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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

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

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If you ride in Moab, you need to become very acquainted with the maps in this post. If any of the routes that you enjoy ...
09/22/2021
Anti-Access Playbook - Major Closures Proposed for Labyrinth Rims and Gemini Bridges Travel Area

If you ride in Moab, you need to become very acquainted with the maps in this post. If any of the routes that you enjoy riding appear in red, we need you to join the 10,000+ Project today (link in comments). These maps are the preliminary maps, and the full plan will be released for public comment in the coming months. We will make sure the all members of the 10,000+ Project are informed and ready to submit substantive comments to keep these areas open

The Moab Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management recently released its range of alternative maps for the Labyrinth Rims and Gemini Bridges. This is an incredibly popular area for all forms of recreation that is located north west of Moab. For a good background of what's at stake with this

There are actually two wind projects out for comment right now that will impact trails and riding opportunities (Lava Ri...
09/15/2021
Bureau of Land Management extends public scoping on wind energy project

There are actually two wind projects out for comment right now that will impact trails and riding opportunities (Lava Ridge and Magic Valley). We'll be releasing our analysis on these projects soon on our action center. We're working with allies in the area to fully understand the impact: https://www.rexburgstandardjournal.com/townnews/building_industry/bureau-of-land-management-extends-public-scoping-on-wind-energy-project/article_01d8be30-6d53-545c-bdfa-0c1ce297a56f.html

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on a commercial-scale wind energy facility that is proposed to be constructed on BLM-managed public land in southern Idaho, approximately 25

Something to keep an eye on 👇: Because Arizona is one of the states where utility-terrain vehicles — the “side-by-side” ...
09/14/2021
USFS, Chamber work to mitigate OHVs - Sedona Red Rock News

Something to keep an eye on 👇:

Because Arizona is one of the states where utility-terrain vehicles — the “side-by-side” version of ATVs — can be regis­tered as street legal, USFS would have to close or put in a permit system for all vehicles on a given road to keep UTVs out. The USFS can’t legally discriminate between street legal UTVs and home delivery trucks.

There are only a handful of roads that aren’t neces­sary for accessing private property and important forest sites west of Sedona, and to close or permit those few, USFS would have to go through a long admin­istrative process involving an environmental study and public input.

Yavapai County is proposing a change in state law at the upcoming meeting of the County Supervisors Association that would give counties additional tools to regulate OHVs on rural roads. It’s not clear yet whether other counties would support a change.
https://www.redrocknews.com/2021/08/30/usfs-chamber-work-to-mitigate-ohvs/

With Northern Arizona’s wildfire season finally at a close, the Coconino National Forest is focusing again on off-highway vehicle management, and the agency is balancing two competing philosophies to protecting forest resources: Hard closures vs. softer touch measures like educa­tion and signage....

The picture below is near one of the campgrounds that the Forest Service is planning to close in a Recreation Site Analy...
09/10/2021

The picture below is near one of the campgrounds that the Forest Service is planning to close in a Recreation Site Analysis in the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. It appears that the FS is using a new tool to take public comment on this proposal where you can go comment on each specific site on a map.

(You can comment here: https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=4ce8786b00714efa9a9b5e1e15cfec5f)

This tool let's you read the other comments. Here is a sampling of what some people are saying about the plan to close this campground:

"Further proving how out of touch the ANF is. Basically anything anyone actually uses they decide to close!?!? Boat access camping is overpacked and needs expanded not closed! Have we thought about management change with someone who really wants people to use the land the tax payers pay for? Before we close a site especially a visitor center or even a bathroom facility it may be time to shorten ANF staff, office buildings or vehicles so the people can enjoy their own land."

"Im really starting to wonder if these proposals were ever even thought through for a second. The proposal to close pine grove campsite is absolutely IDIOTIC! This campsite is utilized by boaters and hikers alike consistently all season long. Its easy access from wolf run marina, and the fact that its a center point of the rez, makes it all the more important to keep as an option for the many people looking to camp legally. As you've already heard 100 times, this will only create more illegal camping, resulting in a shorline strewn with garbage, not to mention a very frustrated public that plans to camp and finds they are being forced to camp illegally and chancing a hefty fine. Just absolutely NONSENSE."

"As someone who has camped at Pine Grove from a young age to now with my family and own children I urge you to reconsider this closure.
Pine Grove is not only heavily utilized due to its gorgeous views and family friendly campsite but also because of its close location to Wolf Run Marina. Almost every weekend this camp site is at full capacity along with all the other camping areas. Such closure will sadly only result in many campers using illegal shoreline as an alternative to a designated site.
I feel that Pine Grove is ideal for families with small children because of the close proximity to Wolf Run Marina, in case of an emergency this closeness is imperative for many families to feel comfortable being in the woods and away from cell phone service. If an emergency occurred knowing your vehicle and the marina is only a few minute boat ride away could mean life or death in a true emergency.
Given the current state of the world and the global pandemic I believe these sites are being used even more often and as an outlet for people of all ages to get out and enjoy the outdoors. It’s a safe way to entertain our youth while teaching them about nature. Why take this away? From my experience campers seem to be respectful of the sites and do a great job cleaning up after themselves, often times even preforming site maintenance such as w**d wacking and with the nightly required fee to camp overnight taken into consideration I can’t imagine the ANF is losing money by keeping it open. I honestly can’t think of one good reason to move forward with this proposed closure."

They are also proposing to restrict what appears to be the only area open to primitive dispersed camping. Here's the FS proposal:

"The Forest Service is proposing to remove the vault toilet. Restrict camping to the east side of the road, with designated campsites between the road and the creek. Install a kiosk with camping and fishing information. Prohibit camping on the east side of the road to discourage large groups from using the area, restrict access and restore vegetation and ground cover."

Again, the locals who have been commenting aren't supportive of this proposal. Here's another sampling:

"This is a very popular for camping. Please don’t take away wonderful campsites in the Ridgway area. We are working hard to promote visitors and expand our rural economy. The forest is an important part of our lives in the middle of nowhere."

"I think more emphasis should be focused on opening more camp sites rather than shutting them down. Remove the toilet and keep things simple. Don’t install anything that can be vandalized. Stupid local kids will go out and “road trip” and destroy things and then the tourists won’t be able to enjoy the ANF campsites."

"Why would you want to discourage large groups? I know lots of families that get together and camp at that spot. I've been camping in this area for decades. The bathroom needs fixed and reopened. It's very convenient for small children and those with disabilities. I know many locals that frequent that area, and if there is trash, which most times there is not, they clean it up. Don't take away one of the few things locals have to do there."

The comment deadline is today (September 10, 2021), and it will only take a few minutes to add your voice to the chorus of others who want the FS to maintain and keep open the campsites and recreation amenities in the Allegheny National Forest.

Here's the link to the comment tool: https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=4ce8786b00714efa9a9b5e1e15cfec5f

The picture below is near one of the campgrounds that the Forest Service is planning to close in a Recreation Site Analysis in the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. It appears that the FS is using a new tool to take public comment on this proposal where you can go comment on each specific site on a map.

(You can comment here: https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=4ce8786b00714efa9a9b5e1e15cfec5f)

This tool let's you read the other comments. Here is a sampling of what some people are saying about the plan to close this campground:

"Further proving how out of touch the ANF is. Basically anything anyone actually uses they decide to close!?!? Boat access camping is overpacked and needs expanded not closed! Have we thought about management change with someone who really wants people to use the land the tax payers pay for? Before we close a site especially a visitor center or even a bathroom facility it may be time to shorten ANF staff, office buildings or vehicles so the people can enjoy their own land."

"Im really starting to wonder if these proposals were ever even thought through for a second. The proposal to close pine grove campsite is absolutely IDIOTIC! This campsite is utilized by boaters and hikers alike consistently all season long. Its easy access from wolf run marina, and the fact that its a center point of the rez, makes it all the more important to keep as an option for the many people looking to camp legally. As you've already heard 100 times, this will only create more illegal camping, resulting in a shorline strewn with garbage, not to mention a very frustrated public that plans to camp and finds they are being forced to camp illegally and chancing a hefty fine. Just absolutely NONSENSE."

"As someone who has camped at Pine Grove from a young age to now with my family and own children I urge you to reconsider this closure.
Pine Grove is not only heavily utilized due to its gorgeous views and family friendly campsite but also because of its close location to Wolf Run Marina. Almost every weekend this camp site is at full capacity along with all the other camping areas. Such closure will sadly only result in many campers using illegal shoreline as an alternative to a designated site.
I feel that Pine Grove is ideal for families with small children because of the close proximity to Wolf Run Marina, in case of an emergency this closeness is imperative for many families to feel comfortable being in the woods and away from cell phone service. If an emergency occurred knowing your vehicle and the marina is only a few minute boat ride away could mean life or death in a true emergency.
Given the current state of the world and the global pandemic I believe these sites are being used even more often and as an outlet for people of all ages to get out and enjoy the outdoors. It’s a safe way to entertain our youth while teaching them about nature. Why take this away? From my experience campers seem to be respectful of the sites and do a great job cleaning up after themselves, often times even preforming site maintenance such as w**d wacking and with the nightly required fee to camp overnight taken into consideration I can’t imagine the ANF is losing money by keeping it open. I honestly can’t think of one good reason to move forward with this proposed closure."

They are also proposing to restrict what appears to be the only area open to primitive dispersed camping. Here's the FS proposal:

"The Forest Service is proposing to remove the vault toilet. Restrict camping to the east side of the road, with designated campsites between the road and the creek. Install a kiosk with camping and fishing information. Prohibit camping on the east side of the road to discourage large groups from using the area, restrict access and restore vegetation and ground cover."

Again, the locals who have been commenting aren't supportive of this proposal. Here's another sampling:

"This is a very popular for camping. Please don’t take away wonderful campsites in the Ridgway area. We are working hard to promote visitors and expand our rural economy. The forest is an important part of our lives in the middle of nowhere."

"I think more emphasis should be focused on opening more camp sites rather than shutting them down. Remove the toilet and keep things simple. Don’t install anything that can be vandalized. Stupid local kids will go out and “road trip” and destroy things and then the tourists won’t be able to enjoy the ANF campsites."

"Why would you want to discourage large groups? I know lots of families that get together and camp at that spot. I've been camping in this area for decades. The bathroom needs fixed and reopened. It's very convenient for small children and those with disabilities. I know many locals that frequent that area, and if there is trash, which most times there is not, they clean it up. Don't take away one of the few things locals have to do there."

The comment deadline is today (September 10, 2021), and it will only take a few minutes to add your voice to the chorus of others who want the FS to maintain and keep open the campsites and recreation amenities in the Allegheny National Forest.

Here's the link to the comment tool: https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=4ce8786b00714efa9a9b5e1e15cfec5f

Good information here from our friends at Colorado Trails Preservation Alliance , CORE, COTD, COHVCO, and Colorado Snowm...
09/10/2021
GMUG Alt A

Good information here from our friends at Colorado Trails Preservation Alliance , CORE, COTD, COHVCO, and Colorado Snowmobile Association related to the U.S. Forest Service-Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests Draft Forest Plan.

We are reviewing this draft as well, and we will be engaging on this plan 100%. This video is a good intro to what we're up against: https://youtu.be/OM1AmqIb6ZQ

The GMUG Forest Plan Draft is out and we need your help. Please watch the video and find more info at this link: https://www.coloradotpa.org/2021/08/27/the-m...

Help us advocate for reasonable management of our public lands and forests. It is our experience that many land managers...
09/09/2021
Sawtooth National Forest Prescribed Burn Proposal

Help us advocate for reasonable management of our public lands and forests. It is our experience that many land managers want to complete active management projects but they get blocked by frivolous lawsuits from the same groups that work so hard to block public access to public land. Use the BRC Action Center to add your voice to ours in support of this plan to do presribed burns in the Sawtooth National Forest, and protect this area from the fuel buildup that will likely lead to catastrophic wildfire, emergency closures, and permanent loss of roads, trails and campsites.

While the planners here did a good job of minimizing the proposed project's impact on recreation, we do make a few suggestion to improve the plan that you will see in the
Action Center.

The Sawtooth National Forest is proposing to authorize multiple 10 to 10,000 acre prescribed burns and associated treatments2 on national forest system lands within the Sawtooth National Forest each year. This proposed action does not apply to any congressionally designated wilderness areas, researc...

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09/09/2021

Thank you so much for the support!

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The Forest Service Southwestern Region is hosting a virtual public meeting Wed, Sept. 8, 2021, about developed recreatio...
09/02/2021

The Forest Service Southwestern Region is hosting a virtual public meeting Wed, Sept. 8, 2021, about developed recreation fees and proposed changes on the Carson, Gila, Lincoln, and Santa Fe National Forests, and the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands in New Mexico.

The USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region is hosting a virtual public meeting Wed, Sept. 8, 2021, from 5 - 6 p.m. MDT to provide information and answer questions about developed recreation fees and proposed changes on the five national forests in New Mexico. Virtual meeting details are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r3/home/?cid=FSEPRD945707.
These proposed changes include increased and new fees at some developed recreation sites, such as campgrounds and day use sites, and are managed by the Carson, Gila, Lincoln, and Santa Fe National Forests, and the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. Options under consideration include increasing fees at some current fee sites, charging new fees at free sites and introducing a $40 annual pass that would allow visitors unlimited access to fee day-use sites on all five national forests in New Mexico.

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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.