Introducing Randy Block
Please welcome Randy Block as the newest member of the Sharetrails.Org /BlueRibbon Coalition team. Randy is our new Eastern Representative/Ambassador, and he’ll be doing for us in the eastern United States what Don Amador has been doing so well in the west. I’ll let Randy do the rest of the introduction in his own words…
Editor’s Note: Please welcome Randy Block as the newest member of the Sharetrails.Org /BlueRibbon Coalition team. Randy is our new Eastern Representative/Ambassador, and he’ll be doing for us in the eastern United States what Don Amador has been doing so well in the west. I’ll let Randy do the rest of the introduction in his own words.
by Randy Block
In 1987, the National Forest in my home state of Indiana banned OHV travel. Totally – zero miles of trails! As an avid off-road motorcyclist, I vowed that if this issue ever came up again in my local area, I was going to do my part to keep every possible trail open to motorized and non-motorized enthusiasts. In 1997 that challenge presented itself in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest when an anti-OHV lawsuit once again threatened motorized recreation and access. I, along with an army of volunteers, worked to influence the planning process, repair trails and raise money to support a pro-OHV lawsuit should that be necessary. And it was.
Enter the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC)! With a Legal Defense team and fundraising processes already in place, our lawsuit efforts in Kentucky were greatly simplified. Additionally, BRC sup-ported our efforts through personal involvement of its Executive Director and founder, Clark Collins. And the BRC staff was invaluable in helping us get the word out to garner financial and political support.
While we didn’t get everything we’d hoped for in Kentucky, we did show that we can be a force to help shape the future when we organize and use our resources well. This is the same action-oriented philosophy upon which Sharetrails.Org/BRC is founded and one I totally buy into. In the late 1990s I was a member of the BRC Board of Directors where I saw firsthand the passion and tireless work of staff members, volunteers and supporters. And their ability to get things done. Not always victorious – but ALWAYS fighting for fair and practical solutions for multiple-use recreation.
I’m super excited and honored to be working as the Eastern Representative /Ambassador for Sharetrails.Org/BRC. Since the amount of public lands in the east is relatively small, it is even more important that we easterners are involved and active in ensuring those lands are managed fairly and provide recreation opportunities for all Americans – motorized and non-motorized.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me about issues in your area…or even if you just want to go riding sometime!