Arctic Cat Prowler Forum banner
1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
270 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Thomas Jefferson once said, "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for a people of good conscience to remain silent". Many of us have remained silent. Now is a good time to speak up.

One look at the agency heads leading this makes one realize the amount of power being applied to this program.

- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
- White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley
- Agriculture Under Secretary Harris Sherman
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy

The reality is Recreation organizations need more people to speak up to provide the influence needed to change the direction of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative. Much as we might like to think that someone else can do the work, sometimes everyone needs to help, that time is now. One easy way you can help is to VOTE for IDEAS to help support your continued access to public lands.

Vote and Read more here . . . http://www.savethetrails.us/AGO-Vote.html

and here . . . http://www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors/

Two minute action letter here . . . http://www.savethetrails.us/Default.aspx?PetitionID=47
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
270 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
More Information and Sample Letter

Here’s a link with all the information you need to know about this initiative . . . http://www.sharetrails.org/public-lands/?section=AGOI it also includes links to various places where you can comment.

I sent the following letter to my Federal Public Servants in addition to voting in the “Ideas” link that is contained in the URL above, find yours here . . . http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/ and let them know your thoughts.

Feel free to use any of parts of my letter you'd like in creating your own!


“As an OHV enthusiast I believe that the President needs to include this form of recreation as a priority in his plan to reconnect Americans with the Outdoors and allow folks like me who were injured while serving OUR County and cannot walk into or near by "Wilderness" to access and enjoy OUR Public Lands too.

This initiative is partly motivated by a need to enhance recreational opportunities on public lands. But increased recreation opportunities will not flow from a whisk of a pen in Washington D.C. Any successful recreation management policy must be accompanied by adequate budget, staffing, and above all, management’s priority to achieve critical on-the-ground goals.

Federal agencies' allocation of budget, staff, and management effort should reflect the developing reality that outdoor recreation provides a greater good for more Americans than any other aspect of its multiple-use mandate. The time has come to make managed recreation the BLM and Forest Service’s top priority.

Prioritize all efforts on clearing the repair/maintenance/improvement backlog in the National Park Service before designating any new National Parks or other similar protective area designations. (The National Park Service alone estimates that it would need an extra $9.5 billion to clear a backlog of repairs and improvements.)

All too often "conservation" means reducing public access and recreational uses. The AGO Initiative should explore ways to enhance a diverse range of recreational uses, including motorized and non-motorized recreational uses, across federal, state and private lands.

Federal land managers too often limit or restrict public recreation activities. Federal land managers should focus on recreation friendly management plans that are not restrictive and embrace a wide range of diverse recreational uses, including motorized and non-motorized recreation.

The administration has prided itself in being open and transparent, yet Representative Rob Bishop and Representative Doc Hastings have not yet received a response to their requests for documents. It will benefit the outreach function of this Initiative if the Department of the Interior would respond to H. Res. 1406.

The new National Park Service management policy emphasis is on preservation of our National Parks. This limits land managers' options insofar as what recreation opportunities a Park may provide. The initiative should study a supplement to National Park management guidelines to emphasize providing a wide range of recreational uses for the visiting public. Similar supplemental guidance may be appropriate for the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

The initiative and the public will benefit from a full understanding of the various public and private conservation efforts currently underway. Accurate information is critical for good decision making. Statements that state large areas of our nation's natural landscape have been lost to population growth and development, or that a changing climate and new sources of pollution are affecting wildlife and watersheds, must be put into an accurate context. The initiative must disclose how much land is being conserved. The initiative should work with the over 1,600 privately run land trusts to find out how much land has been protected in recent years. The initiative should disclose how much land is conserved via federal conservation efforts, such as the Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program. In addition, it would help to disclose how much federal dollars are being spent on the various conservation efforts. Finally, the initiative should disclose the conservation efforts underway via the Land and Resource Management Plans of units of the National Forest System, the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service.

Millions of American families enjoy motorized recreation. It often forms a bond between parents and their children as they experience the great outdoors together.

The OHV community supports conservation efforts including support of the “travel limited to designated roads, trails and areas” paradigm as outlined in the Forest Service travel management regulations and BLM’s planning directives. The OHV community also supports conservation through environmental review and analysis in route designation processes, as well as ongoing monitoring and maintenance of the OHV infrastructure. The OHV community supports conservation efforts by contributing substantial funds to implement OHV management and volunteers tens of thousands of man hours in volunteer work projects. Much of this funding is made available to federal land managers via state OHV programs. These programs exist today because years ago motorized recreationists voluntarily “taxed ourselves” via state OHV registration programs. Some of these funds are used to supplement the agencies' law enforcement efforts.

ATV and off-highway motorcycle riding encourages and promotes physical fitness. OHVs provide access to the Great Outdoors for Americans of all ages, shapes, and sizes.

I urge you to give serious consideration to the need for OHV Recreational opportunities in this initiative and the input of your constituents.”
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
270 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Votes Bring Balance to America's Great Outdoor Initiative

Save The Trails, ARRA and American Landrights teamed up to post alerts recently asking people to VOTE for IDEAS to help ensure the President's Great Outdoor Initiative was about keeping public lands open to all forms of recreation, including Off Road Recreation. At the time the top rated IDEAS had mostly been about closing public lands, designating more inappropriate Wilderness Areas and National Monuments.

THAT HAS ALL CHANGED NOW DUE TO PEOPLE TAKING ACTION!!

More here . . . Save The Trails
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
270 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
"America's Great Outdoors" (AGO) Initiative

Page 1 of "All Ideas" . . .
America's Great Outdoors IdeaJam

There are 19 pages of posts so far, many of the old ones on page 19 back through page 1 need further scrutiny and votes.
In reading many of the comments below the "ideas", the anti-access crowd is complaining that the OHV Community has "taken over" the site . . . good for us!

We need to be respectful, act like the Adults that we are and not respond in kind to inflammatory comments like this one left in response to the thoughts I posted . . .

"5) Alden Moffatt (27 Jul 2010)
It cracks me up to hear the OHV crowd use the disabled American argument to support their case for more OHV trails. In my opinion, all of you must be disabled. You better get off your asses and go hiking or your bodies will atrophe and all you'll be able to do is watch TV. You are lazy. You are lame. You wish that was a disability. For people who are truly disable, do you really want to be lumped in with these lazy lumps of fat who are using you as an excuse for their fat behavior."

You can find my submission here . . . America's Great Outdoors IdeaJam - The Public Lands of OUR Great Nation Belong to All Americans . . . please promote it if it makes sense to you!

Keep it up folks, let's fight these pukes!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
270 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Take action!!

Just in case you haven’t seen or heard of this AGO Initiative and even if you have, it’s worth revisiting to reiterate that this has the real possibility of killing OHV Recreation as we know it, turning our expensive machines into lawn ornaments or perhaps relegating us to massively reduced Public Land opportunities, private properties and the few cramped SRVAs that remain.

TAKE ACTION!! Speak up now or face the possibility of parking your rig!!!

Promote the pro-access and multiple use ideas if they make sense to you. If you really want to get involved, demote the anti-access ideas and those which would put OUR Nation further in debt!

Page 1 of “All Ideas” . . . America's Great Outdoors IdeaJam
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
270 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Get With It or Park It

The "anti-access" crowd has hit the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO) “Idea Jam” web site BIG TIME and we OHV users have lost all the ground we had a week ago.

If you want to continue using OUR Public Lands for OHV Recreation you’d better spend more time and effort up here than you do on the trail . . . America's Great Outdoors IdeaJam . . . they have!!!

Demote their crap, promote ours and perhaps put up some thoughtful ideas of your own or . . . KISS IT ALL GOOD-BYE!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
270 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
BRC’s Recreation News - AGOI

“This whole AGOI smacks of predetermined and socially engineered outcome (especially the public meetings) a means of justifying action on the part of this administration if you will.

None-the-less, we need to stay as involved as we can as the process follows its course.”

Please get involved in this battle, demote the bad and promote pro-OHV access at . . . http://ideas.usda.gov/ago/ideas.nsf

Bob


America's Great Outdoors / Treasured Landscape Update


"The AGO Initiative was featured in a recent opinion piece by conservative blogger and best selling author Michelle Malkin...

How Obama is locking up our land
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
http://michellemalkin.com/2010/08/14/how-obama-is-locking-up-our-land/

Here is some news on the Treasured Landscapes, Interior Secretary Kan Salazar's environmentalist utopian vision for the BLM. This is from “The Pulse-of Colorado Farm Bureau blog...
Complete Federal Land Grab Document Released
http://cofarmbureaublog.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/complete-federal-land-grab-document-released/

And some more national news, Treasured Landscape; an opinion from the editors at the Washington Times.
DEMINT: White House land grab
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/02/white-house-land-grab/

I need to take issue with something they say about the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument:
One of the monuments President Clinton created was the Grande Staircase-Escalante in Utah, where 135,000 acres of land were leased for oil and gas and about 65,000 barrels of oil were produced each year from five active wells. But, President Clinton put an end to developing those resources.

All that's true, but what the Washington Times doesn't note is that Clinton's Monument ended plans to develop the Kaparowitz plateau coal reserves. This is one of the largest deposits of low sulfur – high btu coal (means: clean burning) in the world. Estimates of the value range in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Just sayin...."
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
270 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Congress Considering Public Lands Omnibus Bill, Again!

Weigh In to Encourage Your Members to Reject Omnibus Approach
As you may recall, last year Congress approved a massive omnibus public lands bill that cobbled more than 160 separate pieces of legislation into one massive bill. The bill permanently eliminated the potential for motorized recreation on more than two million acres of public lands that were designated as wilderness in nine states. In addition, the package added three new national park units, a new national monument, three new national conservation areas, more than 1,000 miles of national wild and scenic rivers and four new national trails. Also signed into law as a part of the omnibus package was the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) Act, which is currently being used to limit motorized access on Bureau of Land Management lands.

Now Congress is considering creating another public lands omnibus package. Key Members of Congress have indicated that they would like an omnibus this year and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has made it clear that he would like Congress to move one as well.

It is important that you contact your Members of Congress and key Congressional leaders to let them know you oppose a new massive omnibus public lands law and that a repeat of the 2009 law will mean more restrictions to access.

Please click the TAKE ACTION link below to urge your Members and key Congressional leaders to oppose a massive omnibus bill in favor of ensuring that all public lands bills have hearings to allow for full local input.

https://secure3.convio.net/arra/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=241
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top