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Planning 2.0: Improving the Way We Plan Together

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 14:44

As part of a continuing commitment to improve their management of the nation’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management is reviewing the way they develop and update our Resource Management Plans (RMPs).

This initiative, known as Planning 2.0, aims to increase public involvement and incorporate the most current data and technology into land use planning.  They have released proposed revisions to planning regulations, along with a preliminary economic analysis and categorical exclusion for public review and comment.  By implementing these improvements, the BLM endeavors to enhance the way that it involves the public in its planning efforts, including measures to provide earlier, easier, and more meaningful participation.

Categories: Legislation

Up-Purpose Your Volunteerism

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 17:16
Purposeful Volunteerism: Pushing Beyond Holding Our Ground Only by escalating to more offensive strategies will we win the battles for access.  By Del Albright, Ambassador Sharetrails.Org/BRC    

Do not just volunteer; but rather up-purpose your volunteerism! In today’s world when we are all torn in many directions by multiple jobs, kid’s school games, community involvement, paying bills, family commitments and more, we must stop wasting our precious volunteer time.  Too many of us have become trapped into the status quo of losing ground in the long run.  Herein I will explain purposeful volunteerism and how we need to push beyond just holding our ground when it comes to access to responsible motorized recreation.

Categories: Legislation

Say “No” to EPA’s Threat to Motorsports

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 09:22
Say “No” to EPA’s Threat to Motorsports: SEMA Opposes Regulation Prohibiting Conversion of Vehicles into Racecars

SEMA has issued a press release informing the public that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is aiming to make it illegal to convert automobiles originally designed for on-road use into racecars, even though such conversions have been done for decades.  Under the EPA’s proposed rule, it would also be illegal to sell any performance-related products for those cars.  The EPA’s proposal would have a devastating impact on motorsports since many types of racing rely on production vehicles that have been modified for use strictly at the track.

Ask the EPA to Withdraw its Proposal Now
Categories: Legislation

EPA Seeks to Prohibit Conversion of Vehicles into Racecars

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:27

The below release from SEMA should give every auto sport enthusiast cause to worry about the future of the gas powered engine.  The rule making out of the EPA is yet another example of executive overreach that has come to mark the current administration in their drive to regulate every aspect of daily life.  While the title and general content refers to "racecars", pay close attention the stated purpose: "...proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars..."

If you enjoyed the recent King of the Hammers off-road event, be worried.  If you enjoy building and using a 4x4 as off-road recreation, be worried.

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SEMA To Oppose Action As Threat to Modified Racecars and Parts Suppliers 

Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars.  The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal.  The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled "Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2."  

Categories: Legislation

Thread cleaning made easy

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 13:09

Walking the aisles at the SEMA Show you are exposed to a plethora of products for the automotive world.  Often there are new innovative speciality tools that cause you to stop for a closer look. The Thread Wizard is one such tool.  Who hasn’t struggled with cleaning bolts during a project?  I have used a variety of methods, wire brush, grinding wheel brush, solvent, ultrasonic, and standard threading die.

Categories: Legislation

Fifteen current and former Arizona Game and Fish commissioners urge president to say no on monument designation

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 15:53

(Jan. 22, 2016) PHOENIX – The five-member Arizona Game and Fish Commission and 10 former commissioners have sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging that he not designate 1.7 million acres in northern Arizona as a new Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.

Calling the proposed monument “a solution to a non-existing problem,” the commissioners said designating this large swath of land as a national monument could impose unnecessary rules and regulations, negatively impact outdoor recreation, and compromise the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s ability to manage and conserve the public's wildlife.

Categories: Legislation

Invasive mussels found in Arizona lake

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 14:58
Discovery of adult quagga mussel at Canyon Lake could impact recreational and municipal water users

PHOENIX -- In mid-December of 2015, personnel from the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program positively identified an adult quagga mussel attached to the hull of a boat recently removed from Canyon Lake, a major recreational lake on the Tonto National Forest.

Categories: Legislation

SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT LAND USE BLOG POSTS

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 08:02
AVOID CHASING SHADOWS: FIND IMPORTANT BLOG POSTS HERE - A Summary of Links to Significant Blog Posts

By Del Albright, BRC National Ambassador  

TRASH: Keeping Trash Off Our Trails: http://delalbright.blogspot.com/2015/01/keeping-trash-off-our-trails.html

Categories: Legislation

ASK BUSINESSES TO HELP US SAVE TRAILS IN 2016

Sun, 01/03/2016 - 17:17
OFF HIGHWAY, OFF-ROAD BUSINESSES NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU THE CUSTOMER - Saving Trails in 2016 Will Take us All Doing Our Part.

By Del Albright, National Ambassador, BRCI ask for your help as we start 2016 to get a TON more off-road, off-highway businesses to join or renew in BlueRibbon Coalition. I just reviewed this list of member business and dang, I'm a bit disappointed.

Categories: Legislation

Happy New Year from 4x4Wire

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 15:21

As I sit here putting the finishing touches on 2015, I am reminded that 25 years ago in December, the first webpage was published on a computer network in Geneva, Switzerland. That was the beginning of what is know today as the World Wide Web.  It has been a fantastic E-Ticket type ride from those days to today.  Technology has made, and continues to make, changes at a rapid pace.

Categories: Legislation

Forest Service Publishes Region’s Travel Analysis Reports

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 12:34
Analyses will guide national forests toward sustainable road system in Pacific Northwest Forests

Portland, Ore -- The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region released 17 travel analysis reports this week that outline existing road systems and identify opportunities to achieve a more sustainable system of roads for each national forest in the Pacific Northwest. These travel analysis reports are part of nationwide requirement involving national forests across the country. 

Categories: Legislation

10 TIPS FOR VOLUNTEER LEADERS

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 08:00

By the nature of the title "volunteer leader" there is never enough time to do all the things you want to do, or thought you should do.  Being a volunteer is a part time job at best.   Thus we must learn to prioritize and get those things done that accomplish the most bang for our buck, and get the most action out of others we influence.

Here are 10 tips to remember and keep handy as a volunteer leader, always strapped for time, always on some sort of time-crunch, and never fully supported for what you need to do.  (smile).

Categories: Legislation

Drones as Christmas gifts come with responsibility

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 16:16

Remote-controlled gadgets cannot be used in pursuit of wildlife 

PHOENIX (Dec. 30, 2015) —  The Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to remind sportsmen who received a drone for Christmas that flying the wildly popular devices must comply with state and federal wildlife laws and regulations.    

Categories: Legislation

Public meeting coming up April 2 regarding Johnson Valley

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 16:03
Resource Management Group Public Meeting with MCAGCC and BLM Representatives

When:  Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm

Where: Lucerne Valley Community Center, 33187 Hwy 247/Old Woman Spring Rd, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356

Town hall style public meeting to communicate the Marine Corps' plan to conduct a large-scale exercise August 1-30, 2016 to include training in the Congressionally-established Shared Use Area. Temporary land closures in Johnson Valley and safety information will be discussed.

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Categories: Legislation

FORMING STATE LEVEL MOTORIZED RECREATION COUNCILS

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 14:00
Following the national NAMRC formula  

OVERVIEW: The solution to a positive future for motorized recreation lies in more unity among users. Statewide cooperation and coordination between different modalities (like dirt bikes, 4x4, atv, utv, etc.) are key to ending the dauntless onslaught of anti-access propaganda and closure efforts. This short article will explain how to set up a state level group following the example of the national effort NAMRC – North American Motorized Recreation Council.

NAMRC has brought together dozens of off-highway groups, melding all modes of recreation, making a huge difference in our national approach to securing a future for our sports. The same thing needs to happen at every state level, with all state groups coordinating with NAMRC. No chain of command or change in authority is suggested; just information, communication, coordination and cooperation -- from a multiple-use perspective.

Categories: Legislation

Center for Biological Diversity files suit regarding yellow-legged frog

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 17:31

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its lengthy delay in deciding whether to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the foothill yellow-legged frog, which has disappeared from more than half its historical streams in California and Oregon. These stream-dwelling amphibians face a host of threats, including dams and water diversions, logging, mining, livestock grazing, roads, marijuana cultivation, off-road vehicles, climate change, pollution, invasive species and disease.

Categories: Legislation

Tribute Jeep on East Coast Tour

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 10:33
Team Albright, Del & Stacie are Driving a special "freedom" tribute Jeep from Maine to Florida this spring.

This Jeep tour is paying tribute to our veterans who gave us the freedoms we enjoy, like four-wheeling and exploring this great country of ours.
 
We are PROUD to be part of the inaugural launch of the Folded Flag Tribute Jeep being built-up right now at Clayton Off Road with the help of some great sponsors like BFGoodrich Tires, Raceline Wheels, Factor 55,WARN, NorthStar Battery, Jeep Tweaks, FOX, Tom Wood's Custom Drive Shafts, Reid Racing, Clayton Off Road, Rugged Ridge, and JcrOffroad, thanks to the incredible team, Josh and Jen Schwalb of the The Great American Jeep Rally and Great American Charitable Events.

Categories: Legislation

Anglers encouraged to be safe on the ice

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 15:57

While this notice is courtesy of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, there are many places throughout the northern region of the country where ice fishing is popular.  As noted, use caution venturing out on the ice.  Dress warm, be safe and enjoy your fishing....

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department advises anglers to use extreme caution while venturing out ice fishing, especially during the early season and during warmer winter temperatures. Ice on many waters may not be safe.

Categories: Legislation

Fee Free Days for 2016

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 15:28

Fee Free days are on tap for 2016. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Forest Service (USFS) and the National Park Service (NPS) have announced Fee-Free days for 2016. The fee-free program is in cooperation with federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

Categories: Legislation

They Are Killing Our Access

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 07:25
  In my travels around the country helping folks to get organized and keep trails open, I have seen too much of the above problems. Don't get me wrong, there are tons of great clubs that are doing just fine.  But I've seen my share of egos and personalities driving folks away from organized recreation.  There are ways to fix that.
I am convinced that our future lies in folks joining and staying active in organized recreation.  The more we band together and stay tuned into what's happening with our trails, the better our chances of having a sport in the future.  The more we separate or alienate from each other – as in not joining groups -- the less chance we have of surviving as a recreational pursuit.  We must be together at every opportunity. 

This means that our local clubs/groups must be viable and effective.   I am always reminded of the anti-access (radical environmental groups) slogan of “think globally; act locally.” They have got it figured out.  They preach keeping the big picture in mind, while taking baby steps at the local level towards achieving the big picture.  It works!

In large business corporations and management, there's a concept called the “Swiss Cheese” approach.  Swiss cheese has a lot of holes in it to make the cheese what it is.  When a manager is faced with a tremendously complex task, the Swiss cheese approach is to make one hole at a time until you have your block of cheese done.   In other words, like a long hike in the back country, it's just one step at a time until you reach your destination. 

This is where the local level involvement is so important.  If we're all taking baby steps, punching holes in the big block of Swiss cheese, eventually we'll achieve the big global picture -- responsible access for all!

It starts with your local club or group.  It starts with a few folks deciding to get past personalities and get something done for the greater good.  It starts with a commitment to not let someone else control how you feel about your sport or your club.  It starts with you making sure “they” don’t kill our access!

If you have personality issues in your club or group, I suggest that before you give up, you confront them head on.  Let folks know how you feel and what you expect.  Only then can a group or club decide if they want to make changes to accommodate your wishes.  But to me, it is such a shame to see someone drop out of a group without letting people know the reason why.  It's similar to telling a boss at work what's wrong from your perspective so the problem can be fixed.  Many times bosses don't know what the employees know.  So by letting someone know there's a problem, at least you give them a chance to fix it.

There's an old saying I use a lot: “A complaint is never legitimate until it's voiced to someone who can fix it.”  If personalities are ruling your recreation, then I suggest you speak up and clear the air.  Get to the “peace table” and talk it out.   Go face to face and don’t try to solve in on the forums. Find solutions or compromises that all the parties can live with.  But whatever you do, give it a shot before you give up.

When I help folks get past personality issues, I always remind them that we are not out to change who someone is, only how they behave in our group. If a certain behavior is alienating other club members, then we need to find a way to change that behavior.  It can be done, but only through communications that are pretty open and honest.  

In the leadership training I give folks, I drive home the point that we must let folks know our expectations -- those things that make us smile and enjoy our sport (or our job or anything else).  The same holds true for a club or a volunteer committee.  If you have expectations that are not being fulfilled, then let someone know.  , By doing so you increase your chances of staying in the game and helping to punch holes in that big block of cheese. Del
More articles on my website about landuse, personalities, clubs, and keeping our sports alive: http://www.delalbright.com/article_list.htm

 

 

Original link Original author: Del Albright
Categories: Legislation

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