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Last chance for TDS giveaway

Win this brand new Jeep

Time is running out! Get your tickets for the Tierra Del Sol Sweepstakes Jeep which will be given away this month. Sales will close December 22, 2012. Do not miss your last chance to win this great rig and to support a super club!

You might need a bigger tree if you win this beautiful Jeep. You can order by going online to: www.tds4x4.com/jeep

(Originally posted by Wayne)
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Cal4Wheel

Snow is coming down for Winter Fun

Mike Kennedy at the 2004 Winter Fun event. Photo by Harry Wagner.

T-shirt sales for Winter Fun end December 15

The upside to all of the weather that northern California is experiencing is the snow that is piling up on the trails that we will traverse for our annual Winter Fun Festival, coming to Grass Valley on January 11-13.

This not-to-miss event features a variety of runs, with names like Blizzard Brigade and Glacier Assault. There is even a historic run that visits a variety of sites, including a covered bridge and old mining towns.

Also included are meals prepared by our volunteers, along with entertainment and games. Camping facilities with RV hookups are available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley where the event is held.

Proceeds from this event help to refill our coffers so that we can continue promoting safe and responsible four-wheeling and fighting to keep our trails open.

To ensure that you get the run of your choice be sure to register right now at this link

(Originally posted by Suzy)
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Jason Church

Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Efforts:How will it impact your recreational access to public lands in 13 states?

Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Efforts : How will it impact your recreational access to public lands?

The Forest Service (FS) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to amend the Toiyabe National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and the Carson City and Battle Mountain Resource Management Plans.

These forests include 13 states. Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Restrictions in these states will have monumental consequences for us all.

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BlueRibbon Coalition

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..

Written 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 Amador
Western Representative
BlueRibbon Coalition
925-625-6287

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BlueRibbon Coalition

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 program
Impacts to current and future OHV grants from OHMVR
Impacts to FS system roads and trails
Impacts to permitted OHV events such as enduros and dual-sport rides
Site-specific NEPA is required if system trails are converted to roads
Impacts to ongoing post-fire trail rehabilitation by FS and state park trail crews
Is the plan to "clear-cut" wide paths along roads/trails for public safety really needed
Impacts to agency credibility with users including volunteer programs
Below 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 Amador
Western Representative
BlueRibbon Coalition
925-625-6287

Remember 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 LETTER

Date

Sherrie Tune
Forest Supervisor
Mendocino National Forest
825 N. Humboldt Avenue
Willows, CA 95988
FAX: 530.934.7384
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dear 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 Doe
33 Steam Donkey Way
Trail Town, USA

BRC December 3 Comment Letter
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Mill_Fire_Project_BRC_Rescope_PDF_final_12.3.12.pdf

OMC Letter
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Mill_fire_OMC_response.pdf

Mill Fire Salvage Sale Scoping Letter
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/ScopingLetter_MillFireSalvageHazardTreeRmvl.pdf

Mill Fire Salvage Sale Proposal
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/PreliminaryProjectInformation_MillFireSalvageHazardTreeRmvl.pdf

Mill Fire Salvage Sale Map
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/ScopingMap_MillFireSalvageHazardTreeRmvl.pdf

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