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UNITED FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATIONS TO LOBBY for RTP IN WASHINGTON DC

UFWDA will be joining over a dozen other recreational organizations to help ensure this critically important program is continued without interruption or degradation of the program.  Activities include meetings with several Legislators and their Staff to inform them of the importance the “user-pay, user-benefit” RTP Program has had across the country.  UFWDA  are seeking meetings with the following key legislators, or their staff, on RTP - Rep. Candice Miller (R-Michigan), Rep. Don Young, (R-Alaska), Rep. Heath Schuler (D-NC), Rep. John Duncan (R-TN), Rep, Michael Michaud, (D-ME), Rep. Tim Johnson, (R-IL).  Millions of dollars annually are returned to the States for use improving their motorized and non-motorized trail systems, utilizing the fuel taxes paid by recreationist use of motor vehicles off-highway.

When considering recreation, RTP is one of the nation’s most beneficial programs ever devised.  Please watch for future press releases by UFWDA about this critical topic.  UFWDA anticipates a need for grass-roots supporters to contact their Representatives in the very near future if we are going to rectify the current RTOP funding issues.

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United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) is the leading representative for four wheel drive enthusiasts. UFWDA is a group of individuals, clubs, state, regional, provincial and national associations and businesses in the United States and around the world; our members span the globe from the U.S. and Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England, Japan, South Africa, and Iceland. If you would like more information on how you can be a part of this effort, contact United Four Wheel Drive Associations today at 1-800-448-3932 or visit www.ufwda.org .

 

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John Stewart

Yet Another Lawsuit Threatens Colorado Trail Access - Recreation Groups Respond

"We have attempted to form meaningful partnerships with diverse interests, including the hunting and angling community.  Active, effective management should be our common goal, not courtroom posturing," said John Bongiovanni, a COHVCO Director.

The lawsuit is in its initial stages.  The Forest Service's answer is due on February 7, 2012.  The schedule for presenting the merits of the case has not yet been established.

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PAPA is a regional recreation group that supports and champions access and responsible use of public lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. PAPA's Mission is to promote balanced, unbiased, responsible use of public lands in collaboration with recreational users of all interests, advocating respect, education and conservation of the environment. Learn more on the web: http://www.papatelluride.org/

The mission of the SJTR is to improve opportunities for off-highway vehicles and assure the best care of the land. SJTR promotes active participation in OHV trail management and other civic activities and maintains a focused and ongoing dialogue with the San Juan National Forest and other public land planners. SJTR educates OHV users about "Tread Lightly" conservation practices and other trail use issues. Learn more on the web: http://sanjuantrailriders.org/

The Trails Preservation Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the sport of motorized trail riding, educating all user groups and the public on the value of sharing public lands for multiuse recreation, while protecting public lands for future generations. Learn more on the web: www.coloradotpa.org

COHVCO is a nonprofit organization whose member enthusiasts, organizations and businesses collectively comprise over 200,000 Coloradoans and regular visitors to Colorado and other western states who contribute millions of dollars and thousands of hours annually to off-highway vehicle recreation through registration fees, retail expenditure, project participation and related support. Learn more on the web: www.cohvco.org

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. Learn more on the web: www.sharetrails.org

 

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BLUERIBBON SEEKS ROLE IN SNOWMOBILE LAWSUIT

"This is an important challenge which could affect Forest Service snowmobile programs and travel planning nationwide" said Joni Mogstad, President of the BlueRibbon Board of Directors.  "BlueRibbon was involved in all aspects of the process creating the 2005 Rule, and has taken the lead defending recreation interests in numerous lawsuits interpreting the Rule. It is essential that our members' interests in snowmobile access and other forms of recreation be protected here, and our unique experience makes BlueRibbon singularly qualified to serve that role.  We have little choice but to seek party status in this case," Mogstad concluded.

The case was filed in the U.S. District of Idaho in late November, 2011 by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, a preservationist group seeking dramatic restriction, if not elimination, of snowmobile access to the benefit of exclusive "human powered" recreation.  The case is presently assigned to U.S. Magistrate Ronald Bush, who last year struck down portions of the Salmon Challis National Forest travel plan.  The Forest Service has not yet filed an appearance in the new lawsuit.

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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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MUIRNet Land Use Resources Updated

With each congressional session, many bills are introduced that have an impact on recreation.  A list of select legislation being considered by the 112th Congress is now available for on-line review.  The NRC-legislation list is updated monthly.

And, the economic impact of recreation is often mentioned.  Recreation is viewed as a growth industry and a significant contributor to public lands and local communities.  A collection of economic impact studies is now available for download and review.

 

 

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Recreation advocate article to appear in Law Book

JJohn Stewart, member of the Board of Directors for BlueRibbon Coalition, Natural Resources Consultant for California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, Managing Editor for the MUIRNet-News family of websites stated, “It is an honor to have an article selected for publication in a law book.  I believe this represents the beginning of an era of change in litigation and management.”

Recreation has surged on public lands managed by various federal agencies since the post-World War II era began.  Changes to management policies have not kept up with the surge in demand for recreation opportunity.

“...Change is needed. Recreation is growing, Options for recreational access to public lands are decreasing.  Changes to laws governing wilderness and endangered species are needed; changes that support a balanced conservation goal.  There are no quick and easy answers.  It is going to take time, effort, and pain.  It is about balance...”

That is the closing paragraph to the article titled “Conservation Triangle – Extraction, Preservation and Recreation” and published at http://www.4x4wire.com/thats-my-view/conservation-triangle-extraction-preservation-and-recreation

John Stewart is a long-time motorized recreation advocate for access to public lands for recreation opportunities.  To learn more about recreation and environmental issues affecting recreation on public lands, follow John's postings on 4x4Wire, MUIRNet-News and 4x4Voice.

 

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