ARRA Action AlertBLM proposes national land management changes.The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is creating a new national land management document which updates its vegetation treatment and land management practices. BLM has scheduled nineteen (19) meetings in 12 states and Washington, D.C., from late January to March 12, 2002 to discuss a proposed environmental Impact Statement (EIS) addressing changes in land management on BLM lands in the western states, including Alaska.You can help insure that BLM considers input from recreationists by:Attending a meeting. Submitting comments at a meeting or in writing before the March 29, 2002 deadline.Putting your name on the "Stakeholder Mailing List" to receive mailings by calling BLM at 775-861-6645.See the BLM Revised Schedule of Meetings below, to find the meeting closest to you. Mail or fax your comments to:Brian Amme, Project ManagerBureau of Land ManagementPO Box 12000Reno, NV 89520-0006FAX: 702- 861-6712[There is no Internet access to BLM at this time.]This national management document will be the basis for land management decisions made in 16 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, North and South Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. It will address land management activities, such as prescribed fire, understory thinning, removal of fuels available for wildfire, plant and stream restoration and efforts to remove invasive plants and weeds.At the meeting you should comment on BLM's proposal. This is your opportunity to get to know your local BLM field office staff. This is also BLM's opportunity to meet you, responsible outdoor recreationists, in a neutral setting. Your comments should stay on topic. Although this is not a land use plan, it is important when drafting comments to share your concerns with BLM staff in a way that invites them into a continuing dialogue with you.Topics for discussion with BLM staff:How do they anticipate vegetation treatments will affect our access to trails and trailheads? For example, if part of the vegetation treatment plan involves aerial spraying of herbicides, ask how and when you will be notified of the details of the spraying operation. Ask whether maps will be available.Ask BLM staff to provide you with the details of how they intend to communicate with you and individuals who may be visiting the area.Speak of the need for outdoor recreation in your community. Give specific details of your experiences and your family's experiences. If available, share particular details of any volunteer trail maintenance projects you may have done in the past or are currently involved with in your riding area.Give specific examples of joint projects your club may have done with another group.Ask how you can assist them in weed control. For example, ask whether they will have wash stations or brushes for OHV's and horses coming off the trail. Ask whether they need assistance from your club in maintaining their OHV equipment. Investigate ways to prevent possible spread of weeds from one area to another area. Be ready with ideas for cooperation.ARRA would appreciate receiving your feedback about the meeting youattended. Please write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments.ALASKA March 6, 3-6 p.m.Anchorage Field Office--BLM,6881 Abbott Loop Road, Anchorage, AK.Gene Terland - (907) 271-3344.ARIZONAFebruary 4, 3-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.Holiday Inn Crown Plaza,2532 W. Peoria Avenue,Phoenix, AZ. Deborah Stevens - (602) 417-9215.CALIFORNIAFebruary 5, 5-8 p.m.Sacred Heart Parish Hall,507 East 4th Street,Alturas, CA.Jennifer Purvine - (530) 233-7932.February 26, 5-8 p.m.Holiday Inn Select,801 Truxton Ave, Bakersfield, CA.Stephen Larson - (661) 391-6099.COLORADOJanuary 24, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.Grand Vista Hotel,2790 Crossroads Blvd.,Grand Junction, CO.Harley Metz - (970) 244-3076.IDAHOFebruary 13, 6-9 p.m.Vista Inn, 2645 Airport Way,Boise, ID.Barry Rose - (208) 373-4014.February 14, 6-9 p.m.College of Southern Idaho,Shields Bldg, Room 117,315 Falls Ave,Twin Falls, ID.Eddie Guerrero - (208) 736-2355.MONTANAJanuary 29, 4-7 p.m. Miles Community CollegeRoom 106,2715 Dickinson,Miles City, MT.Jody Weil - (406) 896-5258.February 11, 5-8 p.m. U.S. Forest Service,Helena National Forest Headquarters,2880 Skyway Drive,Helena, MT (across from airport).Jody Weil - (406) 896-5258.NEVADAFebruary 19, 4-7 p.m. BLM-Nevada State Office,1340 Financial Blvd.,Reno, NV.JoLynn Worley - (775) 861-6515.February 21, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.Hilton Garden Inn,3650 East Idaho Street,Elko, NV.Mike Brown - (775) 753-0200.NEW MEXICO February 25, 6-9 p.m.Holiday Inn Express--Neptune Room,1100 North California,Socorro, NM.Margie Onstad - (505) 838-1256.OREGONMarch 4, 6-9 p.m.Days Inn City Center,1414 SW 6th,Portland, OR.Chris Strebig - (503) 952-6003.UTAHJanuary 22, 6-9 p.m.BLM Office Conference Room,345 E. Riverside Drive,St. George, UT.Kim Leany - (435) 688-3208.January 23, 5-8 p.m.Utah Dept. of Natural Resources Bldg.,1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT.Verlin Smith - (801) 539-4055.WASHINGTONFebruary 28, 6-9 p.m.Valley Library,12004 East Main,Spokane, WA.Kathy Helm - (509) 536-1252.WYOMINGJanuary 30, 3-6 p.m.Western Wyoming Community College, Room 1003,2500 College Drive,Rock Springs, WY.Lance Porter - (307) 352-0252.January 31, 4-7 p.m.Elks Lodge,604 Coburn Avenue,Worland, WY. Janine Terry - (307) 347-5194.