ADVOCACY RESOURCES

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 http://archive.sharetrails.org/public-lands/power-tools

CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT (NEPA)
This guide provides an explanation of NEPA, how it is implemented, and how people outside the Federal government – individual citizens, private sector applicants, members of organized groups, or representatives of Tribal, State, or local government agencies – can better participate in the assessment of environmental impacts conducted by Federal agencies. It is available at http://archive.sharetrails.org/uploads/CEQ_Citizens_Guide_to_NEPA.pdf

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.
http://archive.sharetrails.org/public-lands/economic-studies

SHARETRAILS.ORG/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” http://archive.sharetrails.org/public-lands/how-propose-alternative-wilderness

SHARETRAILS.ORG/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: http://archive.sharetrails.org/public-lands/anatomy-land-bill

SHARETRAILS.ORG/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 http://archive.sharetrails.org/uploads/Media_Guide.pdf

SHARETRAILS.ORG/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 http://archive.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
https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/overview/program_summary/index.cfm

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 http://archive.sharetrails.org/about/collaboration-checkboxes

A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR STARTING A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
Starting a tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, a How To Guide – Bylaws. Articles of Incorporation. Conflict of Interest Policy. Supporting Documents. http://form1023.org/starting-a-nonprofit-organization

UTAH PUBLIC LAND USE MANAGEMENT-REPORT OF FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATIONS
http://archive.sharetrails.org/uploads/UTAH_PUBLIC_LAND_USE_MANAGEMENT.pdf

OTHER RESOURCES

American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)

Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA)

Equestrian Land Conservation Resource (ELCR)

International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA)

National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

Tread Lightly!

Other Recreation Activist’s Tools – U.S. Capitol Switchboard:(202) 224-3121