Advocacy Resources 2

  • Below is a list of publications and other tools for the recreation access activist. This is a “work in progress;” so if you know of something that should be included on this list, please let us know. Many of these products are available from sources other than the Coalition. There is no need to re-invent the wheel. Many of these titles are user group specific, but the information in them isn’t.

    • POWER TOOLS–Tools to Protect Your Access is the first section from BRC’s How to Work with Land Management Agencies guide. This section consists of key “tips and pointers” developed to help individuals and organizations participate in the public land management planning process. It is available at www.sharetrails.org/public-lands/power-tools
    • CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT (NEPA)–This guide provides an explanation of NEPA, how it is implemented, and how people outside the Federal government – individual citizens, private sector applicants, members of organized groups, or representatives of Tribal, State, or local government agencies – can better participate in the assessment of environmental impacts conducted by Federal agencies. It is available at www.sharetrails.org/uploads/CEQ_Citizens_Guide_to_NEPA.pdf
    • ECONOMIC STUDIES–This information comes from a number of different sources throughout the US and is a great source of information on the economic impact of Off Highway Vehicles and motorized recreation has on the economy. http://sharetrails.org/economic-studies/
    • BLUERIBBON COALITION – HOW TO PROPOSE AN ALTERNATIVE TO WILDERNESS–This information was prepared for BRC members wishing to consider proposing such an alternative to Wilderness where they live and recreate. Please keep in mind that the information here is provided only as a general guide or idea generator.This information includes “How to propose an Alternative to Wilderness”, “Anatomy of a Land Bill” and “Sample Legislation” www.sharetrails.org/public-lands/how-propose-alternative-wilderness
    • BLUERIBBON COALITION – ANATOMY OF A LAND BILL–A list of helpful terms and their meanings used in drafting alternative to Wilderness legislation. There is also a link to Sample Legislation located at the bottom of this page at: www.sharetrails.org/public-lands/anatomy-land-bill
    • BLUERIBBON COALITION RECREATION ACTIVIST MEDIA GUIDE–Written by former BlueRibbon Coalition Board member Park Owens, this 12 page guide will walk you through the intimidating task of dealing with the general media. It is written by an enthusiast in language that you can understand. This document is available for download at www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Media_Guide.pdf
    • BLUERIBBON COALITION RS-2477 WORKSHOP HANDOUTS–Includes the Western Counties’ Resources Policy Institute’s “Source Book on RS-2477 Rights-of-Way Issues” and other materials to help you assert an RS-2477 right of way on your local roads and trails. This document is available for download at www.sharetrails.org/uploads/RS-2477_Workshop_Handout.pdf
    • “RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM” (RTP) BROCHURE–An informative item to help interested parties make use of RTP funds for trail maintenance and construction. It is available through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website at
      www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/overview/program_summary/index.cfm
    • COLLABORATION CHECKBOXES–A set of checkboxes to guide you through participation in the collaborative process. A well-conceived collaborative process should include a “check” for each of these items. You can view them at www.sharetrails.org/about/collaboration-checkboxes
    • POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS FROM THE ’08 NOHVCC AND NAOPM CONFERENCES–You can now download a PDF file of many of the PowerPoint presentations given at the ’08 Conference. www.nohvcc.org/education/Conference/2008ConfPower.aspx
    • A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR STARTING A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION–Starting a tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, a How To Guide – Bylaws. Articles of Incorporation. Conflict of Interest Policy. Supporting Documents. http://form1023.org/starting-a-nonprofit-organization
    • UTAH PUBLIC LAND USE MANAGEMENT-REPORT OF FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATIONS
      www.sharetrails.org/uploads/UTAH_PUBLIC_LAND_USE_MANAGEMENT.pdf
  • The AMA focuses on rights, riding and racing through its government relations work, by sanctioning road and off-road riding activities and overseeing professional and amateur racing events.

    Sound advice link: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/soundadvice

    Off-Highway Position Statements: http://americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/issueslegislation

    State Law Guide (on and off road): http://americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/State-Laws.aspx

    Rights main page: http://americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/issueslegislation

    News & Notes:  AMA Government Relations News & Notes a monthly e-mail service compiled and edited by the AMA Government Relations Staff. https://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/register?9&m=16006

    Address: 13515 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, OH, 43147
    Phone: (614) 856-1900, Fax: (614) 856-1924 (8:30am-5:00pm, M-F, EST)
    Website: www.ama-cycle.org

  • The Back Country Horsemen of America is a national organization whos purpose is to perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness.To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use. To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource. To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage and to foster and encourage the formation of new state Back Country    Horsemen’s organizations.

    Address: BCHA, PO Box 1367, Graham, WA 98338-1367
    Phone: (888) 893-5161, Fax (360) 832-2471
    E-mail: ExecSecretary@backcountryhorse.com
    Website: www.backcountryhorse.com/

  • Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) provides a host of valuable tools including articles, guides, templates, webinars and videos, in six core issues areas, to help protect and conserve land for horses. To access the resource library, simply click on one of the six core issue areas below.

    Address: ELCR, 4037 Iron Works Parkway, Suite 120, Lexington, KY 40511
    Phone: (859) 455-8383, Fax: (859) 455-8381
    E-mail: info@elcr.org
    Website: www.elcr.org

  • ISMA is an organization representing the four snowmobile manufacturers: Arctic Cat, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Polaris Industries and Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA. ISMA functions to provide and encourage policies, programs and activities to improve the life-style activity of snowmobiling throughout the world.

    Address: 1640 Haslett Rd., Suite 170, Haslett, MI, 48840
    Phone: (517) 339-7788, Fax: (517) 339-7798
    Website: www.snowmobile.org

  • NOHVCC staff and volunteer State Partners develop and provide information on club and state association development, OHV land management, and other services. They provide an ever-expanding array of “tools” and materials for OHV individuals, clubs, associations and agencies in order to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation.

    Locate your NOHVCC State Representative on the website at www.nohvcc.org or contact NOHVCC at 800-348-6487.

    Online library of OHV recreation-related documents and studies including planning and management, wildlife, economic impact studies, environmental ethics, sound monitoring, safety, and more (www.nohvcc.org).

    • Workshops for land managers and OHV enthusiasts.
    • Information on youth OHV programs.
    • OHV park guidebook and CD-Rom presentation.
    • OHV-related Public Service Announcement materials for print, TV and radio.
    • Free club-starting kits.
    • Public awareness and image enhancement materials.
    • Weekly e-mail newsletter.
    • NOHVCC press releases and articles.
    • NOHVCC exposition booths and distribution materials.
    • NOHVCC semi-truck equipped with ATVs for safety training programs, outdoor audio system, videos and distribution materials.
  • This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more.

    Address: SEMA, 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765
    Phone: (909) 396-0289,  Fax: 909/860-0184
    E-mail: member@sema.org
    Website: www.sema.org/

  • Tread Lightly! and its partners lead a national initiative to protect and enhance recreation access and opportunities by promoting outdoor ethics to heighten individuals’ sense of good stewardship. Tread Lightly!’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain healthy ecosystems and thriving populations of fish and wildlife. The scope of their work includes both land and water, and is representative of nearly every form of outdoor recreation including, but not limited to hunting, recreational shooting, fishing and boating. They also have a niche in promoting safe and responsible use of motorized and mechanized vehicles in the outdoors.

    Address: Tread Lightly! Inc.,  353 E. 400 S., Suite 100, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    Phone: (801) 627-0077, Toll-Free: (800) 966-9900, Fax: (801) 990-9807
    Website: www.treadlightly.org

  • Call 202-224-3121 to reach the offices of your Senators and Representatives at any time, day or night.