BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12Yellowstone National Park will hold a public meeting on Monday, August 10, 2015, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Visitor Information Center in West Yellowstone, Montana, to discuss the park’s draft Winter Use Adaptive Management Plan. The draft plan outlines a strategy to identify which affected resources should be most closely monitored and evaluated, how these resources should be monitored and how the NPS will continually engage the public throughout the process. It was developed with input from working groups comprised of members of the public who contribute expertise across six impact topics.

The morning session of the public meeting will include updates on the development of the draft plan. In the afternoon park staff will solicit input for prioritizing the metrics for the impact monitoring program. To assist with logistics and preparation, those planning to attend the meeting are asked to email an RSVP to e-mail us.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — More than 25,000 people have joined the American Motorcyclist Association to oppose federal mandates that would result in the spread of higher-ethanol blended fuels and increase the risk of inadvertent misfueling for motorcyclists and others.

To date, the AMA has collected 25,151 signatures on its online petition urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to increase the proposed renewable fuel volumes this year and, instead, to adopt lower mandates.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The Stanislaus National Forest is requesting public comment on the Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) proposed action begun on June 26, 2015. Public comment on the proposed action is encouraged. To assure your comments are fully considered during the scoping phase of the project, please submit comments by August 10, 2015. The information you share now will be instrumental in formulating alternative actions in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The overall objective of this proposal is to provide a manageable and sustainable system of roads, trails, and areas designated for OSV use within the Stanislaus National Forest. The proposed action also identifies trails for grooming and adopts the California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division snow depth standards for that purpose.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Nearly 8,000 concerned individuals have joined the American Motorcyclist Association to oppose the spread of higher-ethanol blended fuels across the country, the motorcyclist advocacy organization announced today.

The AMA is asking for signatures to its online petition that urges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to increase the proposed renewable fuel volumes this year and, instead, to adopt lower mandates.

As of this afternoon, about 7,800 people had signed.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12BOISE, ID — A federal court has accepted the settlement agreement that resolves a lawsuit claiming that the Clearwater National Forest illegally closed recommended wilderness areas (RWA) to motorized use. The agreement, between the Forest Service and lawyers for the Idaho State Snowmobile Association and BlueRibbon Coalition, requires the agency to conduct a new analysis and issue a new decision to evaluate “motorized and over snow access management” in the areas. The Forest Service “dispute Plaintiffs’ claims” but acknowledged “that regional issuance of documents described as guidance for forest planning, including planning for RWA management, has led to confusion and misperception regarding the role that such documents serve ….”

Tread-Lightly-Thumb-9-22-14SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The national nonprofit Tread Lightly! and its partners Bass Pro Shops and Arctic Cat announced a new program designed to advance stewardship of the outdoors by growing Tread Lightly!’s member base. Individuals who join or renew their membership between now and September 30, 2015 will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win an Arctic Cat 2015 Wildcat Trail XT side by side and high-value Bass Pro Shops gift cards.

Those who join or renew their Tread Lightly! membership at higher levels can increase their chances of winning an Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail XT side by side or a $1,000, a $500 or a $250 Bass Pro Shops gift card by receiving more entries into the drawing.

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MINNEAPOLIS (April 22, 2015)
— Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the acquisition of Timbersled Products, Inc. a privately held Sandpoint, Idaho-based company that is an  innovator and market leader in the burgeoning snow bike industry. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12BlueRibbon Coalition sent over information on an upcoming Environmental Impact Statement for the Tahoe National Forest. See more information below – Editor

The Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to designate Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) use on roads, trails and areas on lands within the Tahoe National Forest. The EIS will also identify snow trails available for grooming on the Forest. Public input on the initial proposed action is encouraged.

Yamaha-Logo-10-27-11KENNESAW, Georgia, December 9, 2014 — Yamaha Parts and Accessories, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today announced the launch of a new e-commerce website. For the first time ever, www.ShopYamaha.com gives consumers the ability to purchase high-quality Yamaha apparel and accessories at a single online destination.

The responsive site features a clean and modern look with high-resolution product and lifestyle imagery. Consumers can quickly and simply shop their favorite Yamaha Motor products. Among the site’s initial offerings are riding gear, fashionable brand apparel, and high-quality accessories for Yamaha on and off road motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, side by sides, and personal watercraft.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The National Park Service is pleased to announce the availability of the Yellowstone Snowmobile Education Certification course. Certification under this free online course will be required for all members of the public who operate snowmobiles in the park under the new Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program. This program permits members of the public to guide private parties of up to five Best Available Technology snowmobiles into the park. There will be one group per oversnow entrance per day and permits can be for up to three days.

The Yellowstone Snowmobile Education Certification course focuses on rider safety and resource protection. Participants will learn how to plan for their trip, operate snowmobiles in Yellowstone’s unique conditions, and the best practices for sharing roadways with wildlife, among other topics.