BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12Editor’s Note: BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this note regarding an OHV open house for the Wayne National Forest. See below for more details.

OHV riders and community members are invited to come and discuss the past, present and future of the OHV Trail systems on the Ironton Ranger District, which include the Hanging Rock, Pine Creek and Superior OHV Systems.

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POCATELLO, ID – We’ve all heard it said before, “Once a trail is closed it’s never reopened.” This isn’t always true.

The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) in conjunction with the BLM Field Office in Pocatello, ID, is pleased to announce the reopening of Trail 956 in the Deep Creek Range of Southern Idaho after over a decade of being off limits to motorized use.

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.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The Bureau of Land Management White River Field Office will hold a public workshop on May 6, 2015, to discuss the public review period for its 2014 Travel Route Inventory and future travel management efforts.

This meeting is intended to provide the public with an understanding of the multi-year process the BLM is undertaking in order to complete travel management plans for the White River Field Office and to answer questions about these efforts. This is an opportunity for the community to be engaged in this complex planning effort before it begins.

The field office currently has comprehensive travel route data on 650,000 acres of the 1.5 million-acre field office, including more than 1,833 miles of routes, collected in the 2014 Travel Route Inventory. The remainder of the field office will be inventoried this summer. How to review this information and what type of feedback the BLM is seeking will be discussed at this meeting.

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 ….”

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BRC is honored to announce an exciting partnership which will serve to provide all of our members a substantial benefit, and we ask that you consider a donation to this project today.

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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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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Las Vegas area is currently fronting a draft plan that could eliminate or greatly restrict both casual and event-based OHV recreation on approximately 3 million areas in Southern Nevada.   The draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) creates an unjustified risk that might preclude “dry washes” from being designated as OHV routes.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The BlueRibbon Coalition recently reported that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office has announced that the La Posa Travel Management Plan preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) will be available for review starting today, Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

There will be a 30-day public comment period and all comments must be received by close of business on February 19, 2015.

BRC-Executive-Director-1-15-15The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) would like to announce the continuation of its search for an Executive Director to lead the organization, which champions responsible use of public lands and land access for outdoor recreation nation-wide. We welcome all qualifying applicants.

The Executive Director is hired by the BRC Board of Directors and serves as a full time, salaried BRC  employee to execute the business of the BlueRibbon Coalition, excepting for those functions reserved for the Board in its by-laws.

The Executive Director will be responsible to manage BRC staff, to develop and execute a plan to achieve the coalition’s goals, and to properly present the “public face” of BRC through various communication formats, including social and print media, oral and written presentations and other forms of outreach.