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January 14, 2015 8:55 PM

January 14, 2015

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

NATIONAL
Yellowstone Opened to Limited Snowmobile Access With Non-commercially Guided Access
On December 15, 2014 the gates opened to another season of snowmobile access to Yellowstone National Park. However, recent warm weather and limited snowfall resulted in very little snowpack on many of the park's interior roads. Until appreciable snowfall is received and conditions on the park's packed, groomed roads improves, snowmobile access to the Park will be limited.
Read more here

Public hearing slated on off-highway recreational vehicle safety standards - Examiner
http://www.examiner.com/public-hearing-slated-on-off-highway-recreational-vehicle-safety-standards

What they didn't tell you about the congressional public lands package - Missoulian
http://missoulian.com/what-they-didn-t-tell-you-about-the-congressional-public...html

Forest Service works on strategy to meet growing recreation demands - Missoulian
http://missoulian.com/forest-service-works-on-strategy-to-meet-growing-recreation-demands...html


 CALIFORNIA
Update on ATV Adventure Trails Pilot Program - Sierra Wave Media
http://www.sierrawave.net/33066/update-on-atv-adventure-trails-pilot-program/

New California Land Use Laws for 2015 - KCET News
http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/revisit/land-use/new-california-land-use-laws-taking-effect.html

OFF-ROADING: Desert dust-up over off-limit areas - The Press Enterprise
http://www.pe.com/articles/areas-756848-blm-report.html


COLORADO
Rio Grande National Forest announces official start of its Forest Plan revision - The Rio Grande National Forest is officially kicking off the process to revise its Forest Plan. The Forest Plan provides overarching guidance to all management activities on the National Forest for the next 15-20 years. The first phase of the revision process assesses the existing ecological, physical, and social conditions of the forest and surrounding areas, and it identifies parts in the current plan that need to change.
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IDAHO
Keeping trails open is coordinated task - Teton Valley News
http://www.tetonvalleynews.net/keeping-trails-open-is-coordinated-task...html


MICHIGAN
Forest Service Seeks Public Comments on Roads - MI News 26
http://www.minews26.com/content/?p=35463

State board approves $2.9M grant representing 'next step' in proposed ORV, adventure park in Groveland Twp - Oakland Press
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/state-board-approves-29m-grant...park-in-groveland-twp


MONTANA
BLM to hold meeting in Billings on Missouri Breaks access - Billings Gazette
http://billingsgazette.com/blm-to-hold-meeting-in-billings-on-missouri-breaks-access...html


NEVADA
BLM Extends Public Comment Period for the Draft RMP/EIS Las Vegas & Pahrump Field Offices -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced that the comment period for the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been extended an additional 30 days. The extended timeframe means that the comment period on the Draft RMP/EIS -- originally set to close January 7, 2015 -- will now close February 6, 2015.
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Officials: Legislation won't make off-roaders into relics - Las Vegas Review Journal
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/officials-legislation-won-t-make-roaders-relics


NEW MEXICO
BLM Releases Proposed RMP & FEIS for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (proposed RMP/final EIS) for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument (National Monument) administered by the Las Cruces District Office in southern New Mexico. BLM planning regulations provide for a formal protest of the proposed RMP/final EIS decisions by those meeting certain criteria. Protests must be filed by January 27, 2015.
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A Variety of Opinions About The Forest Service Management Plan -  Cibola Beacon
http://www.cibolabeacon.com/a-variety-of-opinions-about-the-forest-service-management-plan...html


OHIO
Ohio State Snowmobile Association's return to area benefits local economy - Gaylord Herald Times
http://www.petoskeynews.com/ohio-state-snowmobile-association-s-return-to-area-benefits...html

UTAH
DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST-Scoping Begins for the Powell Ranger Districts Travel Management Project - The Powell Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest is proposing to relocate, reclassify, or decommission a number of existing roads and trails as well as construct or designate new roads and trails. The purpose of this project is to revise the Motorized Travel Plan for the District and is limited to addressing known deficiencies in the 2009 Dixie National Forest Motorized Travel Plan.
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Notice of Motorized Vehicle Temporary Restrictions for Moab Jeep Safari -  This notice restricts motorized use on 10 popular vehicle routes located on public land used by the Moab Jeep Safari during its annual Moab Jeep Safari organized-group event, authorized under a Special Recreation Permit (SRP).
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-12/html/2015-00235.htm

Appeals Court Reverses Decision in Kane County Roads Lawsuit - KUER News
http://kuer.org/post/appeals-court-reverses-decision-kane-county-roads-lawsuit


VIRGINIA
George Washington NF Forest Plan Review Period Ends January 20 -- A Notice of Availability for the FEIS for the George Washington National Forest Revised Land and Resource Management Plan was published in the Federal Register on Friday, December 19, 2014. Implementation of the Plan will begin 30 days following this Federal Register notification (December 19, 2014). This decision is subject to administrative review.
Read more here 


WASHINGTON
Comments on Motorized Travel Management Proposed Action Due January 20 -- The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is proposing changes to motor vehicle use on specific roads, trails and areas within the non-wilderness portion of the Forest. Winter -- over the snow motorized use -- will not be analyzed at this time and is not part of this proposal.
Read more here 


WISCONSIN
Snowmobile trail in Blue Mound State Park to move forward - The Capital Times
http://host.madison.com/ct/snowmobile-trail-in-blue-mound-state-park-to-move-forward...html


WYOMING
Shoshone forest plan revision calls for more protection -  Casper Star Tribune
http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/shoshone-forest-plan-revision-calls-for-more-protection...html

Shoshone Forest plan to keep 3 areas vehicle-free - The Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com/news/1993735-155/shoshone-forest-plan-to-keep-3

BLM seeks comment on proposed Wyoming dunes rules - The Washington Times
http://www.washingtontimes.com/blm-seeks-comment-on-proposed-wyoming-dunes-rules/ 

 

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May 31, 2016 10:48 AM
MONTANA - Custer Gallatin NF Forest Plan Revision June Public Meetings Announced
In January, the 3.1 million acre Custer Gallatin National Forest started on a Forest Plan Revision, a four-year process that will ultimately give way to a new forest plan. The Forest Service will host a second set of public meetings across various communities between June 14 and June 30. The focus of this second set of meetings will be the preliminary results from the Assessment of Existing Conditions to date and provide a forum for those attending the meetings and
May 23, 2016 1:40 PM
Sawtooth National Recreation Area Wants Your Input on the Wood River Travel Plan
The Sawtooth National Recreation Area (NRA) is announcing the availability of the proposed action for the Big Wood Travel Management Plan. The purpose of this plan is to bring road and trail use into compliance with the Forest Plan, laws, and regulations; to provide a system of roads and trails for public access and recreational travel; to manage resource impacts that are occurring due to the use of roads and trails; and to rehabilitate non-system routes identified as a problem
May 20, 2016 8:32 AM
CALIFORNIA - Public Invited to Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle Area Tour and Comment
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Barstow Field Office, has scheduled three tour rides of the Rasor Road Off-Highway Vehicle Area OHV area to identify locations used for riding, camping, as well as to assess use habits and general conditions of the area. The California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan of 1980 mandated a recreation plan to address the intensive OHV activity of the Rasor Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area. Public meetings were held on April 28, May 5, and May 12
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