Bipartisan Recreation Land Exchange Bill a Success

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October 04, 2010 12:00 AM
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BRC's Don Amador at Chappie-Shasta OHV Tour with BLM Staff

REDDING, CA (October 4) — The BlueRibbon Coalition believes the bipartisan land exchange bill that was recently signed into law to improve both motorized and non-motorized opportunities in Northern California is a great success. H.R. 689, authored by Congressman Wally Herger and supported by Senator Diane Feinstein, has resolved long-standing interagency management conflicts at the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area.

Historically, this riding area was a mix of Forest Service and BLM lands and was sort of being co-managed by both agencies. Both agencies have similar yet significantly different management rules and regulations when it comes to OHV recreation, including permitted motorized events. This regulatory confusion often detracted from this destination OHV area.

Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, states, "On a recent tour with BLM staff, I was impressed by how the land exchange bill has already changed the tone and direction at the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area. I think it allows the BLM to more effectively manage and maintain the OHV trail and road system on the unit."

"I think this bill is a good model or case study of how local users working with their elected officials can impact land-management in an area. Wilderness advocates got almost 5,000 acres added to Forest Service non-motorized units near Weaverville and motorized recreationists are seeing improved BLM opportunities near Redding," Amador stated.

"The Chappie-Shasta OHV Area offers a diverse range of motorized opportunities for dirt-bikes, ATVs, and ROVs. There are many scenic outlooks that include views of Shasta Lake, Mount Shasta, and the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. H.R. 689 has truly improved this area and is a tribute to those who worked hard to get this bill enacted," Amador concludes.

Congressman Wally Herger said, "I have long been a supporter of ensuring that our federal lands are fully open to recreation and all forms of multiple-use. Particularly as the Forest Service seeks to greatly restrict OHV use on National Forests throughout California, I was very pleased to work with Senator Feinstein to enact this common sense legislation to consolidate management of the Chappie-Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area under the Bureau of Land Management. I will continue doing all I can to support this widely-enjoyed and appropriate use of our federal lands."

Link to Chappie-Shasta OHV Area
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/redding/recreationmain/reddingrecreationo...


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