BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The Blueribbon Coalition sent over this update on the BLM seeking comments on this ATV event in Utah. See more info below:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking the public’s input on a proposal by Monticello to host and guide the 2013 San Juan ATV Safari. This is an incredible three-day adventure of world-class riding that needs your support. We are asking all OHVers in Utah to take the time to shoot the BLM an email or a quick note supporting the Special Recreation Permit (SRP) for this annual event. We have provided some bullet points below to help.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12A recent press release from the BlueRibbon Coalition notes that the National Park Service (NPS) has announced the release of a Proposed Rule concerning winter use in Yellowstone National Park for public review and comment. The rulemaking process is in addition to, but separate from, the public review on the Final Winter Use Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) which was released on February 22, 2013.  The Final SEIS did not have a comment period.  The Proposed Rule will have a comment period. BRC and our partners will be reviewing the Proposed Rule, and will have suggested comments soon.

The Proposed Rule, published in the Federal Register on April 16, 2013, will have a 60-day public comment period ending on June 17, 2013.

The proposed rule will more effectively manage access for snowmobiles and snow coaches in Yellowstone National Park, while minimizing impacts on visitors, air and sound quality, as well as wildlife. The proposed rule will guide management of winter use in the park and will implement the preferred alternative in the Final SEIS.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this news item today:

As an interested party in recreational access on Idaho’s public lands, we thought you’d want to know about a great opportunity provided by the Idaho Non-Profit Center to help you support the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) and that cause!

The “Idaho Gives” day “is a unique celebration of the important role that our many nonprofits play in our communities,” according to Lynn Hoffmann, Executive Director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. “By focusing the public’s attention on the great work our nonprofits do, we hope to spur people into action on May 2, allowing them to pick their favorite charity, learn about other charities, and make a donation through the Idaho Gives web site.”

Nevada-Four-Wheel-Drive-Assocation-4-15-13According to a recent press release, there’s a new group helping protect access for off-roaders in Nevada. The Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association is officially launched  alive and well, protecting access to Nevada’s Public Lands for 4×4 recreation and all of us.

Incorporated with the assistance of the Calif. Assoc. of 4Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC), in close partnership, along with assistance from the BlueRibbon Coalition, N4WDA has a Board of Directors and President to get things going.

Larry Calkins is the founding President, a resident of Dayton, NV.  The Board consists of:

Carole Vance, of Dayton, NV, Vice President.
Don Spuhler, of Georgetown, CA, Secretary.
Phil Bender, of Reno, NV, Treasurer.
Mark Cave, of Visalia, CA, Board Member at Large

THUMB-Tables-Moab-Diner-3-27-13Earlier in the month, we posted a news item about the BlueRibbon Coalition working to raise funds through the sale of an Easter Jeep Safari-themed t-shirt that would be sold in the Moad Diner. The shirt, designed by RCH Designs, would generate money to help keep trails open to four-wheeling in Moab, Utah.

We at Off-Road.com try to stop in at least once to the Moab Diner for some of their famous green chili, and we were pleasantly surprised to see some off-road-themed tables throughout the joint during the 47th Easter Jeep Safari.

Moab-Blueribbion-Coalition-3-13-13MOAB, UT (March 13, 2013) — Moab Diner, with help from RCH Designs, has partnered up with several off-road sponsors again this year to sell Moab t-shirts with a built-in support for The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC). The money raised from the sale of these shirts will help keep our trails in Moab, Utah open.  If you are interested in supporting BRC and the Moab trails, you only have until March 18th to buy your t-shirt online.  Even after that, however, you can still swing by the Moab Diner and get your t-shirt there, and have a great meal at the same time!

BRC extends a huge thank you to our Moab Diner friends, James Butterfield (General Manager) and Geoff Thomas (owner). They believe in our trails and the fun our off-road sports bring to the community.

As OHV enthusiasts prepare public comments due April 8 for the Eldorado National Forest SEIS, long time recreation advocates have reacted to the latest development in this almost never-ending travel planning and litigation saga.

“We hope the Eldorado is finally moving toward defensible authorization of historical access on these treasured high elevation trails,” said Don Amador, BlueRibbon Coalition Western Representative.  Pro-recreation intervenors including the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, California Enduro Riders Association, American Motorcyclist Association District 36, and BlueRibbon Coalition have participated in all aspects of the planning process and earlier litigation starting back in 2002.

The groups were generally pleased with the May, 2011 decision of the federal court for the Eastern District of California that rejected the majority of challenges brought against the Forest by preservationist groups lead by the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation.

Editor’s Note: The BlueRibbon Coalition is pushing the fight against closure to off-highway access in Utah. Read below for more information and what you can do to get involved.

Dear BRC Members and supporters,

We just uploaded a webpage with important information and updates requested by our members and supporters concerning a request made by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and 113 outdoor retailers asking President Obama to designate a massive 1.4 million acre National Monument in southeastern Utah. See BRC’s previous blast here. Read OIA’s request here.

LAS VEGAS, NV — The BlueRibbon Coalition is proud to announce the results of the recent BRC Board of Directors Election, which saw the re-election or election of four candidates to positions on the BRC Board of Directors.

Re-elected to the BRC Board of Directors is Joni Mogstad, who currently serves as our President. The three new candidates elected to the board are Chad Booth, Kevin Carey and Dan Thomas. The BlueRibbon Coalition would like everyone to join them in welcoming these fine new board members. Each of them brings a number of outstanding assets to the recreational access table, and we look forward to working with them as they assume their new positions at the onset of 2013.

The BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this information on the AHV Trail Project on Coconino National Forest:

The Coconino National Forest’s Flagstaff Ranger District has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Kelly Motorized Trail project, and is seeking public input. The project will designate existing trails, as well as construct new trails and facilities for off-highway vehicles (OHVs).

BRC members may remember that this Forest closed nearly all single track and ATV trails via a forest-wide route planning effort completed early in 2012. This project is one of several that seeks to address the lack of riding opportunity in one of the largest Forests in Arizona.