BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The Inyo National Forest and the Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold an open house February 11, 2016, to gather ideas from the public for requesting off-highway vehicle grant funds.

The informal open house will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Forest Service/BLM office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop.

Interested citizens are invited to drop in at any time during the open house. Representatives from the two agencies will be available to answer questions about potential grants and to receive ideas about the types of projects and other opportunities to be funded through the grants.

Editor’s Note: The Trail Political Action Committee (TPAC) is helping to inform off-road enthusiasts about political decisions and their impact on access. See their below news letter regarding TPAC support.

Dear OHV Voter,

Our motto at the Trail Political Action Committee is All Trail Decisions are Political Decisions.  The continued efforts by anti-motorized political forces to ban or restrict trail use are the best argument for why OHVers (that means YOU) must get involved in the election process.

Over the past summer, after receiving suggestions from OHV users, the Forest Service in Lake Tahoe began a dialogue with local agencies, interest groups and individuals about the quality of OHV experiences and how to maintain our OHV trails within the Tahoe Basin. Improving OHV signing, parking for trailers and involving the OHV community in the planning, management and maintenance of trails were top priorities identified as a result of the dialogue.

Destination Polaris is back for 2016. Celebrate the New Year by tuning into Destination Polaris on the Fox Sports Networks. The new season kicked off January 3 and will continue through September.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition sent out this note on the extended comment period for the BSSG. See the details below on how you can comment.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the comment period 30 days on potential changes to the Proposed Plan as set forth in the Greater Sage Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (BSSG) Forest Plan Amendment/Final Environmental Impact Statement. The United States Forest Service (USFS) was the lead agency for preparing the environmental impact statement (EIS) and land use plan amendment (LUPA). The BLM, a cooperating agency, is proposing to amend the Carson City District Office Consolidated Resource Management Plan (RMP) and the Tonopah Field Office RMP based on the analysis in this EIS. Public comments will now be accepted through January 15, 2016.

Editor’s Note: The Trail Political Action Committee has offered its suggestion for voting for Ron Johnson to support off-road access. See their complete letter below.

Dear Trail Voter,

The Trail PAC (Trail Political Action Committee) works to elect federal candidates who will support legislation and policy promoting and protecting responsible off-highway vehicle recreation on public and private lands.   Trail PAC is proud to announce its official endorsement and support for Ron Johnson running for re-election to the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.

Jay Vanderloop, a powersports dealer and outdoor recreationist, states, “Senator Ron Johnson understands how the anti-access regulatory agenda of federal agencies can impact OHV-based businesses and user groups.  Senator Johnson has worked hard to support the common sense regulatory reform in the ROV In-Depth Examination Act, S1040.”

S1040, more commonly known as the RIDE Act, would require the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to postpone proposed mandates for off-road, side-by-side vehicles (ROVs) until those proposals have been studied and evaluated by government scientific organizations.  That legislation followed the CPSC’s rejection of a bipartisan Senate request that the CPSC work cooperatively with the ROV industry and other stakeholders.

Senator Johnson states, “It is the job of Congress to exercise its oversight authority when overreaching regulations are proposed that could devastate an important industry that provides high quality recreation products enjoyed by millions of outdoor enthusiasts throughout the country.  I will continue to support efforts to ensure that regulations are both appropriate and science-based.”

TPAC believes this contest is critical to help us retain our pro-trail majority in the U.S. Senate.  TPAC wants to join forces with Jay Vanderloop and other pro-trail voters in Wisconsin in an effort to send Johnson back to Washington D.C. on November 8.

Ron Johnson is TPAC’s 2nd officially endorsed senate race in the 2016 election cycle.

TPAC wants to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you who are supporting our efforts in 2016.

Thanks again for your continued support in the 2016 presidential election.  You are making a difference!

Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has scheduled two additional open house meetings on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the West Mojave Route Network Project, released earlier in 2015. The meetings provide an additional opportunity for the public to receive information and provide feedback on the plan.

Meetings will be held Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 12603 Mariposa Road, Victorville and Wednesday, December 17, 2015, at the Kerr-McGee Center, 100 W. California Avenue, Ridgecrest. Both meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and include a presentation and an open house format to review maps, ask questions and provide written comments to the BLM. The BLM will review input received through the public comment period — which closes January 25, 2016 — when making a decision on the final plan.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12Editor’s note: The BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this note regarding the Rattlesnake Mountain OHV Trails project.

The San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) is pleased to announce the availability of the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Rattlesnake Mountain OHV Trails project. The Forest Service is seeking public comments on this proposal for 30 calendar days; comments must be received by December 16, 2015.

The Rattlesnake Mountain OHV Trails EA evaluates the environmental consequences of the proposal to designate off highway vehicle (OHV) routes and to close/restore unauthorized routes in the Rattlesnake Mountain and Big Pine Flat areas of the SBNF.

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– Omix-ADA recently announced it will continue grant funding for its popular Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program for the 2016 calendar year. The program makes grants of up to $5,000 available to organizations helping to advance the off-road hobby.

– Since Polaris launched its T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program in 2006, the company has donated more than $1.7 million to ATV and ORV clubs, associations and grassroots groups across the United States to ensure the future of safe, legal and accessible ATV riding. This past September, Polaris awarded its 200th grant, highlighting the breadth of the program and the extent of its impact on the riding community.