BRC's Recreation News 10.18.11: News from AZ, MT, CO, ID, IA, OR, NM, WA and NV, plus a bonus

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Shameless Self Promotion Department Del and Stacie Albright are hosting a unique and fun way to raise awareness and support for BRC's efforts. Check it out: JOIN US for the fun, the adventure and the landuse! http://blogs.4wheeloffroad.com/6757210/off-road-events/trail-access-part... More shameless promotion....This time we're shamelessly promoting the website update over at California Association of 4WD Clubs (a.k.a "Cal 4 wheel") http://www.cal4wheel.com/ First... the good news:

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Shameless Self Promotion Department
Del and Stacie Albright are hosting a unique and fun way to raise awareness and support for BRC's efforts. Check it out:
JOIN US for the fun, the adventure and the landuse!
http://blogs.4wheeloffroad.com/trail-access-partnership-tour-update/index.html

More shameless promotion....This time we're shamelessly promoting the website update over at California Association of 4WD Clubs (a.k.a "Cal 4 wheel")
http://www.cal4wheel.com/


First... the good news:
Arizona
Federal judge sides with BLM on management of Arizona Strip lands
http://cronkitenewsonline.com/federal-judge-sides-with-blm-on-management-of-az-str


Now, the bad news:
Montana

Setback in Lewis and Clark National Forest Lawsuit

In April of 2010 BRC, the Motorcycle Industry Council, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and Montana user groups were celebrating a landmark legal victory in a lawsuit challenging the Lewis and Clark National Forest (LCNF) 2007 Travel Management Plan.

A federal court in Montana agreed with our claims that the LCNF violated federal law. The central theme of the decision was that the Plan was more restrictive than any of the alternatives vetted during the public review process. The Court found that the Forest's final decision "reduced total motorized routes by nearly thirty percent from the most restrictive Draft EIS alternative. It also closed several routes which were not identified for closure in any DEIS alternative."

The Court also struck down the agency's treatment of off-route travel for dispersed camping. The Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) portrayed as an element common to every alternative a 300-foot-wide allowance, which was already in place in the Forest since 2001. In the Final EIS, and thus without the opportunity for further public input, this was altered to a "vehicle-plus-trailer-length" allowance in every alternative.

Sadly, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed that ruling finding the U.S. Forest Service did not violate the law when it strayed beyond the range of alternatives proposed in a draft environmental impact statement, as long as the plan differed in only minor ways from one of the alternatives and was “somewhere within” the range of alternatives proposed.

I don't want to say too much about this because BRC and the other recreational groups are evaluating our options. Needless to say... stay tuned!

Read about the decision:
Law 360 Article: No Review Needed For Feds' RV Rule Changes: 9th Circ.
https://www.sharetrails.org/public-lands/no-review-needed-for-feds-rv-rule-changes

Little Belt travel plan restricting vehicles ruling upheld
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20111013/NEWS01/110130303/Little-Belt-travel-


More Montana newsclips
Borrowing trouble: Snowmobiles, ATVs banned in Lincoln area ditches
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20111013/LIFESTYLE05/110130312


Colorado
BLM finalizes plan for northwest Colorado lands
http://summitcountyvoice.com/blm-finalizes-plan-for-northwest-colorado-lands

BLM plan for Colorado balances oil-and-gas uses with conservation
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_19135572

BLM land plan for NW Colorado displeases enviros, energy interests
http://www.bizjournals.com/blm-land-plan-for-nw-colorado

Settlement talks put Lenado snowmobile suit on hold
http://www.aspentimes.com/111019950/1077&ParentProfile=1058

Here's a letter to the editor from Ed Marston, from High Country News, about a land trade in W. Colorado
Public must be involved in land exchange
http://www.deltacountyindependent.com/public-must-be-involved-in-land-exchange

Developers block Forest Service road near Edwards
http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20111013/NEWS/111019932/1078&ParentProfile=1062

BLM issues final decision for Little Snake management plan
http://www.craigdailypress.com/blm-issues-final-decision-little-snake-management

Udall’s ski area summer-use bill passes the House
http://summitcountyvoice.com/udalls-ski-area-summer-use-bill-passes-the-house


Idaho
Rock climbers left in the dark
http://www.idahostatejournal.com/article_07729476-f567-11e0-a791-001cc4c002e0.html

BLM offering reward for info leading to arrest of those who vandalized old mercury milling site in Owyhee County
http://www.idahostatesman.com/blm-offering-reward-for-info-leading.html


Iowa
Officials responding to four-wheeler complaints
http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/543072/Officials-responding-to-four-wheeler-


Oregon
Oceano Dunes dust study called a little murky
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/1797028/oceano-dunes-dust-study-called.html

From Eugene Oregon's registerguard.com
EDITORIAL: Oregon’s ‘crown jewels’
http://www.registerguard.com/wilderness-kitzhaber-rogue-wild-acres

Earlier this year, Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar asked governors and congressional representatives across the nation to identify “crown jewels,” natural treasures on Bureau of Land Management lands in their states that should be considered for federal wilderness protection.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber took him at his word and recently fired off a wish list to Salazar. Kitzhaber’s requests should receive serious consideration for inclusion in wilderness legislation that the Interior chief plans to submit to Congress in its current session.

New Mexico
Speaking of the Department of Interior's wilderness lobbying efforts...
U.S. Interior official visits Taos; Gorge up for wilderness designation
http://www.taosnews.com/news/article_fef11ac2-eb7d-11e0-847f-001cc4c002e0.html


Washington State
Reiter Foothills Update
NEW $10,000 GRANT WILL BENEFIT RECREATIONAL PROJECT IN UPPER SKY VALLEY
http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com/BREAKING-NEWS/NEW-10-000-GRANT-WILL-BENEFIT-R


Arizona
Gun Groups Decry 'Unacceptable' Proposal to Ban Target Shooting on Western Parkland
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/gun-groups-decry-unacceptable-proposal-to-ban-target-sh


Nevada
Elko County seeks forest travel plan hearing
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/oct/16/nv-forest-roads-elko-1st-ld-writethru/

Elko County officials seek hearing on Forest Service's travel management plan
http://www.lvrj.com/news/elko-county-officials-seek-hearing-on-fs-travel-management


Bonus
The gang over at ROHVA blasted an update the other day on their efforts to get manufacturers of UTV (Side by Sides) to coordinate on occupant safety.
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Continues Pioneering Work In Support of Consensus Standards and Occupant Safety
http://motorsportsnewswire.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/recreational-off-highway-vehicle

 

December 8, 2011 2:36 PM

Greetings Rec News Subscribers!
National
This land is my land  - Current wilderness legislation is underlining an ideological conflict over public land use
http://scienceline.org/2011/12/this-land-is-my-land/

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December 6, 2011 4:35 PM

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Alabama
Off-road haven coming to Talladega County?
http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/16661643/article-Off-road-ha...
Alabama’s Cheaha Trail Riders win award
http://www.cleburnenews.com/Cheaha-Trail-Riders-win-award

Oregon
County to feds: Let us know before land-use decisions
http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111205/NEWS02/1...
Before Uncle Sam makes a land-use decision in Washington, D.C., affecting Jackson Count

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December 1, 2011 3:29 PM

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BS-O-Meter
Over the years, most longtime BRC members develop a well-honed BS-O-Meter. Well, you're meter needs no adjustment if the needle pegged in the red zone when you saw any of the headlines on this next story. The Montana based Headwaters Economics, a well known preservation activist think tank, has released a new study.
To free up more jobs in the West, government should “lock away” more — not fewer — public lands in parks, monuments and wilderness.
That th

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