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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: comments@responsiblerecreation.policy.net 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.

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How much time did it take you to post that one? Way to go! Just a note to let you know I will be in Portland for a Street Rod swap meet March 3rd. I think I should attend the BLM meeting on the 4th. Now that sounds like allot of fun, I love to be a pain in the arse for those greenies.

Thanks Paul for the heads up.

The last meeting I attended, I volunteered to spray the roadside weeds with diesel fuel and they went postal. Now that was fun.

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you'll be happy to know first thing i do when i get to area that i'll be riding is find local ranger or blm station so i can introduce myself then i ask them for for stack of rules and regulations that i can hand out to any riders i might come across.i also ask for garbage bags and volunteer to clean staging areas empty trash cans haul trash to dumps.i try and let them know how much i appreciate them maintaining are riding areas.i have cabin in sierras my backyard boarders nation forest and 100 yrds from my front door is deer creek/cradle peak riding area.2 miles north of me is frasier flat and trout creek riding areas.im very lucky to have such easy access to all these great riding areas.so i try and do whatever i can to keep them from being closed to ohv. on a personal note pmaust "how is your son doing"i hope his recovery is going well.if you or son ever want to do some riding up my way ill be glad to give you guided tour and your welcome stay at my place.its some of best single track riding you will ever experience.

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freestyle111, Josh my son is recovering nicely. He will probably not be able to ride again until next year though. :) Thanks for the offer to come ride with you. Send me an email and we can try to set something up. pmaust@excite.com. Talk to you later, Paul

P.S. I have a toy hauler trailer. Is there somewhere near you cabin to park it?

[ January 28, 2002: Message edited by: PMAUST ]

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plenty of room to park.im going up this weekend to check on snow level.riding areas start about 3500ft and range all the way to 6500ft.im right about 4500ft so snow sometimes puts damper on things.i spent last week rebuilding my wr motor so im ready to go put some hours on it.now its just up to mother nature.

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We are camping at Stoneyford this week-end. Hopefully, the weather should be ok. Let me know how it goes. Talk to you later, Paul :)

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