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Senate-Passed Great American Outdoors Act Heads to the House
On June 17, the Senate passed S. 3422, the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) by a strong bipartisan vote of 73-25. Among other things, this landmark legislation would address the $20 billion maintenance backlog on America’s public lands and waters, as well as fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.


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RTP Included in House-Passed $1.5T Infrastructure Bill
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Full Funding Act of 2020 (H.R. 5797) was part of the recently passed $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill (H.R. 2) by the House. H.R. 2, known as “The Moving Forward Act”, passed by a 233-188 vote and was almost entirely along party lines. The bill would ensure that we get back tax dollars that recreational interests pay into the National Highway Trust Fund every time we fill up our motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides, snowmobiles, 4X4s, etc., and it could provide nearly three times the amount of funding for recreational trails than the current RTP formula.

Nominate 2020 Recreational Trails Program Awards
The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) is seeking nominations for outstanding projects that utilized funds from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). If you would like to nominate any completed and worthy RTP projects, click here to fill out a nomination form by July 31.

States Continue to Increase Recreational Access
As states continue to reopen, they are increasing recreational access to roads, trails, picnic areas, restrooms, and wilderness. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to work with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and use a phased approach to increase access on a case-by-case basis.

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Yellowstone National Park Winter Season Update
NPS Announces Lottery for 2020-2021 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 (2020-2021).
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 beginning Saturday, August 1, 2020, to determine the trip dates for Non-Commercially Guide Leaders wanting to visit Yellowstone this coming winter season (2020-2021). The lottery closes at 11:59 p.m. MT, August 31, 2020.
Results of the lottery will be announced in early September and successful applicants will have until 11:59 p.m. MT, September 30, 2020, to accept or decline their awarded permit.
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, 2020, 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, 2020.
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
National Snowmobile Ambassador/Volunteer
BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails
303-324-7185
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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IDAHO - BLM Seeks Public Comment on Recreation, Public Access in the Wood River Valley
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Shoshone Field Office, Twin Falls District is asking the public to review and provide input on an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes recreation and public access in the Wood River Valley. The overall purpose of the EA is to consider expanding trail-based recreation and camping opportunities. Specifically, it examines the construction of trails, trailheads and campsite roads, changing existing trail designations and modifying seasonal OHV and temporary restrictions.
This announcement begins a 30-day public comment period that ends on Aug. 21, 2020.
"We encourage every community member to take some time to read and comment on this EA," said Codie Martin, Shoshone Field Manager. "Public participation on this project is important to ensure all user groups are represented."
The EA, titled DOI-BLM-ID-T030-2020-0015-EA, can be viewed on the BLM NEPA Register website using Chrome, Edge, Safari or Firefox at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/home. Written comments can be submitted online at the NEPA Register site; mailed to the BLM Shoshone Field Office at 400 West F St., Shoshone, ID 83352; or emailed to [email protected].
Direct link to the project page is https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2000819/510.
Before including personally identifiable information in comments, be advised that the entire comment may be made publicly available.
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 questions. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
If you have questions concerning this project, please call the Shoshone Field Office at 208-732-7200.
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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The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA)
On July 22, the powersports industry and off-highway enthusiasts nationwide welcomed the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (H.R. 7092) in the House by a bipartisan vote of 310-107 and the President signed the bill into law.

SOAR Act Passed Out of Committee in the House
On July 29, the House Natural Resources Committee passed the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act by unanimous consent. H.R. 3879, introduced by Rep. Haaland, included most of the provisions of the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act, H.R. 3458, introduced by Rep. Bishop. The bills are widely supported by the recreation community.

RTP Award Nomination Deadline Extended
The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) is seeking nominations for outstanding projects that utilized funds from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Deadline for nominations has been extended to August 15, 2020, click here to nominate a project.

NOHVCC Webinar Series Will Discuss State of the Industry
As part of its webinar series, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) will hold its next webinar on August 11 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar, will be an industry Update from the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC). MIC President and CEO Erik Pritchard will be joined by MIC’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations Scott Schloegel to provide an update on the state of the powersports industry. Topics will include vehicle sales, market realities, ongoing efforts by MIC, and current government relations issues and opportunities.



Sarah Miggins at 2019 CA OHV Commission Tour 0f the Rubicon Trail (Courtesy of Don Amador)
California Appoints Deputy Director of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division
In late July, Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Sarah Miggins as deputy director of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division at the Department of Parks and Recreation. “I have known and worked with Sarah for a number of years during her tenure on the California OHMVR Commission,” said Don Amador, former chairman of the OHMVR Commission and CA NOHVCC partner.




Lake Bonneville, Utah
2020 Race Season to Commence at Bonneville Salt Flats
The historic salt flats of Bonneville will be ready for the annual land-speed event of Speed Week (August 8–14). Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), the volunteer organization since 1949, has been the organizer and promoter for this diverse and innovative motorsports event. Upon completing several alterations to the standard procedures, the Utah office of the Bureau of Land Management granted approval to hold the event.

States Continue to Increase Recreational Access
As states continue to reopen, they are increasing recreational access to roads, trails, picnic areas, restrooms, and wilderness. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to work with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and use a phased approach to increase access on a case-by-case basis.

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