S. UTAH - N. ARIZONA - IMPORTANT ACTION ITEM - Arizona Strip Deadline this Wednesday, September 11, 2013!

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September 09, 2013 2:02 PM

S. UTAH - N. ARIZONA - IMPORTANT! Help keep roads and trails open in scenic Arizona Strip. Deadline this Wednesday, September 11, 2013!

INSANELY EASY 3-Step Action Item included 

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

As we noted weeks ago, the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM), Arizona Strip Field Office finally completed the long awaited travel management on the popular, scenic and very rugged Arizona Strip.

Many BRC members attended the meetings and we've had a chance to look over the plan. Thanks especially to Dale Grange (who has ridden the area since he was a wee lad) and others from both the Tri-State ATV Club and the UT/AZ ATV club, we have some comment suggestions you can use to write your own letter.

Yes! Even "cut and paste" comment letters help. So PLEASE take a minute to follow our INSANELY EASY 3-Step Action Item below.

Why this is important:
A while back I wrote about something we call "Regulatory Security."

The term regulatory security describes a situation where the management of public lands is consistent, stable and known by state and local governments as well as affected industries and recreationists.

And here we see BLM wanting to close 1/3 to 1/2 of the existing routes - where BLM's management plan says that OHV use would be maintained or enhanced!

Friends, we need to let the agency know that this kind of double dealing will no longer be tolerated.

Please take a minute to send comments.

Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102

S. Utah - N. ARIZONA - IMPORTANT! Help keep roads and trails open in scenic Arizona Strip. Deadline this Wednesday, September 11, 2013!

Go here to learn more about the plan and view the maps: LINK 
Go here to see Dale's Route Specific Recomendations: LINK


NOTE: Please be polite and, if possible, make your comment letter as personal as you can.

STEP 1:  Open your email program and start a draft email. Address the email to
               Arizona_Strip@blm.gov. Put "Comments on Arizona Strip Field Office 
               Travel Management Plan" in the Subject Line.

STEP 2:  Use the comments below as a guideline for comments in your email.
               Cut and paste is okay, but try to make your comment letter as
               personal as possible.

STEP 3: Take just a minute to add a bit about where you live, where you like 
              to ride and how much trail-based recreation means to you. Be certain
              to include your name and address. A return email address is NOT  
              sufficient! ("anonymous" emails are often discarded).

EXTRA CREDIT: Our elected officials need to know about the BLM's double dealing. Be sure to cc your letter to your congressional representatives. Click here to find your congressional representatives.

Then click "Send" and you're done!


If you can add any personal experiences about how much you enjoy this spectacular area, please take a minute to add that to your email.

       Arizona Strip Field Office
       345 East Riverside Drive
       St. George, Utah 84790

All of the action alternatives depart significantly from the existing Resource Management Plan (RMP). The RMP mandate that site specific travel management plan provide recreation opportunities such as exploring backcountry roads and trails, vehicle camping, hunting, sightseeing, mountain biking be maintained and/or enhanced, "provided they will be compatible with the protection and enhancement of sensitive resource values, where appropriate."  Each of your action alternatives propose significant reductions in these activities and the environmental analysis shows no significant adverse impacts of the existing level of uses.

Moreover, all of your action alternatives propose significant road and trail closure even in areas where your RMP mandate that OHV play, equestrian, rock crawling and mountain biking may be maintained and/or enhanced. The Environmental Assessment includes no information that can reasonably point to a direct connection or "nexus" for this decision.

I strongly support the specific route suggestions made by Dale Grange and the BlueRibbon Coalition. Please keep these routes open for motorized recreation.




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. 1-800-BlueRib - 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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