
900 W. Orman Ave. Student Center, Room 234
Pueblo, CO 81004
DenverOct. 10, 20196:00 PM-7:30 PMMindSpark Learning, West Room
455 South Pierce Street Lakewood, CO 80226
Colorado SpringsOct. 11, 20196:00 PM-7:30 PMS4 Inc. Center For Excellence 1925 Aerotech Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916

Written comments must be submitted in person, through the online comment portal, or mailed to John Dow, PSICC Forest Planner, Travel Management, 2840 Kachina Drive, Pueblo, CO, 81008.
Comments, including the names and addresses of respondents, will be part of the public record. Anonymous comments will be accepted and considered, but those submitting comments anonymously will not have standing to object to the final decision. Only those who commented during this process will be eligible to object the final decision. Comments should be clear and specific to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and must be submitted by November 4, 2019.
After considering the comments submitted, Forest officials will prepare a Final Environmental Impact Statement and designate a system of roads, trails and areas open for motor vehicle use by class of vehicle and season of use. The decision is expected to publish in the Federal Register in November of 2020.
Six new motor vehicle use maps will be published for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests. These new maps will complement the two that already exist for the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands. All will be available free of charge.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48214 under the “Analysis” tab.


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CALIFORNIA - Governor Vetoes AB1086 (Carnegie Expansion bill)
Dear OHV Enthusiasts,
BRC wants to join with our California partners, California Four Wheel Drive Association and AMA District 36, to thank all the men and women who stepped up to make a difference. Thank you for all your hard work and long hours doing comments, sending letters, making phone calls, attending meetings and just showing up. This is your Victory.
On Friday, October 11, 2019 Governor Newsom vetoed the Assembly Bill 1086 (Carnegie Expansion bill).

Thank you for all your hard work.
Spencer Gilbert
Executive Director
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails
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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Dear Dean and Billie Jean,

We are really excited to share with you what we are doing! BRC was grateful to be part of the team that encouraged a veto from California Governor Gavin Newsom in regards to the proposed disposition and sale of part of the revered Carnegie SVRA! We are working on a proposal, by locals in Oceano Dunes, California, to install sand walls to prevent the closure of the state's largest beach OHV park. Local groups like Freedom Ropes, Friends of Oceano Dunes and Dandi Offroad have worked for years to preserve this park.

BRC's purpose and resources are being dedicated to support the legislative and organizational efforts of local groups that have a vested interest in fighting for their lands! We recently went to Washington DC to advocate for the re-authorization of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). RTP was the work of AMA great Rob Dingman, BRC founder Clark Collins and others. We have always been most effective when we had strong capable partners. To be successful, we need AMA, SEMA, ORBA, ISMA, CORVA, UPLA and the rest!

We applaud and support the efforts of groups like Cal4Wheel, Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association, Red Rock 4-Wheelers, the Utah OHV Association and others, too numerous to count, who fight tirelessly to defend against local closures. As partners, we need to work together to open up acreage for all modalities, instead of just opposing closures. There is land aplenty, and we need to stand fearlessly and advocate for our righteous cause.

When you look at our recent
fundraiser, you can see how aggressive we have gotten. You know how hard we are working. We are asking for your help to move forward with our agenda. If you have already donated to the Fall Fundraiser, you have our sincerest thanks, and if you are still considering whether to donate or not, then take another look, pick an issue, send us a check or better yet click the donate button below and help us get this done!


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ARIZONA - FS Announces Additional Public Meetings on Revised Motorized Travel Management Plan
Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are holding additional public meetings for those interested in commenting on the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Revised DEIS) for the Public Motorized Travel Management Plan in Apache, Coconino, Greenlee, and Navajo Counties on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The Revised DEIS describes all alternatives in detail and more information, including all project links, can be found in the Travel Management Project Home Page.
These meetings during the comment period are to share information on the Revised DEIS, answer questions, and discuss how to comment on this project. Our open house meetings will provide a self-guided setting where the public can browse the information. Subject matter experts will also be on-hand to answer questions. Please feel free to join us at any time during the public participation opportunities listed below.
Public Meeting Schedule
Wednesday - October 23, 2019
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Alpine Community Center
12 County Road 2061
Alpine, AZ 85920

Thursday - October 24, 2019
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Heber-Overgaard Fire District
2061 Lumber Valley Road
Overgaard, AZ 85933

For additional information, questions and requests regarding this action, including requests for a hard copy of the Revised DEIS, please contact the travel management hotline at 928-333-6267 or send an email to [email protected]. If you haven't provided comments already, see the link below for letter with information and instructions on how to provide comments.
20190829_ASTMRCommentPeriod_FinalCoverLetter.pdf
TMP FLYER - Public Mtgs (revised 10-17-19).pdf
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Volunteer
BlueRibbon Coalition
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and collaboration among recreationists. -
https://sharetrails.org
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[h=2][/h][h=2]Recreational Trails Program (RTP)[/h]MIC, SVIA, ROHVA, and other members of the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) have been working diligently with Senate and House staff to ensure continued funding of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and to hopefully increase the amount supporting recreational trails. To that end, we are active on three fronts:

  1. Reauthorization of the RTP bill in the 2020 Transportation Reauthorization Bill
  2. Continued funding for the RTP program
  3. Getting our fair share of recreation gas tax money back for the RTP
[h=2]Robert Adler named Acting Chairman of the CPSC[/h]On Oct. 1st, Robert (Bob) Adler became the Acting Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Adler was appointed by a majority vote of the CPSC Commissioners to assume the role of Acting Chairman. This change was precipitated former Chair Ann Marie Burkle’s term expired at the end of September. Burkle had been serving as the commission’s acting chairwoman since February 2017, and decided to withdraw her pending nomination. She planned to step down as acting chairwoman on Sept. 30th and depart the agency on Oct. 27th.
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[h=2]Appropriators Assert Authority over Proposed BLM Move[/h]On July 16th in a letter to Congress the Department of Interior announced a proposal to relocate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s headquarters to Colorado and stated it had $5.6 million on hand to begin the transition in fiscal 2019. The letter was met with significant opposition by some in Congress who vowed to oppose the relocation.
[h=2]BEA Releases Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation[/h]Last month the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the first-ever state-by-state data analyzing the economic impact of the outdoor recreation industry on each state. According to the report, nationally the U.S. outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.2 percent of current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP), had a $778 billion economic impact, and accounted for 5.2 million jobs in 2017. They also provided individual state data which can be found here; https://apps.bea.gov/regional/orsa/stateMap.cfm.
[h=2]New Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Nominee[/h]On Sept. 30th, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Katharine MacGregor to be the Department of the Interior’s new Deputy Secretary. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt welcomed the announcement.
[h=2]Senate to Hold Hearings on Outdoor Recreation Bills[/h]On Sept. 19th, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forest and Public Lands held a hearing on H.R. 3458, the Recreation Not Red Tape Act (RNR Act) and H.R. 3879, the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act (SOAR). The panel included members from the outdoor community and representatives from Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
[h=2]USFS Maintenance Backlog[/h]H.R. 1225, Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act has picked up momentum as was passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee on June 26th. It is currently awaiting floor activity in the House. The bill, introduced by Rep. Bishop (R-UT) states that, funds could not exceed $1.3 billion for any fiscal year and would be equal to 50% of all energy development revenues due and payable to the United States from oil, gas, coal, alternative or renewable energy development on Federal land.
[h=2]Department of Interior Annual Designation Program[/h]The department of the Interior is currently taking nominations for the National Recreation Trails (NRT) designation. There are two procedures for applying for the NRT designation, depending on whether the trail is on land administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or any other land. The application process is for trails on state, local, or private land, or, on federal land (outside the U.S. Department of Agriculture). If the trail is on National Forest, National Grassland, or other land managed by the Department of Agriculture, see the USDA application process. Allowable uses under the NRT designation include; off-road recreation vehicles such as motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATV’s and four-wheel drive vehicles.
[h=2]USFS Proposes Exemption of Tongass National Forest from Roadless Rule[/h]The United States Forest Service (USFS) is seeking public comment on the proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement offering alternatives to roadless management and a proposed Alaska Roadless Rule. If adopted, the proposed rule would exempt the Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule. The Secretary of Agriculture is expected to make a final decision by June 2020.
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WASHINGTON - Submit Comments on Road Usage Charge Plan
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
Today, November 15, 2019, is the deadline to comment on Washington State Transportation Commission's preliminary recommendations on the Washington Road Usage Charge.
For background, the Transportation Commission is studying replacing a gas tax with a charge based on mileage driven. The Commission is currently accepting comments on their recommendations. The current gas tax allocates funding for NOVA - a program designed to protect recreational roads and trails. The recommendations for the Road Usage Charge do not address what would happen to the NOVA fund if the gas tax was replaced.
By clicking the link you will be taken to a one question survey. Off-road enthusiasts should take 2-3 minutes to respond to this survey and ensure that our voices are considered in this process. In your comment you can request that the Commission ensure that funding sources of Off-highway uses should not be jeopardized by the change in tax revenue collection methods.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact ST/BRC.
Ben Burr
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
[email protected]
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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