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[h=2][/h][h=2]House Holds Hearing on Removing Alaska’s Tongass National Forest Roadless Protections[/h]On Nov. 13th the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands held a hearing regarding the administration’s proposal to lift the roadless area protections in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The proposal by the administration aims to exempt all 9.2 million acres of inventoried roadless areas from restrictions that prevent the building of roads, timber harvests and other activities. The subcommittee was largely split along party lines, but the sentiment from the panelists was that they have no interest in lifting the roadless protections. The panelists were concerned about the negative impact on the salmon industry, as the region is the largest salmon producer in the world. Additional logistic and economic concerns included power, communications, mining, development and broadband communications.
[h=2]Senate Committee Passes Bill to Address USFS Maintenance Backlog[/h]On Nov. 19th the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a committee mark up on several legislative bills before the committee. One of those bills was S. 500, the Restore Our Parks Act. The legislation sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), establishes a dedicated fund from federal land oil and gas drilling revenues to address the approximately $5.2 billion maintenance backlog of the National Park Service. The measure which included an amendment by Sen. Michael Lee (R-UT) to provide a definition of the term “deferred maintenance,” passed out of committee 15-5.
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[h=2]BLM to Seek Comments on Winnemucca Sand Dunes Recreation Area Management Plan[/h]The Bureau of Land Management Humboldt River Field Office will be seeking public input during the development of the Winnemucca Sand Dunes (WSD) Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP). The RAMP will address items like recreation, visitor services, long-term goals and maintenance. In an effort to stay ahead of the curve, BLM recreation planners will make themselves available at the entrance of WSD through several weekends between November and December to collect input from the public to consider in the plan.
[h=2]Senate Holds Hearings on Recreational Bills[/h]On Oct. 31st the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on S. 1665, the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR Act), sponsored by Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and S. 1967, the Recreation Not Red Tape Act, sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Panelists included representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State University and the outdoor recreation community. The hearing was non-controversial as Committee members from both sides of the aisle were genuinely sympathetic to the issues affecting the outdoor recreation community.
[h=2]Congress Passes Stopgap Funding Bill[/h]On Nov. 18th Congress agreed to a Continuing Resolution (CR) H.R. 3055 which funds the federal government at Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 levels through Dec. 20th. The House passed the CR on a bipartisan 231 to 192 vote and the Senate by a vote of 74-20.
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Dear Dean and Billie Jean,

Over the weekend, we were threatened by the leader of another off-road group. I want to share the threat:

"I shall be spending the next few weeks contacting every single one of your sponsor companies and organizations, at every level of industry, every single club that has an affiliation with BlueRibbon Coalition, and let them know that Mr. Gilbert, [myself], and the rest of BRC is specifically working to limit access to public lands, and how that will impact access and directly their sales."

You're probably wondering what we did to motivate someone to want to go to so much time and effort to destroy our reputation and cause financial damages to our organization.

Last week a group of 91 fringe environmental groups
sent a letter to Interior Secretary Bernhardt asking him to remove William Perry Pendley from his position as director of the BLM. Many of the groups on this letter are the ones leading the fight to close access to the areas we love.

After reading this letter, we thought it would be a good idea to write a letter supporting Interior Secretary Bernhardt and BLM Director Pendley. After all, the Trump Administration has been one of the friendliest towards maintaining or expanding access that we have ever worked with.


It was because we wanted to make a public show of support for President Trump and his leadership team that this leader of an off-road group in northern Nevada decided to come after us. The individual who threatened us actually suggested we should add our name to the list of 91 anti-access groups calling for Pendley's removal. This person apparently thinks we support restricting access because we wouldn't join the Sierra Club, Western Watersheds Project, Great Old Broads for Wilderness and 88 other groups in condemning Pendley.

You will notice that we didn't name this individual. This isn't about him. This is about something much bigger.

We posted a video response to these threats on our Facebook page, and we hope you will take a minute to watch the video.

Watch the video here http://bit.ly/brc-video-010720
If you're sick of infighting amongst ourselves, we hope you'll watch and share this video.

If you're sick of losing access, watch and share this video.

If you're ready for a bigger, bolder vision of how we can better seize the opportunities before us and find ways to permanently protect our access, watch and share this video.

If there is one attribute that unites us all, it is that we are adventurous. When we go exploring we connect to something bigger than ourselves - whether it's our families, our friends, or spectacular places - and we get closer to reaching our potential. This is something worth fighting harder for. This is something worth fighting smarter for. And this is something worth uniting for.

We're ready for this adventure. We hope you will join us.



Regards,




Spencer Gilbert
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BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails

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NEVADA - Navy Announces Fallon Range Modernization Final EIS Available for Public Comment Informational Meeting to be Held Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The U.S. Navy has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts of the proposed modernization of the Fallon Range Training Complex, located in northern Nevada. The Final EIS is now available for the public to view.
Informational Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Fallon Convention Center
100 Campus Way
Fallon, NV 89406
The Navy will hold a public informational meeting following the release of the Final EIS. The meeting will include poster stations staffed by Navy representatives, a presentation starting at 6:00 p.m., and an opportunity for the public to provide oral comments. This public meeting is intended to update the public concerning the Navy's proposal, the analysis in the Final EIS, and planned monitoring and mitigation measures.
The Navy's proposal to modernize the Fallon Range Training Complex would include:

  • Renewal of the Navy's current public land withdrawal.
  • Land range expansion through the additional withdrawal of public lands and acquisition of non-federal land.
  • Airspace expansion and modifications.
  • Upgrades to range infrastructure.
The proposed modernization would provide training capabilities that are more realistic and are needed to meet changing aviation and ground training requirements, while maintaining the safety of local communities.
The Navy is committed to keeping the public informed. The completion of the Final EIS follows years of research, analysis, and public involvement. The Navy held seven scoping meetings in 2016 and seven public meetings following the release of the Draft EIS in 2018 to provide information and obtain public input. The Final EIS includes Navy responses to public comments received during the Draft EIS public review and comment period.
The Final EIS is now available for public viewing on the project website and at the following public libraries: Austin, Carson City, Churchill County, Crescent Valley, Downtown Reno, Eureka, Fernley, Gabbs Community, Mineral County, Pershing County, and Yerington. Regulations provide for a 30-day wait period after the Final EIS is published before the Navy can make any decision as to which if any of the action alternatives analyzed in the EIS would be selected.
For more information about the EIS, visit www.FRTCModernization.com. The Navy appreciates your interest and participation in the environmental planning process.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
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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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UTAH - BRC Comments on the San Rafael Desert Travel Management Plan DEIS
Dear BRC members and Action Alert Subscribers,
Yesterday the BlueRibbon Coalition submitted our comment for the San Rafael Desert Travel Management Plan Draft Environmental Analysis. As an intervening party in the settlement between multiple anti-access groups and the BLM, we have been actively monitoring the development of this plan. We have also been working with our partners from Sage Riders Motorcycle Club and Ride with Respect to ensure that the plan adopted by the BLM protects access for motorized recreation.
Our executive director, Spencer Gilbert, and our policy director, Ben Burr, went to the BLM open house in Castledale, Utah to review the BLM plans and coordinate with local riding groups.
We are already facing an uphill battle, since nearly 600,000 acres of prime riding areas were withdrawn through wilderness designations by the recently-passed Dingell Act. The San Rafael Desert is an area that will need to absorb the displaced OHV use that is no longer available due to wilderness designations. We made a strong case for the BLM to adopt Alternative D along with several modifications, which will all increase access.
Not surprisingly, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance was promoting their efforts to create even more wilderness in this area.
We believe the designation of 600,000 acres of wilderness in the area should more than satisfy the BLM's requirements to protect lands with wilderness characteristics. It is also worth noting that it is the job of the BLM to inventory land with wilderness characteristics - it isn't SUWA's job. The BLM completed this job back in the 1980s. The BLM should shift their focus now towards how they can help Utah communities like Green River and Hanksville realize the economic benefits that come from attracting OHV users to the area. A travel management plan that protects motorized recreation in the San Rafael Desert will be good for the nearby communities, it will be good for those of us wanting to explore this amazing area, and it will be good for the BLM to get back to the business of managing public land for all users instead of spending decades in litigation with environmental groups who move the goal posts on every play and are never satisfied.
We appreciate the many members of the off-road community who participated with us in this process.
You can read the comment we submitted here: http://bit.ly/BRC-SRD-DEA-Comment
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ben Burr
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
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BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails (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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CALIFORNIA - UPDATED ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING LAND USE IN THE JOHNSON VALLEY AREA
USMC 2020/2021 Johnson Valley Shared Use Area Closure Dates

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Marine Corps will temporarily close the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area to the public beginning Thursday 30 April through Monday 11 May 2020 in order to conduct military training. The closure period will include the necessary time required to conduct pre- and post- inspections of the land with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Marine Corps will provide notification when the area is reopened for public access.
The adjacent Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle (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.
As previously announced, the Marine Corps will close the Shared Use Area to the public to conduct military training during the additional following dates:
* 30 October-09 November 2020
* 30 April-10 May 2021
* 29 October-08 November 2021
For additional information, including a map of the area, please visit: https://www.29palms.marines.mil/ 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
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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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[h=2]Fuel Study for Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Included in FY 2020 Spending Bill[/h]Through the hard and diligent work of MIC, SVIA, ROHVA and several members of the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT), fuel study report language was included and passed in H.R. 1865, Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law No: 116-94). The fuel study report language directs the U.S. Department of Transportation’s, Federal Highway Administration to conduct an updated study on the total amount of non-highway recreational fuel taxes collected on an annual basis. The data from this study will be used to determine the level of funding to be allocated to the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).
[h=2]Minnesota to Create Outdoor Recreation Task Force[/h]On Dec. 12, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Explore Minnesota partnered to launch a new Outdoor Recreation Task Force. The Task Force is directed to explore areas that focus on growth, increased and equitable access, and providing a higher level of quality of outdoor recreation opportunities that support the $15.B tourism economy in Minnesota.
[h=2]NOHVCC Moving Forward with State OHV Action Plan in Colorado[/h]To improve off-road motorized recreational opportunities on public lands in Colorado, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) announced its partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife (CPW), and the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO).
[h=2]NOHVCC Announces Webinar Series[/h]Due to the success of webinars in 2019, the NOHVCC will provide additional webinars in 2020 focused on OHV safety, education, management and other issues affecting the motorized recreation community. The first webinar will take place in January 2020 and NOHVCC plans to broadcast its first international webinar later in the year.
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[h=2]Congress Avoids Shutdown[/h]On Dec. 19, 2019, Congress cleared the $1.4T, two-part spending bill to fund the government for FY 2020. The 12 FY 2020 funding bills were passed as two separate minibus bills. H.R. 1865, Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law No: 116-94) contains funding for the following eight appropriation bills: Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Agriculture, Energy and Water Development, Interior-Environment, Legislative Branch, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, State-Foreign Operations, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.
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NATIONAL UPDATE - Bureau of Land Management Seeks Help Increasing Access to Public Lands
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
As part of its efforts to implement the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public assistance in nominating lands managed by the agency on which the public is allowed to hunt, fish, or use the land for other recreational purposes, but to which there is no legal public access or where access is significantly restricted. Recommendations from the public will aid the BLM in creating a report to Congress that provides options for reasonably providing access to such lands, such as by acquiring an easement, right-of-way or fee title from a willing owner.
The BLM plans to post its first priority list online at BLM's ePlanning website by Thursday, March 12, 2020. The BLM will update the priority list every two years for at least the next decade. The public nomination period to identify parcels for inclusion on the BLM's priority list will open on January 31, 2020, and will close on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Subsequent updates on BLM's efforts will be published prior to the release of future priority lists in order to seek additional information and suggestions from the public.
"The BLM has worked tirelessly with other federal and state agencies, public and private partners to proactively identify and address public land access issues for many years. Our priority is to increase access to public lands wherever possible, and to increase public opportunities for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation across the more than 245 million acres of lands we manage," said William Perry Pendley, BLM Deputy Director for Programs and Policy. "The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act will help us expand and improve these efforts, and we welcome information from the public that will help us pinpoint barriers to access."
All lands nominated for inclusion on the BLM's priority must be managed by the BLM, encompass at least 640 contiguous acres and have significantly restricted or have no public access. BLM must also consider the likelihood of resolving identified access issues when determining whether to include parcels on the list. When submitting nominations, the public must include the location of the nominated land or parcel, total acreage affected (if known), a description or narrative describing the lack of access, and any additional information the BLM should consider when determining if the land should be on BLM's priority list. BLM will not include any personally identifying information concerning owners or ownership of any parcels in preparing the priority list or related congressional reports.
Public nominations will be accepted via the BLM's ePlanning website.
https://www.blm.gov/programs/planning-and-nepa/eplanning
This effort advances a primary goal of the Dingell Act (S. 47), which was signed into law by President Trump in March 2019. Section 4105 of the Act directs the BLM to develop a priority list, which identifies the location and acreage of BLM-managed parcels over 640 acres open to hunting, fishing, or other recreational purposes, and which have no legal public access or where access is significantly restricted.
The BLM is working to implement Dingell Act tasks assigned in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Utah, Montana/Dakotas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon/Washington, and the Eastern States Office (Louisiana and Minnesota). Implementing the Dingell Act is a top priority for Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt. Implementing the Dingell Act will continue the Department of the Interior's work to strike proper balance for land and resources management, increase access for hunting, fishing, and recreation, and create economic prosperity while protecting and preserving America's treasures.
To learn more about the Dingell Act and how it affects your public lands, please visit https://www.blm.gov/about/laws-and-regulations/dingell-act.
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
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails (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 Eagle Lake Field Office Seeks Public Comments on OHV Grant Proposal
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Bureau of Land Management's Eagle Lake Field Office is accepting public input on management needs and projects that would benefit off-highway vehicle recreation on public lands.
Staff at the field office will use public comments or suggestions submitted by Friday, February 21, 2020, to develop a preliminary grant application to the California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division.
"In past years we have used these grant funds to improve off-highway riding and driving opportunities for our communities and visitors," said Emily Ryan, acting field manager for the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office. "We always look forward to seeing suggestions from those who enjoy OHV sports on public lands."
The field office will seek grant funds for maintenance, restoration, development and law enforcement patrol at the Fort Sage and Rice Canyon off-highway vehicle areas, and other areas of interest to OHV users. The field office would also use funds to cover costs associated with patrolling wilderness study areas. Other ideas may come from public comments and suggestions.
The OHMVR Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program supports off-highway vehicle recreation in California by providing financial assistance to cities, counties, districts, federal agencies, state agencies, educational institutions, and federally recognized Native American tribes and nonprofit entities.
Public comments or suggestions can be submitted by mail to the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, 2550 Riverside Dr., Susanville, CA 96130, attention Marisa Williams, or by email to [email protected]. Anyone interested can review preliminary applications by visiting the grants section beginning March 2, 2020.
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
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails (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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UTAH - BLM Seeks Nominations for the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area Advisory Council
Dear BRC members and Action Alert Subscribers,
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for seven positions on the newly established San Rafael Swell Recreation Area Advisory Council, in accordance with the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act and Secretary's Order 3374. As published in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations received through February 27, 2020. The Secretary of the Interior signed the charter establishing the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area Advisory Council on December 19, 2019.
The Act requires the Recreation Area Advisory Council to provide advice regarding preparation and implementation of the Recreation Area management plan. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint council members to three-year terms.
Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:
(1) A representative of the Emery County Commission;
(2) A representative of motorized recreational users;
(3) A representative of non-motorized recreational users;
(4) A representative of grazing allotment permittees within the Recreation Area or wilderness areas designated;
(5) A representative of conservation organizations;
(6) A representative with expertise in the historical uses of the Recreation Area; and
(7) An elected leader of a federally recognized tribe that has significant cultural or historical connections to, and expertise in, the landscape, archeological sites, or cultural sites within the County.
Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on the Recreation Area Advisory Council. Nominees will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education and knowledge of the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area. Nominations must include at least one letter of reference, a completed application and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications. The application form can be downloaded at www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/Utah.
Implementing the Dingell Act is a top priority for the Department of the Interior. Secretary Bernhardt, through Secretary's Order 3374, has formed a task force including affected DOI agencies to ensure that the Act is implemented in a timely, consistent, coordinated manner among all DOI offices and Bureaus. The Act, which incorporated more than 100 lands bills, included the designation of the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area, covering approximately 217,000 acres in Emery County, Utah.
For more information, contact Chris Conrad at (435) 636-3637 or [email protected]. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ben Burr
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
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As the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) begins to implement the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, the BLM is seeking public assistance in nominating lands managed by the agency on which the public is allowed to hunt, fish, or use the land for other recreational purposes, but to which there is no legal public access or where access is significantly restricted. BLM will use the public’s comments and prepare a report to Congress that provides options for reasonably providing access to such lands, such as by acquiring an easement, right-of-way or fee title from a willing owner.

We urge ARRA members to submit comments via the BLM’s ePlanning website as the public nomination period to identify parcels for inclusion on the BLM’s priority list opens today and will close on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

BLM will post its first priority list on the ePlanning website by Thursday, March 12, 2020 and will update the list every two years for at least the next decade.
 

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CALIFORNIA - Eldorado NF to host Open House to Discuss Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Applications
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The public is invited to an Open House on Wednesday, February 12 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM to discuss grant applications that the Eldorado National Forest will be submitting for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Cooperative Funds during the upcoming 2019/2020 grant cycle.
The Forest is currently in the process of developing preliminary proposals to the California Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division with an emphasis on trail maintenance and repair; law enforcement across all four Ranger Districts; printing and distribution of Motor Vehicle Use Maps; and education. Public input is very helpful in the development of these proposals. All who are interested in the forest's OHV Program are encouraged to attend the Open House.
This OHV Grants Open House will be held at the Eldorado National Forest Supervisor's Office, 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667. For directions, call (530) 622-5061.
The Eldorado National Forest has been successful in receiving grants from the OHMVR Division in previous grant cycles. The grants have helped address trail repair and clearing of downed trees on over 300 miles of OHV routes, as well as law enforcement patrol on an additional 900 miles of native surface roads. These grants also make it possible to provide free Motor Vehicle Use Maps, as well as other planning, development, and restoration activities.
Once completed, the preliminary grant applications will be available on the OHMVR website on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 through Monday, June 1, 2020 for review and comment. To review the grant applications submitted, go to http://olga.ohv.parks.ca.gov/egrams_ohmvr/user/home.aspx.
The public may provide electronic comments to the Eldorado National Forest (applicant) by e-mailing Michelle Zuro-Kreimer at [email protected] and carbon copying (cc) the OHMVR Division at [email protected].
Written comments, suggestions, or letters of support for the applications can be sent to Michelle Zuro-Kreimer, Eldorado National Forest, 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667 .
For more information about recreation on the Eldorado National Forest, visit the forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ben Burr
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
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BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails (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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OREGON - Wallowa County and Wallowa-Whitman NF Will Co-host Open Houses February 18-20

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and Wallowa County are jointly hosting three open houses this month. These gatherings will provide opportunities for community members to have informal conversations with leadership and staff from Wallowa County and the National Forest.

Open houses are scheduled for the following dates, times, and locations:

Tuesday, February 18, 5-7 p.m. Wallowa Senior Center, 204 2nd Street, Wallowa, OR 97885

Wednesday, February 19, 5-7 p.m. The Place (adjacent to the United Methodist Church), 301 South Lake Street, Joseph, OR 97846

Thursday, February 20, 5-7 p.m. Cloverleaf Hall, Wallowa County Fairgrounds, 668 NW 1st Street, Enterprise, OR 97828

Open house participants are invited to come and go as their schedules allow, as there is no set agenda for these gatherings. In addition to County and National Forest leadership, District Rangers and staff from the National Forest's Wallowa Mountains Office will be available to talk about local resource management and current projects.

If you have questions about the open houses, please contact Peter Fargo, Public Affairs Officer for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, at 541-523-1231.

Visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/wallowa-whitman for more information about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and www.co.wallowa.or.us for more information about Wallowa County.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ben Burr
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
[email protected]

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CALIFORNIA - BLM Arcata Field Office Hosting Public Meeting on OHV Grant Needs

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management's Arcata Field Office is holding a public meeting and accepting public comments regarding management needs and projects that would benefit off-highway vehicle recreation on public lands. The meeting is Tuseday, February 11, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at the BLM Arcata Field Office, 1695 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA, 95521.

Anyone interested can provide comments at the meeting, mail them to the BLM at the above address (attention Casey Hague), or send them via email to [email protected]. Hague will also take comments via telephone at 707-825-2322. The deadline for comments is Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Arcata Field office staff will use the comments to develop a preliminary grant application to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division.

"This grant program helps us provide quality opportunities for local residents and visitors who enjoy OHV sports," said BLM Arcata Field Manager Molly Brown. "Partnerships such as this one with California State Parks are vital to managing sustainable public lands for multiple uses."

The BLM will submit project proposals to California State Parks on March 2. Anyone interested can review preliminary applications by visiting the grants section at http://ohv.parks.ca.gov, from March 3 through May 4, 2020.

The BLM can use grant funding for education, law enforcement, trail monitoring, maintenance, construction, development, safety improvements and road repairs. In past years, the Arcata Field Office has used grant funds at the Samoa Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area near Eureka.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

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208-237-1008 ext. 2

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CALIFORNIA - BLM California Desert District Invites Public to Provide Input on BLM OHV Grant Proposals

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management is hosting several public and stakeholder meetings to gather input on the development of off-highway vehicle (OHV) grant proposals for submission to the California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division. Grant applications are currently being prepared by the BLM staff for the 2019/2020 grant cycle.

The OHMVR Division's Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program supports well-managed, off-highway vehicle recreation in California by providing financial assistance to cities, counties, districts, educational institutions, state agencies, federal agencies, federally recognized Native American Tribes and nonprofit entities.

The BLM applies for grants from the California Department of Parks and Recreation OHMVR Division each year to help fund and coordinate its OHV programs. The grants support OHV management activities such as law enforcement, resource protection, planning and monitoring, visitor services, and maintenance on BLM lands throughout the state.

The scoping meeting is scheduled for the first 45 minutes and the stakeholder meeting will immediately follow. Stakeholders and members of the public are invited to attend either session or both:

Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Barstow Field Office
2601 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311

Thursday, Feb. 13, from 4 - 6 p.m.
Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Monday, Feb. 24, from 4:30 - 6 p.m.
El Centro Field Office
1661 South 4th St.
El Centro CA 92243

Preliminary applications must be submitted to OHMVR Division no later than March 2 and they will be available on the OHMVR Division's website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/, for additional public review and comment from March 3 - May 4. The website will provide detailed instructions for accessing the preliminary applications and submitting comments. Public comments should be submitted to both the OHMVR Division and to the appropriate BLM field office by May 4.

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

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CALIFORNIA - FS & BLM to Hold OHV Grant Application Open House in Porterville

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

You can help shape the future of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use within the Sequoia National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office jurisdiction.

The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are requesting public input for the California 2020 OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program applications. Part of the grant process is gathering input or project ideas from individuals and organizations for the agencies to consider including in its submission. This feedback will be considered in the development of the preliminary grant applications and as final applications are prepared.

Thursday, February 13, 2020, the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will host an open house at the Sequoia National Forest Headquarters located at 1835 S. Newcomb St. in Porterville, Calif, between 6 and 8 p.m. to allow for public review and comments on the preliminary 2020 grant application(s).

The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will consider incorporating feedback from the meeting into the grant applications, enabling continued management of a sustainable program that benefits the users and protects resources.

2020 Grant Cycle - Important Dates

  • Monday, Jan. 13: Grant application process begins. Application materials available on the OHMVR Division's website.
  • Monday, Mar. 2: Preliminary applications are due by 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 3 to Monday, May 4: Public review and comment period
  • Monday, Jun. 1: Final applications are due
  • June and July: OHMVR Division review of final applications
  • Monday, Aug. 3: Application Results - Intent to Award posted on the OHMVR Division's website http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/
  • Monday, Aug. 3 to Wednesday, Sept. 2: Thirty (30) calendar day appeal period
  • Monday, Sept. 3: Final awards posted on the OHMVR Division's website upon resolution of any appeals
The Forest Service application will focus on maintaining off-road vehicle routes, facilities, signage, law enforcement, and education. The OHMVR and Sequoia National Forest have maintained a successful partnership for more than 25 years.

The BLM application will focus on providing law enforcement support, and continued maintenance and development of off-road opportunities in our designated OHV areas.

For more information or to provide your comments through other means, please contact Sequoia National Forest Recreation Officer, Karen Miller, at 559-784-1500 or [email protected], or BLM Bakersfield Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner Brie Chartier, at 661-391-6000 or [email protected].

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

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CALIFORNIA - BLM Central Coast Field Office to Host Open House for Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Application

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management will hold an open house on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the Central Coast Field Office, 940 2nd Avenue, Marina, to gather public input for a potential off-highway vehicle grant proposal to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division for the Williams Hill Management Area near San Ardo.

The Central Coast Field Office is considering applying for a planning grant to fund improvements to the road and trail system at Williams Hill, a BLM-managed recreation area in southern Monterey County. Currently, the area offers a developed campground and limited opportunities for off-highway vehicles. The BLM seeks public input on the type and extent of improvements that could be made to the area's route system and facilities.

The OHMVR Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program supports well-managed off-highway vehicle recreation in California by distributing more than $35 million annually collected from gas tax, entrance fees and OHV sticker registrations. Cities, counties, districts, federal and state agencies, educational institutions, federally recognized Native American Tribes and non-profit entities can apply for funds to develop, maintain and restore trails; provide law enforcement; and offer safety and training for riders.

The public is invited to drop in at any time during the open house and provide ideas for projects and opportunities that could be incorporated into the grant application. Representatives from the BLM will be available to answer questions about the application process and to receive input to help develop the proposal.

Preliminary grant applications will be submitted to the OHMVR Division by March 2. The public will then be able to comment on the preliminary applications from March 3 to May 4. Final applications must be submitted by June 1. For more information about the state grant process and requirements, visit the OHMVR Division website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.

For more information, to submit ideas, or if you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this open house, please call BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Adam Wilde at 831-582-2200, or email him at [email protected]. For more information about Williams Hill Management Area, visit https://www.blm.gov/visit/williams-hill.

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

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IDAHO - Public informational meeting about Sage Hen Recreation Area

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Emmett Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is hosting an informational meeting February 20, 2020, to share proposed restoration activities in the Sage Hen Recreation Area.

"We are hosting this meeting before we begin the formal scoping process to provide an overview of the proposed project and restoration needs, "said Katie Wood, Emmett District Ranger. "The Sage Hen area is a favorite destination for many forest visitors and we want people to know they can participate and inform the development of the proposed action."

For more information about the Sage Hen Integrated Restoration Project visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=56701. There the public can request more information and sign up to receive email updates.

The meeting details include:

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Emmett Ranger District Office, 1857 Highway 16, Suite A, Emmett ID

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

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CALIFORNIA - Forest Service Hosts Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Open House

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host an open house in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, February 20, 2020, to provide information and seek public input on our annual California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division grant applications. The OHMVR applications request funding for trail maintenance and operation of facilities for off-highway vehicle access in the Tahoe Basin.

The open house will take place in the Emerald Bay Room at the Forest Supervisor's office in South Lake Tahoe, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. The public may arrive anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. and visit informational stations, talk with staff and ask questions. There will be no formal presentation. The 60-day grant application comment period begins Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and ends Monday, May 4.

"We encourage anyone interested in off-highway vehicle recreation to join us for this event," said LTBMU Trails Engineer, Jacob Quinn. "Participants can learn about the outstanding off-highway vehicle opportunities in the Lake Tahoe Basin and how these grants support the operations and maintenance of our off-highway vehicle programs."

For requests for reasonable accommodation access to the facility or proceedings, contact Adrian Escobedo at 530-543-2758 or email [email protected].

For more information on the applications, grant process or how to comment, contact Jacob Quinn at 530-543-2609 or email [email protected].

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

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COLORADO - Help re-open motorized single-track near Silverton
Comment Deadline: February 22, 2020


Dear BRC members and Action Alert Subscriber,

BRC has just received an Email Action Alert from our access partners over at the Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA) on an important issue affecting motorized recreation near Silverton area.

We've pasted their Action Alert below. Please take a minute to read the alert, take action and then pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies.

Thanks in advance for your support,

Ric Foster
Public Lands Volunteer
BlueRibbon Coalition
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ACTION ALERT

Help re-open motorized single-track near Silverton

Comment Deadline: February 22, 2020





The San Juan Trail Riders (SJTR), Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA), Public Access Preservation Alliance (PAPA) and the Colorado 500 organizations have partnered together. They are working with the Gunnison Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Field Office to re-open a historic single-track motorcycle trail in the Silverton area.



We need your help to show the BLM how
important this route is to our sport!



Minnie Gulch Trail

The trail designated as trail 2TE (Minnie Gulch) was used in the past by riders to get from the Silverton area to the Rio Grande National Forest Pole Creek trails. The Minnie Gulch trail was authorized for motorized use for more than 40 years before its closure in early 2000.

The 1.6-mile section of trail 2TE (Minnie Gulch) currently lies directly between two motorized connectors one on San Juan CR 24 and the other on the Rio Grande NF trail 917 where it terminates on the Colorado Trail.

An authorization to re-establish the trail will once again allow single-track motorized users in and around the Silverton area to readily connect to and from current motorized trail routes on the Rio Grande National Forest.

Here is how YOU can help!

The preliminary Environmental Assessment for the Silverton Travel Management Plan has been released and the public comment period is open until February 22nd.

With this opportunity for a second round of public comment, we're requesting your assistance by submitting comments in support of the re-opening of the Minnie Gulch trail.


Example Comments:

"As a supporter of motorized recreation on single track trails, I support the Silverton Travel Management Plan and the re-opening of the historical motorized single-track Minnie Gulch Trail. This section was authorized for motorized use for more than 40 years prior to its closure in early 2000. The authorization to re-establish the trail will again allow single-track motorized users in and around the Silverton area to readily connect to and from current motorized trail routes on the Rio Grande National Forest."

"As a motorized recreation user who rides in the Silverton area several times during the summer, a single-track route to the Rio Grande Nation Forest is needed. The re-opening of the historical Minnie Gulch trail would fulfill this need."

"The re-opening of the 1.6 miles of historical Minnie Gulch trail will offer unique recreational opportunities for many recreation users."



How to submit your comments

Online:

  1. Go to the BLM Silverton Area TMP Comment Letter and Preliminary Environmental Assessment site.
  2. Click on the Documents link on the left navigation.
  3. Click on the Comment on Document button to the right of the Preliminary Environmental Assessment.
  4. In the Comment Title box fill in: Silverton TMP Draft EA
  5. Type your comments in the large box (This will be your own personal comments. SJTR, TPA, PAPA and Colorado 500 are submitting formal comments.)
  6. Click Next (bottom right-hand side of the screen)
  7. Fill in your contact information (Name, address, etc)
  8. Click Next (bottom right-hand side of the screen)
  9. Acknowledge Disclaimers and Agreements
  10. Click Submit (bottom right-hand side of the screen)
Mail or hand-deliver:

  1. Download the form
  2. Fill in the form
  3. Hand-deliver or mail the form to:
Gunnison Field Office
Attn: Silverton TMP Comment
210 West Spencer Ave.
Gunnison, CO 81230






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Recently Representatives Peter Welch (VT-1), John Curtis (UT-3), Angie Craig (MN-2), Michael Simpson (ID-2), Ann Kuster (NH-2), and Chris Stewart (UT-2) introduced the Recreational Trails Program Full Funding Act of 2020, H.R. 5797. The legislation requires the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide a revised estimate of the gas taxes paid by recreators and to update that amount at least every five years. The program is funded through taxes paid on gasoline used to fuel motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides, snowmobiles, and other recreational activities. The RTP program is currently funded at $84 million annually, which is substantially less than the amount of taxes paid on fuel used by recreators.


For more than a quarter-century the RTP has provided funding for recreational trail development and maintenance across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with more than 25,000 projects across the nation since its inception. “The Recreational Trails Program has created countless opportunities for motorized recreation and human-powered experiences,” said Rep. Curtis. “This bill will ensure that future generations get to visit the great outdoors, while supporting local economies and jobs, especially throughout rural areas.”

The legislation also establishes reporting of Financial Management Information System (FEMIS) Codes in order to provide additional transparency into projects funded and ensure that the principles of the 30% motorized, 30% non-motorized, and 40% mixed-use are being met. The FHWA will be allowed to keep up to $1.5 million annually to administer the program and maintain recreational trail-facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational uses. The FHWA will also develop a formula for distributing RTP funds whereby half of the total RTP funds are divided equally among the 50 states (and D.C.), and then the other half is apportioned to them based on the portion of off-highway gas tax paid by that state’s users. Finally, the legislation provides for an immediate increase in RTP funding to the greater of either $250 million or the latest non-highway recreational fuel study as required by this legislation.

Take the RTP quiz here to test your knowledge and we urge you to write your member of Congress and ask them to support H.R. 5797. Upon introducing the bill, Reps. Welch and Curtis took a moment to discuss their passion for the great outdoors and why they introduced the Recreational Trails Program Funding Act.

The RTP is an ARRA top priority and is critical for the continued development and maintenance of trails across the country for motorcycles, ATVs, and side-by-sides.




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