More Wilderness in Utah? - UPDATED MEETING SCHEDULE

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July 31, 2013 5:35 PM

More Wilderness in Utah? - UPDATED MEETING SCHEDULE

Greetings BRC members and supporters in Utah!

In our recent Utah Land Use Updates here and here, we told everyone about some important land use efforts BRC is involved in, including meetings regarding a process to consider federal land legislation including new Wilderness.  We said that we would get the word out if the meeting times or dates have changed. And with this email, we are officially true to our word!

All three of Utah's U.S. House representatives, led by Rep. Rob Bishop (UT) have initiated a process to develop federal legislation aimed at addressing many of the contentious issues plaguing public lands management in six eastern Utah counties (Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan, Uintah and Wayne).

State and local OHV groups are also participating in the effort, including USA-ALL's Mike Swenson and BRC's Brian Hawthorne. Utah state legislators and counties are very much involved as well.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:
Utah's Congressional reps and counties are holding public meetings in order to educate the public and also to take input on how legislation might solve some of the longstanding issues we are currently dealing with.

Wilderness activists, resource companies, mountain bike clubs, hikers, equestrians, climbers and canyoneers are all viewing this as an opportunity, and you should too! Know this: if you are not at the table - your trails will be on the menu!

We have the list for the updated meeting schedule here

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM BRC:
Don't let your favorite trail be your line in the sand!

Yesterday I received a call from a gentleman who lives just up the road in Blackfoot, Idaho. He said a new gate on a jeep trail on the Sawtooth National Forest was the last straw. He said his family enjoyed that road for decades and he was "drawing a line in the sand."

My heart broke as he described how he and his father used to enjoy the jeep road and how much of a loss it is to him and his kids. He said he was going to finally get involved and try to stop any more closures.

Too many of us let the loss of our favorite trail be the reason we got involved.

PLEASE! Don't let your line in the sand be the closure of your favorite trail.

We encourage OHV users to attend the these important meetings. As always, our Action Alert list will be your best source for up-to-date info. Tell friends, family and OHV buddies they need to subscribe today: Subscribe here.  

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

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

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