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August 1, 1998 12:00 AM
(Normal Story)
(BRC Senior Policy Advisor)
Idaho OHVers celebrated a momentous victory this summer with the opening and reconstruction of the Bullion Mine Trail. It took nine years and the diligent efforts of many individuals, organizations, and agencies.
August 1, 1998 12:00 AM
(Normal Story)
(Editor, BlueRibbon Magazine)
Motorized recreationists have long felt the effects of the "closed unless posted open" policy. It is an unfortunate policy that has, at the stroke of a pen, restricted access for motorized trail-users in numerous regions. The regulating agency need not even put up signs or review specific trails to close them. They are simply considered closed...
June 1, 1998 12:00 AM
(Normal Story)
(Former BRC Executive Director)
You know about the Fund for Animal's attempt to have snowmobilers excluded from Yellowstone National Park. You realize that, IF THEY SUCCEED IN YELLOWSTONE, the Fund intends to get snowmobiles kicked out of National Forest lands too. The BlueRibbon Coalition Legal Action Team has stood up to this attack on our recreation access. Due in large part...
June 1, 1998 12:00 AM
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The BlueRibbon Coalition is celebrating the reauthorization of the Recreational Trails Program as part of the final ISTEA reauthorization legislation -- now known as the "Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century." The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) replaces the "Symms National Recreational Trails Fund Act" that was passed in 1991 as a...
June 1, 1998 12:00 AM
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In fond memory, the authors dedicate this article to Don Rhodes, off-road rider extraordinaire and land use activist. It is no secret that the state of facilities available for trailbike recreation in our National Forests is in dire need of improvement. In recognition of this fact, former Forest Service chief Jack Ward Thomas directed the...
March 1, 1998 1:00 AM
(Normal Story)
(Former BRC Executive Director)
I just returned from a week in Washington D.C. A hot topic was the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) recently announced roadless policy. It seems that this administration just comes up with one attack on natural resource users after another. While in D.C. I met with the folks at the Washington office of the Forest Service who are advising the Chief on...
March 1, 1998 1:00 AM
(Normal Story)
(BRC Senior Policy Advisor)
On January 22, the Forest Service announced that they were proposing to revise their regulations on road management (Administration of the Forest Development Transportation System - Advance notice of proposed rulemaking). They also announced that they were considering an 18 month moratorium on road building and maintenance in roadless and other...
March 1, 1998 1:00 AM
(Normal Story)
The comment deadline has again been extended to April 6 on the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Plan (ICBEMP) DEIS. If you have not yet commented, here is a sample letter. Date ICBEMP Staff 304 N. 8th St., Rm. 250 Boise, ID 83702 Dear ICBEMP Staff: I wish to comment on the ICBEMP Draft EIS. [Tell who you are and how you use and/or...
March 1, 1998 1:00 AM
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September, 1985. Henry Mountains near Hanksville, Utah. The Bromide Mine owned by Darys Ekker is sabotaged by unknown hit-and-run ecoteurs who put a valve-grinding compound and salt mixture in the engines of every piece of equipment, from big four-wheelers down to chain saws stored inside tool chests. The resulting $175,000 worth of damage put...
March 1, 1998 1:00 AM
(Normal Story)
(High Rock Trekkers)
For people who love the outdoors, and especially the opportunity to see the back country on an off-highway or over-the-snow vehicle, California's Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation commissioners may have the best positions imaginable. Recently, five OHV commissioners from throughout California assembled in the small town of La Porte, population...

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