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Congressional Committees
Congress spent much of January getting itself organized. This means appointing committee members and subcommittee members as well as adopting procedural rules for each committee. This process also involves hiring new staff for the various committees.
Of particular interest to us is the fact that Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) is the new chairman of the House Subcommittee on Federal Lands, formerly known the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. (We prefer the new name.) We have worked with Rep. McClintock and his staff on a number of issues over the years and believe he has a very good understanding of our issues. He replaces Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) as subcommittee chair since Rep. Bishop has moved up to become the Chairman of the full committee. With Chairman Bishop and Subcommittee Chair McClintock, the House Resources Committee has a strong team of leaders in place and we look forward to active engagement with them over the course of the next two years.


Fire Suppression Funding
One of our disappointments in the last session was the fact that Congress did not approve H.R. 3992, legislation that would provide for the establishment of a separate fund to cover the cost of fighting wildfires. The establishment of such a fund would end the process by which the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management must reprogram funds from other departmental activities in order to fund the deficit in the wildfire accounts during times when the forest fire season is costly. Our interest stems from the fact that the recreation budget for both agencies always gets squeezed when the wildfire accounts run out of money.
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Presidential Declarations
The Obama Administration continues its pace of reshaping how our public lands are managed. Monument designations continue, but the latest, most far reaching executive decision has to do with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska (ANWR). The Administration just announced that it will begin managing an additional 12 million acres of the refuge as if wilderness. Congress had previously designated 7 million acres of this refuge as wilderness.
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Forest Service Snowmobile Regulation
The Forest Service has issued its final rule governing the use of snowmobiles. Less onerous that the Travel Management Rule covering off-highway vehicles, the rule, nonetheless, will require the various national forests to determine a policy governing snowmobile use on the lands under its jurisdiction.
In the event you are stranded by a snow storm and can’t escape your home because you don’t have a snowmobile, but want to learn more about this new rule, please go to this link (in PDF).
Symbolic Votes on Monument Designations, Lesser Prairie Chicken and Wilderness Designations
During the three week Senate debate on the Keystone pipeline issue, a number of amendments were offered having to do with monument designations, the removal of the lesser prairie chicken from the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and the multiple use designation of certain federal lands. In every case, these amendments received at least 50 votes or more, but all fell short of the 60 vote margin required for inclusion with the pipeline legislation. Given the fact that the President had already indicated he would veto the pipeline legislation, votes on these issues were really symbolic in nature. However, the value of offering these issues up for a vote in the Senate is that we now have the Senate on record. We now know the supporters and the opponents on each issue. We have already begun to reach out to some of those Senate offices where we have a different view on certain issues. One can only hope…

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CALIFORNIA - BLM - Public Invited to Provide Input for OHV Grant Proposals
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced the dates, times and locations of several public meetings to provide input in the development of off-highway vehicle (OHV) grant proposals for submission to the California State Parks, Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR). Proposed grant applications are currently being prepared by BLM staff for the 2014/2015 grant cycle.
The OHMVR Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program supports well-managed off-highway vehicle recreation in California by providing financial assistance to cities, counties, districts, federal agencies (including the BLM), state agencies, educational institutions, federally recognized Native American Tribes and nonprofit entities. BLM applies for grants from the California Department of Parks and Recreation OHMVR Division each year to help fund and coordinate its off-highway vehicle (OHV) program. 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.
Public meetings will be held at the locations, dates and times listed below.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Barstow Field Office
2601 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Palm Springs Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Needles Field Office
1303 S. Highway 95
Needles, CA 92363

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Ridgecrest Field Office
300 South Richmond Road
Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
El Centro Field Office
1661 South 4th Street
El Centro, CA 92243

Preliminary applications must be submitted to OHMVR no later than March 2, 2015. Preliminary applications will be available on the Division website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. Public comments should be submitted to both the OHMVR and to the appropriate BLM Field Office by April 6 for additional public review and comment from March 3 through April 6, 2015. The website will provide detailed instructions for accessing the preliminary applications and submitting comments.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
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As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!
 

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CALIFORNIA - Public invited to Eldorado NF Open House to discuss Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Applications
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Eldorado National Forest will be submitting applications for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Cooperative Funds for the upcoming 2014/2015 grant cycle. The Forest is developing preliminary applications to the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division which includes a strong emphasis on trail maintenance and repair, law enforcement across the four Ranger Districts, printing and distribution of the Motor Vehicle Use Maps, and restoration of trails and impacted areas.
As your ideas are important for developing their proposals, the Forest will be hosting an Open House on February 11 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM to discuss the proposed preliminary grant applications. This Open House will be held at the Eldorado National Forest Supervisor's Office, 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667. You can call (530) 622-5061 for directions.
The Eldorado National Forest has been successful in being awarded 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 and law enforcement patrol on an additional 900 miles of dirt roads on the Forest, provided for the printing of free Motor Vehicle Use Maps, as well as other development and restoration activities.
Once completed, the preliminary grant applications will be available on the OHMVR website on March 3, 2015 through April 6, 2015 for review and comment. To review the grant applications submitted, go to EGrAMS : Home
The public may provide electronic comments to the Eldorado National Forest (applicant) by e-mailing both Cindy Oswald at [email protected] and carbon copying (cc) the OHMVR Division at [email protected]. You may also send written comments, suggestions, or letters of support for the applications to Cindy Oswald, Eldorado National Forest, 100 Forni Road, Placerville, CA 95667.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
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As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, w
 

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Dean, thanks for keeping us up to date. You would have a good group of supporters from ATVUTAH too. Good Luck. Utah riding.
we love our rides in utah...paiute trail, san rafael swell, moab and even doing monument valley at the state line w/arizona...
 

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February 5, 2015
NATIONAL
U.S. Forest Service Issues Final Policy for Over-snow Vehicles on National Forests, Grasslands - The U.S. Forest Service has released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other "over-snow" vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. As directed by court order, the policy requires that roads, trails and areas where over-snow vehicle use can occur be specifically designated by local Forest Service mangers.
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BLM's Planning 2.0 UPDATE - In early October, the BLM hosted two public listening sessions in Denver and Sacramento. These sessions were live-streamed for remote participants, and the video-recording is available for viewing on the Planning 2.0 website. Summary notes from the meeting are also available on the website, or at this direct link. These notes highlight ideas and suggestions that emerged from the small group discussions.
BRC's Don Amador visited the BLM's Washington Office last week and shared our concerns about the lack of a robust recreation and travel management strategy in the planning documents. Those concerns were also noted at the Sacramento Listening Session. You can read his take on the meeting HERE. BRC Board Member Jack Welch attended the Denver Listening Session. You can read his take on the meeting HERE.
The BLM anticipates that the proposed rule will be available for formal public comment in the summer of 2015. The BLM will issue a press release announcing the comment period and notify any interested public through the Planning 2.0 email list.
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FS Releases Final Land Management Planning Framework - The U.S. Forest Service announced availability of final planning directives, a key set of agency guidance documents that directs land managers' implementation of the 2012 planning rule.
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BLM Seek Nominations for National Resource Advisory Councils - The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) that have member terms expiring this year. The RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. All nominations must be received no later than March 20, 2015.
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[HR][/HR] CALIFORNIA
Public Invited to Provide Input for OHV Grant Proposals - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently announced the dates, times and locations of several public meetings to provide input in the development of off-highway vehicle (OHV) grant proposals for submission to the California State Parks, Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR). Proposed grant applications are currently being prepared by BLM staff for the 2014/2015 grant cycle.
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Public invited to Eldorado NF Open House to discuss Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Applications - The Eldorado National Forest will be submitting applications for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Cooperative Funds for the upcoming 2014/2015 grant cycle. The Forest is developing preliminary applications to the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division which includes a strong emphasis on trail maintenance and repair, law enforcement across the four Ranger Districts, printing and distribution of the Motor Vehicle Use Maps, and restoration of trails and impacted areas.
Read more here
Open House for USFS and BLM 2015 Off-Highway Vehicle Grants - The Inyo National Forest and the Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold an open house February 12 to discuss off-highway vehicle grant funding.
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FS Seeks Public Comment for Preliminary Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Applications - The San Bernardino National Forest will be seeking public input for their upcoming State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD) grants that will be submitted on March 2, 2015.
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Open House to Discuss Tahoe National Forest OHV Grant Application - The U.S. Forest Service is preparing an annual application to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, to request funding for trail maintenance, restoration, development of facilities, law enforcement, and planning for off-highway vehicle (OHV) access.
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Final desert renewable energy plan still a long way off - The Desert Sun
http://www.desertsun.com/story/desert-renewable-energy-conservation-plan/
[HR][/HR] COLORADO
BLM finalizes supplemental rules for Gunnison Basin Travel Management Plan - The Bureau of Land Management is implementing supplementary rules for public lands included in the 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management Plan. These supplementary rules provide for the improved management of off-road vehicle use and off-route mechanized (non-motorized) use on public lands in Gunnison, Montrose, Hinsdale and Saguache Counties, Colorado.
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[HR][/HR] IDAHO
Simpson proposes SNRA+ plan - As many of you have read, there has been substantial discussion regarding a possible National Monument proclamation in the Boulder-White Clouds and Jerry Peak areas. As has also been reported, I have asked the administration for a six month delay of a National Monument designation for the Boulder-White Clouds while I make a final attempt at an Idaho based legislative solution. The administration has given me assurances that they will not make an immediate Monument designation, and I believe we have until June or July to enact an Idaho based solution.
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Simpson makes new Boulder- White Clouds wilderness proposal - Idaho Mountain Express
http://www.mtexpress.com/simpson-makes-new-boulder-white-clouds-wilderness-proposal
Simpson makes another run at Central Idaho wilderness - Idaho Statesman
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/19/3436114_simpson-makes-wilderness-run.html
BLM Proposes to Establish Supplementary Rules for Lands Managed by the BLM in Idaho - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to establish statewide supplementary rules for lands managed by the BLM in Idaho. These supplementary rules would allow BLM law enforcement personnel and partner agencies to address gaps in current regulations, to continue enforcing existing public land regulations in a manner consistent with current State of Idaho statutes, and provide more clarity for public land users. Interested parties may submit written comments regarding the proposed supplementary rules until April 6.
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[HR][/HR] NEVADA
Las Vegas RMP Comment Period Extended to March 9, 2015 - BRC's Don Amador confirmed today with the BLM's Las Vegas Field Manager, Tim Smith, that the comment period has been extended until March 9, 2015. The notice will be published in the Federal Register on February 6, 2015. This gives time for BRC to meet with local users, elected officials, and BLM staff to review the plan. BRC continues to believe that this proposal, unless modified, will have a significant impact on historic dispersed OHV recreation, the functional elimination of competitive motorized events, and the closure of virtually all OHV use of sand wash-based trails.
Various strategies include robust participation in the administrative process, which might include a request of an extension of the comment period for 6-12 months and to request a supplemental DEIS. Stay tuned on this issue for an update by February 23, 2015. Written comments related to the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices Draft RMP/EIS may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Mail: BLM Southern Nevada District Office, Las Vegas/Pahrump Field Offices Draft RMP/Draft EIS, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130.
CDs of the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices Draft RMP/EIS are available in the Southern Nevada District Office at the above address or on the following website http://tinyurl.com/qzvaht7. Printed copies are available at Laughlin Library, James I. Gibson Library, Pahrump Community Library, Las Vegas Library, Mesquite Library, Moapa Valley Library, Moapa Town Library, Searchlight Library, Beatty Library and Amargosa Valley Library.
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[HR][/HR] NORTH CAROLINA
Forest Plan Revision Update - Additional opportunity to comment on the wilderness inventory and evaluation - Two areas - the Bearwallow Inventoried Roadless Area on the Appalachian Ranger District and Overflow Wilderness Study Area on the Nantahala Ranger District - were inadvertently not included on the inventory maps presented to the public online on November 18, 2014. These areas are included in the inventory of potential additions to wilderness and will be evaluated for their wilderness characteristics. In order to allow the public ample opportunity to provide input on these two areas and all other areas included in this inventory, the comment period for the evaluation of potential additions to wilderness will be extended until February 27, 2015.
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[HR][/HR] OREGON
BLM Re-release Steens Mountain Comprehensive Recreation Plan (CRP) for Comment - The Steens Mountain Comprehensive Recreation Plan (CRP) was re-released to the public January 14, 2015 for a 30-day comment period. The CRP Environmental Assessment was first released in March 2014. On September 30, 2014, the Interior Board of Land Appeals reversed their earlier decision regarding Obscure Routes designated in the Steens Mountain Travel Management Plan in 2007 and found that "with regard to our previous reversal of BLM's decision to designate Obscure Routes as open to motorized travel, we now vacate our prior reversal and affirm BLM's designation of all of the Obscure Routes as open to motorized travel".
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[HR][/HR] UTAH
BLM - Price FO Seeks Input on Joe's Valley Recreation and Bouldering Area - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Price Field Office and The Manti-La Sal National Forest, Ferron/Price Ranger District are requesting public input regarding future management of recreation activities in and around Straight and Cottonwood Canyons west of Orangeville, Utah. The BLM, Price Field Office in conjunction with the Manti-La Sal National Forest will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the impacts of recreation activities taking place in the area commonly known as the Joe's Valley Bouldering Area (see map on page 3). This EA will formulate future management direction for this area. The public scoping period is currently open for comments until March 1, 2015.
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[HR][/HR] WISCONSIN
WOHVA Hosts 11th Annual Wisconsin OHV Enthusiast Workshop - The Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association (WOHVA) has announced the dates for their 11th Annual Wisconsin OHV Enthusiasts Workshop. Additional information including registration materials and the detailed weekend itinerary can be found on the WOHVA web site at WOHVA | Wisconsin off-Highway Vehicle Association.
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WYOMING
BRC Legal Team Opens Trail 38 - When the snow clears in the coming spring, Wyoming riders will again enjoy the opportunity to traverse Trail 38 on the Bighorn National Forest, thanks to the Inyan Kara Riders-BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) legal effort. Trail 38, a 4.5 mile section of rare Wyoming single-track, was closed in the Spring of 2012 through a Tongue District Ranger letter purporting to change the Trail's designation to non-motorized...On August 6, 2014, the BRC Legal Team filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District of Wyoming, alleging that the non-motorized designation of Trail 38 violated federal laws and regulations.
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Bridger-Teton National Forest Seeks Information on Winter Trailheads - The Greys River Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest is seeking information and input from local and visiting recreationists while they are out on the National Forest this winter. If you see Forest personnel out at local trailheads, be sure to share your perspective on potential projects, improvements or enhancements.
Read more here
The 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. The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season is here. Federal employees, please mark BlueRibbon Coalition and Check #11402 on your CFC pledge form to support our efforts to protect your access. Join us at 1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org_______________________________________________________
As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!
 

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In an effort to prohibit the availability of E15, a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume, the American Motorcyclist Association supports U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Peter Welch’s (D-Vt.) H.R. 704, the RFS Reform Act of 2015. The bipartisan bill would amend the Renewable Fuel Standard to recognize market conditions and realities. It will also prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from allowing the introduction into the marketplace of gasoline blends with more than 10 percent of ethanol by volume.
In other words, E15 will not be permitted if this legislation becomes law.
The AMA has repeatedly expressed concerns to government officials and federal lawmakers about possible damage to motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle fuel systems and engines caused by the inadvertent use of E15 when the new fuel becomes widely available.
In October 2010, the EPA approved E15 for use in model year 2007 and newer light duty vehicles (cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles). In January 2011, it added model year 2001-2006 light duty vehicles to the approved list.
Passing H.R. 704 will protect the 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles currently in use on America’s roads and trails (and the riders who depend on their safe operation) from inadvertent misfueling.
Preventing these inadvertent misfuelings has been one of the AMA’s top priorities because motorcycles and ATVs in use today are not designed to run on ethanol blends higher than 10 percent, and many older machines favored by vintage enthusiasts have problems with any ethanol in the fuel. Often, simply using fuel with blends of ethanol over 10 percent can void a manufacturer’s warranty, potentially leaving motorcyclists with thousands of dollars in additional maintenance costs.
We need your help to pass H.R. 704. You can send a prewritten email to your representative immediately by following the “Take Action” option and entering your information. The AMA encourages riders to personalize their message by drawing on their own personal riding experiences.
Please join the AMA to help us fight for safe access to fuel. More members means more clout against our opponents, and your support will help the AMA fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. To join, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com/membership/join.
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Sens. Michael Crapo (R-Idaho), James Risch (R-Idaho) and David Vitter (R-La.) have introduced S. 228, the National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015.

The legislation would amend the American Antiquities Act of 1906 to require congressional approval and National Environmental Policy Act compliance for the designation of new national monuments.

Please click the "Take Action" button, fill out the form at the bottom of the page and click the red "Submit" button to ask your Senators to support S. 228 today.
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The AMA believes this would be an important step toward ensuring all affected stakeholders have an opportunity to be heard before these important designations are made. It would also require public input before management changes are made to designated areas.

The designation of a National Monument is significant for recreational opportunities and local economies. While there are cultural and historical landmarks that deserve the designation of National Monument, the AMA believes Congress and the public must be consulted before any action is taken.

The American Motorcyclist Association opposes unilateral executive declarations that do not allow full public debate about the disposition of public lands. Indeed, every designation deserves to be considered individually to allow time for thoughtful deliberation and input from all affected user groups, local and state elected officials and Congress. Without this careful local consultation, a new land use designation can create negative economic and social effects, such as reduced tourism and fewer open areas on which to recreate.

If you are not yet an AMA member, please join the AMA to help us fight efforts to restrict responsible motorized recreation. More members means more clout against our opponents, and your support will help us fight for your riding rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. To join, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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CALIFORNIA - BLM Announces Intent to Prepare Environmental Review for Ocotillo Wells SVRA
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct an environmental review for the Ocotillo Wells Recreation Area in Imperial County.
The BLM will prepare an environmental impact statement to analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of resource and recreation management at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and a proposed amendment to the BLM California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan. The California State Parks, who manage the SVRA through a Memorandum of Understanding, will jointly prepare an environmental impact report for their General Plan update.
Publication of the Notice of Intent initiates a public scoping period which will end April 6, 2015. During the scoping period, the BLM will solicit public comments on planning issues, environmental concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be included in the analysis of the proposed action.
BLM public meetings are scheduled on the following dates:
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
3:30pm - 8:30pm
Temecula Conference Center
41000 Main Street
Temecula, CA 92590
Saturday, March 21, 2015
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Ocotillo Wells SVRA Visitor Center
Discovery Center Building
5172 Highway 78
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Comments May be submitted in writing to:
1) Website : BLM El Centro Field Office - America's Great Outdoors, U.S. Bureau of Land Management California;
2) Email: [email protected];
3) Fax: 760-337-4490;
4) Mail: Attn: Carrie Simmons, BLM, El Centro Field Office, 1661 S. 4th Street El Centro, CA 92243
The BLM will use the public scoping comments received to prepare the draft environmental documents to be available for public review in 2015.

For more information contact El Centro Field Office, 760-337-4400.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
_______________________________________________________
As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!
 

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for everyone in the states...

Become an Original Cosponsor of the RIDE (ROV In-Depth Examination) Act
CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TODAY

Last November, BRC's Don Amador, a SXS enthusiast, asked you to contact Congress because federal regulators were trying to impose their "street-oriented" view on SXS users and the industry by proposing a Rule which could have devastated SXS recreation.
Your efforts did help delay imposition of the Rule, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is moving ahead with proposed regulations that have been created without studying SXS vehicle performance. The industry groups that represent SxS recreational vehicles have been ignored by the CPSC.
Just as with the infamous CPSC "lead-ban" on youth motorcycles, the industry and users must turn to Congress for help regarding these unwarranted regulatory proposals.
Within the last few days, Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R- KS) and Collin Peterson (D - MN) introduced legislation to address this issue. They are looking for fellow members of the House of Representatives to co-sponsor this bill.
Link to the RIDE Act: http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/RIDE_Act_text.pdf
BRC is asking its members from across the country to take time to contact their own congressional representative using BRC's Rapid Response Center. It is critically important for you to weigh in on this important issue so that your voice is heard. BRC is partnering with ARRA on this project and urges you to also review their alert and send in your request today. Also, feel free to call or make a personal visit to your Member of Congress' local district office and ask them to cosponsor the bill.

Please ask your Representative to become a cosponsor by contacting
Aaron Ringel - [email protected] - Rep. Pompeo's Office
or
Richard Lee - [email protected] - Rep. Peterson's Office
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Don Amador
Western Representative
BlueRibbon Coalition
925-625-6287

The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
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As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!
 

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same as above...different organization...links worked better to congress person...

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[h=1]Send an Email Urging Your Representative to Cosponsor H.R. 999 — The ROV In-Depth Examination Act, or RIDE Act![/h]
Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study about the appropriateness of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) moving forward with its mandatory product standards for recreational off-highway vehicles (side-by-sides). Specifically, this study would determine the technical validity of the CPSC’s proposed lateral stability and vehicle handling requirements; the number of ROV rollovers that would be prevented if the CPSC’s rules were adopted; whether there is a technical basis for the proposed rule to provide information on a point-of-sale hangtag about a vehicle’s rollover resistance on a progressive scale; and the effects on ROVs used by the U.S. military if the CPSC’s rules were adopted.

Take Action by sending an email urging your Representative to cosponsor this common-sense legislation to ensure that there is an adequate study of the impacts of the CPSC’s proposed rules before it is too late.

Background:

On October 29 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 3-2 to move forward on a proposed rule to impose a mandatory product standard for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), commonly referred to as side-by-sides. The CPSC voted to move forward with its industry-wide rule, even though the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) had recently approved a new voluntary standard developed over years of interaction between the industry, the CPSC, and other stakeholders. A voluntary standard is the default approach under the statutes.

Perhaps worse, according to the CPSC staff’s briefing package and testimony, the proposed rule relies heavily on “beliefs” as the staff lacks data demonstrating that the proposed rule will actually achieve what the staff claims. In addition, the proposed rule applies standards developed for on-highway vehicles to off-highway vehicles, without demonstrating that those standards apply in off-highway environments. Given the CPSC’s admitted lack of supporting data and stated need for future testing, the proposed rule ignores the risk of unintended consequences for millions of Americans who enjoy ROVs throughout the country.

The proposed rule, if ultimately approved, would limit the ability of manufacturers to design vehicles to safely provide the level of performance that is expected by ROV enthusiasts, as state, regional and national enthusiast groups recently testified to the CPSC. The industry’s new voluntary standard for ROVs should be permitted the opportunity to prove effective, the same as the voluntary standards that govern almost all other products under the CPSC’s jurisdiction.​
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for a bunch of states...too numerous to list them all...i be lazy...

February 19, 2015
NATIONAL
Send an Email Urging Your Representative to Cosponsor H.R. 999 -- The ROV In-Depth Examination Act - Last November, BRC's Don Amador, a SXS enthusiast, asked you to contact Congress because federal regulators were trying to impose their "street-oriented" view on SXS users and the industry by proposing a Rule which could have devastated SXS recreation. Your efforts did help delay imposition of the Rule, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is moving ahead with proposed regulations that have been created without studying SXS vehicle performance. The industry groups that represent SxS recreational vehicles have been ignored by the CPSC.
Read more here
U.S. DOT Releases 2014 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report - The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released the 2014 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Annual Report. The RTP assistance program that provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses.
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U.S. Forest Service Updated Forest Service Handbook and Manual - On February 29, 2013, the Forest Service (Agency) proposed to revise the Forest Service Handbook (FSH 1909.12) and Manual (FSM 1920) establishing procedures and responsibilities for implementing the National Forest System (NFS) land management planning regulation (collectively "planning directives"). The final issuance of planning directives, effective Friday, February 6, 2015, will provide consistent overall guidance to Forest Service Line Officers and Agency employees in developing, amending, or revising land management plans for units of the NFS.
Read more here [HR][/HR] ARIZONA
Commission continues to have concerns over potential national monument designation by president - Arizona Game and Fish Commission to hear presentation tomorrow on a different approach -- Utah's collaborative public land planning efforts -- The Arizona Game and Fish Commission continues to have concerns over the prospect of an executive order by President Barack Obama to proclaim 1.7 million acres of land in northern Arizona as the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument, a unilateral action that could bypass public input and participation. The commission, in 2012, voted to oppose creation of the monument, pointing out that the vast majority of the lands in question are already public lands currently managed and conserved under multiple-use concepts, primarily by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
Read more here [HR][/HR] CALIFORNIA
BLM Announces Intent to Prepare Environmental Review for Ocotillo Wells SVRA - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct an environmental review for the Ocotillo Wells Recreation Area in Imperial County. The BLM will prepare an environmental impact statement to analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of resource and recreation management at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and a proposed amendment to the BLM California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan. The California State Parks, who manage the SVRA through a Memorandum of Understanding, will jointly prepare an environmental impact report for their General Plan update.
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Legislation introduced to make Berryessa-Snow Mountain into national monument - The Press Democrat
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/legislation-introduced-to-make-berryessa-snow
Protect Tesla Park - The Independent
http://www.independentnews.com/mailbox/protect-tesla-park.html
Dianne Feinstein pushes California desert protection - The Desert Sun
http://www.desertsun.com/2015/02/09/sand-snow-national-monument
[HR][/HR] COLORADO
Colorado grant funds taken by the feds to limit access to off-roading routes - Watchdog.org
In Colorado- the iconic home to lovers of the great outdoors- the doors may be closing to historical trails that have been open to the public. Millions of dollars in Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) grant monies have been going to the federal government via the state "ATV" grants programs. "ATV" grants from the state are awarded to various federal agencies and a few non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for a variety of projects, usually directed at upkeep and general management of trails.
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[HR][/HR] ILLINOIS
ATV park decision awaits new DNR director - Herald & Review
http://herald-review.com/atv-park-decision-awaits-new-dnr-director.html
[HR][/HR]
[HR][/HR] MAINE, NEW HAMPSHIRE & VERMONT
New rules govern New England snowmobile routes - The Boston Globe
http://www.bostonglobe.com/new-rules-govern-new-england-snowmobile-routes.html
[HR][/HR] MONTANA
Flathead National Forest-Forest Plan Revision Posts Assessment to Website - The Flathead National Forest is currently revising its Forest Land and Management Plan. Information on the Forest planning process and how you can learn more and become involved is located on the Forest Plan Revision website. This site is updated and revised as new information becomes available. The Forest has just posted the Assessment which evaluates existing information about relevant ecological, economic, and social conditions, trends, and sustainability and their relationship to the land management plan within the context of the broader landscape. Included in this assessment is the Recreational Opportunity Spectrum Maps.
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[HR][/HR] NEVADA
Humboldt-Toiyabe NF Releases Bi-State Sage-Grouse Final EIS and Draft Record of Decision - The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Greater Sage-grouse Bi-state Distinct Population Segment (Bi-state sage-grouse) Forest Plan Amendment. This Bi-state sage-grouse population occurs in portions of Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon, and Mineral counties in Nevada and portions of Alpine, Inyo, and Mono counties in California. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is amending the Toiyabe National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (TNFLRMP), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to amend the Carson City District and Tonopah Field Office Resource Management Plans to conserve, enhance, and/or restore habitats to provide for the long-term viability of the Bi-state sage-grouse.
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Las Vegas and Pahrump RMP Update - Don Amador, BRC's lead on the Vegas RMP DEIS is in Las Vegas this week (Feb. 18-20) for meetings and tours. As part of our review, BRC has been working with local access leaders (Bob Adams, Ken Freeman, and Elise McAlister) on a strategy to address issues in the RMP that will have a significant impact on historic dispersed OHV recreation, the functional elimination of competitive motorized events, and the closure of virtually all OHV use of sand wash-based trails. Stay tuned on this issue for an update by the end of February.
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Polaris RZR UTV World Championship Desert Classic - February 20-22, 2015 - A new race for Best In The Desert, in collaboration with our MedMedia partners and UTV Underground; is proud to bring you the new POLARIS RZR UTV World Championship, a new race for UTVs, Motorcycles and Quads. The race will be in Laughlin, NV, February 20-22, 2015. Special billing for the Best In The Desert UTV Pro Race is the Walker Evans Racing Desert Classic! Get ready for an exciting three days of adventure in Laughlin, including a family poker run on Friday.
Read more here
Battle Brewing Over Changes To Public Land Rules - Nevada Public Radio
Battle Brewing Over Changes To Public Land Rules | KNPR
[HR][/HR] NEW MEXICO
Cibola National Forest - The Cibola National Forest, with collaboration from the public, is revising the 1985 Forest Plan for the "mountain districts"-the Sandia, Mountainair, Mount Taylor, and Magdalena Ranger Districts. The Cibola was one of eight national forests selected to be the first to implement the 2012 planning rule. The proposed directives to support the new planning rule have guided the Cibola's efforts thus far. Plan revision began by assessing the Forest's resources. The updated assessment documents assess the resource conditions, trends, and risks to sustainability of the Cibola National Forest mountain ranger districts.
Read more here
[HR][/HR] NORTH CAROLINA
Cape Hatteras National Seashore - 2015 National Defense Authorization Act Actions Update - In early January 2015, the National Park Service began the process of reviewing and complying with recently passed legislation in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, related to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The legislation provides 180 days for the Secretary of the Interior, in coordination with the State of North Carolina and accordance with applicable laws, to review and modify wildlife buffers and designate pedestrian and vehicle corridors around buffers to allow access to areas that are open in the Seashore.
Read more here
NPS releases some details of plan to comply with new legislation - Island Free Press
http://www.islandfreepress.org/NPSReleasesSomeDetailsOfPlanToComplyWithNewLegislation.html
Feds to hold more meetings about plans for 2 NC forests - The Asheville Citizen-Times
Feds to hold more meetings about plans for 2 NC forests | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News
[HR][/HR] OREGON
Oregon Dunes Off-Road Enthusiasts Lose Trails, Gain Riding Area - Oregon Public Broadcasting
Off-Road Enthusiasts Lose Trails, Gain Riding Area In Oregon Dunes . News | OPB
[HR][/HR] UTAH
THE TRI-STATE ATV JAMBOREE, MARCH 11-14
- The gang over at the Tri-State
ATV Club have asked us to pass along to all the ATV, UTV and dirt bikers in the Tri-state area (that would be Utah, Arizona and Nevada) that the Tri-State ATV Jamboree in Hurricane, Utah is happening March 11-14, 2014. The most important thing is that the registration deadline is February 18, 2015, at midnight.
Read more here
Utah's public lands initiative to be unveiled March 27 - Deseret News
http://www.deseretnews.com/Utahs-public-lands-initiative-to-be-unveiled-March-27.html
[HR][/HR] WYOMING
Motorized Travel Banned in Parts of the Shoshone National Forest - Indian Country Today
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/motorized-travel-banned-parts-shoshone-nf

The 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.
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CALIFORNIA & NEVADA - Tahoe NF Announces Proposed Action for Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation
Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,
The Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to designate Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) use on roads, trails and areas on lands within the Tahoe National Forest. The EIS will also identify snow trails available for grooming on the Forest. Public input on the initial proposed action is encouraged.

The Tahoe National Forest maintains a world-class OSV trail system. Designating OSV use on the Forest will ensure over-snow vehicle activity, such as snowmobile riding, is effectively managed to: provide access; ensure OSV use when there is adequate snow; promote the safety of all users; enhance public enjoyment, minimize impacts to resources; and minimize conflicts among users.

As an initial step in preparing the EIS, the Forest Service has developed a proposed action, which serves as a point from which to continue dialog with interested members of the public about this project. At this time, a decision has not been made regarding the project.
The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) believes it is possible that specific designation of routes and areas for Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) use will create better management of winter recreation on the National Forest System. Snowmobile interests -- including the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, American Council of Snowmobile Associations, BRC and several individuals -- were parties in the Snowlands Network lawsuit and made efforts to ensure that the settlement complied with applicable law and included procedural safeguards. For example, the snowmobile interests are afforded the opportunity under the settlement to submit an alternative which must be considered by the Forest Service in the analysis.

BRC and the Forest Service encourages your participation in this process and requests comments on the proposed action. To ensure your comments are fully considered during this initial scoping phase of the project, please submit them by March 25. Additional comments are welcome throughout the planning process.

To facilitate public input on the proposal, five meetings are planned. All meetings will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the following locations:

March 2 - Tahoe National Forest Headquarters Office, 631 Coyote Street, Nevada City, CA
March 3 - Truckee District Ranger Station, 10811 Stockrest Springs Road, Truckee, CA
March 4 - Sierraville District Ranger Station, 317 South Lincoln Street, Sierraville, CA
March 5 - Sierra City, Sierra City Community Hall, 13 Castagna Alley, Sierra City, CA
March 9 - Foresthill Fire Department, 24320 Main Street, Foresthill, CA

More information is available at: Tahoe National Forest - Home
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
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ARIZONA - BLM Extend La Posa Travel Management Plan Comment Period
Dear BRC Alert Subscriber,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office La Posa Travel Management Plan (TMP) comment period has been extended for an extra 30 days to Monday, March 23, 2015. The preliminary EA may be reviewed on the BLM internet website at La Posa Travel Management Plan - Yuma Field Office - BLM Arizona.
***BRC wants to alert folks to pay particular attention to the designation or non-designation of routes that traverse washes or are in the wash itself. Highlight importance of wash-based OHV travel to both casual use and permitted events.
Written comments about the preliminary EA for the La Posa TMP will be accepted through March 23, 2015. Comments postmarked by this date will be considered in making the final decision. The comments should be specific to be most effective. Comments should be mailed to BLM Yuma Field Office, Attention: Ray Castro; 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road; Yuma, Arizona 85365; or through email to [email protected].
The La Posa Travel Management Area surrounds Quartzsite, Arizona, and encompasses over 380,000 acres of public land in La Paz and Yuma Counties.
For more information, please contact Ray Castro at 928-317-3251.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
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BLUERIBBON COALITION, INC.

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Don Amador, BRC Western Representative
Phone: (925) 783-1834
Email: [email protected]
Date: March 02, 2015

CYCLE GEAR PLEDGES $10,000 TO BR
C

BENICIA, CA (March 02, 2015) -- Cycle Gear, the country's largest retailer of motorcycle apparel and accessories, recently pledged $10,000 to the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) in support of the organization's efforts to ensure continued access to public lands.

The donation highlights Cycle Gear's total fiscal commitment to the BRC Trail Access Fund for 2015. This is the 13th year in a row in which Cycle Gear matches club and rider donations-dollar-for-dollar-to the Fund (up to $10,000 per year).

Dave Bertram, 5-time ISDE gold medalist, two-time national off-road champion, former CEO, and current member of Cycle Gear's Board of Directors, states, "There are many challenges that confront OHV enthusiasts who like to ride at state vehicular recreation areas, county OHV parks and federal lands. Cycle Gear is proud to partner with BRC in our Trail Fund Grant Program."

"With the BLM getting ready to launch their own version of the FS Travel Management Rule that closed thousands of miles of historic trails and enduro routes, it will be even more important for off-roaders to support BRC and its efforts to protect our rights to recreate on public lands," Bertram said.

Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, said, "The riders I talk with always tell me how much they appreciate Cycle Gear's commitment to the sport. This grant program is a critical funding component for our land-use efforts."

About Cycle Gear:
Cycle Gear® Inc. is the country's largest retailer of motorcycle and power sports apparel, parts and accessories. Since 1974 Cycle Gear's product selection and superior service have delighted enthusiasts. With over 100 stores nationwide, ecommerce and mobile websites, Cycle Gear provides access and unbeatable prices to riders wherever they are. The Cycle Gear Team takes enormous personal pride in providing its "100% Satisfaction - Guarantee," which includes: 7-Day No Hassle Helmet Exchange, 30-Day Best Price Guarantee, Easy Returns: In-Store or On-Line, and No Restocking Fees -ever. Visit one of many store locations or online at www.cyclegear.com today.

The 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. 1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org.
 

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Legislative Update
After the predictable “slow start” in the new Congress, we are beginning to see legislation introduced that we like and we thought it might be a good idea to bring some of these legislative issues to your attention. We anticipate featuring more in future ARRA newsletters.

  • National Forest System Trails Maintenance Act, H.R. 845
    Last June, Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo), introduced legislation that would encourage the U.S. Forest System to utilize volunteers to maintain the thousands of miles of recreational trails in our National Forests...
  • California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act of 2015, S. 414
    Senator Dianne Feinstein has been working for years to bring together a divergent set of groups to support legislation to preserve and manage the California desert...
  • ROV In-Depth Examination Act, H. R. 999
    Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) have introduced legislation that would defer further action by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on its proposed rule that would impose a mandatory product safety standard for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs)...
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Two bites are better than one
Since mid-January, we have been hearing rumors that Democrats on the Senate Committee on Environment and Infrastructure Committee (the committee with jurisdiction over the Recreational Trails Program) were having organizational issues of an unknown nature. Many of us thought that they couldn’t decide something as mundane as subcommittee assignments. Well, Senator Barbara Boxer, the Ranking Democrat on the full Committee, dropped a little bombshell when she announced that she would also be serving as the Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, thereby replacing Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware) who thought he was going to be handling that position.
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Time for CRT Awards for RTP Projects
The Coalition for Recreational Trails, of which ARRA is a member, every year solicits proposals for the very best of projects funded with RTP funds. We just sent out an alert announcing the 2015 award cycle, but we wanted to highlight this very important program of recognizing the best of the best in terms of RTP projects. Please go to this link to learn more about nominating a project you deem worthy of national recognition.
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Larry E. Smith
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Join and Support The Fight To Protect OHV Use Today!
[h=1]NEVADA - Federal Plan Threatens OHV Access In Nevada Desert[/h]
Off-road Champion, Jimmy Lewis, Riding on NV BLM Trail.
Popular Dry Wash Trail at Risk in Draft RMP.
Elise McAllister, from Partners in Conservation, talks with OHVers about Potential Sand Wash Closures at Logandale OHV Area.
Important Sand Wash Trail at Risk for Closure.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Las Vegas area is currently fronting a draft plan that could eliminate or greatly restrict both casual and event-based OHV recreation on approximately 3 million areas in Southern Nevada. The draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) creates an unjustified risk that might preclude "dry washes" from being designated as OHV routes.

The elimination of dry or sand washes from subsequent project level travel management plans could functionally close the desert if they are not capable of being designated as routes, because motorized travel would be "limited to designated roads and trails."

As OHVers know, washes are often the historic backbone of any desert-based route network. Washes can either function as a trail or trails traverse them.

BRC's Don Amador spent February 17-21 touring popular OHV recreation sites with representatives from the Southern Nevada Off-road Enthusiasts (SNORE), Motorcycle Racing Association of Nevada (MRAN), American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), and Partners in Conservation (PIC). BRC and partners also attended a meeting convened by Clark County Commissioner Tim Collins' office, where the BLM was an invitee as well.

BRC and OHV groups are not the only users concerned about the clear and present danger that is casting a dark shadow over the future of motorized access in Southern Nevada. Off-road champions and business leaders are also weighing on this important issue.

Adam M. Bosch, President of MGI/Mid America Underground, LLC, states,"The high risk currently threatening motorized recreation in Southern Nevada should be a clarion call to action for all of us who enjoy OHV recreation on public lands. We all remember the thousands of miles of roads and trails that were closed by the U.S. Forest Service during their travel management process."

"We can't let the same thing happen to desert-based OHV use as the BLM starts its sister version of FS travel management. Now is the time for powersports enthusiasts to gird for the fight by joining BRC's effort to preserve and protect managed OHV recreation in the deserts of Nevada," Bosch concludes.
Jimmy Lewis, ISDE Gold Medalist and Dakar Champion states, "I moved from California to Nevada to get away from land closures and now the BLM is looking to shut us out of most if not all of my favorite riding trails. It's time to stand up and fight back. Please send in a comment letter today!"

BRC has prepared an easy to use action alert where you can select issues that are important to you and then send those comments to the BLM at the Las Vegas Field Office before the March 9, 2015 public comment period deadline.​
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CALIFORNIA - Ocotillo Wells SVRA Seeks Input on Draft Planning Alternatives & BLM's Proposed Action

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is now coordinating with California State Parks to prepare a joint General Plan/Recreation Area Management Plan/California Desert Conservation Area Land Use Plan Amendment (GP/RAMP/LUPA) and Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS). More information on the planning process and the environmental review process to follow in advance of the workshops. Stay tuned!

Come out and provide feedback on the Draft Preferred Alternative and the BLM's Proposed Action. Help identify environmental issues to be addressed in the EIR/EIS.
Temecula Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
3:30-8:30
Temecula Conference Center
41000 Main Street
Temecula, CA 92590
Meeting at Ocotillo Wells SVRA
Saturday, March 21, 2015
12:00-4:00
Ocotillo Wells SVRA Visitor Center
Discovery Center Building
5172 Highway 78
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
More Information about the GP/RAMP/LUPA
The next step in the planning process for the Ocotillo Wells GP/RAMP/LUPA has arrived.

The Draft Preferred Alternative/Proposed Action and environmental scoping process began February 9th with the release of a Federal Register Notice of Intent and will soon be followed by a state Notice of Preparation and the release of the Draft Preferred Alternative/Proposed Action packet.

The website will be updated in early March with the Draft Preferred Alternative/Proposed Action, the Notice of Preparation, and background materials on the environmental scoping process. The final filing date for comments on the Notice of Preparation will be April 6, 2015 and should be returned to the address and/or email below:

Project Contact:
Tina Robinson, General Plan Project Manager
5172 Highway 78, #10
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
[email protected]

PHONE: (760) 767-1302
FAX: (760) 767-4951

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

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
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As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!
 

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CALIFORNIA - BLM Seeks Comments on 2015 Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Proposals
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites the public to comment on proposals it has submitted for the 2015 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Proposal. The proposals are available on the internet at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov for review and comment during the period of March 3 through April 6, 2015.
Approximately 35 projects throughout the state have been proposed, including: OHV rules enforcement, facility development, 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.
Participating office contacts for the California BLM offices include:
Arcata Field Office
Redding Field Office
Eagle Lake Field Office
Surprise Field Office
Bishop Field Office
Bakersfield Field Office
Ridgecrest Field Office
Palm Springs Field Office
El Centro Field Office
Barstow Field Office
Needles Field Office
Bruce Cann
Sky Zaffarano
Marisa Williams
Daniel Ryan
Richard D. Williams
Harrison Friedman
Dana Jacobs
Cheryl Nabahe
Neil Hamada
Katrina Symons
David Roan
(707) 825-2322
(530) 224-2126
(530) 252-5303
(530) 279-2719
(760) 872-5033
(661) 391-6186
(760) 384-5442
(760) 833-7111
(760) 337-4451
(760) 252-6004
(760) 326-7033
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For detailed instructions on how to access the proposals and submit comments, visit www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.
Further information can be obtained from Jane Arteaga at (916) 978-4654 or by email at [email protected]
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
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As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!
 

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WASHINGTON, OREGON & CALIFORNIA - FS to Hold Northwest Forest Plan Amendment Listening Sessions
Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,
The Pacific Northwest (OR, WA) and Pacific Southwest (CA) Regions of the U.S. Forest Service are beginning a public conversation on the process for revising forest land management plans in the Northwest Forest Plan amendment area.
To gather ideas on the revision process, the Forest Service is holding a series of public listening sessions March 17, 2015 in Portland, OR; March 18, 2015 in Seattle, WA; and March 25, 2015 in Redding, CA. Detailed information is provided below.
The revised forest plans will provide the framework for future transportation system decisions to be made but will not make decisions that designate roads, trails or areas for motor vehicle use. These "sideboards" will guide subsequent site-specific decisions required by the Travel Management Rule.
BRC urges attendees to voice support for the agency to develop a substantive recreation and travel management strategy in the upcoming Forest Plans. These strategies should include concepts such as support for road-to-trail conversions, companion trails, looped trail opportunities, and "trail mitigation" guidelines for relevant non-recreation (i.e. vegetation management) projects.
In order to set these listening sessions and the revision process up to be successful, a neutral, third-party consultant, Triangle Associates, Inc., is currently conducting preliminary outreach to a few dozen individuals representing a wide array of perspectives. This will help the Forest Service consider the types of issues that should be addressed through the revision process.
Portland, OR:
Date: Tuesday March 17
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
Address: 8235 Northeast Airport Way, Portland, OR, 97220
Room: St. Helens Ballroom
Parking: Parking is free
Driving Directions: Portland Driving Directions | Directions to Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

Seattle, WA:
Date: Wednesday March 18
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Conference Center at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Address: 17801 International Blvd. (Pacific Hwy S), Seattle, WA 98158
Room: International Ballroom Auditorium
Parking: Parking is free but must be validated inside the conference center
Driving Directions: Directions
Redding, CA:
Date: Wednesday March 25
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Red Lion Hotel
Address: 1830 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA, 96002
Room: Sierra/Trinity Rooms
Parking: Parking is free
Driving Directions: Redding Hotel Map | Red Lion Hotel Redding | Red Lion Hotels
To request a reasonable accommodation, such as sign language interpretation, other assistive technology or language translation services, please contact Emily Platt no later than 3/4/2015. Emily can be reached via email at: [email protected] or by phone at 503-808-2970, or federal relay service: 800-877-8339.
The goals of the listening sessions are:

  • Sharing information about plan revision, the 2012 planning rule, and the role of science.
  • Outlining the Forest Service's current thinking about the plan revision strategy.
  • Gathering ideas from stakeholders on the revision process.
The land management plan revisions will be completed under the 2012 planning rule, which places a strong emphasis on public engagement and collaboration throughout the process.
The Northwest Forest Plan was created in 1994 with the intent of protecting the critical habitat of the northern spotted owl while maintaining a viable forest products industry in the Pacific Northwest. The Plan amended 26 land use plans, spanning 24 million acres of Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service-managed lands in Northern California, Washington and Oregon. In California, the Plan amended land and resource management plans for the Klamath, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta-Trinity, and Six Rivers National Forests. In Oregon and Washington, the Plan amended land and resource management plans for the Deschutes, Fremont-Winema, Gifford Pinchot, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie, Mt. Hood, Okanogan-Wenatchee, Olympic, Rogue River-Siskiyou, Siuslaw, Umpqua, and Willamette National Forests.
More information about this process, will be posted on the Forest Service Regional web pages:
Region 6 (Oregon and Washington) Region 6 - Home
Region 5 (California) Region 5 - Home
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
The 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.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org
_______________________________________________________
As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!
 
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