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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
*
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!
*
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)
*
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!
-* Refreshments will be provided -
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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
*
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]
  3. 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.*
  4. BLUERIBBON COALITION, INC. NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
********* Contact:* Del Albright, BlueRibbon Ambassador
********* Phone: 209.304.7693
********* Date: October 21, 2009 MAGAZINE EMPIRE SUPPORTS BLUERIBBON COALITION
Off-road publisher Source Interlink launches co-op outreach program with BFGoodrich Tires POCATELLO, ID (October 21) - BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) announced today a major partnership with Source Interlink, one of the largest publishers of magazines and online content for enthusiast audiences, reaching off-road readers around the country.* Source Interlink and BRC are working cooperatively on informational ads promoting BRC and our mission of protecting responsible recreation. Ads will be placed in numerous magazines, including Four Wheeler, JP Magazine, 4Wheel Drive and Sport Utility, Off-Road, and 4Wheel & Off-Road. Source Interlink and BFGoodrich Tires combined resources to give one randomly-selected lucky winner a set of awesome off-road tires just for being a member of BlueRibbon Coalition and being in the game of keeping trails open.* Jerry Sparkman of Gilroy won a beautiful set of 37" KM2 BFGs.** Source Interlink plans to expand this membership incentive with other tire manufacturers as well. "We are staunch supporters of keeping our trails open and our sports alive," said Jeff Nasi, Source Interlink Group Publisher.* "BlueRibbon Coalition members are the national grassroots champions and we are proud to do our part to encourage more folks to join up and help save trails," Jeff added. "This support from Source Interlink and all these great off-road magazines is a huge opportunity to educate the recreating public about protecting recreation," said Greg Mumm, Executive Director of BRC. "When it comes to the stewardship of our public lands, we promise to be in the forefront, working with our partners like Source Interlink and BFGoodrich Tires to ensure the continued responsible use of our public lands for outdoor recreation," he concluded. BRC's website (BlueRibbon Coalition: Preserving your recreational access to public lands.) is a powerful force in educating the American public in all forms of outdoor recreation, and the BRC leadership is committed to empowering members to stay in the game. ## More information about Source Interlink can be found at Source Interlink. # # # 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

  5. BFGoodrich Tires and BlueRibbon Coalition Join Forces to Raise Money 
for Trail Preservation GREENVILLE, S.C. - Oct. 10, 2009 - BFGoodrich Tires and BlueRibbon Coalition announced today a partnership that will benefit off-roaders and off-road trails alike.* BFGoodrich Tires will make a $5 donation to the BlueRibbon Coalition for each of its new 10 sizes of BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/AKM2 tires sold between August 2009 and December 2009. Due to consumer demand, BFGoodrich recently expanded its line of Mud-Terrain T/AKM2 tire sizes, which are part of the 10 sizes eligible for the contribution.* The tire sizes are as follows: • LT345/75R16 LRD****************************************************•***38X14.50R18 LRD****************************** • LT365/75R16 LRC****************************************************•***40X14.50R18 LRC • 38X14.50R17 LRD****************************************************•***38X14.50R20 LRD • 40X14.50R17 LRD****************************************************•***40X14.50R20 LRC • 36X13.50R18 LRD****************************************************•***42X14.50R20 LRC "The BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tire has set the standard in the world of off-roading, both for competitive and recreational uses" said Gary Enterline, senior product category manager, light truck tires for BFGoodrich Tires.* "What better way to give back to the community that made the tire what it is today than by teaming up with the BlueRibbon Coalition to help preserve our off-road trails." As a respected national recreation group that represents more than 600,000 recreationists nationwide, the BlueRibbon Coalition is dedicated to protecting responsible recreational access to public lands and waters. *"This generous donation from BFGoodrich Tires will help the BlueRibbon Coalition continue working to keep public land open for use, whether you recreate on a mountain bike, snowmobile, motorcycle, personal watercraft, ATV, four-wheel drive, horse or your hiking boots," said Greg Mumm, executive director of BlueRibbon Coalition. Inspired by the BFGoodrich Tires Krawler T/AKX tire, which is the most successful tire in rock-crawling history, BFGoodrich Tires incorporates Krawler TEK® technology into the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/AKM2 TriGard® sidewall.* Krawler TEK technology consists of three main components:* aggressive sidewall lugs, cut- and chip- resistant sidewall compounds and sidewall cords that are up to 33 percent stronger than the previous Mud-Terrain T/AKM tire.* These advancements allow for more bite and sidewall protection along with increased strength and resistance to bruising caused by rocks and rough trails. More information about the BlueRibbon Coalition is available at BlueRibbon Coalition: Preserving your recreational access to public lands.. Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 30 years, BFGoodrich Tires is involved in every type of racing, including oval, sports car, drifting, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock-crawling.* BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle.* Visit BFGoodrich Tires online at BFGoodrich® Tires.
  6. The San Diego Off-Road Coalition is raffling off a 2008 Yamaha Rhino 700 FI at this year’s Off-Road Expo at the Pomona Fairplex in Southern California, October 9-11. The winner of the raffle will be chosen at the show on October 11, and all proceeds will go to the SDORC.The Rhino to be given away is an 4×4 automatic that features a 686cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine with fuel injection, More...
  7. BLUERIBBON COALITION, INC. Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber, The BlueRibbon Coalition Announces Its New Member Incentive Program We have never experienced such a relentless onslaught against OHV recreation and access as we are right now. Almost daily, we learn of some new planning initiative, a new piece of Wilderness legislation, a new lawsuit, or new attempt to rip-off dedicated OHV registration fees.* BRC is drawing from our unparalleled experience to turn the tide and build lasting solutions that make sense for the land and the people.* Your membership in the BlueRibbon Coalition is critical.* Now is the time to join together and expand our influence on the issues.* With the help of Rocky Mountain ATV-MC, we've made joining, renewing, or extending your membership in the BlueRibbon Coalition especially worth your while.* For a limited time, we are making you this special "no buts-no brainer" offer where you can join BRC and literally double the value of your money: Join-renew-extend your membership in BlueRibbon Coalition now and you will get a $25 gift card from Rocky Mountain ATV-MC! Do the math:* $29.00 BRC Membership
************************-$25.00 Gift Card**
*************************$* 4.00 Your final cost YOU CAN'T LOSE! ►*It's the right thing to do-at the right time
► You're helping to save trails
► You stay informed on issues
► Righteous deal for you
► Join-Renew-Extend membership in BRC for a full year
► Get the gift card-buy what you wanted to buy anyway
► Final membership cost to you is $4 Hands down, there has never been a better opportunity to help protect trails through membership in the BlueRibbon Coalition.* Won't you please join with us?* We've made it very easy for you at www.sharetrails.org/rmatv* Share this with your friends-we'll give them the same opportunity when they JOIN! ### The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public lands and waters, and encourages individual environmental stewardship.* It represents of 10,000 individual, business, and organizational members for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide.* 1-800-258-3742 BlueRibbon Coalition: Preserving your recreational access to public lands.
  8. BLUERIBBON COALITION ANNOUNCES ONLINE AUCTION FOR ACCESS The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a nationwide, non-profit recreation access group, announced today the launch of its 2009 Board of Directors Online Auction, put together by board members to help raise funds for preserving responsible recreational access. Announced earlier this year, the auction is a result of BRC board members taking initiative to make use of one of the many new and exciting avenues for non-profit fund raising. The auction will last into May of 2009, with many items available for bidding. Included among them are gift certificates, trail guide books, snowmobile boots, a tire pressure gauge, CB radio antenna, lodging in West Yellowstone, and more. All of the proceeds from the auction will be used to defend your access. A list of items can be viewed on BRC's website (BRC Board Auction 2009 - BlueRibbon Coalition) and will be updated as new items are added. Thanks for your time, Ric Foster Public Lands Department Manager BlueRibbon Coalition 208-237-1008 ext 107
  9. BLUERIBBON COALITION "SOS" ACTION ALERT! Mississippi ATV riders and Off Road Motorcyclists need our help! Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber, We seldom blast National Alerts for local planning processes, and we hate to blast anything with such short notice. But we need your help. This Monday, April 6, is the deadline for a new travel management plan on National Forests in Mississippi. In a previous attempt, the agency refused to consider adding even one mile of trails, which have been enjoyed by folks in the area for over 30 years. BRC and the Memphis Motorcycle Club successfully appealed the "total closure" plan. The response of the U.S. Forest Service should boil blood. Instead of re-considering the total closure plan, the agency is simply adding volumes of analysis in an attempt to better defend against our appeals. In other words, they don't care if refusing to consider any user-created routes is contrary to regulations; they are going to try to do whatever it takes to make it happen, regulations be dammed. The links below tell more of the story. But today, we are asking our members across the country to help the local ATV and motorcycle people out. We've prepared a letter generator with several key substantive comments. Please take a minute to click on the link below and send a letter. Your comments will help, please send your letter today! Comments on National Forest in Mississippi Revised Route Designation EA - BlueRibbon Coalition The Revised Route Designation Environmental Assessment and maps of the proposed changes are available on the Forest's website at National Forests in Mississippi Travel Management Page. Brian Hawthorne Public Lands Policy Director BlueRibbon Coalition 208-237-1008 ext 102 BACKGROUND INFORMATION Comments Needed on Holly Springs National Forest - June 18th, 2008 Comments Needed On Holly Springs National Forest - BRC Action Alert TRAIL RIDERS FIND NEW LIFE IN MISSISSIPPI FORESTS' DECISION - January 30th, 2009 Trail Riders Find New Life In Mississippi Forests' Decision - BRC Media Releases Recreation Funding Conundrum - BlueRibbon Magazine, February 2007 Recreation Funding Conundrum - BlueRibbon Magazine Trails for Future Generations - BlueRibbon Magazine, October 2006 Trails for Future Generations - BlueRibbon Magazine
  10. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brian Hawthorne Phone: 208-237-1008 ext 102 208-390-5770 Date: March 4, 2009 BlueRibbon Coalition Applauds Idaho Congressman for Requesting Hearings on Children's OHV Ban Pocatello, Idaho (March 4) -- The BlueRibbon Coalition applauded Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson for requesting hearings on the ban of children's off-highway vehicles and snowmobiles. Today, Congressman Simpson sent a letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman requesting an oversight hearing to explore the affects of certain mandates of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPISA) of 2008. Simpson is specifically concerned that the implementation of the bill has now banned the sales of children's off-highway vehicles (OHVs). "This is welcome news, and we sincerely hope Chairman Waxman will grant Congressman Simpson's request," said Don Amador, BRC's Western Representative. Millions of off-highway vehicle enthusiasts and thousands of powersports businesses have been requesting a withdrawal of the ban for weeks. BRC praised Congressman Simpson for the letter and also called on their members to continue to press for a removal of the ban. Congressman Simpson's Letter to Chairman Waxman http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Letter_to_Chairman_Waxman_re_CPSIA.pdf

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