Just received the following from Clif Koontz, Executive Director for Ride with Respect, regarding the upcoming meeting in St. George hosted by the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) on the development of a National Motorized Recreation Action Plan.
We have pasted Clif’s email along with the notification of all the meetings scheduled for Utah and Arizona below. Please take a minute to check it out and then take action.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Public Lands Department Manager
208-237-1008 ext. 2
OHV meeting in St. George 1/23/201
Could you spread the word that there’s a ground-level chance for southwest Utah riders to influence the direction of BLM management on the Arizona Strip?
I hope OHV riders can attend a one-evening meeting down in St. George next month, which will help form an OHV “action plan” for BLM lands within Arizona. Regardless of where riders live, they can contribute to ideas that would improve OHV opportunities across Arizona.
In contrast to meetings when riders have to focus on defending access from proposed restrictions, this meeting will openly consider ideas such as new trail connections, trailhead facilities, or partnership potential to assist BLM in enhance the existing trails. It’s a chance for riders and BLM staff to explore ways of more effectively managing for quality experiences.
The meeting will be hosted by the National OHV Conservation Council, with the results being synthesized and submitted to the BLM. This arrangement has worked well in Montana and New Mexico, where riders found the meetings worthwhile.
The St. George meeting will be held at Red Lion Hotel (850 S Bluff Street) from 6pm to 9pm on January 23rd, 2017. For more information, please see the attached invitation, and go to http://nohvcc.org/Resources/blm-management-plan/blm-plan-meetings.
Dear Arizona OHV Enthusiast,
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) is a non-profit 501C3 organization dedicated to creating a positive future for off-highway vehicle recreation. You can learn more at www.nohvcc.org.
NOHVCC is working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and needs your assistance in learning how the BLM can better provide access to high quality OHV recreation experiences in the state of Arizona. NOHVCC and the BLM have partnered to develop a National Motorized Recreation Action Plan that will help the BLM develop individual state strategies for providing high quality OHV opportunities and develop partnerships to help maintain those opportunities. The strategies will be used to guide the BLM in future Resource Management Plans (RMP) and Travel Management Plans (TMP), however, the strategies are NOT part of a specific travel management plan.
In developing these strategies, you as a rider will have a chance to share your thoughts on the following topics:
Without your help and the help of other OHV recreationalists like you, we will not be able to answer the questions above and you could be missing out on a chance to provide ideas that could lead to enhancements to the areas and trail systems you enjoy. To help us gather this very important information, NOHVCC will be holding a series of community meetings and we ask that you participate in one of those meetings. Dates, locations, and times for these meetings are listed below.
These meetings are not being organized by the BLM, however BLM staff will attend these meetings as participants and will be on hand to discuss how future TMP and RMP processes will work, the timeline for those processes to occur in your local BLM field office area, and how your suggestions could help shape future decisions. The meetings will also be an excellent time for you to meet national, state and local BLM field office personnel. The BLM is interested in developing partnerships with individuals and organizations to improve the management of OHV recreation on BLM managed lands.
The more information we gather, the higher the quality of each statewide strategy and action plan, so please attend the meetings and invite your fellow club members and riding buddies as well. To RSVP for these meetings or to gather more information about the meetings please contact Marc Hildesheim, NOHVCC Project Manager, at 208-416-3557 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Creating a Positive Future of Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation”