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BRC Sage Grouse Action Fund

February 20, 2014 7:06 PM

Click HERE for more information on the Sage Grouse issue.

POCATELLO, ID (February 20, 2014) -- The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) believes that responsible motorized recreation can coexist with the Sage Grouse in its habitat across 47 million acres of the west.  But in order to ensure common sense is factored into the equation BRC has crafted four pro-active OHV management prescriptions for managing this bird on public lands.

BRC activated and leads a National OHV Sage Grouse Task Force and has set up a dedicated Sage Grouse Action Fund.

BRC notes there is little to no information suggesting that motorized/mechanized access on designated routes is related to Grouse decline or habitat destruction, and there are no definitive studies to that effect cited anywhere in the database. Particularly considering the intense scrutiny and collective scientific energy expended on this species, BRC concludes that motorized/mechanized recreation in any of its forms does not have a significant impact on the Grouse.

BRC is  concerned this process has the potential to greatly affect/impact all aspects of motorized/mechanized recreation, from traditional camping, hunting and fishing access to access for photography, bird watching, mountain biking, boating, cross country skiing and wilderness areas. Most of all, this proposal could have a serious negative impact on casual OHV use and permitted special events such as enduros, trials, hare-scrambles and dual sport rides. All forms and aspects of motorized recreation --off-highway/off road motorcycle, dual sport/adventure sport motorcycle, ATV, SBS, OSV, 4WD and even all street legal vehicles -- could be adversely yet unjustifiably impacted, should the agency plans craft a "one size fits all" decision.

At a hearing of the Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Council meeting recently in Carson City, Nevada, USFWS NV lead, Ted Koch, commended BRC for its specific pro-active OHV management prescriptions that embrace route/area designation, exhaust sound reduction, reasonable time restrictions during breeding season on permitted OHV events, and an invasive weed education program as the primary motorized mitigations for the sage grouse.

BRC predicts a long and difficult involvement in the Sage Grouse issue and feels that an Action Fund established now will help will provide the necessary means to protect our recreational access.  Donate online here: www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org/contribute. At the bottom of the page (in the box, "My contribution is for the...") you may select "Sage Grouse Action Fund."

For more information on the Sage Grouse issue, click HERE.

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The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation  ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails.  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 -  www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org.

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

BOISE, ID (May 31, 2016) -- Sharetrails.org/BlueRibbon 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.

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November 23, 2015 3:16 PM
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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.

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November 23, 2015 10:38 AM

POCATELLO, ID (November 23, 2015) – Early last week, the BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.org 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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