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March 14, 2013 6:49 PM

US Forest Service Releases Draft Planning Directives A lot of people who care about our National Forests were disappointed to see the USFS promulgate planning regulations that seemed to ignore the current state of mismanagement, or perhaps more accurately, non-management. Instead of streamlining a overly bureaucratic planning process, the new Planning Rule just made things worse. On February 15, 2013, the USFS released the proposed 2012 Planning Rule Directives (sometimes known as the Manual and Handbook) for public review and

US Forest Service Releases Draft Planning Directives

Forest Service LogoA lot of people who care about our National Forests were disappointed to see the USFS promulgate planning regulations that seemed to ignore the current state of mismanagement, or perhaps more accurately, non-management. Instead of streamlining a overly bureaucratic planning process, the new Planning Rule just made things worse.

On February 15, 2013, the USFS released the proposed 2012 Planning Rule Directives (sometimes known as the Manual and Handbook) for public review and comment.  Read more here.


 Key BLM Management Plans a Priority for BRC

Bureau of Land Management LogoI just wanted to give our community a heads up on two very important land use management and travel plans from the Bureau of Land Management. One is Nevada's Carson City District Office. The other is out of Colorado's Grand Junction Field Office.

Both of these areas are destination recreation areas for motorized and non-motorized visitors from around the country. Both are home to world class single track, ATV and rock crawling trails. And both are in the cross hairs of some of the most extreme anti-recreation groups out there.

The Grand Junction BLM is furthest along in the process. They released their draft plan and, sadly, the BLM's "preferred alternative" proposes closing over 60% of the roads and trails to motorized use. The good news is that one of the BLM's alternatives is actually pretty good (Alternative D) and the recreation community is working together to push the BLM toward something that makes sense.

We have a more detailed update on the Grand Junction plan in our latest Colorado Land Use Update. Check it HERE. 

Keep an eye on your inbox for more updates and info on these two important plans. We'll have something for you soon!


Yellowstone Update

Entrance to Yellowstone National ParkBRC's Jack Welch commented to me the other day that the release of the Yellowstone National Park's Winter Management Plan would be a key indicator of how Ken Salazar's replacement, Sally Jewell, would address recreation in National Parks, and perhaps Bureau of Land Management lands as well.

BRC member know that snowmobile use in Yellowstone has been under attack for the past 15 years. Snowmobile enthusiasts held their breath as the NPS held up the planned release of the Yellowstone plan until after Jewell's nomination was announced. The snowmobile community was able to breathe a collective sigh of relief after receiving Jack's news that the plan had finally been announced. Check out the entire update here. here


  State Specific News:

US Map with highlighted states

Public lands news headlines from Oregon, New Mexico, Idaho, Florida, Utah and California. Check out all the headlines here.

 

 

 


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August 19, 2014 4:56 PM
BRC BRINGS NEW SUIT TO RESTORE TRAIL ACCESS - WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Recently, The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) filed a complaint against the Federal government to challenge the arbitrary closure of, "Trail 38," a high value single-track motorcycle trail in Wyoming. The BRC Legal Program is representing a local AMA District club and local users in the case. "Though the trail mileage is small, the stakes are high," said J.R. Riggins, a plaintiff in the suit and Wyoming dirt bike rider. "The Forest Service apparently thought it could fly under the radar and close this trail without meaningful
September 17, 2014 9:54 AM
IDAHO - Nez Perce-Clearwater NF Extends Forest Plan Revision Scoping Comment Per
The Forest Service has extended the scoping comment period for an additional 60 days on the Forest Plan Revision for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Information gathered during this scoping period, as well as other information, will be used to prepare the draft plan and the draft EIS. Comments must be received by November 14, 2014. The Nez Perce-Clearwater process is particularly important given some of the key issues and the long-running role of key participants including:
September 15, 2014 4:35 PM
NORTH CAROLINA - Forest Service to Host Trail Strategy Meeting
The National Forests in North Carolina have announced that they will host a workshop on September 18, 2014, to address management of non-motorized and motorized recreation trails across the Uwharrie National Forest. The meeting will be held 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Garner Center, 210 Burnette St., Troy, North Carolina.  Representatives from a wide range of trail-user groups, individuals who represent local communities and ecotourism, or
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