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Court Releases Final Decision on Eldorado National Forest Lawsuit

Pro-access recreation groups are disappointed with the order but glad to see the case concluded.  Several key organizations participated in this suit and decades of litigation involving the Eldorado, including the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (Cal4), California Enduro Riders Association, District 36 of the American Motorcyclist Association and the BlueRibbon Coalition.  Mark Cave, President of Cal4Wheel, observed, "We're concerned these closures are unnecessary and issued without legally required findings.  But the "interim" status was complete closure of the 42 routes, so even this result is a step forward that allows some access." The Forest is completing renewed analysis and will issue a new decision on these routes.

Cave used the "David versus Goliath" analogy to describe how difficult it is to prevail against the well funded preservationist efforts. Still, none of the groups involved are willing to give up. "We encourage interested parties to stay in the loop, participate in the ongoing management process and help support whatever next steps the recreation groups decide to take." Cave added.

The case is entitled Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation v. U.S. Forest Service, Case No. CV-09-2523.  A copy of the Court's order including a description of the 42 meadow routes may be viewed at http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/112-Order_on_remedy.07.31.12.pdf .


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Senate Committee Advances 96-Bill Lands Package

Senate Committee Advances 96-Bill Lands Package

June 30th, 2008

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bingaman introduced a new bill that is a bipartisan collection of more than 90 individual bills which have been reported by the Senate Energy Committee. This legislation follows enactment of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act, which was signed into law last month. That Act was successful in packaging dozens of bills which were not able to pass the Senate individually. Sen. Bingaman hopes that the Omnibus Public Land Management Act (S. 3213) will similarly facilitate the passage of the remaining resources bills which have been reported by Senate ENR during this Congress. Here’s what’s in S. 3213:

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Trail Sustainability: Moving Forward with Travel Management

For Immediate Release                                          CONTACT: Ann Vance
May 19, 2008                                                          PHONE: 888-458-0131
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Trail Sustainability: Moving Forward with Travel Management - A Continuation of the NOHVCC Route Designation Workshop Series

For Land Managers, OHV Enthusiasts and Other Stakeholders

June 13 - June 14, 2008

Rich Mountain Community College
Abernathy Building
1100 College Drive
Mena, AR 71953


Classroom Sessions: Friday, June 13, 8AM - 5PM
Field Sessions: Saturday, June 14, 8AM - 4PM

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) is conducting a workshop aimed at helping to ensure successful implementation of the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule after the initial motorized route designation process has been completed including the development of partnerships, resources, and techniques to achieve trail sustainability.  This workshop will be conducted on June 13-14, 2008 in Mena, Arkansas and is for US Forest Service personnel, OHV enthusiasts, and other stakeholders interested in travel management on National Forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The purpose of this workshop is to assist the US Forest Service and other stakeholders in gaining knowledge and developing skills and partnerships that will result in long-term sustainability and improvement of trail systems. The workshop is open to all who want to attend and there is no charge. Other state and federal agency personnel are welcome and encouraged to attend both days. Continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM on Friday.  Lunch and refreshment breaks will be provided on both days.

Please note this is not a US Forest Service meeting to gather comments on any particular travel plan.  Rather, this workshop will help you understand the implementation of the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule after the initial Route Designation has been completed and will assist you in developing the skills and tools required to sustain a viable trail system on public lands.

A workshop registration form is included with this release. Registration deadline is June 9, 2008.  After that date, registration may be possible if space is available. For questions or availability contact Ann Vance at 888-458-0131 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lodging is available in Mena, AR. The Sun Country Inn (479-394-7477) the Lime Tree Inn (479-394-6350) currently have space available, or see http://hotel-guides.us/arkansas/mena-ar-hotels.html for other lodging options.

This national workshop series is sponsored by Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA), the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA). Coordination of the workshops is provided by the NOHVCC. Design of the workshop sessions was a collaborative effort by professional trail consultants, ARRA, MIC, SVIA, American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC), United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), and NOHVCC; with input from USFS trail managers.

The Workshop objectives are:

To develop the strategies and skills necessary to implement decisions made under the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule;

To develop the partnerships and resources to maintain and improve the designated route system on Forest Service lands;

To facilitate efforts to improve volunteer effectiveness, organization, and management;

To develop a common understanding of trail maintenance techniques;

To examine a range of OHV trail signing protocols and principles;

To explore a variety of techniques to achieve required trail monitoring; and

To improve working relationships and increase partnerships between the USFS, state and local agencies, the OHV industry, OHV enthusiasts, and other stakeholders.

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council is a non-profit educational foundation.  For information regarding the NOHVCC and its workshop programs, visit its website at www.nohvcc.org.

Trail Sustainability:
       Moving Forward with Travel Management
      A Continuation of the NOHVCC Route Designation Workshop Series

      Rich Mountain Community College
      Abernathy Building
      1100 College Drive
      Mena, AR 71953
      June 13 - 14, 2008


Workshop Registration Form


Agency___________________________  or  Club/Association _________________________


City_______________________________  State____________   Zip Code ________________

Phone_____________________________  E-mail* _____________________________

Type of OHV you ride ____________________

Dates attending: Friday _________ Saturday _________ Both Days _________

*E-Mail address necessary for Registration confirmation.

In Case of Emergency, Contact:                      Name: ____________________
                                                                Phone: ____________________

Special Physical Requirements: ______________________________________

Return this form by  June 6 to:
Ann Vance *  NOHVCC
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or fax: 208-458-0136
P.O. Box 402, Teton, ID 83451

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ctober 30, 2008

Court papers filed today indicate that the lawsuit brought by motorized recreation advocates against the US Forest Service over the Upper Tellico Off-Highway Vehicle Area will be voluntarily dismissed.  The case was filed by the BlueRibbon Coalition, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, and Southern Four Wheel Drive Association and challenged temporary closure orders issued by the Forest Service in December 2007.  According to a stipulation entered by all parties to the case, it is the Forest Service's "stated intention to complete a public planning process and announce a new decision in the near future which will likely substantially impact or change the interim orders referenced in the complaint..."  The Forest has provided proposed management alternatives and received comments through July 2008, on the new plan from the recreation organizations and many others interested in Tellico management.

"We are pleased that the Forest Service has made active management of Tellico a high priority, and that this planning process seems to have avoided some of the diversions that have delayed similar decisions in other areas," observed Jay Bird, immediate Past President of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association.  "Under these circumstances, and mindful of the desire for both Forest Service personnel and recreational enthusiasts to focus on the new decision and future management, we agreed that dismissing this action was the right thing to do," Bird concluded.

The dismissal is without prejudice, meaning that these same organizations or other interested parties could file administrative appeals or lawsuits challenging the ultimate outcome of the new planning process.  Further information about the plaintiff organizations, including information about the ongoing planning process at Tellico and developments in other matters, can be found as indicated below.

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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, 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

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.  www.ufwda.org

Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) was founded in 1987 to promote responsible land use and to keep public lands accessible for motorized recreation. Since the formation of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, the focus and mission is to promote responsible land use and to help keep public lands open for motorized recreation.  For more information on the activities and accomplishments of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, please visit www.sfwda.org or contact us at 1483 N. Mt. Juliet Road, PMB # 222, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122


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Race Promoters Meeting Over Permit Issues

“Racing in the deserts puts a considerable amount of money into the Southern California economy and our industry. Ensuring it continues safely is in the best interest of everyone involved,” Fred Wiley President/CEO of ORBA.

During the meeting, BLM emphasized their continuing efforts in reviewing established procedures and guidelines relative to Special Recreation Permits. Although a majority of the discussion focused on current event stipulations, changes that the race/rescue organizations might suggest to the BLM were also discussed.

Off road permitted racing has had a positive safety record over the years however with the recent incident in Johnson Valley, BLM representatives stated that working closely on all future events with the off road community will go a long way to ensure that safe racing events continue.

“We applaud the proactive efforts of the off road community to ensure that future events are conducted properly and in the safest manner possible,” stated Teri Raml, BLM California Desert District manager.

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