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BRC's Recreation News 01.08.10: Outrage on the Ouachita

Outrage on the Ouachita
Lawsuits Loom On Forest Trail Plan

    According to the plan, 31 miles of loop trails will be designated in the area as open routes on weekends and holidays between May 15 and Sept. 15. At all other times, the trails will be closed to OHV use.
    The plan also proposes limiting total OHV traffic to 5,000 OHVs during the four-month season. Trail counters and visual observation will be used to track this number.
    Roads and trails will be inspected by biologists or hydrologists following any rain of more than one-half inch during a 24-hour period, or one-quarter inch in one hour. They cannot be reopened for OHV use "until conditions allow minimization of adverse effects from sedimentation."

I'll bet anyone dollars to donuts they don't apply this strict criteria to other trail users...

I'm about as serious as a heart attack about that. Slogging through Feinstein's 180 page behemoth is MURDER. The NY Times below gives an idea of the convoluted and complicated issues involved, no mention of recreation.

Feinstein Desert Bill Attempts to Reconcile Landscape Protection, Clean Energy

Lincoln County Trails Coalition

Got this from the fine folks over at ThumperTalk today...
Nominate ThumperTalk and Support the Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) Big Time!
ThumperTalk uses a product by Intuit Software to manage its books, so we learned of a promo they are running where customers can nominate a business they love, putting them in the running for a grant of 35k. Considering the tough economy, there is no question that a grant like that could go a long way towards operating costs, software/hardware upgrades, new site features, etc... However, we thought it would be even better that if we did win, we'd split the grant 50/50 with the BRC.There is no question that well funded environmental groups are a real threat to our right to ride, so those that are protecting this right need all the financial ammo they can get! So, what do we need you to do?

Go to and for step 1, search on business name: thumpertalk and zip code: 89130. Then, click on the name: thumpertalk (highlighted in blue) and complete step 3. That's all there is to it. Thanks in advance for taking the time!

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