Trail Access Advocate
WHO IS BLUERIBBON COALITION (BRC) AND WHY JOIN THEM?
By Del Albright
Landuse is not about miracles; it’s about consistency, professional staff, and hard work. While it might be the key to long term success, you can’t substitute enthusiasm for experience. If you want to do the job right, join with those who've been there, seen it, done it and have proven they know how to help you get it done from experience. That is BRC; and that is why I advocate for it to be your first stop in joining outdoor advocacy organizations.
Don't get me wrong; I will always ALSO advocate for you to be part of your local club; your regional or state association, and your sport-specific nationwide outfit. But when it comes down to making sure we have influence in national politics where decisions are made (Washington DC), and a partner with oomph that will work alongside our local/state organizations, it's BRC.
BRC is the national grassroots leader in helping to save trails and keep off-road sports alive and well – all sports and all trails. Like an umbrella organization, BRC champions responsible access at all levels in all areas of the USA, working with all forms of modality like 4x4, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, dune buggies, side-by-sides, ATV’s and anything else you can think of. It encompasses the sports of off-roading, hunting, fishing, photography, skiing, snowmobiling, exploring, adventure travel, and anything activity that relies on access to lands and waterways. Everyone in outdoor sports should be a member of BRC as their first step in getting involved in keeping a sport alive.
A key thing that sets BRC apart is their full time, professional, trained and competent staff supplemented by volunteer Board of Directors and professional career landuse advocate contractors, all dedicated to making sure we have a future in off-road sports. It is the professional staff and that experience coming alongside to help its members and member organizations that make BRC the ‘big dog’ in saving off-road sports.