Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

What is the Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC)?

The BlueRibbon Coalition champions responsible use of public lands and waters for the benefit of all recreationists. See Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) Mission, Vision, and Values, plus the Policies and Positions.
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Why is the name of the organization often written as “Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition?

In part, this reflects a desire to promote our website. Also, however, “Sharetrails” more closely defines what we stand for and what we do. The BlueRibbon Coalition has always pushed for sharing trails, which is why we selected that domain years ago. The only change is that we now emphasize this concept wherever our name appears.
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What are the benefits of having a business or organization membership instead of an individual membership?

What are the benefits of having a business or organization membership instead of an individual membership?
A Basic Business/Organization Basic membership includes: Voting rights (1), a membership card, decals (including one showing that you are a supporter of Sharetrails/BRC), a website listing with link, a physical banner (2’x4′) to take to events, all publications as they are produced by the Sharetrails.Org/BRC (hard-copy & digital) — including a copy of the Sharetrails Magazine. This membership level also provides a 10% discount on advertising in the magazine.
A Premium Business/Organization Membership Includes: Voting rights (1), a membership card, decals (including one showing that you are a supporter of Sharetrails/BRC), a website listing with link, a physical banner (2’x4′) to take to events, all publications as they are produced by the Sharetrails.Org/BRC (hard-copy & digital) — including five extra copies of the Sharetrails Magazine. This membership level also provides a 25% discount on advertising in the magazine, making it potentially the best deal of all!

As a Basic and Premium member, you can also request networking information on businesses and organizations in your area, and your name listed on the website list of business/organization members.
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What is the difference between a donation and membership?

Donations are tax deductible, while membership dues are not. The Internal Revenue Service requires that there be a distinct difference between these donations and a membership. If you are sending your membership/renewal along with a donation, please stipulate this in an attached note. Thank you for your support of Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition.
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If I donate to the BRC, am I automatically a member?

The Internal Revenue Service requires that there be a distinct difference between donations and memberships; therefore memberships are not automatically acquired by making a donation.
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I just donated to the BRC but my membership still expired, why?

The Internal Revenue Service requires that there be a distinct difference between donations and memberships. Therefore, if you made a donation, this does not renew your membership automatically. If you sent us a donation and meant it to be a renewal, you need to contact us at 208-237-1008 ext. 0. For future reference, simply note (in clear print, please) what portion of the contribution is intended to be for membership dues.
If you are joining or renewing online, and are also intending to contribute, then use the Membership Form, which also has a place to add a donation (and thank you for your support!)
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Can I designate how my donation will be used, i.e. for a specific lawsuit or general fund?

Yes, if you wish to designate your donation for a particular issue you need to send a note with your check stating that you would like that donation used for that issue. If you donate to the general fund, the donation will be used for access protection efforts and not restricted to one issue.
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How do I change my mailing address?

We now have a way to change your mailing address on our website. On the bottom of our home page there is a Change of Address link, click on the link fill out the form. You can also email Mary Jo at brmaryjo@sharetrails.org, call 208-237-1008 ext. 0, or mail information to 4555 Burley Drive, Suite A, Pocatello, ID 83202. Please give us your name, old address, new address, phone number, and email address.
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Who do I contact regarding my land use issue?

We have number of individuals that can help you with your land issues. In order to get the best qualified individual to help you, we now have a link on our webpage under the Advocacy menu to “Report Public Lands Issues” fill out the form and submit the information directly to our land use team. You can also send an email to landuseissue@sharetrails.org and your request will be forwarded.
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How can I join the BlueRibbon Coalition?

To join Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition, you can go online to Join Here, call 208-237-1008 ext. 0, or if you prefer to use mail, you can download a mail in form at the bottom of the page at the link above and send it in along with your check or credit card information to Sharetrails.Org/BRC, 4555 Burley Drive, Suite A, Pocatello, ID 83202.
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What is a BRC event box?

A Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition event box is promotional material that you can request for your event. A standard event box contains a BRC banner and membership brochures.
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How do I get a BRC event box?

To receive an event box from Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition call 208-237-1008 and request one. You can also email brmem@sharetrails.org and request an event box. Give us at least four weeks notice so that shipping costs can be kept down.
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Where do I send my donation or membership?

To donate or sign up for a membership online, please use these links, Donation or Membership. You can also send donations and memberships via USPS to Sharetrails.Org/BRC, 4555 Burley Drive, Suite A, Pocatello, ID 83202.
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What are the issues BRC is currently involved in?

To find out what Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition is currently involved in, visit the Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition Advocacy page, where we post regular, informative updates on what BRC’s Access Team is up to. For legal cases BRC is involved in, visit our Legal section.
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Where can I find trails in my area?

Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition itself is not geared to assist you in finding good recreational trails in your area. By the time the trail information reaches us, the threat of closure is close at hand. However, here are several excellent resources that can be used to assist you: National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) www.nohvcc.org, Polaris trails www.polaristrails.com, Find your trail www.trails.com/explore.
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How do I start an organization (club)?

Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition is an access protection organization and is not geared to starting clubs or organizations. However an excellent organization to call for your starter kit is the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) at 800-348-6487 or visit their website www.nohvcc.org.
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What are BRC’s policies and positions?

You can get Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition Policies and Positions by clicking here.
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How do I get notifications of alerts?

To join Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition Action Alert list click here.
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How can I get more information about organizations and businesses in my area that are members of BRC?

To get information on businesses and organizations in your area call 208-237-1008 ext. 0 or click here.
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How can I get more information on the Recreational Trails Program?

To find information on the Recreational Trails program click here or email brrichard@sharetrails.org.
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Where do I find information to contact my members of Congress?

To find information on how to contact your Congresspersons click here.
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Who do I contact if I want the BRC to speak or do a workshop at an event?

Please email brmartinh@sharetrails.org, or call 208-237-1008 ext 1.
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When are the BRC membership meetings and where are they located?

Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition holds annual General Membership meetings every fall. If you would like to attend and need more detailed information, please email brmem@sharetrails.org.
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Who does the BRC represent as far as off highway recreation is concerned?

Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition champions responsible use of public lands for the benefit of all recreationists. Regardless of what form this recreation takes Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition promotes responsible recreation and is a supporter of the Tread Lightly! program.
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Does the BRC represent private landowners or just public land issues?

Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition’s main area of concern is recreational access to public lands. There are a number of excellent organizations devoted to private land access issues.
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How long has BRC been a 501(c) 3?

The BlueRibbon Coalition became a 501(c) 3 in 1999.
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When was BRC started?

Clark Collins founded the BlueRibbon Coalition in 1987. For more information on the history of the BlueRibbon Coalition click here.
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I want to donate but wish to remain anonymous. Can I do this?

Yes, Sharetrails.Org/BlueRibbon Coalition is happy to facilitate any request of anonymity by our contributors. You need to include a notation with your donation that stipulates you wish to remain anonymous for us to honor your request.
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Are all articles in BlueRibbon Coalition Webzine re-printable?

Original articles that appear in the BlueRibbon Coalition Webzine may be reprinted as long as: a) the source of information (BlueRibbon Coalition) is included and all bylines and contact information is retained. b) That the content of the article is not to be used in any fashion which is detrimental to the BlueRibbon Coalition and recreational access or multiple-use. c) The story is not itself reprinted from another publication. In the latter case you will need to contact original publisher for reprint of publication.
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Can I put the BRC logo on my website as a link?

Permission to use images, logos and written content from the BlueRibbon Coalition website or BlueRibbon Coalition publications is allowed as a courtesy to our members and supporters. Thank you for your help in promoting multiple use recreational values! The copyrighted/trademarked images or content used may not be used in any of the following manners: 1) to promote a product without prior written consent, 2) to defame or attack the BlueRibbon Coalition or any type of recreation, or 3) to promote any behavior or activity which is counter to the concepts of Tread Lightly!, responsible use, safety, multiple-use, trail ethics, or tolerance. It would be appreciated if upon completion of the link if you notify the BlueRibbon Coalition at broffice@sharetrails.org.
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