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Discussion in 'Recreational Land Use Issues' started by KaiserM715, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. KaiserM715

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    Here are a couple of ways that you can stay informed and help keep our trails open. There are several organizations that stay on top of current issues. I blatantly copied this from Pirate4x4.com, but it saved me from retyping the same thing.

    Land use faq - Pirate4x4.Com Bulletin Board
    Q: So how do I save my Trails?

    A: In short: get Active! You do not need to be a “land-use” expert or have some special knowledge or skills to get involved. You just need to ACT. We need more people to get active right now since this is such a critical time with all the current closures and closures coming down the pike.

    I would suggest taking these steps:


    1. Get informed on what is going on.


    There are many people out there that do not act because they do not know!

    One of the best places to get up-to date information is right here on Pirate4x4.Com - The largest off roading website in the world. in the land-use section. There are many Land-use leaders and gurus on this site, and many activists. Posted on a regular basis are many land-use letter campaigns, rallys, meetings to attend etc. here on Pirate4x4.com.

    I also suggest signing up for BRC’s action alerts. You can do that for free at this link: https://www.sharetrails.org/secure/l...subscribe&id=2

    NORA (website listed below) also has e-mailed action alerts, as does UFWDA (I think)

    You should also attend as many meetings as possible as they are posted here on Pirate4x4.com


    2. Join an Organization


    I have listed many organizations below. They can be grouped into two types, National and Local. I suggest joining a national one, and your local one. If you can afford to join several, that may even be better. See which organizations best fit your interests and goals.

    *A WORD OF WARNING*

    Yes, our Organizations need money BADLY.

    However, just sending in a donation or joining one IS NOT ENOUGH. If we are going to have any hope of saving trails or opening up new ones, we need people active in many other ways, which leads me to step number three:


    3. Participate in “Friends of” work-parties

    This is critical. There are many “Friends of” groups that desperately need volunteers to keep our trails and campsites in good shape. Nearly all of them are free to join, and nearly all of them are undermanned. If we are going to keep trail open, we NEED more volunteers.

    If you do not have a local “Friends of” group: START ONE! It’s very easy to do.
    PM me if you need help in starting one, or ask another one of Pirate4x4.com’s other land-use guru’s


    4. Become a leader and an activist.

    National Organizations:

    Blue Ribbon Coalition
    BlueRibbon Coalition: Protecting your recreational access to public lands.

    United Four Wheel Drive Association
    UFWDA | United Four Wheel Drive Associations

    Trails in Trouble
    Our National Forest Trails Are in Trouble

    Tread Lightly
    Tread Lightly - Home

    SEMA
    Specialty Equipment Market Association

    National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
    NOHVCC

    Local and State-based Organizations:

    Rubicon Trail Foundaton
    Rubicon Trail Foundation

    California Off-Road Vehicle Association
    California Off-Road Vehicle Association

    Pacific North West Four Wheel Drive Association
    Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association

    Colorado Off-Highway vehicle Association
    Colorado OHV Coalition

    Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association
    Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association - GLFWDA Home Page

    East Coast Four Wheel Drive Association
    EC4WDA -- East Coast 4 Wheel Drive Association

    Southern Four Wheel Drive Association
    Southern 4WD Association

    Utah Shared Access Alliance
    Utah Shared Access Alliance: Fighting for Your Access to Your Public Lands.

    “Friends of” groups

    Friends of Fordyce
    index

    Friends of Johnson Valley
    Friends Of Johnson Valley

    Stewards of the Sequoia
    Stewards of the Sequoia (Home)

    Friends of Panamint Valley
    Friends of Panamint Valley

    Friends of Sand Mountain
    Friends of Sand Mountain :: Family Recreation

    Friends of Oceano Dunes
    FoOD - Friends of Oceano Dunes - FoOD
     
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    Thanks for the write up Kaiser, very informative.
     
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    Yes thanks Kaiser - great topic.
    4 wheel activists up here have been fighting the battle against closing trails for well over 20 years now, and the general mood seems to be defeat against the Gov't organizations, or, "good ole boys club".
    The fight is still one, but as some trail abusers seem to cause havoc, more and more trail closures happen as the years go by.
     
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    Are ya'll actually reading the alerts I post? View counts for most of them are under 20 views, which is a tiny fraction of active members here. We cannot be apathetic. If a trail closure / threat doesn't affect you directly, just wait. They will come for the trails you ride sooner or later. That is why it is IMPORTANT to get involved NOW!! Make a difference so your kids and future generations will have a place to ride.
     
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    Bump. Lots of things going on in NM and CA that need your support.
     
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    Yes I agree. some 30 + years ago they shut down the barstow to vegas race, oh maybe 40 years. It has been a gradual shut down. Some horney spiked lizzard that no one has ever seen but "oh it's an endangered amimal we have to preserve" Speaking of "Preserve" the Mojave "Preserve is another big deal they have all but shut down, harrassing hunters, taking out water guzzlers for the anamials ect. Don't even get me started on the friggin desert tortoise that has upper respiority tract infections.

    I think maybe Outlaw Expiditions might be a great group to introduce Recreactional land preservation to.
    What you think Conner, Matt ? Maybe a little talk, encouragment to help. Maybe a trail clean up, decorate a Yucca tree ? Oh Adopt a trail ? ?
     
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    That is an excellent idea.
     
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