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BlueRibbon Coalition Welcome to the Sharetrails.Org (BlueRibbon Coalition) page, the place to go for the latest information on recreational public lands access.

The Sharetrails.Org (BlueRibbon Coalition) is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, Sharetrails.Org is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education and collaboration among recreationists. http://sharetrails.org

Mission: To champion responsible recreation by empowering our members to get involved in keeping trails open and our off-road sports alive.

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We spent the last few days correcting the record on this story. Many people were contacting us saying Moab wasn’t bannin...
02/02/2021
A city ordinance just banned OHV events in Moab

We spent the last few days correcting the record on this story. Many people were contacting us saying Moab wasn’t banning all 4x4 events - just the events for OHVs (more specifically UTV or SXS events). We heard last night that Moab and Grand County have denied an event permit to Easter Jeep Safari. We tried to tell everyone this was bigger than Rally on the Rocks. If we don’t fight back it will get worse. If we continue to adopt the attitude that as long as it’s not “my event” being banned, then I have nothing to worry about - then it will get worse.

We invite everyone to read the demand letter we sent to Moab and Grand County (link here: https://www.sharetrails.org/rotr/). This isn’t about Jeeps vs. SXS. This is about the violation of fundamental Constitutional rights. After you’ve read the demand letter, we need you to sign our petition. We’ve been in the meetings in Moab, where their leaders are incredibly pleased with themselves when they can show up to a meeting with a few dozen letters supporting these unlawful bans of our events. The last time we checked, fundamental rights weren’t subject to popularity contests. Nevertheless, we need to send a strong message that the numbers are on our side.

Finally, while we’re still waiting to learn all the details why EJS was cancelled, in meetings with these leaders they have made it clear that this isn’t about noise or COVID - they are concerned about the “type of people” that these events bring to Moab. In these meetings we have been called the “worst of the worst.” We are preparing litigation against these unlawful bans. If you’re upset about this, please help us spread the word, please sign our petition, and please support the legal defense fund for this legal effort.

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This is the statute.
01/30/2021

This is the statute.

On January 18, 2021 we joined Rally on the Rocks to send a demand letter to the leaders of Moab and Grand County, UT to ...
01/19/2021
Help Us Fight Against Unlawful OHV Bans in Moab

On January 18, 2021 we joined Rally on the Rocks to send a demand letter to the leaders of Moab and Grand County, UT to ask them to end their unlawful ban on OHV users, enthusiasts, and events.

Rally on the Rocks is an annual gathering of OHV users in Moab that has enjoyed enormous success as off-roading has exploded in popularity in Moab. Rally on the Rocks is attended by vendors, advocacy organizations, government agency representatives, and hundreds of veteran and beginner OHV enthusiasts. Events like this are where many new participants in off-roading learn how to ride responsibly from guides and industry veterans.

In Utah, street legal OHVs are legally allowed to ride on any roads where other street legal vehicles are allowed to drive. In Moab this has led to complaints by residents that they don’t like the noise of OHVs driving on their roads even though other loud vehicles also use the roads. Leaders in Moab and Grand County have unfairly discriminated against OHV users and passed a series of unlawful ordinances that violate state law and the U.S. Constitution. In short these actions ban OHV events, ban new OHV-related businesses, and create separate traffic laws for street-legal OHV users.

These actions buy Moab and Grand County are unlawful and wrong, and they must be challenged!

We hope that Grand County will reverse course and approve the permit for Rally on the Rocks, and we can continue working with them to find solutions to the challenges that come from explosive growth in tourism in a way that doesn't violate fundamental, Constitutionally protected rights. However, we

01/14/2021
WASHINGTON - NOVA Fund is at Risk Again

WASHINGTON - NOVA Fund is at Risk Again

WASHINGTON - NOVA Fund is at Risk AgainDear BRC members and Action Alert Subscriber, BRC has just received an email from our access partners over at the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) regarding language in some upcoming legislation that could redirect funds from the NOVA account di

01/09/2021
Robert

Bob Adams does great work in Nevada. We share his sentiments and appreciate his involvement.

The bulk of my work in 2020 was divided between trail connectivity on BLM managed public land and the Pahrump NV OHV Park.

ROWs (Right of Ways): I’m working with BLM and Nye County NV to preserve trail connectivity by establishing ROWs (Right of Ways) across public land. ROWs are planning considerations shown on BLM realty and planning maps. Nye County submitted one application that’s the in final stage pending BLM approval. 2 more ROWs are in the works.

Route Designation: BLM Recreation is on board developing designated trail networks. But BLM realty and planners push back against route designations before land use is determined. Determining land use has been on hold since RMPs (Resource Management Plans) from a decade ago were abandoned. Over the last decade land use has been determined by developers and preservation interests staking claims to public land. Existing trails are not planning considerations. The thousands of miles of trails mapped by BLM contractors and offroaders submitted in RMP revision Scoping processes aren’t shown on planning/realty maps and won’t until routes are designated. So, while offroaders wait for land use determination to designate trails they lose public land trails cross to development and preservation that determine land use by staking claim to it. The above is my experience working to designate routes. Time is a factor because we have a closing window before riding to the next horizons stops at riding area boundaries.

New Tools: The 2020 Q4 Nevada Association of Conservation District meeting I learned of County and State Recreation Plans that apply to federal public land. Making state and county recreation plans work for offroaders is a 2021 goal. Push back to implementing recreation plans is other real stakeholders fear being pushed off public land by recreation designations. Multiple Use works best for most real stakeholders. How can we give Multiple Use the same permeance as Wilderness?

USFS Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest: MVUMs (TMPs) are in place and USFS is working with offroad groups to expand use and improve trails. Overuse is a growing issue. Volunteers readily step up to maintain forest trails. USFS has volunteer programs they can step into. And a battle we don’t have to fight is USFS managed public land isn’t being taken by solar energy developers.
Pahrump Fairgrounds OHV Park: The 427 acre Pahrump

Fairgrounds is being developed by Nye County funds and federal CDBG (Community Development Block Grants). The 40 acre OHV Park will be developed by County funds and Nevada OHV Commission grant funds. EA (Environmental Assessment) completion is expected by April this year. Earthwork will begin using Nye County Public Works Department heavy equipment run by volunteer operators. November 20, 2020 the Nye County Board of County Commissioners established the OHV Park Advisory Committee, approved by-laws, and choose members. The Committee met January 5, 2021. We have the land, funds, and riderpower to turn want into reality.

Conclusion: We face tough times ahead. Consider in 2017 anti-accessers faced a Republican President, Senate, and Congress. But they didn’t give up. They doubled down and came out ahead. Government works for people who participate. There’re enough of us to influence government. But our advocacy clout falls far short of what our numbers could support. How can we do better?

Posting for your thoughts and advise.

Bob Adams, Pahrump and Nevada Silver Trails Tourism Offroad Ambassador, AMA Nevada Volunteer Coordinator, NOHVCC Nevada State Partner, Southern Nye County Conservation District Supervisor.

01/05/2021
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Shared from Utah Off Road - We are on the meeting:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Thank you for reading.
Information from the Make Moab Quiet Again Group. "The San Juan County Commission will be considering approval of the Rally on the Rocks permit at their Tuesday's Jan 5th meeting starting at 11am. Instructions for joining the Zoom meeting to make a public comment are given at the top of the Agenda below. The Rally on the Rocks permit is Item 16 on the Agenda. Anyone affected by this event is free to comment even if you do not live in San Juan County. Note that public comments are taken first at the beginning of the meeting at 11am and not during the discussion of the item. There is a 3-minute time limit enforced. The SJC Commissioners need strong backing of the public to deny approval."
Utah Off-Road members along other off-roading group members are strongly encouraged to call in as well.... but in favor of the ROTR. We need our voices heard loud and clear. We already know the Moab citizens who oppose the ROTR will be vocalizing their opinion. If you are able to call in for the zoom PLEASE do So. If you can't please write a quick Email to Mack McDonald (see instructions in the below paragraph)
You may send a written comment prior to the meeting to Mack McDonald, the County Administrator at: [email protected] and cc the 3 Commissioners at: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] UTAH PUBLIC NOTICE COMMISSION AGENDA Notice Date & Time: 1/5/21 11:00 AM DESCRIPTION/AGENDA: The public will be able to view the meeting on San Juan County's Facebook live and Youtube channel CALL TO ORDER ROLL CALL INVOCATION PUBLIC COMMENT Public comments will be accepted through the following Zoom meeting link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85176198037 or by phone at +16699006833,,85176198037# US (San Jose). There will be a three minute time limit for each person wishing to comment. If you exceed that three minute time limit the meeting controller will mute your line. CONSENT AGENDA (Routine Matters) Mack McDonald, San Juan County Administrator The Consent Agenda is a means of expediting the consideration of routine matters. If a Commissioner requests that items be removed from the consent agenda, those items are placed at the beginning of the regular agenda as a new business action item. Other than requests to remove items, a motion to approve the items on the consent agenda is not debatable. 1. Request to approve the December 15, 2020 and December 22, 2020 Commission Meeting Minutes
I deleted items 2-15 and 17 because they dont apply
*****16. Consideration and Approval of the Temporary Use and Lease of County Property located in Spanish Valley to Rally on the Rocks, LLC for event space. Mack McDonald, Chief Administrative Officer US02WEB.ZOOM.US

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We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. Be sure to tune in to At Your Leisure - AYL this weekend....
12/26/2020

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. Be sure to tune in to At Your Leisure - AYL this weekend. We’re grateful they invited us to participate in a feature on recent developments with travel management planning.

This week, the BlueRibbon Coalition shows us how they’re protecting OHV trails and camping in our “Along the Way” segment.

These folks fight hard for backcountry initiatives across the state as they work to keep the trails open and camping free. Join us at the Trail Canyon Travel Management Area outside of Kanab to learn how you can get involved to protect access for your favorite trails.

Join us Saturday 10:35 pm/Sunday 9 am at ABC4 Utah

Merry Christmas
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas

12/16/2020
Join the Fight to Save Dispersed Camping

The Dispersed Camping Access Alliance is a special ShareTrails project to build a community of everyone who is passionate about protecting access for dispersed camping. By joining our community, we will give you access to the on-the-ground information we are gathering through our day-to-day work. We will also look forward to helping you become strong advocates for dispersed camping in your favorite spots. When push comes to shove, we will make sure we have the lawyers and influencers to make sure public land managers adopt plans and rules that are friendly to the millions of responsible dispersed campers. Together we will work to protect your right to Camp Free! on America's public lands.

https://www.sharetrails.org/camp-free-join-the-dispersed-camping-access-alliance-to-protect-dispersed-camping/

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12/14/2020
Current Issues In Moab Utah

Good advice from our friends at SlikRok Productions: https://youtu.be/ONlc-KHchyE

In this video we talk about the issues going on currently in Moab Utah. The impact they are having and what we think we can do to help resolve them! Thank yo...

Legislative efforts to restrict public access to public land should never be passed on the merits of our federal governm...
12/11/2020
BlueRibbon Coalition Supports Removal of Wilderness Bills from the NDAA Conference Report

Legislative efforts to restrict public access to public land should never be passed on the merits of our federal government's Constitutional requirement to provide for the national defense. If these wilderness bills were as popular as we are led to believe, they would pass on their own merits and wouldn't need to be tied to a must-pass bill whose purpose is to support our military. We are grateful for the thousands of activists and partner organizations who let their members of Congress know that these provisions should be removed. https://www.sharetrails.org/blueribbon-coalition-supports-removal-of-wilderness-bills-from-the-ndaa-conference-report/

POCATELLO, IDAHO (December 10, 2020) -- In July of this year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that included provisions that would create 100,000s of acres of new wilderness in Colorado, Washington, and California. The Senate version

Johnson Valley Shared Use Area and is soliciting comments from the public. This document is available on the website htt...
12/08/2020

Johnson Valley Shared Use Area and is soliciting comments from the public. This document is available on the website http://www.29palms.marines.mil/johnsonvalley/. The comment period closes on Dec 31, 2020 for this annual meeting.

In the interest of public health and safety and to observe COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the Resource Management Group cancelled their 2020 public meeting. In lieu of a gathering, the RMG developed a Project Update Notice on the management of Johnson Valley Shared Use Area and is soliciting comments from the public. This document is available on the website http://www.29palms.marines.mil/johnsonvalley/. The comment period closes on Dec 31, 2020 for this annual meeting.

To provide comments on the Shared Use Area, military training in Johnson Valley, or to request updates, please email [email protected].

Don’t know why LEGO is waiting until after Christmas to release this? 😍
12/04/2020

Don’t know why LEGO is waiting until after Christmas to release this? 😍

Sand Hollow State Park
12/03/2020

Sand Hollow State Park

Highway construction required a new OHV tunnel from the reservoir to the dunes. It was placed yesterday. A trusty tape measure just verified that it is indeed taller than the previous tunnel by two feet. A couple more weeks of work and it should be ready for use by New Years.

Let us see your best pictures of your favorite trails.
12/03/2020

Let us see your best pictures of your favorite trails.

As we move into the seasons of gratitude and giving, we want to send our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supports us in...
12/01/2020
#GivingTuesday - Support Us as We Fight for You

As we move into the seasons of gratitude and giving, we want to send our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supports us in our mission to protect access to outdoor recreation. However, as you know this is a never-ending battle and your support is needed now more than ever. We hope you will consider supporting us as we fight for you on this #GivingTuesday!

As we move into the seasons of gratitude and giving, we want to send our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supports us in our mission to protect access to outdoor recreation. However, as you know this is a never-ending battle and your support is needed now more than ever. Just a few days ago, our

Keep Adventure Alive in Trail Canyon
11/30/2020
Keep Adventure Alive in Trail Canyon

Keep Adventure Alive in Trail Canyon

As part of a legal settlement with anti-access groups, the BLM in Utah is reviewing travel management plans in 13 travel management areas. This is a process that will impact thousands of miles of roads, and since almost all forms of outdoor recreation on public lands relies initially on motorized ac

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My last ditch effort: in this fight before beginning the next. 2017 preservationist were in same position we face now. By not giving up and fighting harder they came out ahead over the last 4 years. Dear President Trump, By Executive Order please cap Wilderness to the current level. The management of our public land is divided between Conservation for sustainable use of people and Preservation to protect it from people. In the West it's gotten to where more public land is protected from people than managed for people. Thank you for all you've done for Americans workers. Trump 2024. Respectfully, Robert Adams
Thank you BlueRibbon Coalition for supporting exploration for helium in Labyrinth Canyon in Emery County. It is very much appreciated!
Please post information here about the upcoming membership meeting. Not all of the members may have email, or their email might be incorrect. If you are a member, and did not get an email about the upcoming membership meeting via Zoom, please email BRC to be added or updated.
I noted today that the BLM just posted the Draft EA for the Canyon Rims Travel Management Plan around Hatch Point. It is open for public comment until November 15. https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/113775/510 Is BlueRibbon or any other local OHV advocacy groups aware of this yet? As someone who is not super familiar with that area, I would appreciate some tips on routes to focus on for comments.
Pro-Active Planning to Protect Public Access to Public Land: I’ve lived in 3 places where I could ride my dirtbike out of my garage to surrounding trails up until I couldn’t anymore. The end begins with losing trails to development and land use restrictions that fragments trails. Then connecting fragmented trails by user made routes leads to conflicts that leads to a general prohibition of offroad riding. Pahrump Nevada is my 4th home I moved to ride my dirtbike from home. I see signs of riding from home here coming to the same end for the same reasons as places I lived before. Nye County Code allows limited paved highway use by OHVs is a big advantage. But as the distance to surrounding public land increases we need designated routes to close the gaps. There are 2 remaining direct routes connecting the center of Pahrump to public land north of Roadrunner Road. One is State Route 160. OHV travel is prohibited on State Highways. The 2nd route is in the route proposed designated route. Designated routes won’t prohibit travel on existing roads and trails. They provide backbone routes connecting riding areas should fragmentation occur. This proposal applies directly to Pahrump, Nevada. But offroaders in other communities face the same threat, especially growing communities on urban fringes. Some have done what Pahrump is doing now. We’re all wiser by sharing knowledge and are stronger by working together.
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WV Delegate Evan Worrell and myself and Nikko Bowden with the WV jeep club are trying to show WV legislators and the bureaucrats of WV that Jeeps and 4WD enthusiasts have a voice and deserve access on on our 1.7 million acres of taxpayer owned land in WV. Next Saturday(Feb 1st 2020), please come support or at least share this post, thanks-Mark Maynard
clipped from another post.. SO TRUE Environmental groups are the real threat | November 07, 2019 Editor, A lot has been in the news lately about the Pacific Gas & Electric blackouts. They are very inconvenient, to say the least, but I find it hard to understand people who would try to harm the men and women on the line trying to fix the power lines in an emergency. I find these workers much like the firemen. Out there risking their lives for us. People need to sit back and think. It is like blaming the farmer for not growing enough food when he was given no water to do it. In the past 50 years I have seen toads, and fish and fairy shrimp become more important then people. I have seen a once pristine forest degenerate into dead snags now choked with brush where the trees once grew and burning like a raging inferno because logging was bad. I have seen once beautiful mountain streams now jammed with dead logs and limbs until you can no longer even walk up them because it is “natural.” I have seen high mountain meadows washed away by these streams. The ones that are left are becoming choked with thistles because they are no longer grazed because cattle are now bad. We are choking to death on environmental policies that say we cannot burn more than a “4X4 pile of brush, pine needles and downed limbs” on a snowy day on private property and then only if the Environmental Protections Agency says that we can because it pollutes the air. But, from July until November, we breath smoke from burning houses that is far more deadly than wood smoke. Then, as if they want to add insult upon injury, these rabid environmentalists propose turning Hite’s Cove and the Devil’s Gulch area into a wilderness area? I guess they didn’t learn anything from the Ferguson Fire in 2018. We lost two veteran firefighters in these areas, one from trying to fall a burning snag and the other on a steep hillside. So, can we blame PG&E when they have been forced to spend all their money, which should have been spent on fixing their outdated power lines, on so called “green” energy? A lot of my family was in forestry in the early 1990s and they saw it coming. My grandfather was threatened with jail if he didn’t go home and shut up when the Harlow Fire started back in the summer of 1961. He warned them if they didn’t back fire it was going to get away from them. They said the state wouldn’t allow it because it burned too much timber. Well, any of us who were here when that fire blew through know what happened. It kept jumping their lines until it became a raging inferno that burned two towns, multiple homes and killed two people. It was said that God put it out when the wind changed on the doorstep of Oakhurst. The real culprits in this whole mess isn’t PG&E, it is uninformed voters. Next time you are tempted to vote for politicians supporting the “New Green Deal,” check your history on the last “New Green Deal.” If you voted for them, don’t blame PG&E for the mess. Blame yourself. Mary Carpenter Mariposa
Cal4Wheel NRC South Report (Oct 2019) Fall in southern California signals the beginning to the desert off-road season. This time of year is also accompanied by Santa Anna winds and wildfires. Added to the offerings this year are strong winds, wildfires, and rolling blackouts throughout the state. As experienced that past couple of years, wildfires take a toll on human lives, homes, and trails. As the winds, fires and smoke subsides, help your friends and neighbors rebuild their lives. And, help the land managers rebuild your trails.