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ARIZONA - Tonto National Forest Announced Forest Plan Revision Public Meetings Schedule

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 15:13

The public is invited to participate in a series of meetings ("Community Forums") focused on the assessment of existing conditions and trends on the Tonto National Forest as part of its Land and Resource Management Plan Revision ("Forest Plan") process. The four-year revision process involves three phases: Assessment of forest resource conditions and trends, development of a revised plan, and monitoring the impl

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COLORADO - Norwood/Burn Canyon Trail Proposal Not Good for Motorized Users

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 13:59

BRC just received an urgent Action Alert from the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO) with regards to the Norwood/Burn Canyon Trail Proposal. BRC concurs with our friends at the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition and the Trail Preservation Alliance and stands with them in strong support for Alternative 2. BRC also stands in strong opposition to Alternative 1 which amounts to a function area ban of historic single-track motorcycle, ATV, SxS, and 4WD use.

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MONTANA - Flathead National Forest to Host Forest Plan Revision Open House

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:45

The Flathead National Forest will be hosting a Forest Plan Revision Open-House on May 7, 2014, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Swan Valley Community Hall in Condon, Montana. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for people to give specific comments and recommendations that they would like to see considered in the plan revision process for the Flathead National Forest. The Open-House will give people the

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COLORADO- BLM Seeks Comments on Norwood-Burn Canyon Comprehensive Travel Management Plan

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:36

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Uncompahgre Field Office is seeking public comments on the preliminary Norwood-Burn Canyon Comprehensive Travel Management Plan Environmental Assessment (EA). The preliminary EA analyzes four alternatives for an inter-connecting trail system on about 9,850 acres of public land managed by the BLM, about three miles west of Norwood, Colorado.Alternatives were developed considering the existing off-highway vehicle designations and conditions on the grou

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BRC Signs On To Participate In "Idaho Gives" Day - Your Donation Could Be Worth More!

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 03:30
Image:  Contact:  Del Albright, BRC Director of Operations Mary Jo Foster, Administrative Director

POCATELLO, ID (April 30, 2014 ) - The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a leading advocate for recreational access to public lands, announces its official participation in the Idaho Non-Profit Center's second annual "Idaho Gives" day, which will take place on May 1, 2014. The Center hopes to build on the success of last year's inaugural, statewide giving blitz, which raised nearly $600,000 for hundreds of nonprofits in a 24-hour period.

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OREGON - Wallowa-Whitman Hosts Public Meeting in Unity, OR

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:02

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest will be hosting a public meeting on May 1, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Community Hall in Unity, Oregon. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and share information about Forest projects and activities, and general information about the Proposed Revised Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The meeting will be hosted by John Laurence, Wallowa-Whitman Forest Supervisor. This is your opportunity as a forest user

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OREGON - Comment Period Extended for the Blue Mountains Proposed Revised Forest Plan

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 09:05

The time to comment on the Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been extended by 60 days; deadline for submitting comments is now August 15, 2014.  (See news release here for more details.) The Proposed Revised Land Management Plan (commonly known as a Forest Plan) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) covers the

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NEW MEXICO - Cibola NF Releases Forest Plan Revision Resource Assessment - Public Meeting Scheduled

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:12

As part of the forest plan revision process, the Cibola National Forest has released the draft Resource Assessment for Mt. Taylor, Magdalena, Mountainair and Sandia Ranger Districts. This report assesses the ecological, social and economic conditions and trends of the resources, goods and services provided by the Forest, as well as risks to sustainability. The Forest Service is asking for the public to take the time to review these important documents and provide them with feedback over the next 60 days.

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UTAH - BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Monticello Travel Plan

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:50

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Monticello Field Office is seeking public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing designation of five routes in the Monticello Travel Management Plan.   The proposed changes would add new sections to the following previously-designated routes:  Blanding to Bulldog, Jacob's Chair, Nokai Dome, River House and Woodenshoe. Some segments of the proposed routes already ex

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CALIFORNIA - Six Rivers NF Seeks Comments on Smith River NRA Restoration and Motorized Travel Management Project

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:02

The Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Smith River National Recreation Area Restoration and Motorized Travel Management Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in the Federal Register on April 11, 2014. The DEIS, including appendices and maps, is available on the Six Rivers National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/srnf/srnra.The DEIS and maps will also be available for viewing at the Forest Service offices in Gasquet and Eureka, as

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FWS Announces Reopening of Comment Period for Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 09:03

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), has announced that they are reopening the public comment period on the October 28, 2013, proposed rule to list the Bi-State distinct population segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The FWS is reopening the comment period on the October 28, 2013, proposed rule to designate critical habitat for this DPS for an additional 60 days.

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Reno Off-Road Expo Off The Hook!

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:57
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RENO, NV (April 9, 2014). Lockett Shows produce the Reno Off-Road Motorsports Expo every year in Reno, NV and this year they rocked the charts with a very generous donation to BRC. Al and Shirley Lockett, owners and show producers of Lockett Shows (http://www.lockettshows.com/) are involved in many promotions, but they are especially fond of the Off-Road Motorsports show because they also love motorsports like four-wheeling.

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BRC At Jackson Hole World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:50

This year's Hill Climb event was successful for BlueRibbon in memberships and donations while providing an outstanding location for outreach on issues effecting snowmobilers.

Again this year the Jackson Snow Devils provided BlueRibbon a booth near the food vendor area at the Hill Climb event.

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MONTANA - Divide Travel Plan DEIS Comment Period Extended Until June 12, 2014

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:25

In response to requests received from the public, the Helena National Forest has decided to extend the comment period for the Divide Travel Plan - Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). As a result, the comment period for the DEIS is being extended until June 12, 2014. The deadline for submission of comments on the proposed Programmatic Forest Plan Amendment will remain June 12, 2014.Information on providing comments is available on the Helena National Forest website at

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Super Star Ian Johnson Hails BRC

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:34
Image:  Contact:  Del Albright, BRC Director of Operations

POCATELLO, ID (April 7, 2014) -- Ian Johnson, noted TV star, four-wheeler, builder of the Xtreme Two-car Garage Rock Crawler, host of Xtreme Off Road, and family man, supports landuse and keeping our trails open nationwide.  BRC is proud to have Ian on our team and in the landuse game.

"I've known Del Albright and BRC folks for years, and there is no denying that without this kind of super effort, our trails would be all but gone," said Ian.

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COLORADO - BLM - Protest Period Extended Colorado River Valley Proposed RMP

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:58

The protest period for the Bureau of Land Management's Proposed Colorado River Valley Field Office Resource Management Plan now ends May 5, about a week later than what was originally announced. On March 24 the Bureau of Land Management released the Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Colorado River Valley Field Office in northwestern Colorado. The proposed plan seeks to

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Epic Decision Portends New Balance For Re-Opening Dunes In Glamis

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:37
Image:  Contact:  David Hubbard Jim Bramham Paul Turcke, Esq.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 4, 2014) - Recreational visitors observing a fine flaky substance this morning at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) will be pleased to hear it is not snow but judicial manna. Barely a month following argument, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. Northern District Court of California yesterday issued a long-awaited decision on the 2013 ISDRA management plan, ruling almost entirely on the side of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S.

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