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Tread lightly! Tread Trainer Course January 05, 2013

Redondo Beach, CA – Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc. is pleased to announce the schedule for the next Tread Lightly! Tread Trainer Course to be held in Southern California.

The Tread Trainer course is designed to train participants in innovative, practical methods of spreading outdoor ethics to the public with a curriculum specifically focused on motorized and mechanized recreation. Once a participant becomes active in the Tread Trainer program he or she is equipped to present the Tread Lightly! message to other educators, clubs, employees, visitors, enthusiasts or community members.

Upon successful completion of this course, each participant will become a Tread Lightly! Tread Trainer, receive a completion certification and become eligible for benefits provided through the Tread Trainer program. Successful completion requires participation in all course activities and teaching exercises of this one day course.

Those who complete the Trainer course are equipped to:
·         Identify possible environmental and social impacts resulting from irresponsible recreation on land and water

·         Be able to describe the five Tread Lightly! minimum impact principles and how they can be applied to motorized recreation. (ATVs, 4WD, Dirt Bikes, water recreation, Snowmobiling), mechanized recreation (mountain bikes), camping, horseback riding and hunting.

·         Understand, demonstrate and teach Tread Lightly! minimum impact principles.

·         Lead a discussion on outdoor ethics and help others explore their own personal outdoor ethic.

Each attendee will receive educational materials including a Trainer Manual, Tread Lightly! Guide to Responsible Use, Tread Lightly! Education Curriculums, and Tread Trainer Power Point.

Register now for the January 5th 2013 clinic: http://www.4x4training.com/calendar/calendar.php#Tread
Tread Lightly!
Tread Lightly! is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs. www.treadlightly.org

Badlands Off-Road Adventures, Inc
Badlands Off-Road Adventures conducts training classes and tours for off-highway enthusiast of all skill levels. www.4x4training.com.


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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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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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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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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

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