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.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Bills that would close 9.1 million acres of Utah public land to off-highway vehicles have been introduced in Congress, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) introduced H.R. 1630, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced S. 769, on April 18. Both bills are called America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act and would designate more than 9 million acres of Utah public land as Wilderness. Once land is designated as Wilderness, no vehicles, including motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles or bicycles, are allowed on that land.

Included in the 9.1 million acres are existing OHV riding areas around Moab, the San Rafael Swell and Chimney Rock. These popular OHV areas represent some of the most important remaining OHV recreation areas in Utah, and are some of the most popular with responsible OHV riders. The targeted areas also include existing roads and developments.

Last week, the Secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar, visited Moab. USA-ALL has representation at that meeting. Below is a quick report on what happened. We want to thank Dave Cozzens for representing us there and to Jeramey McElhaney for his write up on the meeting.

Jeramy’s report:

On Wednesday, September 28th Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar visited Moab for the purpose of looking at a proposed wilderness area, MillCreek Canyon, and to receive public input regarding conservation and jobs created through outdoor recreation.  The meeting was held at the Moab Adventure Center, beginning at about 4:30 pm with about 100 people in attendance.

Secretary Salazar gave a few brief remarks on the importance of conservation, and gave a couple of models showing how different communities have grown their economies with outdoor recreation created jobs. He also spoke of his visit to Vernal, Utah earlier in the day and his self-proclaimed pro-drilling stance.

The pro-access group easily outnumbered the environmentalists; I would say by nearly a 2:1 ratio, and as such our comments/questions came up more frequently. Most of the questions had to do with recent road closures in our area by the Forest Service, BLM, and the National Park Service. To some extent, Secretary Salazar agreed with every one of the questions dealing with restricted access.

He also received a few questions from the environmentalist side, and miraculously, the Secretary agreed with all of their questions except for one.  A question was brought up asking if the Secretary would ask President Obama to Pardon Tim DeChristopher, and if not, why.  Secretary Salazar said, without hesitation, “No, I would not, because I believe in the rule of law in this country…” This produced applause from the group, but basically nothing new was introduced at the meeting.

Essentially, it was a lesson in political speaking, and nothing more. While appearing to agree with everyone, Secretary Salazar still has his own agenda, and he will continue to try to implement it. A person’s actions show their true intent much more than a person’s words. Remember the ‘Wild Lands’ issue brought up last year? This was a Secretarial Order: meaning Secretary Salazar made this policy, not President Obama. This was an over-reach of the Executive branch’s authority, without Congressional approval. Only the Congress has the authority to create wilderness in this country, and that is why the Wild Lands issue was not funded in the current Federal Budget.

We must stay ever vigilant to ensure the continued use of our public lands, and hopefully gain back some of the miles and acres that have been lost to us in the last few years.

Yours in the Fight,

Jeramey McElhaney

Bio: Jeramey is the former President of the Red Rock 4-wheelers, serving from 2005-2007. He served during the implementation of the current resource management plan. Jeramey has been active in the 4-wheel drive community since 1996, and continues his efforts to both keep trails open and look for new trails. Jeramey lives in Moab, Utah.

You can also read the AP article and watch a quick news report on Salazar’s visit by clicking this link: http://www.fox13now.com/news/kstu-salazar-in-moab-interior-secretary-ken-salazar-visits-utah-20110928,0,3701748.story

We want to formally invite you to attend the 2011 Take Back Utah! Parade & Rally. The purpose of the event is to continue to draw attention to the importance of local control of public land in Utah as well as responsible access to and multiple use of that land. It also serves to unite broad based supporters under the banner of multiple use and show our government that we are united and willing to fight for our rights. The event generates considerable political capital for organizations such as USA-ALL. We then use that momentum and clout to protect access to public land in our state. This is a CRITICAL land use rally and parade. All concerned citizens should plan to attend and help us fix poor management of our land and resources and a broken government.

It will also be FUN! Come ride your ATV, tractor, motorcycle, horse, jeep, mountain bike, you name it, in DOWNTOWN Salt Lake City! All the event details are below. Take Back Utah (TBU) is a very fun, empowering, and FREE event. PLEASE come if you can and bring the whole family. Stay for just the rally or both the parade and rally. We MUST have a good showing! You will not regret taking your Saturday morning and participating in this.

This rally has been held annually for the past 3 years. It has grown every year. Last year there were about 5,000 people in attendance. It is hands down the largest rally in Utah every year! We hope that number grows. We have taken the energy and significant political capital generated by this event and used it to better protect access to public land for you. We could NOT have done that without many thousands of people showing up to this and showing elected officials and government officials that the public cares about land use issues and wants more control of public land and improved access.

This years event promises to be even better than last year with a modified parade route (State Fair Park to capitol building and back), short and sweet speeches by land use activists, and a few vendor booths to check out before the rally. TBU has also improved the parking and staging process. It will all be handled in the same location (State Fair Park) which makes it easier on you. You also will have a return route back to your vehicles so you don’t have to wait for TBU to shuttle you back to the staging area.

Speakers this year will include USA-ALL’s Mike Swenson, key legislators including land use warrior Mike Noel, Congressman Rob Bishop, Senator Orrin Hatch, and John Swallow among others.

You will also have a chance to say a few words with a new roaming microphone. A mic will be managed by an event volunteer who will be soliciting comments from the audience. YOU will have a chance to let your voice be heard and to speak your mind!

If for some reason you can’t come to the event but would like to support it PLEASE consider a small donation in your place. Click the donation button Donate and we will forward your donation directly to TBU or you can go to their website (http://takebackutah.org) and donate to them directly. Even a small $5 or $10 donation will really help them pull the event off and promote it to more people.

Lastly the event planners have asked us to see if we could help get more volunteers for the day of the event. USA-ALL also needs a few volunteers for the day of the event WE BOTH NEED YOUR HELP! If you think you could help out even if only for a few hours please contact Mike Swenson with USA-ALLTBU or Glenn Olsen with TBU. Contact info will be below. You can really make a difference and help both organizations better accomplish their purpose so PLEASE HELP if you can we need MANY, MANY of you.

To help USA-ALL promote our organization and raise funds at the TBU event contact Mike Swenson: (801) 830-9112, mike@usaall.org

To help with the event contact Glenn Olsen (801) 388-1845, president@takebackutah.org or visit the TBU website and fill out the volunteer form (event volunteers only).

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH  – The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series returns to Miller Motorsports Park this weekend, June 25-26, and will have a brand-new, permanent track on which to compete.

Following last year’s very popular debut at Miller Motorsports Park, track officials decided to build a permanent, high-speed off-road facility to host the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and other off-road activities.

“We have developed a great relationship with Lucas Oil,” said John Larson, General Manager of Miller Motorsports Park, “and their race last year was so well received and generated such positive feedback that we decided to make the commitment to build them a permanent home at Miller Motorsports Park that can also be used for our other off-road events and activities.”

The track was designed and built in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, and promises to provide fans with even more excitement and spectacular racing.


“Miller Motorsports Park is a first-class facility in every respect,” said Bob Patison, Executive Vice President of Lucas Oil Products, Inc. ”It is racer- and fan-friendly, with amenities typically not found at most race venues. The Miller group has made a commitment to the sport of Short Course Off Road Racing, as evidenced by the new purpose-built track.  Our Series Director, Tony Vanillo, designed the track to challenge the racers and provide the fans with an up-close experience that will not soon be forgotten.”

“We can’t wait to see the Lucas Oil trucks and buggies on the track,” said Larson. “We think the fans in Utah are going to love this facility, and that the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series could well be the fastest-growing event that we offer.

The track is just under a mile long, with large banked turns and the fastest straightaways of all the Lucas Oil Off Road tracks, plus a Mammoth Table Top and a six-pack rhythm section. Covered grandstands will provide guests with shade and a view of the entire course. VIP packages are also available.

As was the case last year, the action will be fast and furious, with high-flying vehicles going wheel to wheel and door to door, fighting for every inch of track space. The paddock will be open to spectators at no charge, and fans can chat with the teams and drivers while they prepare their vehicles. The series promotes a family-friendly atmosphere, and last year a number of lucky fans got to take home discarded pieces of bodywork autographed by the various drivers.

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event gets underway on Saturday, with a full schedule of practice, qualifying and main-event races for all 11 classes on each day. The gates will open at 10 a.m. on both days, with main-event races starting at 12:30 p.m. and on-track action ending by 6 p.m.

Adult tickets for this event are priced at $30 per day or $50 for a two-day pass. Tickets for kids aged 12 and under are priced at $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. Kids aged three and under will be admitted free of charge.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, visit their website at www.LucasOilOffRoad.com. For event tickets or information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, visit the track’s website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com or call 435-277-8000.