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Greetings Utah BRC members and supporters...

Given the news of this week, we felt a need to update our update. We hate to inundate your inbox like this, but the threat is real, and you need to know about it.  

For whatever reason (November election, perhaps?) the Washington, DC.., Wilderness Lobby has twisted their proverbial throttle to "WIDE OPEN."

From Montana, we learn the Wilderness lobbyists feel "emboldened by election results" and are pushing the incredulously named "Forest Jobs and Recreation Act." That's Montana Senator Jon Tester's pitch to add an additional 600,000 acres to Montana's already impressive 3.5 million plus acres of Wilderness.  

And in California, our friends at the American Lands Rights Association recently sent an action alert noting plans for yet another new National Park are in overdrive. Ditto for Wilderness efforts in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.

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But Utah has been at the top of the Wilderness lobbyist's list for a long time, and yesterday we learned that they are pushing the Obama Administration to unilaterally declare a new gargantuan (1.4 million acre!!) National Monument in southeast Utah.

Long time BRC members will know this idea is not new. It has been one of SUWA's strategic goals since the early 1990s.

The environmental extremists are hard on the gas now, with the Outdoor Industry Council (OIA) on board, along with the help of Aron Ralston. Aron is the guy who got trapped by a rock when hiking alone in the remote Utah backcountry -- and had to cut his hand off! (He was ultimately rescued by Utah's Emery County Search and Rescue). Ralston cashed in on his unfortunate accident via the movie "127 Hours," and is promoting it via his greenie lobbying efforts.

Phil Taylor, with E&E news,has the story in a November 13, 2012, Greenwire article:
Outdoor industry calls for Utah Canyonlands monument

OIA erroneously tells President Obama that you, dear OHV enthusiast, are a big problem:

Federal land use plans inappropriately open scenic and undeveloped land to drilling and mining and fail to address exploding off-road vehicle use that is damaging riparian areas, cultural sites, soils and solitude.


"Exploding" OHV use? That's a lie. I don't have to tell you that the BLM's new travel plan closed over 50% of the roads and trails. OIA say's it's the "leading voice of the outdoor industry." What a joke. OIA's advocacy efforts have devolved into nothing more than being corporate shills for the Wilderness Society.  Sheesh...

What you can do
Below are a couple of things you can do to help defend Utah's roads and trails. A couple of the action items are simple and won't take much of your time. Others involve supporting Utah's access champions with a generous check.

I know... I know... we're always asking for money. But our history shows that with only a fraction of the funding these Wilderness Lobby organizations have, we can match their efforts toe to toe, and sometimes even beat them at their own game. BRC is not funded by big powersports businesses, despite what SUWA might say. Your financial support is critical if we are to keep Utah's Red Rock Roads open.

Action Items:
Renew your membership in Utah's Pro Access Organizations:
Utah Shared Access Alliance (http://www.usaall.org/)  
BlueRibbon Coalition (https://www.sharetrails.org/support/join-or-contribute)

Take Action to keep Utah's Coral Pink Sand Dunes open

Learn about and support BRC's efforts to beat another SUWA lawsuit:
Will environmentalist lawsuits close Utah's icon OHV areas such as Moab and the San Rafael Swell? (http://www.sharetrails.org/legal/utah)

Donate $$ to beat SUWA (https://www.sharetrails.org/support/join-or-contribute/?other=LEGAL:%20Utah%20-%20Moab%20and%20the%20San%20Rafael%20Swell)

Support your politicians that support your recreational access!
https://www.sharetrails.org/issues/rapid-response-center, enter your zip code, and encourage your U.S. House and Senate rep to oppose these efforts!

Thank you in advance for your membership renewal and your financial support. It really isn't a cliché‚.... Membership is our Lifeblood!

As always, please call or email with questions or comments,

Brian Hawthorne                                           Ric Foster
Public Lands Policy Director                        Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition                                    BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102                                  208-237-1008 ext 107

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

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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