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BRC National Land Use Update - Feb. 5, 2015

February 05, 2015 5:27 PM

U.S. Forest Service Issues Final Policy for Over-snow Vehicles on National Forests, Grasslands - The U.S. Forest Service has released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other "over-snow" vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. As directed by court order, the policy requires that roads, trails and areas where over-snow vehicle use can occur be specifically designated by local Forest Service mangers. Read more here

February 5, 2015

U.S. Forest Service Issues Final Policy for Over-snow Vehicles on National Forests, Grasslands - The U.S. Forest Service has released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other "over-snow" vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. As directed by court order, the policy requires that roads, trails and areas where over-snow vehicle use can occur be specifically designated by local Forest Service mangers.
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BLM's Planning 2.0 UPDATE - In early October, the BLM hosted two public listening sessions in Denver and Sacramento. These sessions were live-streamed for remote participants, and the video-recording is available for viewing on the Planning 2.0 website. Summary notes from the meeting are also available on the website, or at this direct link. These notes highlight ideas and suggestions that emerged from the small group discussions.

BRC's Don Amador visited the BLM's Washington Office last week and shared our concerns about the lack of a robust recreation and travel management strategy in the planning documents. Those concerns were also noted at the Sacramento Listening Session. You can read his take on the meeting HERE. BRC Board Member Jack Welch attended the Denver Listening Session. You can read his take on the meeting HERE

The BLM anticipates that the proposed rule will be available for formal public comment in the summer of 2015. The BLM will issue a press release announcing the comment period and notify any interested public through the Planning 2.0 email list
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FS Releases Final Land Management Planning Framework - The U.S. Forest Service announced availability of final planning directives, a key set of agency guidance documents that directs land managers'  implementation of the 2012 planning rule.
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BLM Seek Nominations for National Resource Advisory Councils  - The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) that have member terms expiring this year. The RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. All nominations must be received no later than March 20, 2015.
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Public Invited to Provide Input for OHV Grant Proposals - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently announced the dates, times and locations of several public meetings to provide input in the development of off-highway vehicle (OHV) grant proposals for submission to the California State Parks, Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR). Proposed grant applications are currently being prepared by BLM staff for the 2014/2015 grant cycle.
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Public invited to Eldorado NF Open House to discuss Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Applications - The Eldorado National Forest will be submitting applications for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Cooperative Funds for the upcoming 2014/2015 grant cycle.  The Forest is developing preliminary applications to the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division which includes a strong emphasis on trail maintenance and repair, law enforcement across the four Ranger Districts, printing and distribution of the Motor Vehicle Use Maps, and restoration of trails and impacted areas.
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Open House for USFS and BLM 2015 Off-Highway Vehicle Grants - The Inyo National Forest and the Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold an open house February 12 to discuss off-highway vehicle grant funding.
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FS Seeks Public Comment for Preliminary Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Applications - The San Bernardino National Forest will be seeking public input for their upcoming State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD) grants that will be submitted on March 2, 2015.
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Open House to Discuss Tahoe National Forest OHV Grant Application - The U.S. Forest Service is preparing an annual application to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, to request funding for trail maintenance, restoration, development of facilities, law enforcement, and planning for off-highway vehicle (OHV) access.
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Final desert renewable energy plan still a long way off - The Desert Sun

BLM finalizes supplemental rules for Gunnison Basin Travel Management Plan - The Bureau of Land Management is implementing supplementary rules for public lands included in the 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management Plan. These supplementary rules provide for the improved management of off-road vehicle use and off-route mechanized (non-motorized) use on public lands in Gunnison, Montrose, Hinsdale and Saguache Counties, Colorado.
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Simpson proposes SNRA+ plan - As many of you have read, there has been substantial discussion regarding a possible National Monument proclamation in the Boulder-White Clouds and Jerry Peak areas.  As has also been reported, I have asked the administration for a six month delay of a National Monument designation for the Boulder-White Clouds while I make a final attempt at an Idaho based legislative solution. The administration has given me assurances that they will not make an immediate Monument designation, and I believe we have until June or July to enact an Idaho based solution.
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Simpson makes new Boulder- White Clouds wilderness proposal - Idaho Mountain Express

Simpson makes another run at Central Idaho wilderness - Idaho Statesman

BLM Proposes to Establish Supplementary Rules for Lands Managed by the BLM in Idaho - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes to establish statewide supplementary rules for lands managed by the BLM in Idaho. These supplementary rules would allow BLM law enforcement personnel and partner agencies to address gaps in current regulations, to continue enforcing existing public land regulations in a manner consistent with current State of Idaho statutes, and provide more clarity for public land users. Interested parties may submit written comments regarding the proposed supplementary rules until April 6.
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Las Vegas RMP Comment Period Extended to March 9, 2015 - BRC's Don Amador confirmed today with the BLM's Las Vegas Field Manager, Tim Smith, that the comment period has been extended until March 9, 2015.  The notice will be published in the Federal Register on February 6, 2015. This gives time for BRC to meet with local users, elected officials, and BLM staff to review the plan.  BRC continues to believe 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 for 6-12 months and to request a supplemental DEIS.  Stay tuned on this issue for an update by February 23, 2015.  Written comments related to the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices Draft RMP/EIS may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Mail: BLM Southern Nevada District Office, Las Vegas/Pahrump Field Offices Draft RMP/Draft EIS, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130.

CDs of the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices Draft RMP/EIS are available in the Southern Nevada District Office at the above address or on the following website Printed copies are available at Laughlin Library, James I. Gibson Library, Pahrump Community Library, Las Vegas Library, Mesquite Library, Moapa Valley Library, Moapa Town Library, Searchlight Library, Beatty Library and Amargosa Valley Library.
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Forest Plan Revision Update - Additional opportunity to comment on the wilderness inventory and evaluation - Two areas  - the Bearwallow Inventoried Roadless Area on the Appalachian Ranger District and Overflow Wilderness Study Area on the Nantahala Ranger District  - were inadvertently not included on the inventory maps presented to the public online on November 18, 2014. These areas are included in the inventory of potential additions to wilderness and will be evaluated for their wilderness characteristics. In order to allow the public ample opportunity to provide input on these two areas and all other areas included in this inventory, the comment period for the evaluation of potential additions to wilderness will be extended until February 27, 2015.
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BLM Re-release Steens Mountain Comprehensive Recreation Plan (CRP) for Comment - The Steens Mountain Comprehensive Recreation Plan (CRP) was re-released to the public January 14, 2015 for a 30-day comment period. The CRP Environmental Assessment was first released in March 2014. On September 30, 2014, the Interior Board of Land Appeals reversed their earlier decision regarding Obscure Routes designated in the Steens Mountain Travel Management Plan in 2007 and found that "with regard to our previous reversal of BLM's decision to designate Obscure Routes as open to motorized travel, we now vacate our prior reversal and affirm BLM's designation of all of the Obscure Routes as open to motorized travel".
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BLM - Price FO Seeks Input on Joe's Valley Recreation and Bouldering Area - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Price Field Office and The Manti-La Sal National Forest, Ferron/Price Ranger District are requesting public input regarding future management of recreation activities in and around Straight and Cottonwood Canyons west of Orangeville, Utah. The BLM, Price Field Office in conjunction with the Manti-La Sal National Forest will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the impacts of recreation activities taking place in the area commonly known as the Joe's Valley Bouldering Area (see map on page 3). This EA will formulate future management direction for this area. The public scoping period is currently open for comments until March 1, 2015.
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WOHVA Hosts 11th Annual Wisconsin OHV Enthusiast Workshop - The Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association (WOHVA) has announced the dates for their 11th Annual Wisconsin OHV Enthusiasts Workshop. Additional information including registration materials and the detailed weekend itinerary can be found on the WOHVA web site at
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BRC Legal Team Opens Trail 38 - When the snow clears in the coming spring, Wyoming riders will again enjoy the opportunity to traverse Trail 38 on the Bighorn National Forest, thanks to the Inyan Kara Riders-BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) legal effort. Trail 38, a 4.5 mile section of rare Wyoming single-track, was closed in the Spring of 2012 through a Tongue District Ranger letter purporting to change the Trail's designation to non-motorized...On August 6, 2014, the BRC Legal Team filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District of Wyoming, alleging that the non-motorized designation of Trail 38 violated federal laws and regulations.
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Bridger-Teton National Forest Seeks Information on Winter Trailheads - The Greys River Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest is seeking information and input from local and visiting recreationists while they are out on the National Forest this winter. If you see Forest personnel out at local trailheads, be sure to share your perspective on potential projects, improvements or enhancements.
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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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