Recreation Activist's Toolkit

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Below is 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.

  • POWER TOOLS--Tools to Protect Your Access is the first section from BRC's How to Work with Land Management Agencies guide. This section consists of key "tips and pointers" developed to help individuals and organizations participate in the public land management planning process. It is available at www.sharetrails.org/public-lands/power-tools
     
  • ECONOMIC STUDIES--This information comes from a number of different sources throughout the US and is a great source of information on the economic impact of Off Highway Vehicles and motorized recreation has on the economy. www.sharetrails.org/public-lands/economic-studies
     
  • BLUERIBBON COALITION - HOW TO PROPOSE AN ALTERNATIVE TO WILDERNESS--This information was prepared for BRC members wishing to consider proposing such an alternative to Wilderness where they live and recreate. Please keep in mind that the information here is provided only as a general guide or idea generator.This information includes "How to propose an Alternative to Wilderness", "Anatomy of a Land Bill" and "Sample Legislation" www.sharetrails.org/public-lands/how-propose-alternative-wilderness
     
  • BLUERIBBON COALITION - ANATOMY OF A LAND BILL--A list of helpful terms and their meanings used in drafting alternative to Wilderness legislation. There is also a link to Sample Legislation located at the bottom of this page at: www.sharetrails.org/anatomy-of-land-bill
     
  • BLUERIBBON COALITION RECREATION ACTIVIST MEDIA GUIDE--Written by former BlueRibbon Coalition Board member Park Owens, this 12 page guide will walk you through the intimidating task of dealing with the general media. It is written by an enthusiast in language that you can understand. This document is available for download at www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Media_Guide.pdf
     
  •  BLUERIBBON COALITION CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTORY--Lists the entire U.S. Congress, with tips on how to contact your legislators. Phone, fax, email and snail mail addresses and committee assignments. Also includes information on the Governors of all 50 states, the President and Vice President, the Cabinet and selected federal agencies. ($15.00 + $5.00 shipping)
     
  • BLUERIBBON COALITION RS-2477 WORKSHOP HANDOUTS--Includes the Western Counties' Resources Policy Institute's "Source Book on RS-2477 Rights-of-Way Issues" and other materials to help you assert an RS-2477 right of way on your local roads and trails. This document is available for download at www.sharetrails.org/uploads/RS-2477_Workshop_Handout.pdf
  • "RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM" (RTP) BROCHURE--An informative item to help interested parties make use of RTP funds for trail maintenance and construction. It is available through the U.S. Department of Transportation's website at www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/rtbroch.htm   
  • COLLABORATION CHECKBOXES--A set of checkboxes to guide you through participation in the collaborative process. A well-conceived collaborative process should include a "check" for each of these items. You can view them at www.sharetrails.org/collaboration_checkboxes
  • POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS FROM THE '08 NOHVCC AND NAOPM CONFERENCES--You can now download a PDF file of many of the PowerPoint presentations given at the '08 Conferences. www.nohvcc.org/conference/conpower.asp

National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
NOHVCC staff and volunteer State Partners develop and provide information on club and state association development, OHV land management, and other services. They provide an ever-expanding array of "tools" and materials for OHV individuals, clubs, associations and agencies in order to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation.

Locate your NOHVCC State Representative on the website at www.nohvcc.org or contact NOHVCC at 800-348-6487.

Online library of OHV recreation-related documents and studies including planning and management, wildlife, economic impact studies, environmental ethics, sound monitoring, safety, and more (www.nohvcc.org).

  • Workshops for land managers and OHV enthusiasts.
  • Information on youth OHV programs.
  • OHV park guidebook and CD-Rom presentation.
  • OHV-related Public Service Announcement materials for print, TV and radio.
  • Free club-starting kits.
  • Public awareness and image enhancement materials.
  • Weekly e-mail newsletter.
  • NOHVCC press releases and articles.
  • NOHVCC exposition booths and distribution materials.
  • NOHVCC semi-truck equipped with ATVs for safety training programs, outdoor audio system, videos and distribution materials.

American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)
The AMA focuses on rights, riding and racing through its government relations work, by sanctioning road and off-road riding activities and overseeing professional and amateur racing events.

Address: 13515 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, OH, 43147
Phone: (614) 856-1900, Fax: (614) 856-1920 (8:30am-5:00pm, M-F, EST)
Website: www.ama-cycle.org

Sound advice link: www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/Sound_Advice.asp

Position statements: www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/issues.asp

State Law Guide (on and off road): www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/laws.asp

Rights main page: www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/resources.asp

News & Notes:  AMA Government Relations News & Notes a monthly e-mail service compiled and edited by the AMA Government Relations Staff www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/newsandnotes/index.asp.

GRD Publications

  • The Trail Riders Guide to the Forest Service Appeals Process
  • State Preemption Law for Motorcyclists
  • Motorcyclists Political Action Handbook
  • Motorcyclists Guide to Political Action Committees
  • How to Communicate with Government
  • A Motorcyclist's Guide to Finding and Understanding Laws and Regulations
  • Program Planning & Proposal Writing for Motorcycling Organizations
  • Motorcycle Laws
  • Off-Highway Motorcycle & ATV Laws
  • Summary of AMA Position Statements
  • AMA Position on Voluntary Helmet Use
  • AMA Position on Voluntary Sound Management
  • AMA Position on Mandatory Rider Education
  • AMA Position on Access to Public Lands
  • AMA Position on Local Motorized Recreation Restrictions
  • AMA Motorcycle Access PolicySound Advice
  • Government Relations Department
  • Off-Highway and Dual-Purpose Motorcycle Enthusiast Demographics
  • Off-Highway Motorcycle & ATV Trails Guidelines for Design
  • How You Can Become an AMA Community Council Member
  • Motorcyclists' Guide to Political Action Committees
  • Communications 101 for Motorcyclist Rights Groups
  • Motorcyclists' Guide to a Get Out The Vote Campaign

International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA)
ISMA is an organization representing the four snowmobile manufacturers: Arctic Cat, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Polaris Industries and Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA. ISMA functions to provide and encourage policies, programs and activities to improve the life-style activity of snowmobiling throughout the world.

Address: 1640 Haslett Rd., Suite 170, Haslett, MI, 48840
Phone: (517) 339-7788, Fax: (517) 339-7798
Website: www.snowmobile.org


Tread Lightly!
Tread Lightly! is an apolitical non-profit organization that promotes responsible recreation. While the books below are important to any recreational activists tool-kit, the fact that they are listed here should in no way be construed as an endorsement by Tread Lightly! of any political view.

Guidebooks provide in-depth information on the fundamentals for a particular activity such as step-by-step preparation, negotiating terrain, driving or riding tips, vehicle and safety equipment checklists, and minimum impact traveling and camping techniques.

Tread Lightly!'s Guidebooks to Responsible Recreation are available at the discounted rate of $0.30 to members (non member rate is $0.50) available through their website. They are also available to download for free at www.treadlightly.org/page.php/education-guidebooks/Guidebooks.html.

Tread Lightly Recreation Guides--

  • Guide To Responsible Off-Highway Motorcycle Use
  • Guide To Responsible Four-Wheeling
  • Guide To Responsible ATV Riding
  • Guide To Responsible Mountain Biking
  • Guide To Responsible Snowmobiling
  • Guide To Personal Watercraft Use
  • Guide to Responsible Sand Duning

 Address: 298 24th Street, Suite 325, Ogden, UT, 84401
Phone: (800) 966-9900, Fax: (801) 621-8633
Website: www.treadlightly.org


Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more.

Address: SEMA, 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Phone: (909) 396-0289,  Fax: 909/860-0184
E-mail: member@sema.org
Website: www.sema.org/


Equestrian Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) - Publications
(These items must be ordered from ELCR directly)

* Getting Organized: Creating an Equestrian Trails Organization--$15 + shipping
* Equestrian Land Protection Guide--$15 + shipping
*Natural Surface Trails by Design--$30 + shipping
*Guide to Equestrian Friendly Conservation Easements--$45 + shipping (hardcopy or DVD format)
*Equestrian Economic Impact Analysis: How Your Community Benefits--$3 + shipping
*Local Planning and Zoning Practices Related to Equestrian Facilities--$3 + shipping

Address: PO Box 335, Galena, IL 61036
Phone: (815) 776-0150, Fax: (815) 776-9420
Website: www.elcr.org


Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA)
The Back Country Horsemen of America is a national organization whos purpose is to perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America‚Äôs back country and wilderness.To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use. To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource. To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage and to foster and encourage the formation of new state Back Country    Horsemen's organizations.

Address: BCHA, PO Box 1367, Graham, WA 98338-1367
Phone: (888) 893-5161, Fax (360) 832-2471
E-mail: ExecSecretary@backcountryhorse.com
Website: www.backcountryhorse.com/


Other Recreation Activist's Tools - Capitol Switchboard
Call 202-224-3121 to reach the offices of your Senators and Representatives at any time, day or night.