ANTI OHV HEARING IN WASHINGTON D.C. COULD BE
OPPORTUNITY FOR POSITIVE ACTION
This Thursday, March 13, the House Natural
Resources Committee, Subcommittee on National
Parks, Forests and Public Lands has scheduled a
hearing on the impacts of unmanaged off-highway
vehicles on federal lands.
Although as of this writing no witness list
had been posted on the Subcommittee's website,
both BRC Executive Director, Greg Mumm, and our
Western Regional Representative, Don Amador,
have been in contact with Subcommittee staff.
Pending any last minute changes, the witness
list will include representatives from the U.S.
Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, as
well as a sheriff from New Mexico, a doctor from
Children's Mercy Hospital, a Tribal
representative and a retired Game and Fish
Also testifying will be Ken Rosevear,
American Sand Association (ASA), and Russ
National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation
More info on the hearing can be found on the
web, including a link to view the hearing live
The hearing appears to be designed to bring
both Congressional scrutiny and another round of
bad press (here we go again), again vilifying
the tens of millions of OHV users.
But it is also an opportunity to let your
Congressional representatives know how important
OHV use is to you and your family, and to bring
Congress's attention to the fact that they have
not funded recreation commensurate to its
importance to the American people. So we are
asking our members to send email to the House
We've put together some very simple
instructions below for a "cut and paste" email,
including suggested comments from both BRC and
from Larry Smith at
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access
(ARRA). Follow the simple instructions and
send your email today.
Come Thursday morning, I imagine we'll be
reading in the newspapers how eeeeevil OHV users
are. Please know that BRC and other national OHV
groups talk to the media often, it's just that
most of them are biased against OHV users and
rarely print what we say.
Easy Step-by-Step instructions on how to send
your comments to the House Subcommittee on
National Parks, Forests and Public Lands for the
hearing on the impacts of OHV recreation on
NOTE: Your email will be considered
Congressional Testimony. You must be polite and
scrupulously accurate and factual.
Open your email program and start a
draft email. Address it to
email@example.com. Also, please
cc to BRC at
Cut and paste the following comments
in to your email:
I understand that OHV use should be managed, but
I want to be clear that wholesale closure does
not equal effective management.
OHV recreation is a legitimate use of federal
lands, and has been recognized as such by
federal land managers.
OHV recreation can be managed and sustainable,
while also providing a valuable recreational
experience for OHV enthusiasts.
Motorized recreation is a family activity that
offers an opportunity for parents and children
to experience all that our public lands have to
offer in a unique manner.
The U.S. Forest Service has identified
"unmanaged" recreation as one of four key
threats to forest lands. If unmanaged recreation
is such a top threat, then why won't the agency
put recreation management as a top priority in
The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land
Management both indicated that partnering with
local constituents through effective volunteer
programs is essential to long-term success, yet
very little to that end is taking place on the
ground. When OHV users ask "can we help," all
too often the answer is "no."
Education and enforcement, including useful maps
and signage, are crucial elements to resolving
OHV issues, and yet the agencies have not made
any of these components a priority in their
efforts to move to actively managed OHV
Take just a minute to add a bit about
where you live and where you like to ride. Be
certain to include your name and address. A
return email address is NOT sufficient!
("anonymous" emails are often discarded) Then
click "send" and you're done!
About The BlueRibbon
The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national
recreation group that champions responsible use
of public and private lands, and encourages
individual environmental stewardship. It
represents over 10,000 individual members and
1,200 organization and business members, for a
combined total of over 600,000 recreationists