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Montana Group Gets Pro-Active

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They start them young in Montana.

Approximately 100 members of grassroots associations gathered at the Montana State Capitol. Present were: representatives of US Senator Conrad Burns and US Representation Denny Rehberg; Montana Public Service Commissioner Doug Mood; Montana State Senator Jerry O'Neil; and Montana GOP Legislative Campaign Coordinator Larry Grinde. Forest use groups present were: Citizens for Balanced Use, Families for Outdoor Recreation, Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association, Montana Snowmobile Association, Montana Four Wheel Drive Association, Montanans For Multiple Use Association, Montana Property Rights Association and the Treasure State Alliance.

At the front steps of the Capitol, these groups presented Hal Harper, Governor Schweitzer's representative, with petitions signed by over 7800 Montana citizens. These petitions stated:

"We the undersigned wish to voice our opposition to the 2001 Clinton Roadless Rule and Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath's continued support for this rule. We the undersigned furthermore ask Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer not to make any petition to President Bush asking these lands be further studied or preserved as roadless areas for future Wilderness.

"We object:

  • to having our access to our National Forests restricted;
  • to the gating and destruction of our forest roads;
  • to having our National Forests mismanaged and reduced to fire fuel;
  • to being subjected to arbitrary restrictions concerning our preferred activities while on our National Forests. "We are the people who live, work, pay taxes and vote in this state."

These groups submitted for Governor Schweitzer the election results from Mineral County and from Flathead County. In Mineral County, 73% of the voters approved motorized recreation and roaded timber management as part of multiple use on their local forests. In Flathead County, 63% of the voters voted for the forests to "be managed by the Forest Service for multiple use purposes including motorized recreation and roaded timber production."

--For questions or comments on this article or related issues, contact: Fred Hodgeboom, President of Montanans For Multiple Use at 406-837-1363. Email: , or Kerry White, President of Citizens for Balanced Use at 406 587-3653. Email: .

June 1, 2016 3:10 PM

POCATELLO, ID (June 1, 2016) – Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is pleased to reveal that its long-time partner in the fight to protect recreational access, Rocky Mountain ATV-MC (RMATV-MC), has agreed once again to generously match each dollar* raised to support BRC at the upcoming annual COW TAG event hosted by Klim, another long-time partner for access.

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April 26, 2016 9:54 AM

POCATELLO, ID (April 26, 2016) -- Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is pleased to announce the recent release of issue #4 of the BlueRibbon Magazine. This issue is packed with outstanding winter articles and a variety of recreation topics.

Hard copies of the BlueRibbon Magazine should be arriving at doorsteps this week (if they have not already arrived). If your copy has not yet arrived, there's no need to wait! The digital edition of the BlueRibbon Magazine is available today, in FlipZine or PDF versions.

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April 13, 2016 10:04 AM

It's time once again for the annual COW TAG event! Please join KLIM and the Sharetrails/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) at this one-of-a-kind ride to be held on Saturday, June 25 at Kelly Canyon, ID. Proceeds benefit trail organizations and Sharetrails/BRC. Enter to win a 2016 Beta 300RR Race Edition!...

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