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  1. WILDLIFE CORRIDOR*CONSERVATION ACT INTRODUCED Politicians and other agents of Agenda 21*are inundating us with overlapping schemes that*quietly and deliberately drown our property rights and freedom. For surefire evidence, take a look at the plot that is outlined in the*U.S. Congress - H.R. 5101 Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2010. This bill includes transboundary tax-payer funded projects for wild animal bridges and tunnels, increasing roadless areas and other means to capture more natural resources and private property for government and its partners. Sample projects already in existence: ***************** * * *Wildlife Overcrossing at Easton Hill, WA*** *Chattooga Conservancy Roadless Conservation ******************************************** H.R. 5101 states that "The Secretary, in cooperation with the States and Indian tribes, shall develop a Habitat and Corridors Information System, that shall include maps and descriptions of projected shifts in habitats and corridors of fish and wildlife species in response to climate change; and to assess the impacts of existing development on habitats and corridors." The System is charged with identifying, prioritizing and describing "key parcels of non-Federal land (i.e. state lands and private property) located within the boundaries of units of the National Park System, National Wildlife Refuge System, National Forest System, or National Grassland System that are critical to maintenance of wildlife habitat and migration corridors." This is way over and above what the federal government has already swallowed up under other guises. Congress and other elites are desperately clinging to the fraud of man-made*global warming in an attempt to illegitimately wrest control of private property. Many people still nominally own and pay taxes on their private property but if their property is even slightly proximate to the imagined*wildlife corridors, then animals rule as "new habitat" is created for them in response to*"climate change"*and other "threats" (meaning people).* It doesn't matter that grandma's house has been there for 100 years and she and the animals get along fine. Not anymore, with this bill government will determine what if any use might be made of land that falls in or near corridors invented ostensibly to protect animals (in truth this is done to take private property and to control the human population).** 

The difference between this bill and previous wildland's programs is that this one doesn't just have teeth, it has fangs. Not only does it have "strong language calling on agencies to actually take steps to protect corridors" but it also calls for a funding mechanism (more taxes) to support "such protective action." In short, we will be footing the bill for the global elite to further control our property and diminish our freedom under the guise of habitat protection. And "the Secretary of the Interior may transfer funds to the Foundation under this subsection in advance, without regard to when expenses are incurred." How many of us can get paid whenever we want, even if we haven't yet done the work? Here are a few examples of Wildlife Corridor Program across the United States. Once again they are bad programs hiding behind pretty pictures and phony words. Rim of the Valley Los Angeles Basin, California, Buffalo Commons Plains States, USA and Yellowstone to Yukon or "Y to Y"* plus there are many more. Norman MacLeod of Washington explains that HR 5101 incorporates the legislative provisions of Section 481 of HR 2454 (the House version of the climate bill) and Section 6009 of the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill draft.* These sections authorize a wildlife corridors information system.* HR 5101 builds on this with implementation programs, mostly to be housed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Funding mechanisms and public-private structures are included.* The bill has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. This bill is intended to lead to the formal creation of several continental-scale wildlife corridor systems that include core habitat, connectivity, and buffer systems that will impact livelihoods, homes, ranches, farms, access to resources, outdoor recreation and more. The bill can be tracked at THOMAS (Library of Congress)
  2. Your Chance To Provide Positive Comments About Motorized Recreation By Americans forResponsible Recreation Access Earlierthis yearPresident Obama held a conference on America’s Great Outdoors and established the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to be led by the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Chairof the Council of Environmental Quality. The initiative is tasked with reconnecting Americans, especially children, to the outdoors and they have asked forpublic input and ideas. It is vitally important that the Administration hearfrom you about how you recreate on and enjoy public lands. We can be sure that they are hearing from those who would support limiting orending access formotorized recreation, but we have an opportunity to tell ourside of the story as well. So visit America's Great Outdoors, sign-up, and weigh in. Now is the time to make it clearthat OHVrecreation is a family-oriented activity that allows forfamilies to spend quality time outdoors. Too often OHVrecreation is defined by the renegade few who behave irresponsibly. Please take this opportunity to make it clearthat millions of Americans responsibly enjoy motorized recreation on public lands. Talking Points: OHVuse is a legitimate, sustainable use of appropriate public lands, particularly on National Forests and Bureau of Land Management Units. * Motorized recreation is a healthy family activity and provides a great opportunity forfamilies to “get away from it all,” and to experience the great outdoors. * OHVers, like otherrecreationists, seek opportunities to not only enjoy the riding experience, but also opportunities to learn more about cultural and historical context, take in scenic views, observe wildlife, camp, hunt, fish and participate in many otheractivities. * The overwhelming majority of OHVers are conservationists, who seek to preserve the same outdoorexperiences they enjoy forchildren and grandchildren. OHVers are volunteers. OHVclubs and organizations groom and maintain trails, trailheads and otherfacilities as well as adopt trails and provide the tools and experience needed for constructing and maintaining all sorts of recreational trails; not just OHVopportunities. * ATVand off-highway motorcycle riding encourage and promote physical fitness. * OHVs provide the opportunity forAmericans of all ages and physical capabilities to enjoy the outdoors. So please take a few minutes to visit America's Great Outdoors and have yourvoiceheard. Americans forResponsible Recreation Access 1152 15th Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005
  3. BRC NATIONAL WILDERNESS LEGISLATION UPDATE – UPDATE Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber, Last Thursday we blasted a Wilderness Legislation Update and reported on Wilderness bills in Idaho, South Dakota, Colorado, Montana and Utah. In the past week there has been quite a bit of news on each of these bills so we thought we'd send another update. Call it a Wilderness Legislation Update – Update!* We also wanted to send a heartfelt THANKS to everyone who took the time and effort to contact legislators on these bills. Judging by the news in Idaho, your phone calls and email are having a positive effect. I'll repeat our a disclaimer that this update won't cover all of the various wilderness and other land use bills pending. If we miss any bills in your area, we apologize and ask that you shoot us an email and we'll include it in our next update. Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102 BRC WILDERNESS UPDATE UPDATE IDAHO
S. 3294 – CIEDRA - Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act
The U.S. Senate Subcommittee for Public Lands and Forests heard testimony June 16, 2010 on Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson's Boulder/White Clouds Wilderness bill. Known as CIEDRA, this legislation would close approximately 80 miles of mountain bike single track and tens of thousands of acres of prized high mountain snowmobiling. Apparently, the Subcommittee testimony raised serious questions...
Risch: Wouldn't bet on Idaho wilderness 
Risch: Wouldn't bet on Idaho wilderness in 2010 - KHQ Right Now - News and Weather for Spokane and North Idaho | CIEDRA deemed a ‘tough sell’ 
Wilderness bill rides momentum after hearing, but opposition looms 
Idaho Mountain Express: CIEDRA deemed a ‘tough sell’ - June 18, 2010 Adena Cook, BRC's Senior Policy Adviser, wanted everyone to read Idaho Governor Butch Otter's letter opposing CIEDRA.* Adena reports that Otter's letter combined with calls and emails from the OHV and snowmobile community is making an impression on Senator Risch. She said “Your e-mails and letters ARE making a difference. They have REAL IMPACT.” So much impact that Idaho's Wilderness Advocacy Media, in the form of Rocky Barker, environment and natural resource writer for the Idaho Statesman, seems to be doing their level best to spin the opposition to Rep. Simpson's bill. Barker has posted two blurbs on his blog: Motorized recreation activist flexes muscles
Motorized recreation activist flexes muscles | Voices.IdahoStatesman.com Other collaborative processes threatened if Simpson's bill goes down
Other collaborative processes threatened if Simpson's bill goes down | Voices.IdahoStatesman.com Speaking of Sandra Mitchell...
Sandra Mitchell sent a email update to members of Idaho Recreation Council and Idaho State Snowmobile Association reacting to the news that Senator Risch is reconsidering his support of that bill:**** **** "We have waited a long time to hear something like this and I know there were times when we all felt as if CIEDRA was a done deal. Thanks to your hard work and that magnificent *letter from the Governor; it isn’t over. **** Again, I am going to ask you do something and that is to contact Senator Risch and say thanks for his comments in the Statesman and for understanding that this CIEDRA bill doesn’t work for the people or the land. I promise you, by acting you will make a difference. ***** We have come so far and worked so hard, we cannot give up and numbers still matter. It is important that the Senator know folks care and are paying attention." SOUTH DAKOTA
S. 3310 - Tony Dean Cheyenne River Valley Conservation Act of 2010 - 
This bill will designate 48,000 acres of Wilderness in South Dakota's Buffalo National Grasslands. Senators, groups clash on wilderness 
http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/43998/ COLORADO:
H.R. 3914 - San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act of 2009
A bill that will designate approximately 60,000 acres of Wilderness in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. In House, San Juan public lands bill passes committee 
Telluride Daily Planet > Archives > News > In House, San Juan public lands bill passes committee COLORADO: HIDDEN GEMS 
Our previous updated explained that confusion and controversy erupted in Colorado's Hidden Gems Wilderness campaign as Colorado Rep. Jared Polis scrambled to clarify his position after an AP story reported the process would be put on hold. The latest news comes from Pitkin County, who says the Wilderness activists need to work harder at reaching accommodation with other stakeholders: Pitkin County to Gems: Get more public comment 
Pitkin County to Gems: Get more public comment | PostIndependent.com MONTANA:
S. 1470 – The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act 
Montana's Senator Jon Tester is making some changes to his bill, but he's sticking with his original plan to require the USFS log a certain amount of overgrown forest.* He has posted a revised draft on his website: U.S. Senator Jon Tester | Legislation Senator Tester Stands Behind Logging in Wilderness Bill 
Senator Tester Stands Behind Logging in Wilderness Bill | News, Sports, Weather for Great Falls, Helena, and all of Montana | Local Top Stories Tester adjusts forest bill 
Tester adjusts forest bill | greatfallstribune.com | Great Falls Tribune UTAH:
The last updated mentioned SUWA's play to encourage Colorado Senator Mark Udall to become the Western Champion of their unfathomably massive 10 million acre BLM Wilderness bill.
Udall may lead regional wilderness issue 
Udall may lead regional wilderness issue | GJSentinel.com But we didn't mention any news on Senator Bennett's county-by-county Land Use Legislation process.* Both San Juan and Emery Counties are considering land use bills that would include Wilderness, as well as other recreation friendly designations. Emery County's Public Lands Council is currently putting pen to paper and should have a draft bill ready in coming months. Draft maps and other information is posted on the County's website: Emery County Land Use Plan Information Utah's National Public Radio interviewed Senator Bennett who repeated the probably accurate threat that the Obama Administration may take unilateral action (Monument designation) should the county-by-county process fail. 
Wilderness After Senator Bennett 
KUER: Wilderness After Senator Bennett (2010-06-21) SUWA has an interesting spin on their website:
An Emery County Update
An Emery County Update - Redrock Headlines **** "Unfortunately county officials have drawn heavy criticism from local wilderness opponents for working too closely with SUWA, whose interests they see at odds with theirs. This has dampened any early optimism." Doesn't it seem*like they are setting the stage to blame their opposition to Emery County's bill on “local wilderness opponents.” Maybe not. Its too easy to assign nefarious motives to a group like SUWA. And, in all honesty, it is perfectly reasonable to assume that any legislation that would be palatable to the elected officials and the citizens of Emery County would be in significant conflict with SUWA's 10 million acre behemoth wilderness bill. Whatever spin SUWA tries to put on it, the question will boil down to whether or not SUWA will want to take what wilderness it can get via Bennett's process, or continue its past history of killing the bills in Washington D.C. MEANWHILE....
SUWA Negotiates with Oil and Gas Industry to Close Areas to Public??
According to Tom McCourt, a columnist for the Sun Advocate in Price, Utah, SUWA has struck a deal with the Bill Barrett Corporation that would allow Barrett to develop their oil and gas operation in Carbon County as long as the company and the County agrees to close roads to public access. 
The Wasatch Behind: Grin and Barrett
By TOM MCCOURT
Sun Advocate - The Wasatch Behind: Grin and Barrett - June 15, 2010 *
  4. 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!
  5. BLUERIBBON COALITION, INC. MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
********* Contact: Roger Theurer, Southern Four Wheel Drive Association
************************* (931) 841-0672*
************************* Greg Mumm, BlueRibbon Coalition
************************* (208) 244-2112
********* Date: May 18, 2010 TELLICO LAWSUIT FILED POCATELLO, ID (May 18)--The next chapter in the Save Tellico saga began today as suit was filed to stop agency efforts to eliminate long-existing routes at the Upper Tellico OHV System.* The suit was filed by Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, and BlueRibbon Coalition in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. "This is a logical and necessary action in our effort to restore some form of meaningful OHV access to the System," said Roger Theurer, President of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association.* "The entire premise behind this closure- that water quality is uniquely flawed in the Tellico River- is simply untrue.* We hope through this suit for an opportunity to present the full story," Theurer concluded. On April 19, 2010, the Forest Service posted a solicitation for bids, seeking contractors to perform various tasks to rehabilitate, obliterate, or otherwise decommission the bulk of existing roads on the OHV System.* According to the complaint, routes historically used for vehicle travel may be fundamental to other forms of recreation, and possible impacts on non-motorized recreation activities have not been analyzed by the Forest. "We prefer to work collaboratively with the Forest to provide appropriate vehicle-based recreation opportunities in the area," observed Greg Mumm, BlueRibbon Executive Director.* "We remain committed to such prospects, but faced little option short of filing suit to preserve reasonable alternatives involving the System.* These roads are literally on the verge of being removed from the landscape," Mumm concluded. A copy of the complaint may be viewed at: http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Complaint_FILED_05-18-10.pdf # # # The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. 1-800-258-3742. BlueRibbon Coalition: Protecting your recreational access to public lands. United Four Wheel Drive Associations is an international organization comprised of four wheel drive enthusiasts, clubs, associations, and businesses dedicated to providing community services around the world, education in responsible land use and safe vehicle operation, and protection of our natural resources through conservation practices. 1-800-448-3932. United Four Wheel Drive Associations Official Site - United Online - An International Organization Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) was founded in 1987 to promote responsible land use and to keep public lands accessible for motorized recreation.* For more information on the activities and accomplishments of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, please visit Southern 4WD Association or contact us at 1483 N. Mt. Juliet Road, PMB # 222, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 *
  6. OBAMA NATIONAL MONUMENT UPDATE
REQUEST FOR RECORDS VOTED DOWN
TRANSPARENCY IN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN QUESTION Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber, On Wednesday, May 5, 2010, the House Natural Resources Committee voted down (by a margin of 20-22) a motion offered by Ranking Member Doc Hastings (WA) to favorably report H. Res. 1245 out of Committee. The Resolution is an attempt by Congress to require the Secretary of the Interior to turn over specific information related to potential National Monument designations. Interestingly, the Department of the Interior (DOI) delivered nearly 400 pages of emails to the Committee less than 24 hours before*it was scheduled to vote on the Resolution. However, the agency withheld some 2,016 pages of additional documents directly related to potential Monument designations. The controversy began with the discovery of an internal DOI document labeled "NOT FOR RELEASE" which details plans for 14 new or expanded national monument designations, totaling some 13 million acres of public and private land. Rep. Hastings, who has led a bi-partisan effort to require the DOI to disclose information said: “When the federal government is discussing the lockup of 13 million acres of public lands with the stroke of the President’s pen, the American people have a right to know what their government is doing. I encourage my Democrat colleagues to help the Obama Administration adhere to their claims of openness and transparency by bringing this resolution to a vote on the floor of the full House,” said Hastings. “If this Resolution is not brought to the House floor in a timely manner, I promise this Committee will see plenty of similar Resolutions until the Department of Interior reveals what they are hiding.” House rules provide that the Democrat Majority on the Committee had 14 legislative days to report the Resolution of Inquiry or it would have been eligible to be brought to the Floor of the House of Representatives for a vote as a Privileged Resolution. A future Floor vote on the Resolution is now entirely subject to the will of the Majority. Meanwhile, legislation that would remove a President's unilateral authority to designate National Monuments is moving slowly. The bill is titled the Preserve Land Freedom For Americans Act of 2010 (HR 4996) is sponsored by North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx. HR 4996 was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources on April 13, 2010. BRC is encouraging our members to contact their Representatives and encourage them to co-sponsor HR 4996 and work for its passage into law. We will continue to keep you updated on this and other important issues. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC. Brian Hawthorne****************************** Ric Foster
Public Lands Policy Director ********* Public Lands Department Manager
208-237-1008 ext 102 ******************** 208-237-1008 ext 107 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!*
  7. BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT! Important Update on Obama Monument Update Alert and H. Res. 1254 Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber, We just got word from Capitol Hill that the markup on H. Res. 1254, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed until Wednesday, May 5, 2010. This is the House Resolution directing the Department of the Interior to stop its stonewalling and transmit to the House of Representatives all information related to the secret memo regarding the potential designation of National Monuments. This means we still have time to urge House Natural Resources committee members to cosponsor H. Res. 1254. Please read our Action Alert below and TAKE ACTION! Also, please forward this alert to friends and family. Thanks for taking action on this important issue. Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102 BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT! Obama Monument Update - ACTION ITEM INCLUDED Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber, Most of you have been following the saga that began with the disclosure of a secret memo outlining plans for 13 million acres of new National Monuments in 11 western states. BRC, as well as lawmakers, has been attempting to find out exactly what the Department of the Interior is up to, and BRC even appealed the denial of a Freedom of Information Act request. Doc Hastings (WA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Rob Bishop, (UT) Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, as well as other lawmakers, have also formally requested that information pertaining to the leaked memo. This information was requested over six weeks ago. As of this writing, the Obama Administration has not provided one single page to the House Committees. In response to Department of Interior's stonewalling, Rep. Hastings and Rep. Bishop have introduced a Resolution of Inquiry (H. Res. 1254) in an attempt to require the Department of Interior to turn over the information. A resolution of inquiry is a method used by the House to obtain information from an executive branch official What you need to do:
The Natural Resources committee is set to vote on H. Res. 1254 this Wednesday, April 28, 2010. We need you to contact Committee Members and ask them to co-sponsor and/or support H. Res 1254. Our partners at the Americans for Responsible Recreation Access (ARRA) have a letter generator up and running. Please take a minute to send a letter to your congressional representative. CLICK HERE* Thanks for taking action on this important issue. Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102 More info on the web:
Obama Secret Plan for Monuments Compels Congressional Action
Obama Secret Plan for Monuments Compels Congressional Action - BRC News Recreation Group Files FOIA Appeal To Department of The Interior Regarding National Monuments
Recreation Group Files FOIA Appeal To Department of The Interior Regarding National Monuments - BRC News 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 http://www.sharetrails.org

  8. BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT! Obama Monument Update - ACTION ITEM INCLUDED Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber, Most of you have been following the saga that began with the disclosure of a secret memo outlining plans for 13 million acres of new National Monuments in 11 western states. BRC, as well as lawmakers, has been attempting to find out exactly what the Department of the Interior is up to, and BRC even appealed the denial of a Freedom of Information Act request. Doc Hastings (WA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Rob Bishop, (UT) Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, as well as other lawmakers, have also formally requested that information pertaining to the leaked memo. This information was requested over six weeks ago. As of this writing, the Obama Administration has not provided one single page to the House Committees. In response to Department of Interior is stonewalling, Rep. Hastings and Rep. Bishop have introduced a Resolution of Inquiry (H. Res. 1254) in an attempt to require the Department of Interior to turn over the information. A resolution of inquiry is a method used by the House to obtain information from an executive branch official What you need to do:
The Natural Resources committee is set to vote on H. Res. 1254 this Wednesday, April 28, 2010. We need you to contact Committee Members and ask them to co-sponsor and/or support H. Res 1254. Our partners at the Americans for Responsible Recreation Access (ARRA) have a letter generator up and running. Please take a minute to send a letter to your congressional representative. CLICK HERE Thanks for taking action on this important issue. Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102
  9. "Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources. This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level." - excerpt, UN Agenda 21
  10. 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.
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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.
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We MUST ALL SHOW UP and we MUST BE PREPARED with the following talking points:
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thanks!
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Sanford Cohen
POTA Attachment*(http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Trailspolicy-2.pdf) 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* *Community Workshops** Chino Valley
March 10th* 6:00-8:30 PM
Activity Center (1527 N. Road 1 East)
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Prescott
March 11th* 12:00-2:30 PM
Yavapai Community College* (Bldg 19, Rm 147)
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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)
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We want to hear from everyone!
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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
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For more information, please contact:
Linda Jackson, Prescott National Forest
(928) 777-2230 or [email protected] 
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Kelly Schwartz, Backcountry Horsemen
(928) 533-2213 or [email protected] 
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Melissa Jackson, City of Prescott
(928) 777-1588 or [email protected]
  11. BLUERIBBON COALITION BRC Announces Release of BRC's Recreation News Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber, BRC is has added another tool to help our members and supporters learn about the issues that affect you. In an age of information overload, it's difficult to filter out the chaff and focus on just one issue. And when that issue is recreational access -- it's even harder to tolerate the misinformation and bias! BRC's Recreation News provides a snapshot of breaking news on recreation and public lands issues. We break it down by state, link to the story, and, when the mood strikes, we even offer some of BRC's legendary pithy commentary. Each day BRC's Public Lands Department staff scans the World Wide Web and the different media outlets in order to bring you the information that matters to you. We do this to help you protect your roads, trails and snowmobile areas. BRC's Recreation News is the place to stay on top of the issues. To subscribe, just go to www.sharetrails.org/subscribe, and fill out the appropriate information. Then under "Please select the mailing lists you would like to be subscribed to:" select "BRC's Recreation News" from the list of check boxes and then click "Subscribe". You must sign up to receive BRC's Recreation News even if you are already on the Action Alert list. This will not change any other list you are already signed up for. Thanks! Brian Hawthorne Public Lands Policy Director BlueRibbon Coalition 208-237-1008 ext 102
  12. BRC NATIONWIDE ACTION ALERT
SECRET DOCUMENT REVEALS OBAMA CONSIDERING 13 MILLION ACRE LAND GRAB
ANTIQUITIES ACT ABUSES MUST END - ACTION ITEM BELOW Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber If you had a chance to stop the Clinton Administration from designating all those Monuments, would you take it? The Obama Administration is well on its way to match former President Clinton's Monument designation spree. Thanks to a whistle-blower in the Department of the Interior, a secret Obama administration plan to grab 13 million acres of public and private lands across 11 western states has been exposed.* The secret document indicates the DOI is operating on the assumption that the Monuments will be designated, even so far as to budgeting funds for purchasing private land inholdings. That's why we need your help today. BRC is requesting that Congress pass legislation that provides some sort of mechanism or process for Congressional review of Antiquities Act proclamations, and also for a method for State and local input before any designation takes place. In the meantime, we need our members to immediately contact their congressional representatives and ask them to go on record as opposing any unilateral action by the administration. Ric has put together another one of our INSANELY EASY 3 - Step Action Items, so it won't take more than 3 or 4 minutes out of your day. Thank you in advance for your action. Brian Hawthorne******************************* Ric Foster
Public Lands Policy Director************* Public Lands Department Manager
208-237-1008 ext 102*********************** 208-237-1008 ext 107 PS:* Check out "MORE INFO FROM THE WEB" at the bottom of the alert. BRC NATIONWIDE ACTION ALERT
SECRET DOCUMENT REVEALS OBAMA CONSIDERING 13 MILLION ACRE LAND GRAB
ANTIQUITIES ACT ABUSES MUST END - ACTION ITEM BELOW SITUATION:
A recently obtained internal document from the Department of the Interior (DOI) shows the Obama Administration is considering using the Antiquities Act to grab 13 million acres of public and private lands in 11 western states as National Monuments without any public review or opportunity to comment.** Obama is considering Monuments in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
( Obama National Monuments - BlueRibbon Coalition ) Many of these lands are home to world class motorized and non-motorized recreation destinations. The Antiquities Act allows the President to establish National Monuments that replace multiple use management with a preservationist directive. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: BRC'S THREE-STEP ACTION ITEM
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS: NOTE: Please be polite and, if possible, make your comments as personal as you can. STEP 1:* Click on the following link to go to BRC's Rapid Response Center.
*************** http://www.sharetrails.org/rapid_response/* and in the "Contact Lawmakers" 
*************** box type your zip code and click GO. Click on your representative's name 
*************** and then click on the Contact tab to locate their phone number.*
*************** Follow the same steps for each senator. STEP 2:* When you call, use the talking points below to help make your point. 
*************** Be brief and polite, but make sure the staff person understands you OPPOSE*
*************** new National Monuments.*
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STEP 3:* Take just a minute to forward this alert to friends and family and ask them 
**************** to do the same.************** TALKING POINTS
A recently obtained internal document from the Department of the Interior (DOI) shows the Obama Administration is considering using the Antiquities Act to designate National Monuments on 13 million acres of public and private lands in 11 western states. I am asking you to go on record as opposing any unilateral monument designations by the Administration. Also, I want you to sponsor or co-sponsor legislation that requires Congressional review of Antiquities Act proclamations. This process should also allow for State and local government as well as public input before any designation takes place. Given the economic crisis our nation is in today, this is not a good use of my taxes. Thank you for allowing me to express my concern. MORE INFO FROM THE WEB: Obama Eyes Western Land for National Monuments, Angering Some:
FOXNews.com - EXCLUSIVE: Obama Eyes Western Land for National Monuments, Angering Some Senior Republicans allege secret Interior plot to create national monuments:
Senior Republicans allege secret Interior plot to create national monuments - The Hill's E2-Wire Two more monuments in Utah? San Rafael Swell and Cedar Mesa?:
Two more monuments planned in Utah? - Salt Lake Tribune Rep. Dean Heller: Feds looking at designating 2 Nevada national monuments:
Rep. Dean Heller: Feds looking at designating 2 Nevada national monuments - Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 | 3:56 p.m. - Las Vegas Sun Chorus of protest
Critics of secret BLM meetings share diverse backgrounds, conflicting interests
Critics of secret BLM meetings share diverse backgrounds, conflicting interests Special status possible for Colorado sites
Areas may be deemed worthy of wilderness, other designation
Special status possible for Colorado sites | GJSentinel.com 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!
  13. BRC NATION-WIDE ACTION ALERT - IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED US FOREST SERVICE DEVELOPING NEW PLANNING REGULATIONS WILL GLOBAL WARMING TRUMP MULTIPLE USE? Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber, The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is beginning the process of revising their regulations that govern how the agency prepares Forest Plans. Known as the "Planning Rule," these regulations will be the driving force behind how the agency develops, amends and revises their Land Use Plans. This is a big deal. The FS is proposing a planning rule that will shift what is left of any emphasis toward multiple use/sustained yield to such things as global warming, ecosystem management and their new buzz word - restoration. Our action alert below gives a brief analysis and explains why BRC is concerned, and why we are encouraging our entire membership to respond. For those of you who don't want to know the details, or are busy with work and family, you can use our letter generator. For those of you who wish to send your own email to the USFS, we put together another one of our INSANELY EASY 3- step action items below. Please send your comment email today. The comment deadline is February 16, 2010! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC. Thanks in advance for your support, Brian Hawthorne Ric Foster Public Lands Policy Director Public Lands Department Manager 208-237-1008 ext 102 208-237-1008 ext 107 BRC NATION-WIDE ACTION ALERT - IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED US FOREST SERVICE DEVELOPING NEW PLANNING REGULATIONS WILL GLOBAL WARMING TRUMP MULTIPLE USE? SITUATION: The U.S. Forest Service is beginning the process of revising their regulations that govern how the agency prepares Forest Plans. Known as the "Planning Rule," these regulations will be the driving force behind how the agency prepares Land Use Plans and will guide land managers in developing, amending, and revising land management plans for the 155 national forests and 20 grasslands in the National Forest System (NFS). The USFS has released a proposed action that includes several so-called "Principles" that will be used to formulate the new regulations. The agency is asking for comments on these principles, and is asking the public to identify important issues and alternatives. (Read the Notice of Intent HERE) BRC'S CONCERNS - WHY THIS MATTERS TO YOU Land management planning is one way the USFS complies with requirements under such laws as the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (NFMA), the Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960 (MUSYA) as well as laws like the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Wilderness Act of 1964. Sadly, planning regulations can also be used to dilute the requirements under NFMA and MUSYA and expand the requirements of other laws, such as the ESA and the Wilderness Act. By including such nebulous guidance as, "restoration and conservation to enhance the resilience of ecosystems to a variety of threats" and "proactively address climate change through monitoring, mitigation and adaptation, and could allow flexibility to adapt to changing conditions and incorporate new information," the proposed emphasis will further shift the agency away from multiple use management. If that's not bad enough, the agency's proposal does virtually nothing to address the analysis paralysis problem. Current regulations provide multiple levels of seemingly never-ending environmental analysis. The result is a series of one-way procedural gates for litigious environmental groups. We often describe the situation by saying the environmental groups have executed a corporate takeover of the US Forest Service. The agency has several problems with its planning. But the key problem is that the agency assumes it has the authority to change the policy that was established in Congress. The agency is attempting this via their planning regulations, which are supposed to be all about the procedures for revising land management plans, not the policy those plans will implement. As a result, the planning rules are unworkable. Plans take years to complete, are unbelievably expensive, totally unresponsive to public input and often include conflicting management guidance. By the time all the levels of environmental analysis are completed on a project, it's time for a new land use plan. Sadly, this new proposal will likely make things worse. More info on the web: The FS has a website with all the information and links to other background documents. We have reformatted the Notice of Intent for easy reading. Take a good look. BRC'S THREE-STEP ACTION ITEM STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO EMAIL YOUR COMMENTS: NOTE: Please be polite and, if possible, make your comment letter as personal as you can. STEP 1: Open your email program and start a draft email. Address the email to [email protected] Put "New Planning Rule" in the Subject Line. STEP 2: Use the comments below as a guideline for comments in your email. Cut and paste is okay, but try to make your comment letter as personal as possible. STEP 3: Take just a minute to add a bit about where you live, where you like to ride and how much trail-based recreation means to you. Be certain to include your name and address. A return email address is NOT sufficient! ("anonymous" emails are often discarded). COMMENT SUGGESTIONS: Forest Service Planning NOI C/O Bear West Company 172 E 500 S Bountiful, UT 84010 RE: New Planning Rule To whom it may concern, 1. The Importance of Recreation to the American Public should be emphasized in the planning regulations. A diverse range of recreational activities should be identified as one of the key "Ecosystem Services" that Land Use Plans should address. According to the National National Survey on Recreation and the Environment, the popularity and importance to USFS visitors of off-highway vehicle and snowmobile recreation has drastically increased in recent years. Ditto for mountain bike and equestrian use. Conversely, the amount of USFS lands available for motorized, mountain bike and, on some Forests, even equestrian trails, have been reduced via legislation, implementation of Forest Plans and site- specific recreation plans. Therefore, there is a need to emphasize a diverse range of recreation in the planning regulations. Please identify the need to emphasize a diverse range of trail- based recreation as a formal planning issue and develop at least one alternative where the planning regulations identify motorized and non- motorized recreation as a key ecosystem services and provides direction to enhance and expand opportunities for these popular activities. 2. Planning regulations should focus on procedures for developing, amending and revising land management plans. The Notice of Intent (NOI) states that this new rule will "consist of procedures for developing, amending, and revising land management plans" and it lists several "principles" that could be used in the development of a new planning rule. Note that none of the "Substantive Principles" have anything to do with procedures for developing land management plans. And only one of the "Process Principles" directly addresses the planning process. The agency says its existing planning regulations are costly, complex, and procedurally burdensome. I believe this is because the previous regulations attempted to address policy instead of planning procedures. Congress sets the policies for management of federal lands, and administrative agencies must act within those legislative limits. The new planning regulations should focus exclusively on planning procedures, not policy direction. 3. The concern over the trend away from Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Management should be identified as a planning issue. Each year more and more USFS lands are removed from multiple use management. Past planning activities and litigation have significantly expanded preservation- oriented management and significantly reduced areas available for multiple use. The reduction of multiple- use, sustained- yield management has been identified as a key problem affecting the health and economic well-being of States and local communities. The issue of "cumulative loss of multiple use sustained yield management" should be identified as a formal planning issue and brought forward for analysis. At least one alternative should include planning direction to enhance multiple- use, sustained- yield management. All Alternatives should include a complete analysis of the history of the MUSY Act and its sociopolitical importance to states with large areas of federally- managed lands. 4. There is a need to streamline the planning and appeal process. I agree with the agency's assessment that current regulations are costly, complex, and procedurally burdensome. However, incorporating many of the "Substantive Principles" are likely to exacerbate this problem. The issue of cost and complexity of planning should be brought forward for analysis and incorporated as a formal planning issue. At least one alternative should be formulated to streamline the planning process. The agency may also wish to ask Congress to clarify its intent on both policy and requirements for environmental analysis. 5. There is a need to clarify the distinction between programmatic and site- specific planning, as well as what level of environmental analysis is required for both. The proper relationship between Forest Planning and project planning is a topic of frequent discussion. In the past, the agency asserted the "programmatic" or "general" nature of Forest Plans. However, recently completed Forest Plans blur the line, viewing subsequent site-specific processes as mere reiteration or "implementation" of the Forest Plan decisions. In addition, the agency seems to suffer from a multiple and often redundant requirements for environmental analysis. All alternatives should clarify the distinction between programmatic and site- specific planning and at least attempt to describe what level of environmental analysis is required in each. 6. It is unwise to "proactively address climate change" in the planning regulations. The agency's own "Climate Change Considerations in Project Level NEPA Analysis" (January 13, 2009) states that the effects of climate change are unknown, will vary regionally and will range the gamut from increased droughts to increased flooding. The document states: "It is not currently feasible to quantify the indirect effects of individual or multiple projects on global climate change and therefore determining significant effects of those projects or project alternatives on global climate change cannot be made at any scale." The only thing that is certain is the climate will change from its current and/or its historical condition. Effects of climate change are unknown. Impacts to the climate from human activities occurring on the forest, as well as the impacts of climate change on the forest, cannot be made at any scale. Please remove this issue from consideration as a "Substantive Principle." In addition, incorporating "climate change" into planning will be redundant. For example, the NOI says "Responsible officials will also need flexibility to be able to adjust plan objectives and requirements where there are circumstances outside of agency control: For example, where increasing water temperatures resulting from climate change make it impossible to maintain a sensitive fish species in its native habitat." However, such "flexibility" is already embedded in land use planning, and specific management prescriptions, standards and guidelines already address important issues such as "increasing water temperature." Indeed, existing Forest Plans contain very specific guidance regarding the monitoring of and management for sensitive fish habitat. 7. I strongly oppose the "alllands" approach. Please remove this from consideration as a "Substantive Principle." The agency has this exactly 180 degrees backward. Instead of trying to force adjacent landowners to abide by the agency's wishes, it should be mindful not to let the deteriorating condition of its own forest to result in damage to adjacent lands. 8. Generally, recreationists like green forests. No one can deny that a very large percent of the agency's forests are unhealthy. There is agreement that moving to a historic range of variability, at least in as much as we understand it, is probably wise. However, the only tool available to manipulate those variables in designated Wilderness and Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRAs) is prescribed fire. This will be a big problem for the new focus on Restoration. Unlike what the general public believes, IRA's include lands that are highly modified, and not just by decades of fire suppression. Many have been commercially logged in the past and these "plantations" are susceptible to unnatural wildfire, insect and disease. The agency's current Roadless area management severely restricts any attempt to restore these lands to the historic range of variability. Therefore, it is logical to develop an alternative that emphasizes a more aggressive approach to achieving the historic range of variability outside Roadless areas and Wilderness. This should include commercial logging where appropriate, which achieves the agency's mandates for community health and prosperity, and also protects against so-called "fatal fires," and insect and disease outbreak. Sincerely, YOUR NAME YOUR ADDRESS
  14. Here's an idea that can give us exposure to our elected officials, Senators and congressman. Most ATV clubs have a newsletter. Why not send your club newsletter to your Senators and congressman in Washington. All you have to do is print a few more copies buy few more stamps. Have a club member follow up with a phone call to make sure they look a it. Now what if every club was doing this. That would mean everybody in Congress would be getting several newsletters from the clubs in his or her state. I feel this would give us enormous impact. I'm sure those who oppose us are in regular contact with State and Federal elected officials. Think about it, we are so huge with all the clubs in this country, we could bury them. Belive me the last thing they want is for us to do this.
  15. BLUERIBBON COALITION NATIONWIDE ACTION ALERT! REPORT TO CONGRESS IS OPPORTUNITY TO COMPLETELY RESCIND YOUTH MODEL OHV BAN IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber, As you know, BRC has been participating in efforts to rescind a youth-model off-highway motorcycle and ATV ban along with other state, local and national OHV advocacy groups. The next few days offer a golden opportunity to completely remove the ban. But we need your help. OHV groups have met with agency officials and politicians. We have the acknowledgment that the youth-model ban was not Congress's intent when they passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). But the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the government agency charged with implementing the law, says their hands are tied. There are several solutions available, but both Congress and the agency need to act. We believe that a report from CPSC to Congress regarding CPSIA gives our community a golden opportunity to fix this lousy situation. Our action item is below. We have tried to make it as easy as possible so it won't take unnecessary time away from work and family. CPSC's report is due January 15, 2010. The next few days present a key opportunity, and BRC is most influential when our membership makes their voices heard. Please take a few minutes to complete the action item, and please also forward this alert to your friends, family and riding buddies. Let's not miss this opportunity, Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208.237.1008 ext 102 
ACTION ITEM:
We've prepared a letter generator to help keep it as easy as possible. Please take a minute to click on the link below and send a letter. Your comments will help, please send your letter today!
Click here to take action now.*

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