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A Message From BRC's Executive Director

Dear BlueRibbon Coalition Members and Supporters:

I hope this email finds you all well and looking forward to spending a great Thanksgiving Holiday with your friends and family.  On behalf of everyone at the BlueRibbon Coalition, I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

I also want to draw your attention to a few things we are working on:

Our latest legal update includes an amazing denial by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) that their policy to manage Recommended Wilderness Areas (RWA) as if those RWAs were congressional designated Wilderness exists. What makes the denial amazing is that we have written copy of that policy, and we've included a link to it in our update! To quote our alert:  "The whole point of this suit is to find out which version reflects reality - ours or the USFS!"

This is an example of why our legal program is so important. You can read our alert and learn more about our legal efforts here:



http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/2012/11/19/blueribbon-coalition-legal-update
http://www.sharetrails.org/legal

I also want to make sure you take the time to read our update on the latest push for a massive national monument. For those of you who missed it, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA, a coalition of outdoor retailers) recently sent a letter to President Obama asking him to designate a massive (1.4 million acres!) new national monument.  Sadly, it is in one of the most popular OHV areas in southeastern Utah.

Our members in Utah feel betrayed. Many OHV advocates are currently participating in state and local talks about how this epic recreation area should be managed. The retailer's request pulls the rug out from under that local effort. Brian Hawthorne, BRC's Public Lands Policy Director, said it best: "OIA's petition for a National Monument designation from a second-term president is the least democratic and inclusive way to make a land-use change."

Plus, these outdoor retailers  tell President Obama that the area is "endangered" by "exploding off-road vehicle use that is damaging riparian areas, cultural sites, soils and solitude." This is absolutely not true, and we show why it isn't in our update.  I can't help but be outraged by this sort of vilification of the OHV community. As I travel across the country on my Turn the Tide Tour (http://www.WeAreBRC.org), I'm continually impressed with the volunteer efforts our OHV clubs are doing. This is especially the case in this part of Utah, where OHV clubs across the region are working with federal land managers specifically to ensure sound management practices are in place to protect the land and resources.

Please read this important update at:
http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/2012/11/20/important-followup-on-massive-national-monument-pushed-in-utah

Thanks to your membership and support, BRC is able to work with thousands of enthusiasts around this great nation to effectively address these issues and many others like them.  Please consider a year-end donation to the BlueRibbon Coalition at: http://www.sharetrails.org/donate.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Greg Mumm
Executive Director

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