BRC TESTIFIES BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE ON
ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES
POCATELLO, ID (June 5) -- Greg Mumm, Executive
Director of the BlueRibbon Coalition, testified
today before the Senate Committee on Energy and
Natural Resources regarding off-highway vehicle
management on public lands.
In summarizing his written comments at the
hearing, Mumm stated that "BRC recognizes the
marked growth in the popularity of OHV
recreation over the last several
decades...Motorized off-highway vehicles are
also used to reach remote areas when taking part
in other forms of recreational activity such as
hunting, fishing, mountain-biking, and
hiking...Virtually every public land user is
motorized at some point in their visits to
federal lands and it is simply a question of
where they depart from their vehicle."
"We understand the popularity of OHV recreation
presents challenges for land managers," Mumm
continued. "We point to active management for
OHV recreation as the key to solving those
"BRC urges this committee to support agency
efforts to actively manage for OHV recreation.
BRC also urges this committee to support fiscal
appropriations and other funding mechanisms to
help the federal agencies meet their recreation
management objectives," Mumm concluded.
A number of leaders from other organizations
were invited to speak at the hearing. Testimony
from all sides of the OHV issue was heard.
Ed Moreland, Vice President of Government
Relations for the American Motorcyclist
Association, was also on hand to provide
testimony to the committee. While it
remains incumbent upon the agencies to provide a
managed setting for recreation--the users to
engage in the debate and help provide resources,
education and expertise--it is the
responsibility of Congress to ensure that the
agencies have sufficient resources to accomplish
The full text of Greg Mumm's written testimony
to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural
Resources is available in PDF format (www.sharetrails.org/fwd/scenrht).
Video of the entire hearing, as well as
additional written testimony and other items, is
available on the Senate website (www.sharetrails.org/fwd/senate0605).
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