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A Message From BRC's Executive Director

Dear BlueRibbon Coalition Members and Supporters:

I hope this email finds you all well and looking forward to spending a great Thanksgiving Holiday with your friends and family.  On behalf of everyone at the BlueRibbon Coalition, I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

I also want to draw your attention to a few things we are working on:

Our latest legal update includes an amazing denial by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) that their policy to manage Recommended Wilderness Areas (RWA) as if those RWAs were congressional designated Wilderness exists. What makes the denial amazing is that we have written copy of that policy, and we've included a link to it in our update! To quote our alert:  "The whole point of this suit is to find out which version reflects reality - ours or the USFS!"

This is an example of why our legal program is so important. You can read our alert and learn more about our legal efforts here:


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A Message From BRC's Executive Director

Dear BRC Members and Supporters,

Must Read Editorial
I 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 efforts

The 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 Mumm
Executive Director
BlueRibbon Coalition

Learn about the SUWA lawsuit in our most recent Utah update

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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. 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
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ARRA Washington Newsletter - December 2009

Washington Newsletter
December 2009

The December Legislative Race
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Congress has returned to Washington from its Thanksgiving recess only to face a legislative agenda packed full of unfinished business items.  One commodity not in abundance is time since the Christmas holiday is a little more than three weeks away.  The Senate will spend much of December on health care reform, but both chambers may face possible votes on supporting additional troops for the war in Afghanistan and some yet-to-be-determined legislation to address the very high unemployment rate.

Nellis Dunes National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Act
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It seems as though we seldom have good news to tell you, but the Nellis Dunes National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Act of 2009, H.R. 765, has the potential of becoming very good news for OHV enthusiasts living in the Las Vegas area.   The legislation, sponsored by Representative Dean Heller of Nevada, would create an OHV recreation area of more than 10,000 acres by using lands owned by Clark County and the Bureau of Land Management.   The legislation would authorize the conveyance of approximately 1,200 acres of BLM land to Clark County so the County can develop an active off-highway vehicle recreation park.  An additional 9,000 acres would be designated as an off-highway vehicle recreation area to be managed by BLM.

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4th Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day to Be Celebrated July 12, 2013

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day will be celebrated on July 12, 2013. The date marks the fourth consecutive commemoration in what has become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. The SAN will once again seek a congressional resolution to recognize the day’s significance.

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CODE RED CARNEGIE ACTION ALERT UPDATE - Important New Items

View of Expansion Property
 
CODE RED CARNEGIE ACTION ALERT UPDATE – TWO IMPORTANT ITEMS
 
Livermore City Council Meeting on May 11 changed to May 18, 2015
 
Alameda County Parks, Recreation and Historical Commission Meeting May 7, 2015
 
 
Dear Carnegie Fans,
 
YOU made a difference last week by sending in your comment letters.  The council has moved the May 11 date to May 18 so they can better study the issue.
 
Also, the Alameda County Parks, Recreation and Historical Commission has Carnegie SVRA is on the docket for their May 7 meeting.  Sorry for the late notice but this stuff is popping up like crazy. 
 
As you know, we are getting very close to being able to use the new property!  Your letter writing and attendance at this meeting is critical to show local decision-makers that OHVers (and voters) support the Carnegie General Plan.
 
I am asking you to do two things:
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