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John Stewart

RECREATION GROUPS SEEK TO ENTER COLORADO TRAIL LAWSUIT

This lawsuit comes in the broader context of travel planning throughout the National Forest System.  In 2005, the agency promulgated a nationwide rule requiring designation of roads, trails and areas for motorized access.  The resulting agency decisions have spawned lawsuits in Montana, California, Idaho, Oregon, North Carolina and elsewhere.  Trail-based recreation interests have frequently participated in those actions.

"Our groups have long championed effective recreation management," said John Bongiovanni, a COHVCO Director.  "We are far from satisfied with the outcomes on these Forests. It is the motorized recreation community who apparently shoulders the burden of defending trails long used by all.  It is essential our role continue when preservationists move the dialogue behind courtroom doors," Bongiovanni concluded. 

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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.  www.cohvco.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.  www.coloradotpa.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. 1-800-BlueRib - www.sharetrails.org

 

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John Stewart

BFG Announces The Outstanding Trails Vote

Fans in the off-road community can vote at bfgoodrichtrails2011.outdoorhub.com.  The winning trail will receive a $4,000 grant on behalf of BFGoodrich Tires for trail conservation and maintenance efforts.  The four trails up for vote are:

• Golden Spike Trail in Moab, Utah – supported by Red Rock 4-Wheelers
• Dusy-Ershim OHV Route in Sanger, Calif. – supported by Four Wheel Drive Club of Fresno
• Blanca Peak Trail in Blanca, Colo. – supported by Creeper Jeepers Gang
• Mirror Lake Trail in Sierra National Forest, Calif. – supported by Lock and Low 4-Wheel Drive Club

“Off-road enthusiasts are passionate about their trails, and we anticipate many will offer their input,” said Marcus Baffoe-Bonnie, BFGoodrich Tires country marketing manager.  “For the past six years, the BFGoodrich Outstanding Trails program has recognized off-road trails as well as the clubs that run them. Congratulations to Interlake Trail 19 and Morrison Trail for being named 2011 Outstanding Trails, and of course we wish the best of luck to the four trails that are up for vote!”

The Outstanding Trails Vote

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John Stewart

Off Road Enthusists Visit Capitol

California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs was well represented with members from Tierra del Sol Four Wheel Drive of San Diego and the San Diego 4 Wheelers joining Association President Mark Cave and others.

The day started with remarks from California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman followed by Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division Deputy Director Daphne Greene explaining the looming impact of the state budget crisis on motorized recreation. During the afternoon, OHV enthusiasts walked the halls of the Capitol and visited with their elected representatives.

Senate and Assembly Members and their staff were invited to an evening reception hosted by CLORV.  During the reception, recognition awards were presented. CA4WDC Natural Resources Consultant John Stewart was recognized as Southern California Off-Road Advocate for 2011 and Dave Picket, American Motorcyclist Association District 36 was recognized as the Northern California Off-Road Advocate. Tony Pellegrino, co-owner GenRight Off-Road and 2nd Place finisher at 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers, was recognized as the 2011 Off-Road Business Advocate of the year.

In addition to meeting with elected representatives, Mark Cave and John Stewart were able to arrange private meetings with OHV lobbyist Terry McHale and OHMVR Deputy Director Daphne Greene to discuss issues of importance to CA4WDC members.

 

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John Stewart

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Announces Historic Decision

Paul Turcke, who argued the case and has long served as lead counsel for the BlueRibbon Coalition's Legal Program, said, "Today's decision will positively affect all nonfederal interests who rightfully seek a meaningful role in public lands litigation affecting them. These positive effects extend, ironically, to the preservation groups who opposed our intervention here and provided the foundation and fuel for this appeal."

The decision follows an en banc hearing of the Court held on December 13, 2010. The underlying case was originally brought in the U.S. District of Idaho when The Wilderness Society and Prairie Falcon Audubon, Inc. sued the Forest Service seeking greater restriction on motorized vehicle access to the Minidoka Ranger District in the Sawtooth National Forest. The BlueRibbon Coalition, the Magic Valley Trail Machine Association and the Idaho Recreation Council were denied intervention on the side of the Forest Service in that case. The district court determined, in large part, that intervention was prevented by the Federal Defendant Rule.

The recreation groups appealed the decision with initial arguments presented in March of 2010 to a three-judge Ninth Circuit panel by Turcke and the Western Environmental Law Center.  Rather than issuing a decision, the three-judge panel asked for further briefing on the question of whether the Court should convene en banc to consider abandoning the Federal Defendant Rule.  In September, the Court issued an order to hear the appeal en banc.

In addition to the recreation groups, thirty-seven other parties filed "friend of the court" briefs on the issue-including conservation, recreation, commercial groups, state and local governments, Indian tribes, regional water authorities and the federal government.

The underlying case remains pending in the District of Idaho. Today's decision marks the elimination of  the Federal Defendant Rule, offers guidance on the proper test for intervention in NEPA cases, and remands the matter to the District Court "to consider anew" the Recreation Groups' motion.

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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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John Stewart

BRC Commends 112th Congress for Addressing TMR Related Closures

WASHINGTON DC (January 7, 2011) -- A national trail-based recreation group commends legislation that was introduced today to clarify the implementation and enforcement of Travel Management in California. This bill was introduced by Congressman Wally Herger and is cosponsored by Congressmen Tom McClintock, Kevin McCarthy, and Dan Lungren.

This bill will restrict funds for Forest Service implementation of Subpart B of its Travel Management Rule (TMR) until the agency has performed the project-level review under the Rule. The bill also addresses the very contentious issue of the Forest Service banning OHV use on dirt-covered and roughly graded logging roads in rural sections of the state.

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