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BLUERIBBON COALITION, INC
NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Don Amador
Phone: 925.625.6287
Email: brdon@sharetrails.org
Date: August 6, 2007

RECORD CROWD IN SF BAY AREA SAYS NATIONAL FOREST TRAIL PLAN IS FLAWED

PLEASANT HILL, CA (Aug. 2) - A record crowd of off-road recreationists and public land users objected to a federal trail plan that threatens to close 75% of off-highway vehicle (OHV) routes on forest lands in the Sierra Nevada. On August 2, over 350 concerned citizens attended a public meeting in Pleasant Hill, California, to review the newly released Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for motorized travel management on the Eldorado National Forest.

Members of the OHV community spoke up in strong protest to the Forest Service's proposed plan to close over 1,000 miles of popular jeep roads and dirt-bike trails.
Trail enthusiasts stated that many of their favorite routes in the remote backcountry would be closed if the Forest Service follows through with this draft plan.

Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, a national trail recreation advocacy group, stated, "This is certainly the largest OHV access-related meeting in California that I have attended since starting with the Coalition in the early 1990s. The record crowd was informed and highly motivated. It is clear they care deeply about their continued access to and active management of federal forest lands. They also understand that the Eldorado National Forest is just the tip of the route planning iceberg."

"For the last few years, the OHV community has shared concerns about the route inventory and designation process in California. We are particularly concerned, after seeing the Eldorado draft plan, with the value the public has received from more than 8 million dollars of state 'green-sticker' OHV trust funds supposedly applied to this effort," Amador concluded.

At present, public comments on the Eldorado DEIS are due on September 4, 2007. The BlueRibbon Coalition has submitted a formal request for the agency to issue a supplemental EIS to address certain errors in the plan. View a copy of this document at http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/P...L_08.02.07.pdf.

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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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Correct me if I'm wrong.... but this is great right? :disturbed:
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I was there.. I left more pissed off than when I came

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I was there.. I left more pissed off than when I came

when i brake a u joint on the trail dude I am pissed off, but when I get my tools out and get my knowledge out and other peoples knowledge out WE get it fixed and WE go on.  You cant just bring the trailer onto the trail pack up your rig and leave.  You understand what I am saying?  Help us out send in letters, go on some Forest Service runs we got coming up.  Come on UK I have seen your rig you didnt build it overnight.  And I am sure you ran into some problems. But you pulled thru and built yourself a badass rig :thumbs:

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A large showing by the public to Foresdt service meetings like this is good, but it doesn't have any real impact on the Forest services final decision making.  They have to listen to the publics input, but don't have to adopt any of it.  They can claim none of the trails can be added due to their inability to maintain them, or that they are to degraded to repair to return to public use, or they have been mistreated by the public.  The only way we can pressure them into adopting trails is either through suing, or by pressuring our elected federal representatives.  We can negate the nmoney/maintainance issue by getting Congress to fund the Forest Service more, one of the most underfunded areas of federal government.  Getting clubs to adopt trails/or sections, who do a monthly clean-up runs will help reduce the problems that a growing number of our community is causing.  The percentage of jack-offs out there might be the same as 20yrs ago, but the amount of individuals tearing up the trail is larger.  I think there needs to be higher fines and a bounty paid for turning in those tearing up the trail.  It is getting less safe to confront these morons on the trail today than in the past, so a lot of people are unwilling to say something when they see it happening.  A bounty shouldn't be necessary, but obviously some form of incentive is.
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