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MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – The Johnson Valley Shared Use Area will be temporarily closed to the public August 14-21, 2016 while the Marine Corps conducts convoy operations and resupply missions to support a large-scale exercise.

Johnson-Valley-Hammers-3-1-13The BlueRibbon Coalition sent out this update on the upcoming closure of Johnson Valley next month. See the information below for more details.

The Johnson Valley Shared Use Area will be temporarily closed to the public August 14-21, 2016 while the Marine Corps conducts convoy operations and resupply missions to support a large-scale exercise. It was determined the window of closure for military use could be shortened from the previous announcement of August 1-30, 2016 after the Marine Corps refined the scope of training.

PrintKENNESAW, GA – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, today announces the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative awarded more than $80,000 in funds and equipment to nine grant applicants in the first quarter of 2016. Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative is the leading resource dedicated to those who work and play outdoors including, but not limited to, those who rely on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to ride, camp, hunt, fish or farm.

Sierra Trek’s Summit City basecamp, which rests along the alpine shores of Meadow Lake, is a hub of activity. During the 4-day event participants canoe or fish on the lake, relax along its shores, or hike in the local mountains. Each night after the bonfire is lit, the Wild West chuckwagon crew serves up country-style meals, a band takes the stage, and night owls kick up their heels on the dance floor.

The Fordyce Creek Trail is the original Sierra Trek route and traces the old Summit City Road from Cisco Grove to Meadow Lake. Although it was once traversed by ox-drawn wagons, it is now highly challenging and reserved for experienced drivers with modified four-wheel drives. There are a total of five “winch hills,” each of which is staffed by a team of skilled guides to help participants along.

Back in 1964, a small group of Jeepers got the idea of creating a fundraising event for the newly formed California Association of 4WD Clubs (CA4WDC). It would need to be a first-rate event similar to the then-famous Jeepers Jamboree on the Rubicon. Sacramento Jeepers member Ed Dunkley, an encyclopedia of knowledge on Sierra Nevada history and old mining routes, gathered a few folks and began searching for a suitable trail. The chosen route was a long-abandoned wagon road from Cisco Grove, California (near Truckee), to the shores of Meadow Lake and the 1860’s mining camp of Summit City. It had been decades since the “road” had been used, and Mother Nature had played her hand at reclaiming the land.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-NEW-Logo-6-21-16According to news release sent over recently from the BlueRibbon Coalition, the San Juan National Forest Dolores Ranger District in Colorado is extending the public comment period on the draft environmental analysis for the Rico-West Dolores Roads and Trails Travel Management Project. The project area is located north of Dolores, Colorado, and includes the Bear Creek, Taylor Mesa, Calico National Recreation Trail, Bolam Pass, the Divide road and Groundhog Point areas.

A 45-day comment period that began on Friday, May 6, was originally scheduled to end on June 20, 2016.  This date has been extended to July 15, 2016, (an additional 25 days). Copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be obtained at the Dolores Public Lands Office or by visiting the website below. Five alternatives address motor-vehicle use on San Juan National Forest roads and trails.

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With its mountainous red-rock backdrop, Moab, Utah, draws in adventure seekers of all sorts every year its scenery and wide variety of outdoor activities. Off-roaders flock to the trails of Moab throughout the year, many of which were at one time uranium mining roads.

Blueribbon-THUMB-Coalition-Idaho-deep-creek-range-8-7-15The Sawtooth National Recreation Area (NRA) is announcing the availability of the proposed action for the Big Wood Travel Management Plan. The purpose of this plan is to bring road and trail use into compliance with the Forest Plan, laws, and regulations; to provide a system of roads and trails for public access and recreational travel; to manage resource impacts that are occurring due to the use of roads and trails; and to rehabilitate non-system routes identified as a problem to natural and cultural resources (soil, water, fish, plants, wildlife, heritage, etc.).

This proposal would revise the existing Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for the Big Wood Watershed to meet changed conditions. The majority of routes represented on the existing MVUM would remain open to the public. Some new routes would be added, while others would be closed and naturalized or restricted to administrative or other authorized uses. Other changes include installing barriers or gates on ski trails, designating dispersed camping areas, upgrading and adding parking areas, converting roads to non-motorized trails, rerouting one motorized trail, and reducing the length of routes that encroach upon sensitive areas. This project is being analyzed in compliance with the 36 CFR 212 Travel Rule.

Soldiers Pass outside Sedona, Arizona. Photo: JeepTrailInfo.com

Soldiers Pass outside Sedona, Arizona. Photo: JeepTrailInfo.com

Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this note regarding public input on Soldiers Pass Near Sedona, Arizona. See below for more information.

The Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest is asking for public comments as it prepares an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate revising management of motorized use on the Soldiers Pass Road near Sedona, Arizona.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The BlueRibbon Coalition recently announced it was contacted by some its members regarding rumors that a land transfer bill, H.R. 2733, might include portions of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Moon Rocks in the Hungry Valley OHV Area near Reno, Nevada. BLM members were reportedly concerned with the bill and its possible inclusion of this area, which would result in the closure of the area.

BlueRibbon Coalition contacted both the BLM and Congressional Representatives to ascertain if, in fact, there were any impacts to legal OHV recreation at Hungry Valley, Moon Rocks, an area well known for catering to a variety of off-road vehicles, including dirt bikes, ATVs, trucks, SUVs and Jeeps.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition is calling attention to the BLM seeking public input regarding the Little Rockies Travel Management Plan in Montana. See more details below.

The Bureau of Land Management Malta Field Office is seeking public input about the Little Rockies Travel Management Plan. The BLM is looking for input on motorized vehicle, off-highway vehicle, snowmobile and non-motorized transportation uses on public lands in the Little Rockies Travel Management Planning Area of Phillips County. The 30-day scoping period began on April 5, 2016, and will end May 4, 2016.