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Fire Risk Increasing

The green of spring is rapidly turning into the brown of summer. And, unfortunately, many areas are being turned into fire-blackened lands.

Public land managers in the western states have issued fire restrictions. Many homes are located in the "wildlands-urban interface" area and are at risk from fire.

Please do your part in reducing the risk to our public lands and ensuring the safety of yourself and others. Check with your local Forest Service Ranger District or Bureau of Land Management Field Office for the latest information on fire precautions and restrictions in your area.

For the latest fire information:

National Interagency Fire Center - http://www.nifc.gov/fire_info/nfn.htm


Read more: Fire Risk Increasing

BRC TO TESTIFY BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES


Date: 06/03/2008

POCATELLO, ID (June 3)--Greg Mumm, Executive Director for the BlueRibbon Coalition, was recently invited to testify in front of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a leading advocate for responsible management of recreation on public lands, was invited in a formal letter by Senator Jeff Bingaman--Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy--to testify at the committee hearing. "The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony regarding off-highway vehicle management on public lands," stated Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) in his letter.

"I am honored to have received the invitation to speak before the Senate Committee," said Mumm. "This is an important time for access interests, and this is a tremendous opportunity for the BlueRibbon Coalition to ensure that the enthusiast voice is heard in Washington, D.C."

The Committee's hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 5, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. in room SD-366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

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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. www.sharetrails.org

 

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Greg Mumm, BRC Executive Director
- Phone: 208-237-1008
- Fax: 208-237-9424
- Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- Webpage: http://www.sharetrails.org/staff/#GregM

 

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ARRA Newsletter - April 2008

ARRA Newsletter
April 2008

Managed vs. Unmanaged
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I just returned from New Mexico where I attended the Annual Conference of the National Association of OHV Program Managers held in conjunction with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) Annual Conference. In attendance were representatives from the U. S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management and OHV land managers from various states as well as OHV enthusiasts.

The purpose of the joint annual conference is to share information on OHV recreation. A host of issues were addressed during the course of the conference, but the overall theme was "furthering a positive future for responsible OHV recreation." If I were to use one word to sum up the thrust of the conference that word would be "managed." In other words, OHV recreation should be managed, can be managed, and must be managed if access to public lands for this sport is to continue. And the land managers present, both federal and state officials, believe that they can do the job in a way that provides the OHV enthusiast an exciting experience while also protecting the environment. Certainly this is the goal of the Forest Service's Travel Management Rule and BLM's OHV Strategy.

While we, on occasion, express some frustration with certain details of the route designation process currently underway at the U. S. Forest Service, there is no question that "managed" recreation is the future. Land managers and OHV enthusiasts present benefited from listening to each other, sharing the latest ideas on trail management techniques, as well as finding common ground on how to preserve OHV riding opportunities and taking good care of our public lands.

Read more: ARRA Newsletter - April 2008

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