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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.
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BRC's Del Albright Selected To Join 2013 "Team BFGoodrich"

MOKELUMNE HILL, CA (February 19) -- Del Albright, BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) Ambassador, was honored with membership in the elite, 20-member "Team BFGoodrich," sponsored by BFGoodrich® (BFG). We at BRC are very exited by Del's selection, and we look forward to seeing what this means for recreational access.Asked about BFG and Team Goodrich, Del Albright told us, "BFG is a long time member and supporter of BRC, as well as the founder of the Outstanding Trails Program, which provides grants to recreational trails such as the famous Rubicon Trail. As a member of Team BFG, I will help promote and enrourage that program, working hard to keep OHV trails funded and open."BFG's Outstanding Trails program was established in 2006 to raise awareness for responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while providing support in the trails’ conservation efforts.  Through 2011, the Outstanding Trails program has recognized 27 off-road trails and 27 clubs across 16 states and two trails in Canada.  The program has provided more than $100,000 in grants in support of the various trails conservation efforts. Visit BFG's website for more details.Below is the original announcement from BFGoodrich®:BFGOODRICH® TIRES ANNOUNCES 2013 TEAM BFGOODRICHGREENVILLE, S.C. (February 19, 2013) - Recently, BFGoodrich® Tires announced its 20-member lineup for its 2013 Team BFGoodrich roster.Created in 2008, Team BFGoodrich comprises an elite group of motorsports superstars, key industry partners, market influencers and enthusiasts who all share the BFGoodrich Tires passion for driving and for everything on four wheels.This diverse group of auto enthusiasts represents various aspects of the automotive industry, including on- and off-road racing, rock crawling, custom car building and engineering. Working together, Team BFGoodrich members will bring their experience and enthusiasm to the brand while BFGoodrich Tires continues to advance its product line to help further improve their driving performance."BFGoodrich Tires has once again brought together the top individuals in a variety of racing and custom automotive disciplines to be part of our 2013 Team BFGoodrich," said Duane Thomas, brand communications manager at BFGoodrich Tires. "We are excited to bring in some new members and continue our relationship with many others. We anticipate a great year working with these team members and bringing success to our collective brands."The members of 2013 Team BFGoodrich:Andrew Caddell - TORCAndrew Comrie-Picard - Rally AmericaAndy McMillin - SCOREBrad Lovell - TORCBrian Finch - Founder - American Street Car Series/Owner Hot Rod TransformationsBryce Menzies - SCORE, TORCBud Brutsman - BCII ProductionsCarl Nadeau -  DriftingDan McKeever - Miller Performance DrivingDaniel McMillin - SCOREDavid Higgins - Rally America, X GamesDel Albright - Blue Ribbon CoalitionJohn Williams  - Miller Motorsports ParkKyle Tucker - Detroit SpeedLonny Childress - Gateway Classic MustangsRob MacCachren - SCORE, TORC, LOORRSRich Minga - Wide Open ExcursionsRod Hall - Rod Hall RacingRoger Lovell - TORCTerry Earwood - Skip Barber Racing SchoolTeam BFGoodrich members and BFGoodrich Tires support each other through a variety of initiatives, including media outreach, advertising and event presence. For an updated list of the motorsport events and activities in which Team BFGoodrich members will be participating, visit the BFGoodrich Tires website at www.bfgoodrichtires.com or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bfgoodrichtires.###BRC press release and more on BRC here: http://www.sharetrails.org/story/2013/02/19/brcs-del-albright-selected-join-2013-team-bfgoodrichAbout BFGoodrichUsing motorsports as a proving ground for more than 40 years, BFGoodrich(r) Tires is involved in every type of racing, including sports car, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tires at www.BFGoodrichTires.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BFGoodrichTires or on Twitter at @BFGoodrichTires.

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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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