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January 26, 2015 9:15 PM

January 26, 2015

NATIONAL
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs); Notice of Extension of Comment Period - The Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) in the Federal Register on November 19, 2014, concerning recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The NPR invited the public to submit written comments by February 2, 2015. In response to two requests for an extension, the Commission is extending the comment period. The new deadline to submit comments is April 8, 2015.
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ARIZONA
BLM hosts Quartzsite Open House on Proposed Trail Closures - La Posa Travel Management Plan Preliminary EA Available - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office has announced that the La Posa Travel Management Plan preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) will be available for review starting Wednesday, January 21, 2015. There will be a 30-day public comment period and all comments must be received by close of business on February 19, 2015. The preliminary EA may be reviewed on the BLM website.
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Arizona State Parks Offers Funding for Motorized Trail Projects - Workshop January 27 Grant Deadline February 27 - Arizona State Parks is offering funding from the state Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund (OHV) and federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for motorized trail projects. Project sponsors must complete an application package and submit it to Arizona State Parks by the deadline on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 5 p.m.
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AZ OHV Ambassadors to offer "Show Me" Meet/Greet Sessions at Multiple Locations North of Phoenix - If you were given a new dirtbike, ATV, Side-by-Side, or other motorized vehicle for Christmas, just moved to Arizona, or just want to learn more about the off-highway riding opportunities in the north Phoenix area, come ride with the Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Ambassadors from January-April!
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CALIFORNIA
Lassen National Forest; California; Lassen National Forest Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation Environmental Impact Statement - The Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to designate over-snow vehicle (OSV) use as allowed, restricted, or prohibited on National Forest System roads, National Forest System trails, and Areas on National Forest System lands within the Lassen National Forest; and to identify snow trails for grooming within the Lassen National Forest.
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BLM Issues Decision for Bakersfield Resource Management Plan - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Bakersfield Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS), providing direction for the management of approximately 400,000 acres of public lands and 1.2 million acres of mineral estate in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kings, Tulare, Madera, eastern Fresno and western Kern counties.
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COLORADO
Public Comments sought on Proposed Action for Travel Management of Rico-West Dolores Landscape - As you know, the San Juan National Forest is asking for public comments on a Proposed Action for travel management of the Rico-West Dolores Landscape. The BRC Legal Team has worked hard to defend against unreasonable trail closures in the Rico-West Dolores Area . Pivotal in this effort has been the guidance and support of our fine partners in Colorado, including the Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA), Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO), Public Access Preservation Association (PAPA), and San Juan Trail Riders (SJTR).
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IDAHO
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Bruneau - Owyhee Sage-Grouse Habitat Project, Owyhee County, Idaho -The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise District, Boise, Idaho, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments to identify relevant issues. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until February 19, 2015. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM Web site, http://www.blm.gov/id.
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Application for Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Funding - The following National Forest/Ranger Districts are currently applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR):

  • Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests LINK
  • Caribou-Targhee National Forest's Ashton/Island Park Ranger District LINK
  • Caribou-Targhee National Forest's Palisades Ranger District LINK
  • Payette National Forest Supervisor's Office and the Council Ranger District LINK 
  • Payette National Forest's McCall and Krassel Ranger Districts LINK
  • Sawtooth National Forest LINK
  • Salmon Challis National Forest North Zone LINK
  • Boise National Forest's Idaho City and Mountain Home Ranger Districts LINK

Lawmakers want collaborative management of public lands - KTVB News
http://www.ktvb.com/2014/12/11/lawmakers-public-lands-collaborative



IDAHO & MONTANA
Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai National Forests Finalize Revised Forest Plans-Faye Krueger, Regional Forester for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service's Northern Region, has signed the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai National Forests' revised Forest Plans.
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NEVADA
BLM Carson City District  Hosts Public Meetings for the  Draft RMP/EIS -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is asking the public to review and comment on a Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Carson City District. The draft plan will affect approximately 4.8 million acres of public land. Comments will be accepted during a 120-day period which closes March 27, 2015. Public meetings to review and comment on the draft EIS will be announced at least 15 days in advance in local newspapers and on the BLM website.
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As BRC continues to review the draft plan with our legal counsel, legislators, and local users, it is our initial opinion that this proposal, unless modified, will have a significant impact on historic dispersed OHV recreation, the functional elimination of competitive motorized events, and the closure of virtually all OHV use of sand wash-based trails.

Various strategies include robust participation in the administrative process, which might include a request of an extension of the comment period (currently it ends on February 6, 2015) to allow for BRC, legislative staff, and local OHV leaders to tour proposed impacts to casual OHV use and competition events and request for a supplemental analysis.   Stay tuned on this issue for an update on or before February 2.

- Don Amador, Western Rep. BRC

MVTAB Hears Public Concerns About BLM Plan - Moapa Valley Progress
http://mvprogress.com/2015/01/21/mvtab-hears-public-concerns-about-blm-plan


NORTH CAROLINA
State report supports ORVs - Carteret County News-Times
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_d052de30-9c05-11e4-8688-9f2facbaa8f2.html


SOUTHEASTERN STATES
BLM Extends Southeastern States DRMP and DEIS Comment Period - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Southeastern States Field Office (SSFO) has extended the public comment period on its Draft Southeastern States Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) until March 16, 2015 for members of the public to discuss and comment on the draft RMP/EIS alternatives. When finalized, the plan will provide a framework to guide subsequent management decisions for the next several decades on approximately 3,000 surface acres and 1 million acres of subsurface mineral estate.
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TEXAS
NPS Releases Final ORV Management Plan, FEIS Lake Meredith National Recreation Area - The National Park Service (NPS) has announces the availability of a Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) for Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Texas. The plan defines how the parks' resources, visitors, and facilities will be managed for the next 15 to 20 years.
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UTAH
BLM - Price FO to Host Informational Open Houses for San Rafael Desert Travel Management Plan - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office announces that the public scoping period for the San Rafael Desert Travel Management and Transportation Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) will run Jan. 21, to Feb. 21, 2015. The BLM will host two open houses where the public can provide written input on route designation criteria and travel routes in the planning area that are important to their use of public lands.
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WASHINGTON
Limits proposed on ATVs, motor bikes in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest - The Seattle Times
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2025361213_okanoganforestrulesxml.html 


WYOMING
Forest Service Proposes New Motorized Trail on Bearlodge Ranger District - The Forest Service proposes to designate a new motorized trail on Bearlodge Ranger District, Black Hills National Forest, north of Sundance, Wyoming. Reuter Motorized Trail would provide a route for off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from Reuter Trailhead and Campground to the larger OHV trail system. Officials said that by eliminating the need for OHVs to use Warren Peak Highway, the trail would improve safety for all drivers.
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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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