BRC's Recreation News 11.29.11: News from around the country

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Alabama
Alabama’s Cheaha Trail Riders creating riding opportunities
http://sxsnews.com/index.php/2011/11/alabamas-cheaha-trail-riders-creating-riding-opportunities/


West Virginia
National Park Service to consider new park in W.Va.
http://wvgazette.com/Outdoors/201111280116


N. Arizona - S. Utah
BLM plans to re-vegetate areas along Agua Fria damaged by OHV use; seeks comments
http://www.dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=100548


Nevada
Update!
Yesterday, BRC's Action Alert subscribers were notified of a Wilderness bill proposed by Douglas County:

NEVADA-Douglas County Proposing Burbank Canyons as Wilderness in Conservation Bill
http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/2011/11/28/nevada-douglas-county-proposing-burbank-canyons-

Today's newsclips have info on public meetings where you can learn more and make your voice heard...
Open houses on Douglas County Conservation Bill set for December
http://www.recordcourier.com/article/20111128/NEWS/111129911/1062&ParentProfile=1049


N. Idaho / Montana
There will be more news on this soon...
Forests adopt standards for motorized access to grizzly habitat
http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2011/nov/28/forests-adopt-standards-motorized-

Forests plan to restrict access to help grizzlies
http://mynorthwest.com/174/585180/Forests-plan-to-restrict-access-to-help-grizzlies

Timber company looks to swap Upper Lochsa land with U.S. Forest Service
http://missoulian.com/news/local/timber-company-looks-to-swap-upper-lochsa-land


Minnesota
Longtime Superior National Forest chief to retire
http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/222380/group/homepage/


Colorado
Vail Daily letter: Off-road trails at risk
http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20111127/LETTER/111129888/1022&ParentProfile=1065

Feds offer public land to Pitkin, Eagle counties
http://www.postindependent.com/20111122/VALLEYNEWS/111129969/1083


California
They may not know it, but those equestrians in the photo within the story below aren't likely to be happy with additional regulations that a NPS will bring to livestock use!
Congress to decide between Park Service or Forest Service
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_19420995

Off-roaders decry loss of access
http://www.newsreview.com/chico/off-roaders-decry-loss-of-access/content?oid=4511465


Iowa
Meeting will help public ID illegal ATV use
http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/544131/Meeting-will-help-public-ID-illegal-


Utah
In our last newsclip, we made a pithy comment regarding an editorial that claimed the  Wasatch Range Recreation Access Enhancement Act would “remove protection.” We called that “The Big Lie.”

“The bill would remove protection... “
The big lie. Whenever you read something like that, your BS-O-Meter should be pegged in the red zone. Environmental activists use this old saw all the time. To them, any acre that isn't designated as a  federal Wilderness area is open for destruction. But don't worry... the general public is catching on.

Four members of Utah's Congressional delegation chimed in, and--sure enough--confirmed that the bill will NOT remove protection from these lands.

Second, the bill requires the secretary of Agriculture to follow guidelines established in the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and other applicable laws.

Check out the entire response:
Tram economics
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/52977550-82/act-public-traffic-wasatch.html.csp


Minnesota
Superior National Forest chief to retire
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/215524/


Montana
Montana outdoors group is actually a stealth Democratic attack dog
http://washingtonexaminer.com/montana-outdoors-group-actually-stealth-democratic-attack-dog


Vermont
Sad news from Vermont. We'll have more on this issue in the coming weeks...
Vermont yanks rule letting ATVs on state land
http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/58658--vermont-yanks-rule-letting-atvs-on-state-land

ATVs won't be automatically allowed on state lands, Vermont decides
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/ATVs-won-t-automatically-allowed-state-lands-Vermont


Wyoming
Sleeping Giant pushing for zip line, other summer activities
http://billingsgazette.com/wyoming/sleeping-giant-pushing-for-zip-line-other-summer-activities


North Carolina
Sen. Kay Hagan cosponsors bills for public land protection
http://www.mountainx.com/article/37747/Sen.-Kay-Hagan-cosponsors-bills-for-public-land-protection


Washington State
Colville Forest OKs South End motor vehicle plan
http://www.spokesman.com/2011/nov/22/colville-forest-oks-south-end-motor-vehicle-plan/


BONUS! -- BRC Land Use University
Wording Matters: Conservation vs. Preservation
http://www.southernfriedscience.com/?p=11746

 

December 8, 2011 2:36 PM

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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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