BlueRibbon Coalition BRC: National Legislation Impacting California Recreationist

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    Date: 07/27/2011
    BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!
    National Legislation Impacting California Recreationist
    Travel Management Alert for OHVers in the West
    As Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, I am deeply concerned that anti-access groups and their supporters in Congress will try and have Section 446 stripped when the House considers H.R. 2584, the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
    Section 446 is Congressman Wally Herger's pro-access language that attempts to fix some anti-access tenets from Region 5's version of the Travel Management Rule. Section 446 is almost identical to bill language in Herger's H.R. 242 that was introduced in February 2011.
    The main issue is the Forest Service has proposed to close hundreds if not thousands of miles of old logging roads to non-street legal OHV use. This access is important for continued recreational access, connectivity between existing OHV trail systems, and the rural economy.
    BRC is asking you to contact your local House member and ask them to oppose any effort to strip Section 446 from H.R. 2584. If you need help identifying your U.S. Representative, the BlueRibbon Coalition has a handy tool in our Rapid Response Center at www.sharetrails.org/rapid_response/. All you need to do is type your zip code in the "Contact Lawmakers" box and click GO. Click on your representative's name and then click on the "Contact" tab to locate their phone number.
    Here is a link to the July 26 Letter from Congressman Herger to his Colleagues.
    http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Herger-Protect_Access_to_National_Forests_in_California-1.pdf
    If you recreate in California's National Forests, you need to take action today and send a letter to Congress.
    Thanks in advance for your attention to this request.
    Don Amador
    Western Representative
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