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Bipartisan Bill Introduced To Reopen Clear Creek For Off-Highway Vehicles

April 17, 2015 4:21 PM
Bipartisan Bill Introduced To Reopen Clear Creek For Off-Highway Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 17, 2015) -- The BlueRibbon Coalition, a national trail-based recreation group, applauds Congressman Sam Farr (D-Salinas) and Congressman David Valadao (R-Coalinga), and Congressman Jeff Denham (R- Modesto)  for reintroducing the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act of 2015 (H.R. 1838).  The bill would reopen the 75,000 acre Clear Creek Management Area to OHV recreation and other multiple-uses. In addition, the proposal would designate about 21,000 acres nearby as the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness.

In 2008, the BLM imposed an interim emergency closure of the area to all users, even hikers, citing unsubstantiated concerns about a public health risk due to naturally occurring asbestos. 

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors petitioned Congress in 2011 to address the closure by designating it as a National Recreation Area based on the 2005 Clear Creek Travel Management Plan as the guiding document for the NRA. The Plan identified about 243 miles of motorized roads and trails, 400 acres of open riding areas and authorized a number of permitted OHV events.

Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, states, "I believe this is cutting edge bipartisan land-use legislation that benefits both the OHV and conservation communities.  It is the result of a lot of hard work by the sponsors of the bill to craft a win-win proposal that reopens Clear Creek for OHV recreation and establishes a new Wilderness area that can be enjoyed by hikers and sportsmen."

"I know that many businesses in San Benito County will also appreciate the return of recreationists to Clear Creek since the OHV community has historically been an important economic factor to the local economy," Amador concludes.

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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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