BRC just received an email from Catherine A. Ahern with the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) regarding a California RTP Alert and an Immediate Call To Action. We've pasted her alert below. Please take a minute to read it over, take action, and pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies. As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments. Ric Foster Public Lands Department Manager BlueRibbon Coalition 208-237-1008 ext 107
CALIFORNIA - California RTP Alert: Immediate Action Needed
Dear BRC Alert Subscriber,
BRC just received an email from Catherine A. Ahern with the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) regarding a California RTP Alert and an Immediate Call To Action.
We've pasted her alert below. Please take a minute to read it over, take action, and pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies.
As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments.
Public Lands Department Manager
Subject: California RTP Alert: Immediate Action Needed
Hello, all. Here is the alert that is going out from IMBA to all the California advocacy groups that signed last summer's "don't opt-out" letter to Gov. Jerry Brown. As we discussed at last week's CRT Board meeting, we are asking for their help to keep the California RTP from being lost to a state program-consolidation process that is under active consideration. IMBA has agreed to host this online effort once again, for which we are very grateful.
Please share this alert with your California contacts and ask them to have their organization sign onto both letters - to Gov. Brown and to key members of the state legislature. The second letter will only be sent if Gov. Brown is not responsive to the first letter.
The deadline to sign on is noon on Friday, April 12th.
Thanks very much.
Catherine A. Ahern
American Recreation Coalition and Coalition for Recreational Trails
1200 G Street, N.W., Suite 650
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 682-9530 Fax (202) 682-9529
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Dear California Trail Advocacy Group:
Quick Action is needed to save the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in California.
Current federal transportation law, gives governors the choice of opting out of RTP. Last fall, Governor Brown made the decision to remain in the program.
This year, however, he proposes to consolidate a number of programs, including the Recreational Trails Program into one program. If aggregated in this manner, the unique identity of the Recreational Trails Program will be compromised. The proposal as currently drafted will be a setback to recreational trails. And, an RTP loss in California will be a huge blow to RTP nationally.
The Coalition for Recreational Trails including IMBA, is launching the California Campaign to Save Rec Trails. We need you to sign two letters.
To sign the letters please complete this online form. The letters will stay open until noon Friday April 12.
Time is short; the Governor's plan is moving through the California legislature right now. We're on a 48-hour turn time line.
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