BRC just received an email from Mike Swenson, Executive Director of the Utah Shared Access Alliance (USA-ALL), with a quick report on the Carbon County Commission meeting, we told you about in our October 19 Alert. We've pasted USA-ALL's email below. Please take a minute to read the alert, take action and then pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies. Thanks, Ric Foster Public Lands Department Manager BlueRibbon Coalition 208-237-1008 ext 107 Report: Carbon County Commission Mtg Dear Ric, We wanted to give a quick report on last week's meeting in Carbo
BRC just received an email from Mike Swenson, Executive Director of the Utah Shared Access Alliance (USA-ALL), with a quick report on the Carbon County Commission meeting, we told you about in our October 19 Alert.
We've pasted USA-ALL's email below. Please take a minute to read the alert, take action and then pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies.
Public Lands Department Manager
208-237-1008 ext 107
Report: Carbon County Commission Mtg
We wanted to give a quick report on last week's meeting in Carbon County and also draw your attention to the bottom of our email for more info on recent national Wilderness issues from our partners at the Blue Ribbon Coalition.
First we need to thank those that attended the Carbon County Commission mtg last week regarding the closing of a few county roads. Those who gave public comment were professional and well spoken. One even jerked a few tears from our eyes. Thank you to all who came and commented.
We especially want to thank a few folks in the media that have taken great efforts to tell the story of what has been happening. Chad Booth and his show, "At Your Leisure" did a great story on the meeting and the public's concerns over these closures. You can watch the segment from his most recent show by clicking here scroll down to the trail head adventure segment. It's well worth your time to watch...please do. We also must thank Steve Brown from KFAN 1320 AM and his show, "Inside the Outdoors." Steve has proven he is a HUGE believer in shared access and common sense management of land and resources. Steve did a live interview with us immediately following the commission meeting. He has pledged to help spread the word about our cause. His show is informative and entertaining, tune into it at 1320 AM or streaming on the web at http://1320kfan.com/index.php/shows/inside_the_outdoors on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday - Trail Mix Show 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
The meeting went very well. There were a little over 60 people present. 1 person spoke in favor of the closure and about 50 spoke in opposition. The Commissioners were obviously in a tight spot and are clearly trying to do the right thing for the county as well as stand up for access to public land.
We had the opportunity to speak with all the commissioners after the meeting as well as a representative from Bill Barrett Corp. We again affirm that these entities are friendly to our cause.
We are increasingly disgusted with the Mafia like tactics of the enviro thugs. We want folks to know that the closure of these roads have NOTHING to do with the ability for the project to be executed. NOTHING. This is an attempt by a bloated and arrogant environmental organization to abuse and exploit a broken land use planning system, bad laws, bad policy, and a weak BLM. This latest move has just increased our resolve to stop their evil agenda by 10 fold. We will not let this happen again in Utah. We will spend every penny and every ounce of political capital we have to see to that.
The Carbon County Commission has yet to determine whether they will lock the gates or not. We are almost certain if they do not, BLM will. We do think there may be some possible alternative options and we hope that BLM and the County can reach a true compromise. If a compromise isn't reached; lawsuits are SURE to follow. We will keep you posted on the outcome.
This issue should matter to you no matter where you live...this has serious potential for becoming a new problem for public land management, access, and resource development in the west. We must make sure that this does not become the "new" way of managing land in our country. BLM seems all too willing to allow it, and the enviro thugs have no problem stooping to this new low. We the people must stand up to it and stop it now.
If you care about stopping this kind of madness and want to help you can do 2 things.
1. Join USA-ALL and or donate additional funds to us. You can do that right here and now by clicking the, "Donate" button.
2. When we ask you to go to a meeting, write an email, or make a phone call....DO IT!
And if you want "extra credit" talk to your co-workers, friends, family, clubs, etc about our cause and our organization and encourage them to join as well. We will even come and speak to big or small groups of people wanting to know what they can do. Just call us at 801-850-9315 x 101 and set it up.
We also wanted to draw your attention to an EXCELLENT write up on current national land useWilderness legislative issues by our partners at the Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC). The write-up went out yesterday and it is full of very good informative stuff. We really appreciate BRC for the good work they do and the support they have given USA-ALL. Click the following link to read their alert: http://sharetrails.org/alerts/2011/10/24/brc-national-wilderness-legislative-update
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