ADVOCACY RESOURCES This page contains a list of publications and other tools for the recreation access activist. This is a "work in progress;"so if you know of something that should be included on this list, please let us know. Many of these products are available from sources other than the Coalition. There is no need to re-invent the wheel. Many of these titles are user group specific, but the information in them isn't.
BLUERIBBON COALITION LEGAL PROGRAM No public lands advocacy effort can affect access on the ground without a continual and effective presence in the court. Citizens who use and enjoy motorized vehicles are aggressively targeted by numerous and heavily-funded anti-access special interests. Access-friendly decisions must be defended and improper decisions must be challenged.
SAND MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA Sand Mountain, near rapidly-growing St. George, Utah, is a popular off-road recreation area. The area is primarily on Bureau of the Land Management land and encompasses 21,000 acres designated as a Special Recreational Management Area (SRMA) and is an open riding area. The Sand Mountain SRMA was designated almost 20 years ago by the BLM with specific language in the Resource Management Plan stating the land in the SRMA...
TRAIL 38 UPDATE The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) has filed a complaint against the Federal government to challenge the arbitrary closure of, "Trail 38," a high value single-track motorcycle trail in Wyoming. The BRC Legal Program is representing a local AMA District club and local users in the case. "Though the trail mileage is small, the stakes are high," said J.R. Riggins, a plaintiff in the suit and Wyoming dirt bike rider.
SAGE GROUSE ISSUE UPDATE The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are conducting massive land use plan amendments encompassing most BLM land in 10 Western states. Use this webpage as a key resource to track the administrative effort. BRC will continue to monitor and participate in travel planning in sage-grouse habitat, both to provide for recreation and protect natural resources.
OCOTILLO WELLS STATE VEHICULAR RECREATION AREA (SVRA) Ocotillo Wells (SVRA) offers more than 85,000 acres of desert riding, open for OHV exploration and recreation. Anti-access groups have filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to force CA State Parks to limit off-road vehicle use to designated trails, arguing that the core State Park management policies are illegal and should be changed. This will effectively eliminate Open riding, which has been the traditional use.
UTAH UPDATE 2013 The Utah Land Use Update is a brief run-down of various issues affecting YOUR recreation and access to YOUR public lands in the great state of Utah. These include a litigation updates, Wilderness legislation and Bureau of Land Management updates.
SPECIAL RECREATION PERMITS The recreation permit process as currently implemented on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (FS) managed lands is overly bureaucratic, expensive for both agencies and the public, and often applied in an unfair and arbitrary manner. Efforts to encourage the agencies to modify and streamline the process have failed. BRC is appealing to legislators to pass a bill that will modify and streamline the Special Recreation/Special Use Permit to better serve the public interest and support the goals of land use planning.
ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDIES This a great resource for land use advocates and OHV enthusiasts. These economic impact studies as well as other reports and studies come from a number of different sources throughout the US and are a great source of information on the economic impact of Off Highway Vehicles and motorized recreation has on the economy, tourism and the economic costs of Wilderness.
BRC BOOK CLUB Have you read any good books lately? Here is a list of books well worth spending some time reading. The page includes images and summary of books BRC's Public Lands Policy Director has read and wants to recommend.
NATIONAL FOREST MANAGEMENT - A CAUSE FOR CONCERN We wanted to make an excellent article, originally printed in the Fall 2011 edition of the Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine, available to our members. The Ruffed Grouse Society, headquartered in Coraopolis, PA, is an organization whose members are mainly grouse and woodcock hunters who support national scientific conservation and management efforts to ensure the future of the species. The Ruffed Grouse Society is nationally known for some of the best conservation related journalism in print today.
SEC. SALAZAR: LOST IN THE WILDERNESS New Secretarial Order provides another formal designation; "Wild Lands," to lock the public out of public lands. One day before Christmas Eve, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced he had given the Wilderness activists one of the best Christmas presents they could have asked for: A Secretarial Order purporting to mandate new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wilderness inventories. The Order seems to suggest that for the BLM, Wilderness is now top priority.
NEW FOREST PLANNING RULE The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is in the process of revising their regulations that govern how the agency prepares Forest Plans. Known as the "Planning Rule," these regulations will be the driving force behind how the agency develops, amends and revises their Land Use Plans. The FS is proposing a planning rule that will shift what is left of any emphasis toward multiple use / sustained yield to such things as global warming, ecosystem management...
THE TWIN INITIATIVES The current administration is pushing two public lands initiatives: The Treasured Landscape Initiative and the America's Great Outdoor Initiative. It's probably safe to say they're part of the same whole. The TREASURED LANDSCAPE INITIATIVE includes plans for new Wilderness areas, expanded National Parks and no less than 14 new National Monuments across 9 states!
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) This section contains the list of BLM Websites with links to all the Bureau's home pages broken down by state. The UTAH RMP UPDATElinks to information about the six BLM Field Offices and their completed RMPs and Travel Plans.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) Explore our National Parks with this direct link to the National Park Service website. Stay up on Park News and Events, plan your trip, get involved or just explore. The National Park Service website is loaded with lots of great information and links. You can even get information on what National Park planning is going on in your area.
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES The House Committee on Natural Resources’ subcommittees include National Parks, Forests & Public Lands, Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans & Insular Affairs, Energy & Mineral Resources, Indian & Alaska Native Affairs and Water & Power. Stay up with what’s going on in the Committee's regular update the Natural Resources Roundup. Keep updates on the Committee's weekly schedule by bookmarking this page.
GAO REPORT ON OHVS JUNE 2009 This last June, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on, you guessed it, the rising use of OHVs on public lands. The report is titled: Enhanced Planning Could Assist Agencies in Managing Increased Use of Off-Highway Vehicles.