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August 1, 2002 12:00 AM
(Normal Story)
Federal District Court in Michigan recently handed forest wildlife and the Ruffed Grouse Society a major victory. On June 17th, the Court for the Western District of Michigan dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club that called for a halt to the management of aspen habitats on National Forests in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. “The...
August 1, 2002 12:00 AM
(National Public Lands Report)
(Incoming BRC Public Lands Director)
FLORIDA LEGISLATURE MANDATES OHV RIDING AREAS OHV enthusiasts in Florida scored a HUGE victory recently with the enactment of the “T. Mark Schmidt Off-Highway Vehicle Safety and Recreation Act”, which requires the creation of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) areas and trails. Florida activists worked for several years in their effort to improve and...
August 1, 2002 12:00 AM
(Normal Story)
(BRC Senior Policy Advisor)
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The annual Montana State Ride held July 5-7 provided an occasion to showcase a newly constructed multi-use trail. The Cellar Creek trail now connects primitive road systems in the Helena and Lincoln Ranger Districts of the Helena National Forest. Five miles in length, it is the first new trail open to all users in the forest. The Montana State...
August 1, 2002 12:00 AM
(Normal Story)
Due to the growing popularity of sport utility vehicle (SUV) trips in the back country of the high Sierra, the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs has announced that it will add a new SUV trip during its 36th annual Sierra Trek event, scheduled for August 8 through August 11 near Truckee. According to Jim Bramham, trail boss and...
August 1, 2002 12:00 AM
(Normal Story)
Environmental organizations like Greenpeace, which Dr.
August 1, 2002 12:00 AM
(Normal Story)
(Staff writer, Utah Outdoors Magazine)
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For my rite of initiation into the Utah Outdoors staff, I was given the task of hunting down the elusive Mormon Trail. This is the continuation of the Hole in-the-Rock road that the Mormon pioneers literally cut into the rock, heading southeast from Escalante, at the end of the nineteenth century. Technical For die-hard lovers of the harsh but...
August 1, 2002 12:00 AM
(Normal Story)
The five national forests within Arizona—Apache-Sitegraves, Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto—are conducting an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) that will be implemented this fall. The EIS will outline alternative strategies for cross-country OHV use. In the process of preparing the EIS, the USDA learned that national forests vary in their...
August 1, 2002 12:00 AM
(Legal Action)
* Montana Wilderness Assoc. v. U.S.F.S. (U.S. District Court- Montana & 9th Circuit)- Briefing has been completed and the case will be assigned to a three-judge panel who will decide how to resolve the case, including deciding whether to hear oral argument. * Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance v. Norton (U.S. District Court – No change. Utah...
August 1, 2002 12:00 AM
(Staff Editorial)
(Former BRC Executive Director)
The following is an e-mail exchange between one of our members, Perry Pendley of Mountain States Legal Foundation, and myself - regarding private property and trails. The article referenced was “Feds Take Property For Trail & Take Taxpayers For A Ride” on page 23 of the July 2002 BlueRibbon Magazine. Mr Pendley: I read your article in the...
August 1, 2002 12:00 AM
(Staff Editorial)
(BRC Board of Directors)
The issue of “analysis paralysis” was the theme of recent remarks of Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth in his remarks before the House Resources Subcommittee on forests. Bosworth blamed the gridlock on a hodgepodge of federal laws governing forests and frequent legal challenges by green extremists. He indicated that in May the Forest Service had...

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