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Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition recently sent out this update related to potential trail closure in Moab, Utah. Read below for more information.

The Grand County Council has identified over 100 miles of road closures in its proposed Public Lands Initiative (PLI) plan to be submitted to Representative Rob Bishop. This proposal is scheduled to be voted on by the end of the month, so it is imperative for you to take action today!

Utah’s Grand County, home to Moab’s world class OHV trails, has been participating in Congressman Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative, a plan to resolve some of Utah’s most contentious public lands issues, including Wilderness and OHV use.

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Rugged Radios introduces the feature packed and ready to race RRP6100 intercom. Built on the most configurable platform the RRP6100 outperforms any racing intercom on the market today.

National-Geographic-Logo-3-18-15National Geographic Maps, celebrating 100 years as one of the most trusted names in cartography, will make available hundreds of maps from its Trails Illustrated line through Avenza Systems Inc.’s popular, award-winning PDF Maps app. The addition of these maps, the most popular outdoor recreation maps in North America, augments the PDF Maps app digital map database by incorporating trail maps from a world-renowned source. It also increases National Geographic Maps’ reach within the mobile consumer market, giving more consumers than ever access to the Trails Illustrated line. Trail maps from many of America’s most popular national parks have already been uploaded to the app, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Zion and Great Smoky Mountains.

With many Ranger Districts throughout the country discontinuing visitor services, Avenza’s PDF Maps app provides an alternative for outdoor enthusiasts planning a trip in remote areas where Internet service is not always available to stream detailed map content. Using National Geographic’s line of detailed recreation maps, PDF Maps app users can purchase, download and save maps on GPS-enabled devices such as Android- and iOS-based phones and tablets. At their destination, park visitors can use the app to find and mark their location directly on the National Geographic map they’ve downloaded. They can take advantage of various interactive features, such as location tagging; dropping waypoints/pinpoints on points of interest; attaching images and notes; and tracking routes, distance and elevation — all while offline.

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BRC’s Team Albright is headed east to dig into issues affecting motorized access face-to-face in the eastern half of the US.  The “cry for help” has been heard and BRC is pushing ahead with a plan; but we need your input.  In fact, we’d like your suggestions, travel ideas, tips on places to visit and offers for “meet and greets” where Del and Stacie can hear from you and your club directly.  Together we need to work towards a better future for you and your family to enjoy outdoor motorsports.

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CRANDON, WISC
. — Despite the fact that all of Crandon International Raceway’s 400 acres is still under a thick blanket of snow and ice, for Midwest off-road racing fans next week holds the promise of warm summer weekends as the facility opens up camping and ticket reservations for the 2015 season. Crandon will open online reservations on Monday, March 2, 2015 at precisely 9:00a.m. Central TIme.

What would you do with a TRD Pro on the diverse terrain of Chile? Toyota wants to know.

What would you do with a TRD Pro on the diverse terrain of Chile? Toyota wants to know.

If you had the keys to each one of the TRD Pro Series vehicles and free reign to explore a diverse and beautiful foreign country, what would you do?

Tread-Lightly-Thumb-9-22-14Salt Lake City, Utah – Tread Lightly! appointed two new members to its Board of Directors at an annual meeting recently held at its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The new board members are Andrew Hoit, Vice President of Sales at Falken Tire Corporation, a global performance tire manufacturer, and Mark MacGuinness, Vice President at Discount Tire Direct, the world’s largest independent tire and wheel retailer.

“Tread Lightly! is committed to protecting access to the great outdoors for the benefit and enjoyment of people of all ages, and our diverse board has a growing interest in the many issues currently impacting access to public and private lands and waters,” said Lori McCullough, executive director and board member for Tread Lightly!. “As a member based organization, Tread Lightly! is also committed to expanding our membership as we approach our 25th anniversary in 2015. We encourage everyone who enjoys the outdoors to consider a Tread Lightly! membership as a way to help support access to our public lands.”

SEMA-Logo-1-3-13Diamond Bar, CA – According to a report from SEMA, an estimated 2,000 tons of salt were successfully deposited on the mud surface at the end of the access road to the Bonneville Salt Flats.  It was graded and then dried to a hard concrete-like racing surface.  Although modest in scope, the project demonstrates that it should be possible to deposit dry salt in targeted areas so as to help preserve our national treasure, the site where land speed records have been set over the past 100 years.

The project took place over several days in mid-June.  It was organized by the Save the Salt Coalition in coordination with the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Shelton Construction deposited the salt over the mud, an area once covered by salt.  The company has decades of experience working in and around Bonneville.

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Photo: Del Albright

As early as the 1840’s, farmers and gold seekers loaded their possessions, a few women, children, dogs and cats in covered wagons and began what would become an arduous journey toward the Pacific Ocean.  The trickle of emigrants beginning in 1841 would turn into hordes of dreamers after the discovery of gold in California in 1848.  The overland emigrant trek would take five to six months crossing mountains, deserts, rivers, and some of the most hostile country in the world.

NORRA-LogoAgua Dulce, Calif.: With pre-rally entries at record levels, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) today released a final event schedule for its fifth annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. NORRA and its unique, vintage-flavored, on and-off road rally will cover 1,300+ miles over four days starting in Ensenada, Mexicali, Baja, Mexico on May 10th and finishing in the world-class resort destination of San Jose Del Cabo on Wednesday, May 14th.

For the first time in its history, the Mexican 1000 will start in the host city of Ensenada, Baja, Mexico, just two hours south of downtown San Diego. Much of the pre-race activity will center around Ensenada’s iconic Riviera Cultural Center, including Saturday’s General Tire “Round-Up” of historic and vintage race cars, trucks and sedans, the “Bilstein Shock Absorber Tech Inspection” and the “Walker Evans Racing Driver’s Meeting and Welcome Fiesta.”