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Signing ceremony in 1990 establishing Tread Lightly! as a non-profit.

Salt Lake City, Utah – July 7, 2014 – Tread Lightly!, the nation’s leader in promoting responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs, is kicking off its 25th year anniversary celebration as a non-profit in conjunction with a historic Land Rover charity auction fundraiser on eBay.com.

BFgoodrich-Outstanding-Trails-2-20-14GREENVILLE, SC – BFGoodrich Tires today announced that nominations are now open for the 2014 Outstanding Trails program. The competition invites off-road clubs from around North America to submit trails in their area they believe are worthy of a grant for maintenance or refurbishing. Trails are selected based on uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following.

Now in its ninth year, the Outstanding Trails program is conducted in collaboration with United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and Blue Ribbon Coalition and is dedicated to the responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while promoting the trails’ conservation efforts.  To date, the program has awarded grants to 33 off-road trails nominated by 32 clubs throughout North America.  The program has provided more than $130,000 in grants in support of the various trails’ conservation efforts.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Omnibus Appropriations Act, a massive funding bill now working its way through the U.S. Congress, includes provisions that would prohibit implementation of the Wild Lands initiative and continue conservation efforts to prevent the sage-grouse from being listed as an endangered species. In addition, it would require federal land managers to disclose how Equal Access to Justice Act funds are being disbursed.

The American Motorcyclist Association supports the inclusion of these vital public lands issues in the bill.

The appropriations act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday and is currently being considered by the U.S. Senate. In a release explaining several provisions of the Act, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), former chair of the U.S. House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, praised provisions included in the bill to address public lands issues and make litigation costs transparent.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The Blueribbon Coalition sent over this action alert on OHV Nevada areas. Comments are due by December 27th! … Editor

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

I know folks are getting ready for spending time with their families during the Christmas Holiday Season. OHVers should not have to be worrying about their access to public lands during this special time of the year.

Unfortunately, the public comment period is ending on December 27, for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District Bi-State Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

The DEIS will amend resource management plans to conserve, enhance and restore habitat for the species in many of our popular riding areas, including the Pine Nuts and Wilson Canyon.

EPAlogoRecently, the NOAA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announce the opening of a 90-day public comment period on the agencies’ proposal to disapprove the State of Oregon’s coastal nonpoint pollution control program. The two agencies have found that Oregon’s program falls short in three key areas. Under the terms of a settlement agreement, EPA and NOAA are required to make a final decision by May 15, 2014.

The settlement agreement is the result of a 2009 lawsuit filed against NOAA and the EPA by the Northwest Environmental Advocates challenging the agencies’ joint administration of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA) with respect to the state’s coastal nonpoint program.

Oregon first submitted its coastal nonpoint pollution control program to the agencies in 1995. Oregon has developed a strong program in most of the areas required under CZARA. Today, only three remaining areas need additional work. These three areas are important for protecting water quality critical to aquatic species and public water supplies. The remaining critical gaps relate to water quality impacts from forestry, septic systems, and new development.

THUMB-Extreme-Jeep-Adventure-Banner-12-19-13Extreme Terrain has a giveaway currently underway awarding one lucky winner the chance to  travel and off-road at three of the most well known adventure and off-roading locations anywhere on earth-all on ExtremeTerrain’s dime! A Jeep Wrangler will be provided for exploring the rugged terrains and taking in all the scenery has to offer. The three destinations are sure to ring a bell with outdoor thrill seekers and off-roaders alike:

• Rubicon Trail, California
• Moab, Utah
• Ouray, Colorado

The winner and one friend will be flown to each destination for an outdoor Jeeping excursion like no other.

SEMA-Logo-1-3-13Diamond Bar, CA – The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) strongly supports a provision to end a six-year clash over access to 189,000 acres of Southern California desert between the military and off-highway vehicle (OHV) users.  The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a solution to create a dedicated OHV recreation area and provide land for training to the United States Marine Corps.  The Senate is set to ratify the measure next week. The bill will then be signed by the President to become law.

Under a provision included within the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), 79,000 acres of Johnson Valley is being transferred to the adjoining Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, CA.  The legislation also creates the “Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area,” providing federal protection to over 96,000 acres established in 1980 for OHV recreation by the State of California.  It is the first time an OHV area has been provided national recognition.  Twice a year, 53,000 acres of the OHV area will be provided to the Marine Corps for 30 days of military training exercises.  No dud-producing ordnance will be used at that time in order to assure safety and continued access to the area.

Tom-THUMB-Oestreich-Polaris-Defense-Team-Rubicon-11-25-13Minneapolis – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the company is donating two RANGER 800 full-size, side-by-side vehicles, equipped with TerrainArmor™ Non-Pneumatic Tires (NPT), to help with the tornado disaster relief effort in Washington, Illinois. The units will be donated to Team Rubicon, a non-profit disaster relief organization that unites the skills of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams worldwide.

“Off-Road Vehicles are a great ally in disaster relief due to their ability to traverse the difficult terrain usually found in these situations,” said David Longren, vice president of Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “Our thoughts go out to the people of Washington, IL and we hope the vehicles serve them well.”

The RANGER 800 full-size side-by-sides are outfitted with TerrainArmor NPTs to prevent down time. NPTs are built to never go flat and are virtually indestructible which is highly beneficial due to the terrain obstacles normally encountered in catastrophic situations. As part of their disaster relief effort, Team Rubicon will use the vehicles to assist with debris removal and transporting supplies and resources across affected communities.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12POCATELLO, ID (November 12, 2013) — The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) Board of Directors formally announced today that Del Albright will serve as Interim Director of Operations, overseeing the daily affairs of BRC following the departure of former Executive Director Greg Mumm. Albright is well known to BRC supporters and the broader outdoor community, having worked with BRC for over a decade, most recently as the BRC Ambassador.

“It is with great anticipation that we promote Del to this position,” said John Parrinello, President of the BRC Board. “He has the right mix of experience, vision, and credibility with our constituents to lead BRC at this important juncture,” Parrinello explained.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A federal judge in Utah is ordering the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to come up with a plan to protect cultural resources from off-highway vehicles along 4,300 miles of Utah trails, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

The BLM, as well as anti-OHV groups, are expected to file briefs with the court related to this by Dec. 6 and respond to those arguments by Jan. 10.

On Nov. 4, Utah U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball issued a ruling that indicated the BLM didn’t do enough to protect the land and other resources in southern Utah when it approved a management plan in 2008 for the Richfield resource area. That plan includes 4,277 miles of motorized trails. The Richfield area involves some 2 million acres and includes such well-known landmarks as Factory Butte, the Henry Mountains and the Dirty Devil River.