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NEVADA - BLM Extends Comment Period for The NV & CA Greater Sage Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment Land Use Plan Amendment


 

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WYOMING - BLM to Issue Supplement to the Draft Bighorn Basin RMP

WYOMING - BLM to Issue Supplement to the Draft Bighorn Basin RMP

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody and Worland field offices will soon be providing supplemental analysis to the Bighorn Basin Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), released in April 2011. The supplement, expected in early 2013, will include additional environmental analysis of Greater Sage-Grouse related topics. The supplement will be available for a 90-day public comment period, during which time public meetings will be held to provide opportunities for interested individuals to ask questions and provide in

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OREGON - BLM Seeks Public Input On Recreation Area, River Use

OREGON - BLM Seeks Public Input On Recreation Area, River Use

For many decades now, some federal land managers have all but ignored vehicle based recreation. Nowhere more than in western Oregon. Well, now is your chance to let them know where you go and what you like to do. The Oregon BLM, to their credit, recently posted a dedicated website designed to survey public lands visitors on what recreational activities they engage in. The effort is tied to the revision of western Oregon BLM's Resource Management Plans. BLM's Recreational Survey webpage is here: http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternorego

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YELLOWSTONE OPENS TO SNOWMOBILES AGAIN THIS WINTER

POCATELLO, ID (December 14, 2012) -- On December 15, 2012 the gates will open to another season of snowmobile access to Yellowstone.  The Park Service has extended last year's One-Year-Rule for the 2012-2013 Winter Season. What does the extension of the "One-Year Rule" for 2012-2013 Winter Season mean?  It means that 318 commercially guided Best Available Technology (BAT) snowmobiles--and 78 commercially guided snow-coaches--will be allowed in the park.  The proposed extension will also continue to provide access for motorized travel from the East Entrance road over Sylvan Pass. The extended one-year rule allows the same level of activity as the 2011- 2012 season. This would seem to indicate that the combined effort of the recreational community during the two comment periods on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement made a difference. The Park Service has now determined that many issues need to be further analyzed before a new long range Winter Use Plan can be put in place for the 2013-2014 season and beyond. This additional analysis will be conducted using the current Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) process, which will include the winter season 2012-2013 in Yellowstone. For more details about the December 15th opening of the Winter Season in Yellowstone please see the Park Service Media Release. "The fight over Yellowstone has been a long, contentious and complicated battle," said Jack Welch, Special Projects Coordinator for the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC). "Please remember the fact that Yellowstone remains open to snowmobiles represents one of the most profound victories over the extreme environmental movement in our lifetime.  Enjoy the victory and make your plans to come and enjoy Yellowstone this winter on a snowmobile!"Note: As additional information on items covered in this summary are announced by the Park Service, they will be posted on BRC's dedicated Yellowstone website.

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ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREMISTS CALLED OUT ON INTERIOR SECRETARY RECOMMENDATION

POCATELLO, IDAHO (December 11, 2012) -- The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national recreation advocacy group, today criticized a recommendation that President Obama appoint Congressman Raúl Grijalva (AZ) as the new Secretary of the Department of Interior. The recommendation of Grijalva was made recently by a collection of the most radical and litigious preservationist organizations. Brian Hawthorne, BRC's Public Lands Policy Director said; "The appointment of Grijalva to lead the Interior Department would be a step in the wrong direction, and would only further the political divide that currently exists between some land managers and western public lands states."Grijalva is well known for supporting various initiatives that specifically targeted Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation on federally managed lands.  But motorized recreation wasn't Grijalva's only target. During his tenure as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (2009-2011), Grijalva was well known for attacks on cattlemen, oil and natural gas development and other commercial uses of public lands.  In numerous hearings and investigations, Grijalva seemed to take his lead in both substance and tone from the most litigious "environmental" groups, including the Western Watersheds Project, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Center for Biological Diversity.Grijalva's assertions didn't always comport with the result of his investigations, however. Don Amador, BRC Western Representative, remembers when Grijalva requested a GAO (Government Accountability Office) study on OHV use on public lands. "When requesting the study, the House Resources Committee erroneously parroted the anti-OHV litany from the most radical anti-access groups. But the GAO study found those allegations to be false and validated the OHV communities involvement of, and defense of, motorized recreation on public lands," Amador said.National OHV Group Supports GAO Recommendations on OHV Use (LINK)GAO Report Debunks Anti-OHV Myths (LINK)GAO Report on Managing OHV Use on Federal Lands (LINK)Greg Mumm, BRC's Executive Director, warned OHV enthusiasts not to fall for a "rope a dope" on a potential Grijalva nomination. "It would be a 180-degree departure from past practice for Obama to name Grijalva. Anything can happen, and we shouldn't rule out a Grijalva nomination entirely, but this effort seems all too convenient for these sorts of groups to push so hard at this early stage." Mumm noted that Secretary Salazar has not yet formally tendered his resignation.Mumm said; "Considering the charges of rangelands mismanagement, as well as the job opportunities that exist on public lands, one would expect Obama to be in a fence-mending mode." Mumm also noted many Western Governors and U.S. Representatives would react strongly if Grijalva was on a realistic short list. "I'm sure the President welcomes this sort of distraction during the increasingly urgent efforts to forge a bipartisan solution to our imminent launch off the fiscal cliff," Mumm added.Mumm speculated that the effort here may be more shameless fundraising and "base building" on  behalf of these radical groups. "Experience leads me to suspect the administration will use the support for Grijalva to portray another candidate as 'moderate.' And compared to Grijalva, it is hard to believe that any selection wouldn't qualify as more moderate," Mumm concluded.MORE INFO ON THE WEB:Massive Coalition Calls on President Obama to Nominate Rep. Raúl Grijalva as Interior Secretaryhttp://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2012/grijalva-letter-12-10-2012.htmlGEORGE OCHENSKI: Obama's second chance: Raul Grijalva for Secretary of the Interiorhttp://missoulian.com/george-ochenski-obama-s-second-chance-raul-grijalva-for-secretary# # #The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. 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.sharetrails.org

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