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RMATV-MC To Match Funds Raised At COW TAG Event!

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 15:10

POCATELLO, ID (June 1, 2016) – Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is pleased to reveal that its long-time partner in the fight to protect recreational access, Rocky Mountain ATV-MC (RMATV-MC), has agreed once again to generously match each dollar* raised to support BRC at the upcoming annual COW TAG event hosted by Klim, another long-time partner for access.

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Sharetrails.Org/BRC Questions OHV Restrictions In Bi-State Sage Grouse Decision

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 15:24
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BOISE, ID (May 31, 2016) -- Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, today slammed recent decisions that would severely restrict off-highway vehicle (OHV) events and trail improvements in many areas in eastern California and Nevada.  The changes, in the name of sage grouse management, were demanded by a handful of preservationist special interest groups.

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MONTANA - Custer Gallatin NF Forest Plan Revision June Public Meetings Announced

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 10:48

In January, the 3.1 million acre Custer Gallatin National Forest started on a Forest Plan Revision, a four-year process that will ultimately give way to a new forest plan. The Forest Service will host a second set of public meetings across various communities between June 14 and June 30. The focus of this second set of meetings will be the preliminary results from the Assessment of Existing Conditions to date and provide a forum for those attending the meetings and

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IDAHO - Sawtooth National Recreation Area Wants Your Input on the Wood River Travel Plan

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:40

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area (NRA) is announcing the availability of the proposed action for the Big Wood Travel Management Plan. The purpose of this plan is to bring road and trail use into compliance with the Forest Plan, laws, and regulations; to provide a system of roads and trails for public access and recreational travel; to manage resource impacts that are occurring due to the use of roads and trails; and to rehabilitate non-system routes identified as a problem

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CALIFORNIA - Public Invited to Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle Area Tour and Comment

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 08:32

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Barstow Field Office, has scheduled three tour rides of the Rasor Road Off-Highway Vehicle Area OHV area to identify locations used for riding, camping, as well as to assess use habits and general conditions of the area. The California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan of 1980 mandated a recreation plan to address the intensive OHV activity of the Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area. Public meetings were held on April 28, May 5, and May 12

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MONTANA - Public Comment Period on BLM Little Rockies Travel Management Plan Extended

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 14:38

The Bureau of Land Management Malta Field Office is seeking public input about the Little Rockies Travel Management Plan. The BLM is looking for input on motorized vehicle, off-highway vehicle, snowmobile and non-motorized transportation uses on public lands in the Little Rockies Travel Management Planning Area of Phillips County. The 30-day scoping period which began on April 5, 2016, has been extended until July 6, 2016.

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COLORADO - Public Comments Sought on Rico West Dolores Roads & Trails Project Draft EIS

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 11:34

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Rico-West Dolores Roads and Trails (Travel Management) Project is now available for public review and comment. The DEIS presents five Alternatives to the Proposed Action that went out for public scoping in December 2014. These Alternatives address, to varying degrees, the issues identified during that scoping process. This DEIS does not identify a preferred alternative. Commenters are encouraged to be as specific

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WASHINGTON - Draft Revised Forest Plan Update - Upcoming Meetings- Mark Your Calendars

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:41

As you know, the U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on the Draft Revised Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Colville National Forest and the public comment period was extended until July 5, 2016. During May the Forest Service will host three online meetings. Online meetings are an opportunity for you to clarify your understanding about a specific forest plan revision topic without having to leave your

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BRC Responds to The Wilderness Society Report

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:47

BRC wants to share this recent article from Environment & Energy Publishing in regards to an OHV Report from The Wilderness Society entitled: Achieving Compliance with the Executive Order "Minimization Criteria" for Off-Road Vehicle Use on Federal Public Lands.

The article highlights some Wilderness Society concerns about how the Forest Service is "minimizing" resource impacts caused by off-highway vehicle (OHV) use. BRC believes the report relies too heavily on land closures and restrictions as the primary management tools to reduce adverse impacts.

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H.R. 5129 Legislation to Streamline Recreation Permitting Process Introduced by Rep. LaMalfa

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:55

Outdoor recreation clubs, organizations and outfitter/guide related businesses have a lot to celebrate today as Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) announced that he has introduced the Guides and Outfitters Act (GO Act), H.R. 5129. H.R. 5129 Guides and Outfitters Act (GO Act) LINK For the last 5 years, BRC has been urging Congress to address excessive costs and red-tape associated with both motorized and non-motorized

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NEVADA - Land Use Update on BLM's Moon Rocks/Hungry Valley OHV Area

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:01

The BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.org was recently contacted by some of our members who heard rumors that a land transfer bill, H.R. 2733, may include portions of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Moon Rocks/Hungry Valley OHV Area near Reno, Nevada. And, that said transfer would result in the closure of the OHV area. BRC contacted both the BLM and Congressional Representatives to ascertain if, in fact, there were any impacts to legal OHV

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ARIZONA - Red Rock Ranger District Seeks Public Comments On Soldiers Pass Motorized Use Proposal

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:17

The Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest is asking for public comments as it prepares an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate revising management of motorized use on the Soldiers Pass Road near Sedona, Arizona. Soldiers Pass Road is located northwest of Sedona and consists of Forest Service roads 9904, 9904B and 9904C. Together, these roads total approximately 1.2 miles in length. The purpose of this proposal is to

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BlueRibbon Magazine, Issue #4

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 09:54

POCATELLO, ID (April 26, 2016) -- Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is pleased to announce the recent release of issue #4 of the BlueRibbon Magazine. This issue is packed with outstanding winter articles and a variety of recreation topics.

Hard copies of the BlueRibbon Magazine should be arriving at doorsteps this week (if they have not already arrived). If your copy has not yet arrived, there's no need to wait! The digital edition of the BlueRibbon Magazine is available today, in FlipZine or PDF versions.

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MONTANA - Public Input Sought on BLM Little Rockies Travel Management Plan

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:01

The Bureau of Land Management Malta Field Office is seeking public input about the Little Rockies Travel Management Plan. The BLM is looking for input on motorized vehicle, off-highway vehicle, snowmobile and non-motorized transportation uses on public lands in the Little Rockies Travel Management Planning Area of Phillips County. The 30-day scoping period began on April 5, 2016, and will end May 4, 2016. Maps of the current management plan

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NEW MEXICO - Santa Fe NF Announces Wilderness Process Community Meetings

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 16:44

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is initiating the next phase of Forest Plan Revision where they must determine if there are areas within the forest's boundaries that are suitable or not suitable for designation as Wilderness. The four steps in this process are: 1) Inventory, 2) Evaluation, 3) Analysis, and 4) Recommendation. Although the specifics for each of these steps are broadly defined by Forest Service directives (FSH 1909.12 Chapter 70), your input can have an impact

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BLM Announces Comment Period Extension on the BLM's Proposed Planning Rule

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:31

In response to requests from the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the comment period on the proposed planning rule by 30 days. The comment period now closes on May 25, 2016. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: Mail: Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20240, Attention: 1004-AE39

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CALIFORNIA - FS Seeks Input on Draft Environmental Assessment for Roads, Trail and Facilities

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 15:54

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is seeking comments on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the management and use of existing roads, trails and facilities located on National Forest System (NFS) lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The draft EA analyzes the proposed action's four components: maintenance and management of roads, trails and facilities; authorization of outfitter guide activities; authorization of events;

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OREGON – BLM Seeks Input on Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Draft Transportation Management Plan

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:30

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Medford District Office has announced that the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) Draft Transportation Management Plan (TMP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) is now available for a 45-day public review. The draft TMP/EA describes and analyzes four alternatives for future management of the monument transportation system. The four alternatives address management of roads,

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The Cowtag Event Returns!

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:04

It's time once again for the annual COW TAG event! Please join KLIM and the Sharetrails/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) at this one-of-a-kind ride to be held on Saturday, June 25 at Kelly Canyon, ID. Proceeds benefit trail organizations and Sharetrails/BRC. Enter to win a 2016 Beta 300RR Race Edition!...

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UTAH - BLM Seeks Input on Nine Mile Canyon Recreation Plan

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 15:01

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office is seeking public input on a range of preliminary alternatives to be considered in the Nine Mile Canyon Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) Environmental Assessment. The Nine Mile Canyon SRMA, managed by the Price and Vernal Field Offices, is internationally significant for its concentration of archaeological sites and extensive rock art. Preliminary alternatives to be analyzed include a range

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