TPAC believes that a number of collaborative "21st Century" land-use bills will be voted on in the 113th Congress. As many of you know, OHV recreation is (or should be) non-partisan.
Recently, Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) co-introduced a land-use bill that supports a wide range of opportunities in the west/central portion of Nevada. According to Senator Heller's office, the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act of 2012 will allow the City of Yerington to work with Nevada Copper to expand its mining operation and create jobs while also providing the City with new infrastructure, job creation, and recreational - including OHV - opportunities. The bill also includes a new Wilderness area. Senator Heller News Release on Lyon County Land Bill
In TPAC's opinion, these types of win-win bills are going to be an ever growing factor in the land-use equation. Former pro-trail Congressman Richard Pombo (R-CA) blazed a new political path in 2006 when he worked with Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) on ground-breaking legislation that both created a new Wilderness area on the CA North Coast AND codified/protected OHV recreation at BLM's Cow Mountain OHV area near Ukiah, CA.
Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) introduced a similar bill in 2012 that will reopen the 70K acre Clear Creek riding area near Coalinga, CA. That unit has been closed to all user groups since May 2008. The Clear Creek National Recreation Area legislation (H.R. 6286) would also designate a new Wilderness area to the east of Clear Creek. TPAC expects that bill will be reintroduced in the near future with the hope that off-roaders can be riding there in the 2013 Christmas/New Year's Holiday season.
TPAC wants to encourage you to stay engaged with all public land stakeholders. When possible, trail-voters must look for opportunities to champion responsible motorized recreation in the political process. As mentioned above, there are pro-trail legislative opportunities out there... we just have to find them.
Don Amador, Founder The TrailPAC www.thetrailpac.com
I believe and advocate that the best policies and management decisions come through full public disclosure and maximum public involvement. It is important to involve local elected officials, organizations, and individuals representing all points of view before making land management decisions that have long-term effects on local communities. I believe that the strength of individual involvement is an important element to support an active access advocacy program. Each recreationist must be informed and educated on the issues affecting their recreation opportunities. The success of access depends on the commitment of the whole.