UTAH Land Use Update - February 2014

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February 06, 2014 11:17 AM


Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,

Utah is home to some of the nation's most prized recreational destinations, including Moab, You-Tube-Famous "Cainville," and the San Rafael Swell. Given the number of nationally popular OHV areas, we thought our February 2014 Utah Update might be of interest to many on our Action Alert List.

NOTE: We just received an update from our Utah volunteer, Brian Hawthorne. Hawthorne was at several key meetings and sent a quick update and call to action. Please read NOW!  LINK

Just like in other areas of the country, Utah's OHV areas and trails are facing some extremely serious threats. As we have been for more than a quarter century, BRC is in the game, providing strong defense of responsible off-highway vehicle recreation.

This latest Utah update focuses on two key issues; 
           The (latest) lawsuit by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA)
           An effort to develop a comprehensive land use bill for Moab and Eastern Utah

In their latest lawsuit, SUWA has teamed up with wealthy environmental heavy hitters including The Wilderness Society and the Natural Resources Defense Council. With characteristic bravado, SUWA predicts OHV travel plans in Utah will topple "like dominos in a line."

BRC isn't going to sit by and let that threat go unanswered!

Of course, BRC is involved in other issues across the Beehive State, and indeed, across our entire nation. BRC is the nations largest grassroots recreational access advocacy organization.

We are proud of our efforts to fight these radicals, to be sure, but we never forget that without the generous financial support of our members and supporters, our efforts would not be possible.

We encourage you to take a minute to read the enclosed update and we hope it motivates you to continue your financial support.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Ric Foster,                                                                    Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Department Manager                          Utah Policy Advisor
BlueRibbon Coalition                                                   BlueRibbon Coalition 
208-237-1009 ext 107                                                208-220-3918

Richfield Travel Plan Suffers Setback

A long time ago... SUWA filed a lawsuit.

Another lawsuit, you ask? Yes, dear OHV enthusiast, another lawsuit. There is a reason this crowd of radical environmentalists are known as "SUE-YA"!

You can read the full history of this latest SUWA lawsuit here. Our update focuses on a decision issued on November 4, 2013, by the U.S. Court for the District of Utah that declared certain aspects of the BLM's Richfield Field Office Travel Plan unlawful. That is disappointing, but the on the ground effects of the ruling remain to be seen because the Court has yet to decide how the BLM should remedy the 2008 Travel Plan. Read our update here.

Utah Land Use Legislation: Threats and Opportunities

Utah's Congressmen, led by Rob Bishop, Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation, has initiated a process that would solve some of Utah's more contentious public lands issues. This brings both threats and opportunities to the OHV community. Read our update here.

Can we Trust the Feds?

When Congress and the American People decide how a certain area of public land is to be managed, the federal land managers are supposed to develop management plans accordingly. But what happens when the federal agency has different ideas? What can be done to make sure the federal land managers stay true to the Congress's directives? Read our update here.

Update your "Bucket List" - Things to do before you die

Every off-roader and snowmobiler has a "bucket list." Find out what new item is on BRC's Brian Hawthorne's bucket list here.

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!


November 20, 2015 11:31 AM
CALIFORNIA - San Bernardino NF Seeks Public Comments on Rattlesnake Mountain OHV
The San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) is pleased to announce the availability of the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Rattlesnake Mountain OHV Trails project. The Forest Service is seeking public comments on this proposal for 30 calendar days; comments must be received by December 16, 2015. The Rattlesnake Mountain OHV Trails EA evaluates the environmental consequences of the proposal to designate off highway vehicle (OHV) routes and to close/restore unauthorized routes in the Rattle
November 19, 2015 3:33 PM
OREGON - FS Schedules Additional Public Meetings on the Blue Mountains Forest Pl
The Forest Service has scheduled new public meetings to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. The current schedule is below: A facilitator will ensure that everyone in attendance has time to speak, listen to others and propose solutions. The Forest Service is working with partners to schedule additional meetings, which will be announced in the near future via email and news updates. In 2014, the Forest Service released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
November 19, 2015 2:58 PM
CALIFORNIA - Plumas NF Extends Comment Period for Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designat
The scoping period for the Forest Service Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be extended for a second time on a proposal to designate over-snow vehicle (OSV) use on roads, trails and areas on lands within the Plumas National Forest. Scoping comments will now be due on November 30, 2015. "While comments are welcome throughout the environmental process, for this phase of planning they are most helpful if submitted by November 30," said Daniel Lovato, Acting Forest Supervisor.
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