Del Albright

Legal-Ease 101: What is Intervention in court (and why)?

You may have heard about one of our off-road groups "intervening" in a court action.  This is not the same as filing a lawsuit.  Herein we will explain what it means to be an "intervenor" in a court action, and why it is an essential part of our access efforts.

Legal actions can be described as offensive and defensive.  To intervene is a defensive maneuver that can save the day for us, by ensuring we have a seat at the table when recreational decisions are made.

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Del Albright

Rumbling of Thunder

Rumbling of Thunder - A Whole New Sound in the Off-road World

The over-paid, seldom-right weather man spoke with such animation and excitement that you couldn’t help but get taken in by his rambling analysis of the on-coming weather pattern (from outer space).  But he had me from hello when he mentioned the "rumbling of thunder” and how we would be hearing it for some time to come.  I realized at that moment he had just described the new sound I’ve been hearing in the off-road skies – thunder!

Thunder is the sound made by lightning, ranging from a sharp loud crack, to a long, low rumble.  I don’t think there is any one reason for this “storm,” but rather a culmination of people getting fed up with unnecessary closures and restrictions.  Can you see the lightning and hear the thunder?

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Del Albright's BLOG

Del Albright: Full time land use and access advocate, working to save trails and riding areas for responsible motorized recreation. Retired CDF firefighter; long time ago soldier and veteran; and outdoor recreation enthusiast.

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John Stewart

Little Wins and Rays of Hope

I’ve discovered there are “phases” in this off-road life we all love so much, especially if you’re in the game of fighting for trails and riding areas.  Like a lot of other things in life, it appears there are steps we go through – kind of like losing someone – withdrawal, denial, anger, resentment, all that stuff.  I’ve been through it all one time or another.  But the little wins and the rays of hope are what keep me going.  Allow me to share with you how that hope and light can help you as well.

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View from the Locked Gate

A bit of sarcasm about an access lesson

The gal in uniform with the big gun on her hip smiled and waved as she installed the recessed pad lock on the gate.  I guess she thought we were happy about the road being closed.  Her rugged 4x4 government-bought pickup truck that was kinda parked in our view had all sorts of signs and decals declaring she was a public servant.  We figured it must be true.

She had sent us an official-looking letter a while back asking for comments, but the fish were a’bitin’ so we missed out on the letter-writin’.   We figured someone else would write those darn letters.  We figured wrong on all accounts.

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