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To be an Advocate, Be an Advocate

10 Habits of Highly Successful Advocates

The title sounds like the opening to a self-help program.  In a way, this is about helping you, the advocate, become more successful or effective.  Webster’s defines “successful” as “resulting or terminating in success".  And, Webster’s defines “effective” as “producing a decided, decisive, or desired effect". 

The key point is “Did you achieve what you wanted?”  To help achieve what you want, the below list of 10 habits are offered.

1. Successful advocates pick their battles carefully!

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Nightmare at Nighmare Gulch

Trespass damage at Red Rock Canyon SP

This was a large group of people in 4X4’s who collectively decided to violate state law. It is estimated this happened within the last two weeks, and there were at least eight vehicles in the group. See attached pictures showing the damage.

This incident at Red Rock compromised a closed sensitive area and certainly does not help our efforts to maintain OHV access to the area, the north end of Nightmare where it transitions out to a gate and eventually leads out into the northwestern portion of Last Chance Canyon and Nightmare Gulch.

Red Rock Canyon State Park issued an Emergency Closure of Nightmare Gulch on October 9, 2013. The Emergency Closure was issued as a result of summer storm damage which rendered the canyon impassable to vehicles. While the closure is temporary, before any trail repair can be performed an environmental assessment is required. This whole process could take many months. - See more at: http://4x4voice.com/4x4voice-home/entry/nightmare-gulch-closed

This trespass has the unintended consequence of jeopardizing the pending acquisition of Onyx Ranch property in the adjacent Jawbone/Dove Springs area.

Your help is needed to shut down the irresponsible few who are jeopardizing our recreation and resources with their illegal actions is needed.

Stay on designated trails. Stay out of closed sensitive areas. You are responsible for preserving off-road recreation. Responsible recreation preserves access.

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May you live in interesting times

As the old Chinese curse has it: “May you live in interesting times,”.  While the Chinese connection is subject to much debate, the phrase is very appropriate given the chaotic actions of the current times.

Today, President Trump announced that the United States will pull out of the Paris Accord.  And, collective gasps and frantic blustering predicting apocalyptic catastrophe quickly filled the air.

So, what does that mean for OHV recreation?  Well, for starters, you will have access for fuel. And, there will still be manufacturing capacity to product the next whiz-bang must have 4x4 mod.

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Get Involved: The 5-Minute Activist

There are many ways you can become involved for as little as 5 minutes a month.  Please take a few minutes to look over the following list of opportunities.  Activism is you being active in protecting your rights.  Activism starts with ACT.

5 Minutes a Month --
-- Leave a copy of your club or association newsletter at work.
-- Put a note about your club activities in the company newsletter.
-- Call or send an e-mail to your elected official.
-- Write a contribution check to a political action fund.
-- On your next trail ride, stop and pick up a broken bottle or crushed can.

15 Minutes a Month --
-- Call new club members to welcome them and ask them to get involved.
-- Write a "Dear Legislator" letter on a critical issue.
-- Write a Letter to a public official to preserve recreation opportunities.
-- Write a Letter to the Editor about recreation issues.
-- Leave your campsite cleaner than you found it.

1-2 Hours a Month --
-- Write several letters to representatives and local newspaper editors.
-- Get to know your local legislator.
-- Become more active in your local club.
-- Take membership applications and newsletters to libraries and stores.
-- Attend a local Planning Board meeting.
-- Attend a BLM or Forest Service Public Comment meeting.

3-5 Hours a Month --
-- Join a campaign to clean up a campsite or trail.
-- Participate in a club or association committee.
-- Work with the political committee to elect recreation supportive candidates to office.
-- Volunteer on a phone bank.
-- Work at a community outreach booth on a weekend.
-- Take a friend on a club or association outing

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As a new year begins, what is next?

A new year is just around the corner.  As 2016 slips into history, it leaves behind a contentious, tumultuous time.  Are those contentious and tumultuous times a footnote in history?  What will the new year bring?

January 6 ushers in a new Congressional session, the 115th seating of a Congress in the history of the constitutional republic of the United States of America.  January 20th is set for the inauguration of the 45th President in the history of the constitutional republic of the United States of America.

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