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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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Comment Period on Oregon Dunes Designated Routes Project DEIS Extended

The Forest Service has extended the public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the  Oregon Dunes NRA Management Area 10c Designated Routes Project an additional 45 days following a request from the Board of Commissioners for Coos, Douglas and Lane counties. The comment period will now end on January 24, 2013.BRC believes this extension is critically important, and will allow the affected counties to place this issue on their agenda.  This will allow the public an opportunity to give input to the county commissioners so they can weigh in on the DEIS in a substantive manner.The DEIS is available on our website at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=34220. If you need a copy of the DEIS in another format, please let us know and we'll be glad to provide it.Printed copies of the DEIS will be available for viewing at the Oregon Dunes NRA Office in Reedsport, the Central Coast Ranger District Office in Waldport, the Siuslaw Headquarters in Corvallis and at several public libraries including but not limited to Eugene, Springfield, Roseburg, Bend, Grants Pass, Medford, Waldport, Reedsport and Coos Bay.Written comments should be sent to Forest Supervisor, Jerry Ingersoll, c/o Angie Morris, Recreation Planner, Siuslaw National Forest, 855 Highway 101, Reedsport, OR 97467; or by fax at (541) 271-6034; or by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. comments must include your name, address, and (if possible) telephone number, the title of the document on which you are commenting and specific facts or comments along with supporting reasons that you believe the Responsible Official should consider in reaching a decision.Contact Angie Morris (541) 271-6040 on weekdays for further information.Forest Service extension letter to Douglas County Commissioners.Don AmadorWestern RepresentativeBlueRibbon Coalition925-625-6287

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CALIFORNIA OHVers - Comments Needed on Proposed Mill Fire Salvage Project

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Dear BRC members, supporters and action alert subscribers,As many of you know, the Mendocino National Forest is proposing to do a salvage timber sale to address various resource and safety issues that resulted from the Mill Fire this summer.  Generally, most recreationists are not arbitrarily opposed to responsible salvage timber operations that protect the resource and help in the area's recovery so that it can be once again enjoyed by the public.   However, this proposal appears to have been created in a vacuum with basically no input from recreation professionals within the agency.Although the public comment period for this current scoping period does not end until December 17, we feel it is important for you to immediately petition the Forest Service to withdraw the proposal and re-scope it so that it analyzes potential impacts to OHV recreation and other public uses.Your letters do not have to be long or thoroughly exhaust an issue.  Rather, each letter should address your history of use at the area, any expertise you have in recreation or resource management, issues that concern you and suggestions on how the agency can improve the planning documents.Here are key bullet points:Ask the agency withdraw and re-scope the Project due to planning deficiencies that failed to analyze or disclose the following issues.Impacts to recreation programImpacts to current and future OHV grants from OHMVRImpacts to FS system roads and trails Impacts to permitted OHV events such as enduros and dual-sport ridesSite-specific NEPA is required if system trails are converted to roadsImpacts to ongoing post-fire trail rehabilitation by FS and state park trail crewsIs the plan to "clear-cut" wide paths along roads/trails for public safety really neededImpacts to agency credibility with users including volunteer programsBelow is a sample letter that you can use as a basis to articulate your own specific concerns about the project.   There are also links to the December 3, 2012, BRC comment letter and the November 28, 2012 comment letter from the Oakland Motorcycle Club that you can reference. Don AmadorWestern RepresentativeBlueRibbon Coalition925-625-6287Remember that your letters do not have to be long.  Usually one or two pages will do the trick at this point in the planning process.SAMPLE LETTERDateSherrie TuneForest SupervisorMendocino National Forest825 N. Humboldt AvenueWillows, CA 95988FAX: 530.934.7384Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Supervisor Tune:I am writing to you with the request that your office support the BlueRibbon Coalition's request to re-scope the proposed Mill Fire Salvage and Hazard Tree Removal Project. My family has been riding at the Stonyford OHV Area since the 1980s.  The current proposal has many unintended negative consequences to the OHV program on the Grindstone Ranger District. These impacts will be lasting and   devastating.OHV recreation has an important impact on the area's economy. Thousands of people attend enduros, dual-sport rides or camp each year to enjoy the trail systems that are threatened by the current plan. The proposal appears to threaten that use by extending the closure another 2-3 years. Again, please re-scope the plan so that OHV recreation and the sale's impact to the trail system can be properly analyzed in creation of new scoping documents. The Mill Fire had a severe impact on the OHV program; please don't compound this issue by destroying our OHV program by authorizing a salvage plan that does not protect and enhance recreational opportunity on the unit.Thanks for considering my comments.John Doe33 Steam Donkey WayTrail Town, USABRC December 3 Comment Letterhttp://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Mill_Fire_Project_BRC_Rescope_PDF_final_12.3.12.pdfOMC Letterhttp://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Mill_fire_OMC_response.pdfMill Fire Salvage Sale Scoping Letterhttp://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/ScopingLetter_MillFireSalvageHazardTreeRmvl.pdfMill Fire Salvage Sale Proposalhttp://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/PreliminaryProjectInformation_MillFireSalvageHazardTreeRmvl.pdfMill Fire Salvage Sale Maphttp://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/ScopingMap_MillFireSalvageHazardTreeRmvl.pdf

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COLORADO - SCORR's TENDERFOOT MOUNTAIN TRAIL PROPOSAL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

Dear BRC members, supporters and action alert subscribers, Our partners over at the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO) and the Summit County Off-Road Riders (SCORR) sent us their latest call to action on the proposed Tenderfoot Mountain Motorcycle Trail System. BRC is asking our members and supporters in Colorado to contact Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor for the White River National Forest, telling him what you think of this pl

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A Message From BRC's Executive Director

Dear BRC Members and Supporters,Must Read EditorialI want to encourage everyone to read Brian Hawthorne's editorial this week.  I give you fair warning, what the National Park Service (NPS) is doing here is outrageous. NPS Oyster Stew - Betrayal Deja Vu. When I watched the associated video Brian linked to, I was outraged, but I cannot say I was surprised. The vicious betrayal by the NPS of a family owned oyster farm is outrageous, but the fact that they used trumped up science to do it seems to me sadly typical of today's U.S. Department of Interior. I have been all across the US on my Turn the Tide Tour, and have seen this literally from Cape Hatteras on the Atlantic to Point Reyes on the Pacific. Best available science my eye! More like "most convenient trumped-up allegation."Science in the Department of the Interior has become a joke, and the agency should be ashamed. I can't help but ask, "At what point does the personal opinion of agency leadership outweigh actual public policy?" You shouldn't be able to twist the science and rewrite history to suit your agenda.  While we are on the subject of the DOI

Here is a quick Update on the Canyonlands Monument proposal. I want to thank our supporters who responded to our recent blast on the proposal to designate a massive new National Monument in southeastern Utah.The issue has gotten a lot of national media attention, including in key Washington DC based natural resource newsletters.In our update, BRC's Brian Hawthorne noted "I have been personally involved in numerous collaborative efforts to determine how these prized recreational lands are managed, both as a recreationist who loves visiting the area and also as a representative of the BlueRibbon Coalition, a national OHV advocacy group. The Outdoor Industry Association's advocacy arm has lost all credibility. Their letter requesting that President Obama establish a new National Monument is nothing less than an end-run around local and state efforts to consider how best to protect these lands. Their requests pulls the rug out from under those who will be most likely to be impacted by land use decisions - local citizens - as they hammer out compromises."

Indeed, San Juan County is an example of how to do it right. This last Monday, the County and the Navajo Nation signed a formalized agreement to "work together in the spirit of mutual respect and cooperation to recognize and consider how to effectively manage the outstanding natural, cultural and recreational resources on state and federal lands in San Juan County, as well as the socio-economic conditions for the enhancement of the quality of life for all San Juan County residents."Mark Maryboy, the County representative for the Navaho Nation was quoted as saying:"Navajos have always felt that the local people, whether they be Navajo or non-Navajo, should be at the forefront of discussing public lands."Maryboy added that the proposed Greater Canyonlands National Monument effort, which has received support from a variety of national groups, should begin as a local effort.

Sadly, 100 outdoor retailers disagree. They seem to be doubling down on their request for President Obama to do an "end run" around these local collaborative efforts, and unilaterally designate a massive 1.4  million acres National Monument. Read about the San Juan County/Navaho Nation agreement here: San Juan County and Navajo Nation to coordinate land use effortsThe issue has also brought some much needed attention on a very dangerous lawsuit filed by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA).  After years of sitting dormant, it has been resurrected in the U.S. District Court in Utah, and could close some of the most nationally significant motorized recreation trails in Moab, Cainville and the San Rafael Swell.Whatever the threat, BRC is committed to defend OHV recreation across the U.S. As Hawthorne noted in his editorial, we aren't surprised by much anymore. Just resolved to fight harder.Thank you all for your support, Greg MummExecutive DirectorBlueRibbon CoalitionLearn about the SUWA lawsuit in our most recent Utah update Support our Legal ProgramThe 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. 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 1-800-258-3742 or http://www.sharetrails.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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A Message From BRC's Executive Director

Dear BRC Members and Supporters,Must Read EditorialI want to encourage everyone to read Brian Hawthorne's editorial this week.  I give you fair warning, what the National Park Service (NPS) is doing here is outrageous. NPS Oyster Stew - Betrayal Deja Vu. When I watched the associated video Brian linked to, I was outraged, but I cannot say I was surprised. The vicious betrayal by the NPS of a family owned oyster farm is outrageous, but the fact that they used trumped up science to do it seems to me sadly typical of today's U.S. Department of Interior. I have been all across the US on my Turn the Tide Tour, and have seen this literally from Cape Hatteras on the Atlantic to Point Reyes on the Pacific. Best available science my eye! More like "most convenient trumped-up allegation."Science in the Department of the Interior has become a joke, and the agency should be ashamed. I can't help but ask, "At what point does the personal opinion of agency leadership outweigh actual public policy?" You shouldn't be able to twist the science and rewrite history to suit your agenda.  While we are on the subject of the DOI

Here is a quick Update on the Canyonlands Monument proposal. I want to thank our supporters who responded to our recent blast on the proposal to designate a massive new National Monument in southeastern Utah.The issue has gotten a lot of national media attention, including in key Washington DC based natural resource newsletters.In our update, BRC's Brian Hawthorne noted "I have been personally involved in numerous collaborative efforts to determine how these prized recreational lands are managed, both as a recreationist who loves visiting the area and also as a representative of the BlueRibbon Coalition, a national OHV advocacy group. The Outdoor Industry Association's advocacy arm has lost all credibility. Their letter requesting that President Obama establish a new National Monument is nothing less than an end-run around local and state efforts to consider how best to protect these lands. Their requests pulls the rug out from under those who will be most likely to be impacted by land use decisions - local citizens - as they hammer out compromises."

Indeed, San Juan County is an example of how to do it right. This last Monday, the County and the Navajo Nation signed a formalized agreement to "work together in the spirit of mutual respect and cooperation to recognize and consider how to effectively manage the outstanding natural, cultural and recreational resources on state and federal lands in San Juan County, as well as the socio-economic conditions for the enhancement of the quality of life for all San Juan County residents."Mark Maryboy, the County representative for the Navaho Nation was quoted as saying:"Navajos have always felt that the local people, whether they be Navajo or non-Navajo, should be at the forefront of discussing public lands."Maryboy added that the proposed Greater Canyonlands National Monument effort, which has received support from a variety of national groups, should begin as a local effort.

Sadly, 100 outdoor retailers disagree. They seem to be doubling down on their request for President Obama to do an "end run" around these local collaborative efforts, and unilaterally designate a massive 1.4  million acres National Monument. Read about the San Juan County/Navaho Nation agreement here: San Juan County and Navajo Nation to coordinate land use effortsThe issue has also brought some much needed attention on a very dangerous lawsuit filed by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA).  After years of sitting dormant, it has been resurrected in the U.S. District Court in Utah, and could close some of the most nationally significant motorized recreation trails in Moab, Cainville and the San Rafael Swell.Whatever the threat, BRC is committed to defend OHV recreation across the U.S. As Hawthorne noted in his editorial, we aren't surprised by much anymore. Just resolved to fight harder.Thank you all for your support, Greg MummExecutive DirectorBlueRibbon CoalitionLearn about the SUWA lawsuit in our most recent Utah update Support our Legal ProgramThe 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. 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 1-800-258-3742 or http://www.sharetrails.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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