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BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!
> IDAHO, Call your Senators on CIEDRA before they return to Washington * > DC
> Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber in Idaho,
> What was your reaction to the news that Idaho Senators Mike Crapo * > and Jim Risch recently introduced Congressman Mike Simpson's Central * > Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA) in the Senate?
> Were you shocked? You should have been. Idaho has 5 million acres of * > Wilderness already. More than any other state except Alaska. * > Wilderness bans all mountain bike and motorized recreation. Yet, * > Idaho's entire congressional delegation is now supporting a bill * > that designates 332,775 new acres of wilderness in the Boulder White * > Clouds (BWC).
> I hate to say this, but the story on this CIEDRA bill is getting * > worse. A comparison between the 2009 House version and the 2010 * > Senate version will turn your shock into outrage.
> The Idaho Recreation Council recently put the two bills side-by-side * > and found the new 2010 version considerably worse than its * > predecessor. See: Comparison of the 2009 House CIEDRA VS 2010 Senate * > CIEDRA
> First of all, the new bill has more Wilderness. A lot more. Over * > 20,000 acres of "new" Wilderness has been added to the White Clouds * > Wilderness. The new bill also throws out language that gave * > permanent protection to the motorized routes in the Sawtooth * > National Recreation Area but outside the proposed Wilderness. Rep. * > Simpson started out with a basic premise of wanting to settle the * > issue once and for all and that is no longer being accomplished.
> The new bill also eliminates language that secures motorized access * > to the very popular and scenic Germania Creek-East Fork/Grand Prize * > trail. The new bill not only takes away the East Fork/Grand Prize * > section, it also allows closure of the entire route "for non- > motorized recreation purposes."
> Similarly, the new bill paves the way for the closure of the Frog * > Lake loop. In the "old" bill, Simpson included language that secured * > motorized access but the new bill says it will remain open only "if * > the Secretary allows motorized use."
> There's more. The OHV park near Boise was stripped out, as was * > authorization for $1 million to the Idaho Parks and Recreation to * > develop and manage it. And the trail between Redfish Lake and * > Stanley for non-motorized use in summer and snowmobiles in the * > winter, including parking areas at each end was stripped out.
> The only thing this bill protects the land from is YOU. Simply * > because you ride a mountain bike, enjoy snowmobiling or ride off- > highway vehicles, you don't have a right to view these lands.
> That's not Idaho. We can do better.
> Senator Risch and Crapo have scheduled June 16, 2010, for a Senate * > Subcommittee hearing on the new bill. Congress is in recess until * > June 4 for local district work sessions. That means the next few * > days is the best opportunity to contact the Senators with your * > concerns prior to the June 16 hearing.
> Please make your call today. We've put together some talking points * > you can use below. And tell you friends and family to make their * > calls by the end of the week.
> As always, thanks in advance for your action on this important * > issue. Please call or email if you have any comments or suggestions.
> Brian Hawthorne > Public Lands Policy Director > BlueRibbon Coalition > 208-237-1008 ext 102
> BRC ACTION ALERT: > Idaho Senators on board with a "new" Boulder White Clouds Wilderness * > Bill - that's even worse than previous versions. > Please call the senators during Memorial Day recess and express your * > concern.
> Situation: > Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch recently introduced Congressman * > Mike Simpson's Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act * > (CIEDRA) in the Senate. Idaho's entire congressional delegation is * > now supporting this bill that designates 332,775 new acres of * > wilderness in the Boulder White Clouds (BWC). > See: Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill to be reintroduced today > IDAHO MOUNTAIN EXPRESS: Updated and breaking news > Simpson's wilderness bill gets Senate introduction > Simpson's wilderness bill gets Senate introduction - KHQ Right Now - News and Weather for Spokane and North Idaho |
> What you need to do: > The Memorial Day recess (May 31 - June 4) gives Idaho's * > recreationists a golden opportunity to express concerns about the * > new bill.
> Sen. Mike Crapo > * * *Boise Office: (208) 334-1776 > * * *Pocatello Office: (208) 236-6775 > * * *Idaho Falls Office: (208) 522-9779 > * * *Coeur d'Alene Office: (208) 664-5490 > * * *Lewiston Office: (208) 743-1492 > * * *Caldwell Office: (208) 455-0360 > * * *Twin Falls Office: (208) 734-2515
> Sen. Jim Risch > * * *Boise Office: (208) 342-7985 > * * *Coeur d'Alene Office: (208) 667-6130 > * * *Idaho Falls Office: (208) 523-5541 > * * *Lewiston Office: (208) 743-0792 > * * *Pocatello Office: (208) 236-6817 > * * *Twin Falls Office: (208) 734-6780
> Please be polite.
> With 5 million acres already set aside, Idaho has enough Wilderness. * > I oppose CIEDRA and I am calling to ask the Senator to reconsider * > his decision to promote this bill.
> There is no threat to these lands. No massive clear cutting project * > is in the works. No giant mining operation proposed. Mountain bikes, * > off-highway vehicles and snowmobiles are not harming these lands.
> CIEDRA will kick out motorized and mountain bike recreationists who * > will take their dollars with them, having a negative impact on the * > local economy.
> The Sawtooth National Recreation Areas provides protection and * > balanced management while still allowing recreational uses.
> I am opposed use of the Omnibus package to pass CIEDRA or any public * > lands bill. > The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national (non-profit) trail-saving * > group that represents over 600,000 recreationists nationwide The * > Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season is beginning. Federal * > employees, please mark BlueRibbon Coalition and Check #11402 on your * > CFC pledge form to support our efforts to protect your access. Join * > us at 1-800-258-3742 BlueRibbon Coalition: Protecting your recreational access to public lands. > _______________________________________________________
> As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by * > membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. * > Visit Make a Difference Now - BlueRibbon Coalition to help fund * > our efforts to protect your trails!
Prescott National Forest to Hold Recreation Strategy Community Workshops
March 5th, 2010
BLUERIBBON COALITION PARTNER ACTION ALERT!
Prescott National Forest to Hold Recreation Strategy Community Workshops
Dear BRC members, supporters and action alert subscribers,
Sanford Cohen, from the Prescott Open Trails Association (POTA), just sent us a heads up about some "Recreation Strategy Community Workshops" Co-Sponsored by the Prescott National Forest and the Community Forest Stewardship Forum in partnership with: City of Prescott, Town of Prescott Valley, Town of Chino Valley and Yavapai County.
Recreational users are invited to share interests, concerns and ideas for recreational projects and "help create a Sustainable Recreation future" for the region.
Sanford suspects the "Sustainable Recreation" initiative will result in closing the remaining roads and trails on the Prescott National Forest. (Many hundreds of miles of roads and trails have been closed over the decades and few motorized trails remain.)
If you live in or near Prescott, please read Sanford's info below and take action. Also, please pass this information on to your friends and family, and please ask them take action as well.
Thanks in advance for your involvement, Ric Foster Public Lands Department Manager BlueRibbon Coalition 208-237-1008 ext 107
From Sanford Cohen, Prescott Open Trails Association
Read this attachment and if YOU DON'T SHOW UP to at least one of these meetings, you will have only yourself to blame for the loss of our trails.* The anti-motorized group is trying to get empowered and a small turnout from us will insure our defeat. * This comes from the "save the Verde" people.* They are launching an all out assault on motorized trails.* Our Forest Supervisor is out of town on assignment and the local head of the Wilderness Coalition is in charge of OUR trails program. * We MUST ALL SHOW UP and we MUST BE PREPARED with the following talking points: * 1)* The Prescott is managed as a multiple use forest.* Motorized Trails and Roads are also open to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.* The miles of roads and trails are being mis-represented as for MOTORIZED ONLY. * 2)* The average Motorized Hiker covers much longer distances on average, so in terms of time spent on the trail, they need to have longer distances to keep even with the non-motorized trail user. * 3)* With food, fuel and lodging and connections between communities, motorized hikers contribute more to the financial picture of Cities and Towns and provide more monetary help to Prescott National Forest for all types of trail construction and maintenance than any other activity. * 4)* Wilderness areas containing trails where motorized vehicles are off-limits number in the millions of acres.* The areas where hikers on foot are not allowed on the trail forest-wide is ZERO.* We do not need to add more wilderness. * 5)* Off highway vehicle use has grown 357% since 1996.* You do not respond to a greater demand for an activity by providing less of it. * When you do go to one of the sessions, make sure you identify yourself as a member of Prescott Open Trails Association.* There is strength in numbers, but only if you show up and be heard. * Thanks! * Sanford Cohen POTA
Upcoming Recreation Strategy Community Workshops (Zone 2)
You're invited!!! To share your interests, concerns and ideas for recreational projects And to help create a Sustainable Recreation future for our region
Western/Northern Prescott National Forest and surrounding communities, including Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Paulden and Drake (see attached map) http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/PNF_Recreation_Strategy_Zones_Map.pdf*
Chino Valley March 10th* 6:00-8:30 PM Activity Center (1527 N. Road 1 East) * Prescott March 11th* 12:00-2:30 PM Yavapai Community College* (Bldg 19, Rm 147) * Prescott Valley March 10th** 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Prescott Valley Library Chrystal Room March 11th* 6:00-8:30 PM Stone Ridge Golf Course (1601 N. Bluff Top Drive) * We want to hear from everyone! -* Refreshments will be provided - * Co-Sponsored by: Prescott National Forest and the Community Forest Stewardship Forum In Partnership With: City of Prescott Town of Prescott Valley Town of Chino Valley Yavapai County * For more information, please contact: Linda Jackson, Prescott National Forest (928) 777-2230 or [email protected] * Kelly Schwartz, Backcountry Horsemen (928) 533-2213 or [email protected] * Melissa Jackson, City of Prescott (928) 777-1588 or [email protected]