"Until Today I was not an OHV radical..." - BRC

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"Until Today I was not an OHV radical..." - BRC

Postby KF5ZXT » Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:22 pm


Until today, I was not an OHV radical...

Sitting on my desk are three new travel plans. One from the BLM in Pocatello that closes 62% of the routes in the Curlew/Deep Creek area. One from the USFS that closes 68% of the routes in the Island Park area. Another closes a portion of the Big Willow area to OHV use because of the Packard's milkvetch, a candidate species for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

I am not an OHV radical. I do not demand the right to ride any motorized vehicle anywhere I want any time I want.


After nearly 20 years of OHV advocacy, I have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that if a land manager wants to talk to me about fixing a route causing damage, or a seasonal closure in order to grow more big game, or even closing a route that wasn't being used, they could count on me to be a credible partner.

Sorry, land managers. When you put out wholesale-closure travel plans like these, you lost me.

Exhibit A: Pocatello BLM proposes year-round closures to "protect" Bald Eagles that only occupy an area between November- April
Exhibit B: Caribou-Targhee National Forest uses the need to move from "open" (ride anywhere) to "limited to designated routes" as an excuse to close of 68% of the existing routes.
Exhibit C: Using the Endangered Species Act to close routes even though the "best available science" proves motorized use is not a threat.

Something has changed


Our last National Land Use Update and Legal Update contained news on how the U.S. Forest Service has developed the most anti-recreation planning guidance in history. Now, the BLM seems to be following close behind with these "close more than 60%" of the routes type of travel plans.

If you are on this email list, you understand that the radical environmental groups will accept nothing less than the complete elimination of OHV and snowmobile use on public lands.

Until now, the federal land managers seemed to be taking baby steps toward that same goal.

It is now obvious that our co-called "public servants" are now taking giant steps, apparently now in lock-step, with the anti-OHV, anti-snowmobile radicals.

Today is the time to choose.

Friends, the end of OHV use as we know it is at hand. If each new travel plan closes over 60% of the existing roads and trails, the end of OHV and snowmobile recreation is just around the corner.

The question is... will we go quietly?

We can't fight the foundation funded green groups and/or the federal land managers with strongly worded action alerts. This is part of the choice we must make. If the OHV and snowmobile community is going to fight, it must resolve to financially support those efforts.

I do not ask our members and supporters to do anything I won't do. This year I have donated $1,280.00 to BRC. My last donation ($327.00) was dedicated to fighting our lawsuit on the Clearwater NF, the viscous attack against snowmobilers from the radical Winter Wildlands Alliance and our lawsuit against the outrageous new USFS anti-recreation planning rule.

I will not go quietly!


I am not in the mood to listen to any federal land manager who wants to try to make me feel good about closing 60% of our existing routes. I will not stand by and let junk science be used to eliminate people who choose or are required to use vehicles to enjoy our public lands in Idaho.

Please join me today in a renewed effort to defend OHV and snowmobile use in Idaho.

Very sincerely,
Brian Hawthorne
Public Land Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102


Currently BRC funds its efforts primarily via direct mail fundraising letters. The problem here is we never know what the next fundraising letter will bring in. You can imagine how this might work in your own household if your paycheck was constantly changing. It would be very difficult to finance or home or plan for college education.

The pledge method allows us to estimate what our funding will be for at least one year. That dramatically improves our ability to budget and apply resources to efforts and programs that are most effective.

This is one of the easiest and most effective things you can do right now to help the OHV community. Enrolling in the pledge program for, say $10.00 per month not only increases our donation levels but also allows us to estimate our funding for at least a year.

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