BLM-Logo-12-1-16WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Land Management, which is responsible for overseeing 245 million acres of the nation’s public lands, has issued its final ‘Planning 2.0’ rule that will update how the agency plans for land management in the West.

The most significant change is the establishment of three additional public input periods early in the planning process to increase transparency and allow for more robust public involvement. Sportsmen and women are hopeful that these changes will increase public satisfaction in the land-use planning process and eventual management of public lands.

Jeep Crews
Half the fun of going off-roading are the people you get to hang out with. We’ve been on some pretty epic adventures with some amazing people and seldom do we leave disappointed. Here are five Jeep crews that we wouldn’t hesitate to go wheeling with.

BFGoodrich-Logo-2-19-13BFGoodrich Tires announced last week at the 2016 SEMA Show that it will be the exclusive tire of the 2017 Jeep Jamboree USA season. Jeep Jamboree USA offers more than 30 trail rides and events across the country to try and encourage Jeep owners to get the most adventure from their vehicle.

Most Jamborees are typically over the weekend as two-day events, with a focus on family activities that cater to novice and expert Jeepers alike. Jeep Jamboree provides experienced guides to help navigate and educate Jeep owners at each event.

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Hurricane, UT
– Trail Hero continued Friday with trail rides across the southern Utah landscape outside Hurricane. Friday also included the Low Range Off-Road and Red-Desert Off-Road Bounty Hill climb, which proved to be a bit harder than everyone anticipated.

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Jeep just upped the ante of the off-road prowess of the Grand Cherokee SUV, as it will offer a new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk version for 2017.

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The inaugural All-Pro Off-Road Trail Breaker Challenge brought the top 10 competitors from around the world to tackle a slot canyon in Sand Mountain SRMA (Special Resource Management Area). The canyon has never been driven, or even thought about being driven, until Trail Hero.

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Hurricane, Utah
– Trail Hero, presented by CargoGlide, is an off-road rock sports event benefiting the Utah Public Lands Alliance (UPLA) for one reason, and one reason alone: To keep our public lands accessible to the public. Sand Mountain OHV Area is in danger of closing if the BLM moves forward with a land swap. The new owner has plans to develop Sand Mountain Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). His current property has the Mojave desert tortoise inhabiting it, which is an endangered species, and the BLM want to protect the tortoise. Sand Mountain SRMA is where Trail Hero will take place October 5 – 8, 2016.

5 Signs Feature
If you’ve hit the trails over the weekend or plan to soon, these are clear-cut signs that you have a successful off-road excursion.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-NEW-Logo-6-21-16Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition is highlighting upcoming meetings this week regarding proposed action for the Rio Grande National Forest in Colorado. See below for more information.

The Rio Grande National Forest invites public input on the Proposed Action for the forest plan revision. The Proposed Action is not a proposed plan; the public will help develop the proposed plan through input on the Proposed Action. Public input will also help identify issues and develop alternatives to the proposed plan that will be analyzed in the draft environmental impact statement.

Flex Friday Feature

Get ready for the weekend off-road fans and check out these seven off-road vehicles doing their best #FlexFriday pose. Have your own great flex shot? Tag us on Instagram on our new page @OffRoadDotCom.