Executive Director Bi-Weekly Update for January 16, 2019

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Dear Friends, THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN – We are working with Treadlightly! to create opportunities for our members to help keep the parks clean and protected. We’ve been working with Treadlightly! for many years. We are partners, and we encourage each of you to join their organization and practice good trail etiquette. We DO NOT need to head into court and hear “See we told you so! Look what the OHV community did the minute there wasn’t funding. Safer just to shut everyone out right, Judge? Right?” NOOOO! We want the judge to say, “Let’s open up more trails- it’s the only way we can keep this going! What a great group of people!” EAST COAST TRAIL OPENINGS AND LEGISLATION – From January 17th to the 29th, I will be in Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC and the Carolinas. We would LOVE to do as many fundraisers, outreach events, legislative events, club meetings, etc., as we can! Please get a hold of us and let’s plan as much as possible. Please help us finance our legislative efforts in the east and southeast and see if we can’t help the lawsuits in North Carolina and other places….

Dear Friends,

THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
We are working with Treadlightly! to create opportunities for our members to help keep the parks clean and protected. We’ve been working with Treadlightly! for many years. We are partners, and we encourage each of you to join their organization and practice good trail etiquette. We DO NOT need to head into court and hear “See we told you so! Look what the OHV community did the minute there wasn’t funding. Safer just to shut everyone out right, Judge? Right?” NOOOO! We want the judge to say, “Let’s open up more trails- it’s the only way we can keep this going! What a great group of people!”

EAST COAST TRAIL OPENINGS AND LEGISLATION
From January 17th to the 29th, I will be in Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC and the Carolinas. We would LOVE to do as many fundraisers, outreach events, legislative events, club meetings, etc., as we can! Please get a hold of us and let’s plan as much as possible. Please help us finance our legislative efforts in the east and southeast and see if we can’t help the lawsuits in North Carolina and other places.

BRC will help introduce legislation in several Eastern states that will open up recreation areas. Please help if you can! We are looking to raise $30,000 to support these efforts. That amount to tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars to rural areas affected by coal declines. Help us, help them! We are particularly enthused to work with West Virginia State Senator Mark Maynard. He’s a brilliant legislator with a bright future.

WESTERN STATES LITIGATION
I will be spending February traveling to fundraise and advocate on the following issues.  We are looking to raiser $60,000 by June 1st to support these issues. We have an incredibly ambitious agenda here, but I believe it’s doable with your help:
 
UTAH – should be a primary focus, the SUWA settlement will become a test case for BLM travel planning
 
(a) PRICE FIELD OFFICE- San Rafael Desert – deadline for new Travel Plan, approx. Nov. 17, 2019 (2.5 years after approval) – this is in the “first tier” of Travel Plan mandated by the SUWA settlement; also, on the 2.5-year deadline is Richfield- Henry Mts/Fremont Gorge

(b) MOAB FIELD OFFICE- Indian Creek- first Travel Plan deadline in Moab (4 years, approx. May 17, 2021).  All these Travel Plans have significant “front loading” and the opportunity/obligation to weigh in early, including submitting “route reports” making the case for keeping (reopening) specific routes. Again, we have an obligation to support on the ground efforts by local groups!

(c) LEGISLATION- Utah is a hotbed and testing ground for legislative approaches to public lands issues, with Sen. Lee, SUWA, the State of Utah, and activist counties among the many engaged players.  The current battles focus on Monuments and Emery County. We need to be engaged in this constantly!
 
(d) Monuments- Legislative/legal fights will continue, but at some point, the monuments will stay, and plans will be formed, with public input.  The plan is where the rubber will hit the road or not.  We need to speak and speak effectively.

CALIFORNIA
 
(a) OSV Plans- what more can be said, litigation seems very likely, and sitting on the sidelines makes me very uncomfortable.  How/who will a CA OSV community emerge or engage.
 
(b) “Early Adopter” Forest Plan Revisions- front line is the Inyo, where BRC submitted objections.  BRC is considering whether it wants to revisit/revamp its opposition to the 2012 Planning Rule, which it challenged in the US District of DC alongside timber and other interests – that suit was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, the court basically said come back when it is applied in an actual plan, which is about to happen on Inyo. We need to be involved.

(c) Clear Creek Bill- we will be working with federal lawmakers and other groups to continue advocating for passage of the Clear Creek bill and finally get that area open to public access again.
 
IDAHO – close to home, BRC has slipped in Idaho and we need to do better- much better!
 
(a) Salmon Challis Plan Revision- good opportunity to re-engage across a broad spectrum, including enthusiasts, counties, industry, outfitters et al.  I predict recommended wilderness will be a potential big issue for us, i.e., we can push the view, if only for ideology/symbolism, that Region 4 should stand firm, and allow motor/mechanized travel in RWA unless and until actual degradation of “wilderness character” is shown, versus Region 1 where they are saying (and winning) that the USFS can be safe and just manage it like Wilderness
 
(b) Boise-Payette OSV plans (plus Bridger-Teton, WY)- driven by a lawsuit filed by the same lawyers as the CA Snowlands case, settled by the USFS which agreed to take a new look, reinstate earlier OSV designations/closures, but conduct new plans if warranted.  
 
(c) RS 2477 legislation- this is an unbelievably important topic and one to which our attorney, Paul Turcke is incredibly qualified to get involved!
 
(d) BLM travel planning- is happening in Idaho, we have not been very engaged, but we need to be!
 
COLORADO – it is probably the “next CA” politically/financially, and we need to decide whether/how to proceed as an organization
 
(a) PSI- similar in some ways to UT-SUWA, a big settlement happened of an earlier enviro lawsuit, which dictated the USFS do a bunch of plans, which are going to start popping out soon.  Would be an opportunity to engage with TPA-COHVCO and other CO orgs.

NEVADA

(a) Fallon Naval Range expansion

(b) BLM travel planning

(c) Bi-State Sage Grouse Lawsuit

Any questions just call, email or text me… I’m here and ready to help. We are your advocates. We need you! Invite a friend to join, give another donation if you can, and be assured we are doing our best to keep adventure alive.

Sincerely,

Spencer Gilbert
Executive Director
Sharetrails.org/BRC
brspencer@sharetrails.org
208-237-1008 Ext 1