BRC National Land Use Update - February 19, 2015

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BRC National Land Use Update - February 19, 2015

Postby Tawmass » Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:42 am

February 19, 2015

NATIONAL
Send an Email Urging Your Representative to Cosponsor H.R. 999 -- The ROV In-Depth Examination Act - Last November, BRC's Don Amador, a SXS enthusiast, asked you to contact Congress because federal regulators were trying to impose their "street-oriented" view on SXS users and the industry by proposing a Rule which could have devastated SXS recreation. Your efforts did help delay imposition of the Rule, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is moving ahead with proposed regulations that have been created without studying SXS vehicle performance. The industry groups that represent SxS recreational vehicles have been ignored by the CPSC.
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U.S. DOT Releases 2014 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report - The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released the 2014 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Annual Report. The RTP assistance program that provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses.
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U.S. Forest Service Updated Forest Service Handbook and Manual - On February 29, 2013, the Forest Service (Agency) proposed to revise the Forest Service Handbook (FSH 1909.12) and Manual (FSM 1920) establishing procedures and responsibilities for implementing the National Forest System (NFS) land management planning regulation (collectively "planning directives"). The final issuance of planning directives, effective Friday, February 6, 2015, will provide consistent overall guidance to Forest Service Line Officers and Agency employees in developing, amending, or revising land management plans for units of the NFS.
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ARIZONA
Commission continues to have concerns over potential national monument designation by president - Arizona Game and Fish Commission to hear presentation tomorrow on a different approach -- Utah's collaborative public land planning efforts -- The Arizona Game and Fish Commission continues to have concerns over the prospect of an executive order by President Barack Obama to proclaim 1.7 million acres of land in northern Arizona as the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument, a unilateral action that could bypass public input and participation. The commission, in 2012, voted to oppose creation of the monument, pointing out that the vast majority of the lands in question are already public lands currently managed and conserved under multiple-use concepts, primarily by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
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CALIFORNIA
BLM Announces Intent to Prepare Environmental Review for Ocotillo Wells SVRA - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to conduct an environmental review for the Ocotillo Wells Recreation Area in Imperial County. The BLM will prepare an environmental impact statement to analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of resource and recreation management at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and a proposed amendment to the BLM California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan. The California State Parks, who manage the SVRA through a Memorandum of Understanding, will jointly prepare an environmental impact report for their General Plan update.
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Legislation introduced to make Berryessa-Snow Mountain into national monument - The Press Democrat
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/legislatio ... yessa-snow

Protect Tesla Park - The Independent
http://www.independentnews.com/mailbox/ ... -park.html

Dianne Feinstein pushes California desert protection - The Desert Sun
http://www.desertsun.com/2015/02/09/san ... l-monument

COLORADO
Colorado grant funds taken by the feds to limit access to off-roading routes - Watchdog.org
In Colorado- the iconic home to lovers of the great outdoors- the doors may be closing to historical trails that have been open to the public. Millions of dollars in Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) grant monies have been going to the federal government via the state "ATV" grants programs. "ATV" grants from the state are awarded to various federal agencies and a few non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for a variety of projects, usually directed at upkeep and general management of trails.
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ILLINOIS
ATV park decision awaits new DNR director - Herald & Review
http://herald-review.com/atv-park-decis ... ector.html



MAINE, NEW HAMPSHIRE & VERMONT
New rules govern New England snowmobile routes - The Boston Globe
http://www.bostonglobe.com/new-rules-go ... outes.html

MONTANA
Flathead National Forest-Forest Plan Revision Posts Assessment to Website - The Flathead National Forest is currently revising its Forest Land and Management Plan. Information on the Forest planning process and how you can learn more and become involved is located on the Forest Plan Revision website. This site is updated and revised as new information becomes available. The Forest has just posted the Assessment which evaluates existing information about relevant ecological, economic, and social conditions, trends, and sustainability and their relationship to the land management plan within the context of the broader landscape. Included in this assessment is the Recreational Opportunity Spectrum Maps.
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NEVADA
Humboldt-Toiyabe NF Releases Bi-State Sage-Grouse Final EIS and Draft Record of Decision - The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Greater Sage-grouse Bi-state Distinct Population Segment (Bi-state sage-grouse) Forest Plan Amendment. This Bi-state sage-grouse population occurs in portions of Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon, and Mineral counties in Nevada and portions of Alpine, Inyo, and Mono counties in California. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is amending the Toiyabe National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (TNFLRMP), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to amend the Carson City District and Tonopah Field Office Resource Management Plans to conserve, enhance, and/or restore habitats to provide for the long-term viability of the Bi-state sage-grouse.
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Las Vegas and Pahrump RMP Update - Don Amador, BRC's lead on the Vegas RMP DEIS is in Las Vegas this week (Feb. 18-20) for meetings and tours. As part of our review, BRC has been working with local access leaders (Bob Adams, Ken Freeman, and Elise McAlister) on a strategy to address issues in the RMP that will have a significant impact on historic dispersed OHV recreation, the functional elimination of competitive motorized events, and the closure of virtually all OHV use of sand wash-based trails. Stay tuned on this issue for an update by the end of February.
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Polaris RZR UTV World Championship Desert Classic - February 20-22, 2015 - A new race for Best In The Desert, in collaboration with our MedMedia partners and UTV Underground; is proud to bring you the new POLARIS RZR UTV World Championship, a new race for UTVs, Motorcycles and Quads. The race will be in Laughlin, NV, February 20-22, 2015. Special billing for the Best In The Desert UTV Pro Race is the Walker Evans Racing Desert Classic! Get ready for an exciting three days of adventure in Laughlin, including a family poker run on Friday.
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Battle Brewing Over Changes To Public Land Rules - Nevada Public Radio
http://knprnews.org/post/battle-brewing ... land-rules

NEW MEXICO
Cibola National Forest - The Cibola National Forest, with collaboration from the public, is revising the 1985 Forest Plan for the "mountain districts"-the Sandia, Mountainair, Mount Taylor, and Magdalena Ranger Districts. The Cibola was one of eight national forests selected to be the first to implement the 2012 planning rule. The proposed directives to support the new planning rule have guided the Cibola's efforts thus far. Plan revision began by assessing the Forest's resources. The updated assessment documents assess the resource conditions, trends, and risks to sustainability of the Cibola National Forest mountain ranger districts.
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NORTH CAROLINA
Cape Hatteras National Seashore - 2015 National Defense Authorization Act Actions Update - In early January 2015, the National Park Service began the process of reviewing and complying with recently passed legislation in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, related to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The legislation provides 180 days for the Secretary of the Interior, in coordination with the State of North Carolina and accordance with applicable laws, to review and modify wildlife buffers and designate pedestrian and vehicle corridors around buffers to allow access to areas that are open in the Seashore.
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NPS releases some details of plan to comply with new legislation - Island Free Press
http://www.islandfreepress.org/NPSRelea ... ation.html

Feds to hold more meetings about plans for 2 NC forests - The Asheville Citizen-Times
http://www.wwaytv3.com/2015/02/06/feds- ... nc-forests

OREGON
Oregon Dunes Off-Road Enthusiasts Lose Trails, Gain Riding Area - Oregon Public Broadcasting
http://www.opb.org/news/article/off-roa ... gon-dunes/


UTAH
THE TRI-STATE ATV JAMBOREE, MARCH 11-14 - The gang over at the Tri-State
ATV Club have asked us to pass along to all the ATV, UTV and dirt bikers in the Tri-state area (that would be Utah, Arizona and Nevada) that the Tri-State ATV Jamboree in Hurricane, Utah is happening March 11-14, 2014. The most important thing is that the registration deadline is February 18, 2015, at midnight.
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Utah's public lands initiative to be unveiled March 27 - Deseret News
http://www.deseretnews.com/Utahs-public ... ch-27.html

WYOMING
Motorized Travel Banned in Parts of the Shoshone National Forest - Indian Country Today
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.c ... hoshone-nf



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