Wilderness Activists Fail to Close Mount Jefferson in Forest Plan - Push Legislation Instead
As you know, BRC, the Idaho State Snowmobile Association (ISSA) and other snowmobile groups have been working to keep Mount Jefferson open for a long time. The new Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest planning process resulted in a compromise solution that kept most of the popular snowmobile areas open. This compromise represents a hard-fought, and, sadly, uncommon, victory for the snowmobile community.
The anti-snowmobile groups have convinced Senator Jon Tester from Montana to throw that hard-fought compromise down the toilet.
According to Sen. Tester's staff, the intent of the bill is to mirror the Forest Plan and actually opens up snowmobiling areas. Yet, the closure of Mt. Jefferson is a substantial deviation from that plan. The bill would close what the snowmobile community fought so hard to keep open, and it adds insult to injury for anyone to suggest differently.
This is extremely serious. Tester's bill is scheduled for hearings in the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests December 17, 2009.
The Idaho State Snowmobile Association has asked BRC to request all our members in Idaho to send a letter to Senator Risch and Senator Crapo asking for their assistance when the bill comes to the Subcommittee.
We've prepared a letter generator to help keep it as easy as possible. Please take a minute to click on the link below and send a letter. Your comments will help, please send your letter today! Write a letter to your decision makers.
As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Brian Hawthorne Public Lands Policy Director BlueRibbon Coalition 208-237-1008 ext 102