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Leadership Key Tenet at Redding OHMVR Commission Meeting

March 25, 2013 8:00 PM
Entrance Sign for BLM’s Chappie Shasta OHV Area

Entrance Sign for BLM’s Chappie Shasta OHV Area.

REDDING, CA (March 25, 2013) -- Leadership and collaboration emerged as key tenets in a meeting of a California commission that addresses OHV recreation in public lands.  The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission (OHMVR) toured the BLM's Chappie-Shasta OHV area on March 22 and held a formal public hearing in Redding on March 23.  The OHMVR Commission and Division are part of the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

The new California State Park Director, General Anthony Jackson, attended both the tour and hearing.  General Jackson set the tone for the event by stating that you cannot lead when you are sitting behind a desk.  Three newly appointed OHMVR commissioners were also in attendance.  Local land managers, user groups, city government, and other stakeholders attended the meetings.

BLM staff give overview of Chappie Shasta OHV Area to General Jackson (tan ball cap) and other stakeholders.

‬BLM staff give overview of Chappie Shasta OHV Area to General Jackson (tan ball cap) and other stakeholders.‪

‬During the field tour, participants were able to see the incredible job the BLM has done in providing a world-class OHV area that offers high-quality motorized trail experiences, preservation of historic landmarks, and conservation of natural resources.

Many OHV-related project and issues were addressed during the formal hearing.  Several of the topics covered include the potential for California to opt-out of the National Recreational Trails Program, an effort to re-launch  the California Statewide Motorized Trail System, and support for a zero-emissions urban OHV park near San Jose.
Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, states, "I think the tour of the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area provided the attendees an excellent example of how the California OHV Program works with its federal partners to provide environmentally-sound motorized recreational opportunity."

BLM staff explain efforts to protect cultural and resource values at Chappie Shasta OHV Area

‬BLM staff explain efforts to protect cultural and resource values at Chappie Shasta OHV Area‪

‬"I think having General Jackson attend both the field tour and hearing showed his commitment to lead from the front instead of sitting behind a desk. There is a new tone in Sacramento at California State Parks and that is just as refreshing as the cool mountain air that flowed down on the tour from nearby snow-capped peaks," Amador concludes.

CA OHV Program

CA State Parks Strategic Action Plan

Chappie-Shasta OHV Area


The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BLUERIB -

May 31, 2016 3:24 PM
Some of the many historic OHV routes in the Pine Nut Mountains

BOISE, ID (May 31, 2016) -- Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, today slammed recent decisions that would severely restrict off-highway vehicle (OHV) events and trail improvements in many areas in eastern California and Nevada.  The changes, in the name of sage grouse management, were demanded by a handful of preservationist special interest groups.

November 23, 2015 3:16 PM
Associated Image

MISSOULA, MT (November 23, 2015) --Various organizations, led by the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Club, have filed a lawsuit challenging U.S. Forest Service planning efforts on the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests.  The complaint, filed on November 12, 2015, in federal court for the U.S.

November 23, 2015 10:38 AM

POCATELLO, ID (November 23, 2015) – Early last week, the BlueRibbon Coalition/ joined with other recreation groups in a letter sent to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in support of a balanced approach to managing public lands as part of the Moab Master Leasing Plan.

The letter addressed to BLM serves as formal comments from OHV stakeholders.  It also represents an effort between motorized and non-motorized recreation groups working together for the protection of outdoor recreation resources on public lands.

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