Executive Director Bi-Weekly Update November 21, 2018

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Dear Friends, As we send out this bi-weekly update, our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by the California fires. We are a little late on our bi-weekly update. Since our Annual board meeting at the end of October, it has been non-stop. All work and no play, which is kind of sad if you think about what we do! SEMA was incredible. The good news is: Adventure innovation continues. We learned from Stuart Gosswein, Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs for SEMA that the OHV aftermarket is $43 billion a year (we need to thank Stuart and SEMA for all their support over the years, in good times and bad). The pace that we are meeting with businesses, media and groups continues to get more intense. You are going to see BRC in the news more and more. We need to keep up the momentum…

Dear Friends,

As we send out this bi-weekly update, our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by the California fires.

We are a little late on our bi-weekly update. Since our Annual board meeting at the end of October, it has been non-stop. All work and no play, which is kind of sad if you think about what we do!

SEMA was incredible. The good news is: Adventure innovation continues. We learned from Stuart Gosswein, Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs for SEMA that the OHV aftermarket is $43 billion a year (we need to thank Stuart and SEMA for all their support over the years, in good times and bad). The pace that we are meeting with businesses, media and groups continues to get more intense. You are going to see BRC in the news more and more. We need to keep up the momentum.

BRC continues to play a critical role in keeping adventure alive by fighting for your trail access. This country was built around a philosophy of exploration and we proudly carry that torch. The human spirt is kept alive through outdoor adventure!

We elected Joni Mogstadt as our new Board President and Jack Welch as Vice President. John Stewart and Rebecca Antle will remain our Treasurer and Secretary. It was an amazingly productive meeting and I thank all those who made that possible. This was my first NAMRC council meeting. It was a great opportunity to work with such a remarkable and passionate OHV community.

We promise to continue working with clubs, businesses and individual members on issues that affect them directly. We are very concerned with the Emery County Public Lands Bill in Utah and with the Ochoco lawsuit out of Oregon.

Here is an update on our current legal actions from our attorney:

  • Ochoco National Forest – BRC is working along Northwest partners in fighting 3 lawsuits seeking to set aside the Summit Trail Project that would restore OHV access.  District Court proceedings are winding down and the cases are sure to go up on appeal.
  • Bi State Sage Grouse – BRC and partners are suing the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to challenge arbitrary OHV event restrictions demanded by preservationist special interests led by the Center for Biological Diversity.

We have a lot of work to do, and we need your help. DO NOT HESITATE to email me at brspencer@sharetrails.org. We’re here for you- you make this a reality! I want you to trust that we will be good stewards of your investment in us!

Sincerely,

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