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Take Action to Increase Recreational Trail Funding Nearly Threefold

If you have not already reached out to your member of Congress, please visit the ARRA website to request co-sponsorship of H.R. 5797, the RTP Full Funding Act of 2020. The bill would ensure that we get back the tax dollars that recreational interests pay into the National Highway Trust Fund every time we fill up our motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides, etc., and if the bill passes, it could provide nearly three times the amount of funding for recreational trails than the current RTP formula.

BLM Begins to Implement the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act
As the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) begins to implement the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, they are 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 to prepare a report for Congress that provides reasonable options for accessing to such lands. Options may include acquiring an easement, rights-of-way, or fee titles from a willing owner.

Council on Environmental Quality to Modernize the National Environmental Policy Act
On Jan. 9th, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 85 FR 1684. The notice of proposed rulemaking appeared in the Federal Registeron Friday, January 10, for public comment. The proposed rule intends to modernize NEPA in order to facilitate more efficient and effective environmental reviews and strengthen our permitting process. Signed into law in 1970, NEPA mandates federal agencies consider the environmental impacts of proposed federal actions. CEQ is proposing to modernize its NEPA regulations for the first time in over 40 years.

BLM Offices in California Seeking Input for OHV Grant Proposals
The Bureau of Land Management’s Eagle Lake and Arcata Field Offices are accepting public input on management needs and projects that would benefit off-highway vehicle recreation on public lands. BLM can utilize grant funding for education, law enforcement, trail monitoring, maintenance, construction, development, safety improvements, and road repairs throughout the state.

Federal Legislation Focuses on Revising Labeling of E15 Fuel
U.S. Reps. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) have reintroduced the “Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2019,” H.R. 1024. The legislation directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15 fuel, including by requiring the labels of such fuel pumps to include additional details. The labels must include warning information about vehicles, engines, and equipment (e.g., boats, lawn mowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and pre-2001 model year vehicles) that are prohibited from using E15.



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WASHINGTON - Do you ride Green Dot roads in Central WA?
Public Meeting Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Dear BRC members and Action Alert Subscriber,

BRC has just received an email from our access partners over at the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) regarding an upcoming meeting on an important issue affecting motorized recreation in central Washington.

We've pasted their email 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
208-237-1008 ext. 2




Do you ride Green Dot roads in
Central WA?


The WDFW recently announced a public meeting in Selah, WA to gather info on Green Dot roads in Central WA. We need OHV users to attend and represent OHV interests! Shoot us a message if you are planning to attend.

From the WDFW website:

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, March 4, to discuss Green Dot road management on state lands in Central Washington.

Both agencies will provide information and take public comments on updates and proposed changes to the Green Dot road system at the meeting, which will take place 600-800 PM at the Selah Civic Center, 216 S. 1st Street in Selah, WA.

The Green Dot road management system marks roads in Yakima and Kittitas counties that are open to public motorized vehicle use. Marked with a round green reflector on a white route marker, these roads provide access to camping, hunting, wildlife viewing, and off-road vehicle (ORV) riding, while protecting sensitive habitat from damage caused by motorized vehicles.

Proposed changes include adding Green Dot roads in the Cowiche Unit to provide access to adjacent DNR lands in the Ahtanum Green Dot Road Management Area.

"This addition to the Green Dot system, provides access across formerly private property that limited public access for several years," says Ross Huffman, Regional Lands Operations Manager for WDFW.

DNR would like to begin a conversation on the challenges the agency faces with proactively managing Green Dot road access and engage the public in determining actions that will provide access for the future.

"We recognize the importance of providing public access to these lands and value the public's input on the topic, says Leah Dobey, Statewide Regional Recreation Manager for DNR.

To access Green Dot maps or to learn more about the Green Dot road management system, visit wdfw.wa.gov/about/wdfw-lands/public-conduct#green-dot.


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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NORTH CAROLINA - FS to Hold Public Meetings for Nantahala & Pisgah Forest Plan Revision

Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,

The U.S. Forest Service is currently revising the master plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The proposed plan and draft environmental impact statement is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision for public review and comment. Throughout the month of March, open houses will be held in communities around the forests to give the public an opportunity to talk with planning team members.

Dates and locations for meetings are listed below. At each meeting, an overview of the plan will be presented at 6 pm. The rest of the meeting provides time for people to talk one-on-one with resource specialists. Public comments can later be submitted through our website or by mail so that they can become part of the official record.

The forest plan provides a strategic framework to guide the management of all uses of the national forests, including recreation, timber, water, wilderness, and wildlife habitat. Over the last several years, the U.S. Forest Service developed this plan with the public, local collaboratives, and tribal, state, and county governments. The proposed plan is a product of hearing and incorporating all those voices. The current comment period is an additional opportunity for the public to be part of building a plan that reflects public interests.

Open houses will be held at the following:

March 10, 5:30-8:30 pm at the Foothills Conference Center, 2128 S. Sterling St., Morganton, NC.
March 12, 5:30-8:30 pm at the NC Arboretum Education Center, 100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way, Asheville, NC (The Arboretum will be open to attendees as early as 4:30 pm. The parking fee is waived and each attendee will receive a parking pass. Pets are not allowed in the facility.)
March 16, 5:30-8:30 pm at the Rogow Family Community Room, Brevard Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, NC.
March 19, 5:30-8:30 pm at the Brasstown Community Center, 255 Settawig Rd., Brasstown, NC.
March 24, 5:30-8:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church's Tartan Hall, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC.
March 26, 5:30-8:30 pm at the Bentley Fellowship Hall, 265 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC.
March 31, 5:30-8:30 pm at the Four Square Community Action Center, 196 Knight St., Robbinsville, NC.

To read the plan or submit a comment, visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision. The website has additional materials such as a video, reader's guide, and story maps that provide an overview of the plan.

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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Dear Friends,

The last thirty days have been some of the busiest in BRC's history. We have been connecting with off-road enthusiasts from coast to coast, we have been on the front lines of the biggest fights, and we are engaging in a variety of issues where we need your help. We will send you a series of updates on issues we are working on in your area, but for this email we wanted to focus on my recent trip to Washington DC.

While there I met with our allies at SEMA and AMA. Our friends at SEMA are working hard to protect racing with the RPM Act. They are also continuing their efforts to protect racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats. They were very interested in learning more about the challenges arising from grant audits in California that are unfairly targeting OHV charitable organizations. Our allies with AMA were excited to share with us improvements that are being fought for in Congress to the RTP program.

I also met with the attorneys at the Pacific Legal Foundation to learn more about how we can use the Congressional Review Act to our advantage in challenging adversarial land-use decisions by federal agencies. We strongly recommend you visit www.redtaperollback.com to learn more about this effort, so we can have a broader discussion about how the legal precedents being set surrounding the Congressional Review Act can benefit public land access.

I also met with the land policy staff for the following members of Congress:

  • Senator Mike Lee (UT)
  • Senator McSally (AZ)
  • Representative Tom McClintock (CA)
  • Representative John Curtis (UT)
  • Representative Paul Gosar (AZ)
  • Representative Scott Tipton (CO)
I also met with top advisors to Interior Secretary Bernhardt. The purpose of these visits was primarily educational to let members of Congress and the Trump Administration know where our priorities are. I also learned a lot about various land bills that are working their way through Congress, so that we can educate the off-road community about them. If you are in Colorado, Montana, California, or Nevada, we need you to connect with our team. We have work to do. It is always possible that we get an omnibus public lands package during a lame duck session of Congress, and we need be vigilantly protecting our access. We are also supportive of efforts being led by AMA, MIC, and Representative Curtis to improve the RTP program to offer funding levels consistent to the amount paid into the program by OHV gas taxes.

Help us in California HERE
Help us in Colorado HERE
Help us in Montana HERE
Help us in Nevada HERE

All in all, this was a productive trip, and strong relationships were made. I am already strengthening relationships with staff from Senator Daines' office and I'm planning meetings with members of the Nevada delegation. Our plans for the upcoming months are ambitious. Please reach out to us if you are aware of ways we can help expand or protect access in your neck of the woods. With the workload we already have on our plate, we are going to be busy. We hope to keep expanding our team as we grow to meet the many challenges we face. As always, we couldn't do any of this without your continued support. Above all, none of this would even be worth it, if what we are fighting to protect wasn't so valuable.

Adventure is not a crime. The desire to take risks, explore new things, and connect with the natural world is a righteous desire that empowers us to succeed, strengthens our bonds with friends and family, and has defined who we are as Americans for centuries. This is worth fighting for.

Yours in Adventure,



Ben Burr
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
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CALIFORNIA - BLM Seeks Comments on 2020 Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Proposals

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on the California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, off-highway vehicle recreation proposals, which are available for review from March 3 to May 4, 2020, at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.

Approximately 30 projects throughout the state have been proposed, including OHV rules enforcement, operation and maintenance, restoration work and other activities. The proposals are funded through the Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program sponsored by the state of California, which provides financial assistance to cities, counties, districts, federal- and state- agencies, educational institutions, federally recognized tribes and nonprofit entities.

The following is a list of participating offices with point-of-contact information:

Ridgecrest Field Office: Dana Stephenson, [email protected]
Palm Spring-South Coast Field Office: Daniel Kasang, [email protected]
El Centro Field Office: Neil Hamada, [email protected]
Barstow Field Office: Jeff Childers, [email protected]v; and Rose Beardshear, [email protected]
Needles Field Office: David Roan, [email protected]
Bakersfield Field Office: Brie Chartier, [email protected]
Bishop Field Office: Sara Manley, [email protected]
Ukiah Field Office: Briana Halstead, [email protected]
Arcata Field Office: Casey Hague, [email protected]
Eagle Lake Field Office: Marisa Williams, [email protected]
Redding Field Office: Sky Zaffarano, [email protected]
Central Coast Field Office: Adam Wilde, [email protected]

For detailed instructions on how to access the proposals and submit comments, visit www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.

For more information, contact Jane Arteaga, BLM, by telephone at 916-978-4654, by email at [email protected], or by mail to Jane Arteaga, BLM California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825..

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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IDAHO - Salmon-Challis NF Sets Dates for Plan Review Workshops

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Salmon-Challis National Forest is nearing completion of a detailed review of the existing 1987 Challis Forest Plan and 1988 Salmon Forest Plan and has set dates for public workshops to discuss these initial findings.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, April 6, 5 -7 pm, Idaho Department of Fish & Game conference room in Salmon - Recreation and Minerals
  • Monday, April 13, 5 - 7 pm, Challis American Legion Hall - Recreation and Minerals
  • Saturday, April 18, 10 am - noon, Idaho Department of Fish & Game conference room, Salmon - Fire, Fuels, and Timber
  • Saturday, April 25, 10 am - noon, Challis American Legion Hall -- Range
  • Monday, April 27, 5 -7 pm, Idaho Department of Fish & Game conference room, Salmon - Range
  • Wednesday, April 29, 5-7 pm, Challis American Legion Hall - Fire, Fuels, Timber
An interactive webinar to cover all the topics will be scheduled in early May for those people unable to attend the workshops in person.

The forest plan revision effort was initiated in 2017 with the idea of developing one plan for the two forests that were administratively combined more than 20 years ago. Some members of the public questioned whether the existing Salmon and Challis forest plans needed changed, and they asked the agency to examine each plan in more detail.

The forest will release a list of plan direction, organized by resource area, and an initial evaluation of whether law, regulation, or policy developed since the late 1980s has influenced the forest's ability to implement plan direction. The public will be notified when this information is posted, and Tom Ford, ecosystem staff officer, said the goal is to have the document posted two weeks before public workshops begin.

Forest Supervisor Chuck Mark is expected to consider the findings from the review and public input, and determine whether each plan should be revised, amended, or left unchanged.

For more information, please contact Tom Ford, 208-756-5290, or [email protected] or visit the Forest Plan Revision website.

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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This is a critical time for our nation and the sport of riding off-highway vehicles on our nation's public lands. The entire economy is at risk from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is vital that we contact our Representatives, Senators, and Governors to urge them to avoid additional harm to the powersports industry. This can be done quickly, easily, and without a bailout. We just need powersports manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, and dealerships to be allowed uninterrupted operation during emergency declarations. It is essential that these vehicles and related parts, garments, and accessories be available, and capable of being serviced by qualified technicians.

The time for action is now! We've taken care of the work for you. Please click the button below to send pre-written messages to your Representative, Senators, and Governor to keep powersports facilities open for business!

 

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NORTH CAROLINA - Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan Revision Comment Period To Be Extended

Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,

On Feb 14, 2020, the Forest Service released the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests proposed plan and draft Environmental Impact Statement for public review, initiating the 90-day comment period. Public involvement opportunities including public meetings, are now being modified based on considerations for employee and public health and safety.

We recognize that there is a need to extend the comment period to accommodate meaningful public involvement. We will be extending the comment period and will publish the extension in the Federal Register when the length of the extension is determined. The situation is dynamic and we appreciate your patience.

As a reminder, all Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan Revision open houses planned for March have been cancelled at this time.

We remain committed to public involvement in forest management. Information and presentations from the cancelled open houses will be provided through our website and social media.

We encourage you to visit our website which has a lot of information about the proposed plan, draft environmental impact statement, and any updates www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/nprevision.

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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Governors across the country have taken historic steps to protect the health and safety of people in their respective states. Part of protecting health and safety is allowing essential businesses to continue to operate during times of emergencies. While many of us think of off-highway vehicle use as just for recreation, these vehicles are used for daily law enforcement, search and rescue operations, and transportation for essential employees to get to and from their lifesaving jobs.




This is why we are urging you to contact your governor to use the DHS CISA GUIDANCE ON THE ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKFORCE as their definition for essential services.

Public health and safety will be protected if governors include motorcycle, ATV, ROV (side-by-side), and snowmobile repair and parts under essential services. Powersports facilities provide parts and service to enable law enforcement, military, and first responders to fulfill their critical missions. In many states they service vehicles for the police, fire, Department of Defense, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and National Parks.

Please send our pre-written message to your governor today!






 

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Dear Dean and Billie Jean,

I wanted to let you know that when it comes to protecting access to our favorite places, there is still plenty of work to do. If you're like me, you've been paying attention to the slow-motion shutdown of our entire public lands system. It started with cancelations of major events. Then towns like Moab closed for business - including the surrounding areas for camping. Then facilities in National Parks closed. Then the Parks themselves. Every day it feels like there is a new round of closures at every level of the system.

Basically, every American is getting a first-hand lesson of what it looks like to be an advocate for OHV recreation as they watch those in power systematically deny them access to their places of healing, escape, and adventure.

While we understand and are abiding by the social distancing and self-isolation advice, we feel an earie sense of Déjà vu. There couldn't be a better time for us to be speaking up and sharing why we fight. Eventually this will all end and once again we will turn to our public lands for healing, escape, and adventure.

With many of us working from home, this is also a good time to be re-calibrating our strategies for protecting OHV access. I will be holding a series of online trainings that I call an Access Protection Boot Camp. I invite all BRC members and supporters to join me as we explore ways, we can be more effective in our efforts and to identify new ways that we can fight. If you would like to be part of these trainings, please Sign Up Here. https://sharetrails.org/signup/

We will be sending a schedule of the online trainings to those who sign up soon. I hope to see you there!

Stay safe and healthy,


Ben Burr
Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails
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