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Ten Million More Acers of Wilderness
04/03/09 at 12:43:05
 
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Provo, UT. - April 3, 2009- Below we will paste the action alert from our partners at BRC. We agree 100% with the alert. Please forward it to your friends and act on the information it contains.


USA-ALL has just today sent our spring news magazine to press. It will be out and distributed next Wednesday. It contains articles on the subjects of SUWA's abuse of the public, governement and wilderness. It also has an article about weak representation by one particular politician, and our feature article "The Truth about Wilderness". The timing of our newsletter and the nature of its contents couldn't be better. If you are a current member one will be mailed to you, if your not join today and we will get one out to you. To join just click the flag to be taken to our website where you can join right online.
Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) Action Alert
Pocatello, ID. - April 3, 2009

BRC's Alert:


BRC Utah Wilderness Update

SUWA's Massive Wilderness Bill Introduced in Congress... again

Action Requested

Dear BRC Utah Action Alert Subscriber,

Today, Eric Bontrager from E&E News Multimedia file viewing and clickable links are available for registered members only!!  You need to Login or Register!!
on the re-offering of a massive Wilderness proposal pushed by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA). Bontrager's report stated that the bill, sponsored by New York Representative Maurice Hinchey and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, would designate 9.4 million acres of Bureau of Management Lands in Utah as Wilderness.
BRC notes that it is not clear whether the 9.4 million acre figure includes lands owned by the state of Utah. If state lands are included, the figure may well be over 10 million acres'.
The announcement will not be news to BRC's members. SUWA has been able to convince New York Congressmen to introduce Wilderness in Utah for twenty years now.

What will be of interest to our members is Bontrager's reporting of comments made by Utah Representative Rob Bishop and Jim Matheson:
"The fact that not one member of the Utah congressional delegation or political leader in Utah supports this shows how off-base and ridiculous this proposal is," Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah.) said in an e-mail. "This is not the way Congress should make designations like this."
Rep. Jim Matheson, the Utah delegation's lone Democrat whose district includes the proposed wilderness area, declined the opportunity to be a co-sponsor on the legislation because he felt other stakeholders such as the energy industry and OHV users were not included in the creation of the bill. "He understands that this does represent a lot of places that deserve designation, but this a very long-running, contentious debate," said Matheson spokeswoman Alyson Heyrend. "He just feels strongly that, in order to get consensus, this has to be an inclusive process."

BRC applauds Matheson and Bishop for their approach to SUWA's unwise proposal. But we do not believe SUWA, or the Wilderness lobby in D.C., is interested in an "inclusive process." This is why they must rely on Congressmen from New York to push their Utah Wilderness bill.
Our position is that any discussion of Utah Wilderness must include careful consideration of important strategic national interests (oil, natural gas and minerals) as well as popular recreational uses, such as OHV use and mountain biking, which are banned in Wilderness. BRC and other recreation groups support Wilderness where it is appropriate, but we insist that other "recreation friendly" designations, such as National Recreation Areas, be considered where it isn't.

Our suggested Action Item is for our members and supporters to call Bishop and Matheson and thank them for their approach to SUWA's bill.

Speaking honestly, I am beginning to wonder if the Utah Congressional Delegation knows we are here, and in what numbers. The treatment the Utah OHV community received via the recently passed Washington County Wilderness bill is disgraceful. We must never let that happen again. So when our political representatives do the right thing, we need to thank them.

Congressman Matheson:    Salt Lake City Office - (801) 486-1236  
                                       Washington DC Office - (202) 225-3011
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, enter your zip code and click go. Select Jim Matheson from the list of Representatives, then click on the Contact tab. Click on the Web Form link, and follow the instructions.


Congressman Bishop:         Ogden Office - (801) 625-0107
                                       Washington DC Office - (202) 225-0453
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, enter your zip code and click go. Select Rob Bishop from the list of Representatives, then click on the Contact tab. Click on the Web Form link, and follow the instructions.


Congressman Chaffetz:      Provo Office - (801) - 851-2500
                                       Washington DC Office - (202) 225-7751
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, enter your zip code and click go. Select Jason Chaffetz from the list of Representatives, then click on the Contact tab. Click on the Web Form link, and follow the instructions.

As always, please call or email if you have questions or need help.

Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102

About Utah Shared Access Alliance
We are now in our 10th year serving the community. We aggressively defend motorized access to public land in Utah. Contact us if you would like to be more involved or want to make a donation. We are a 501 c (3) non-profit organization. Multimedia file viewing and clickable links are available for registered members only!!  You need to Login or Register!!
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About Blue Ribbon Coalition

BRC has been around even longer than USA-ALL. BRC is a national organization dedicated to protecting the publics access to public land. BRC & USA-ALL communicate often and are valuable partners. BRC is a much needed national organization that is worthy of your support click their seal above to be taken to their website where you can read more about them.  

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Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director



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Re: Ten Million More Acers of Wilderness
Reply #1 - 04/05/09 at 10:05:36
 
WOW, if we don't get on the ball and start pushing our weight around and letting our voice be heard over this stuff we will be riding or ATVs in our back yards only! And I don't have a very big back yard!!!!

We need to unite and send a clear message that enough is enough and we won't stand for more closed ATV trails!!!
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Re: Ten Million More Acers of Wilderness
Reply #2 - 04/05/09 at 18:25:36
 
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Yes we do. 8 8 09 is the date it had better happan in a big way. I found this on the web today. Different State but the same tactic.
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If nothing else rate it as zero on You Tube. So not so many people watch it.
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Re: Ten Million More Acers of Wilderness
Reply #3 - 04/05/09 at 18:52:48
 
The Gold Bute area is one of the best winter area around Angry Angry :'(

QS the hugers will make your back yard wilderness before there done Sad
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Re: Ten Million More Acers of Wilderness
Reply #4 - 04/06/09 at 17:56:24
 
Ghost Rider wrote on 04/05/09 at 18:25:36:
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Yes we do. 8 8 09 is the date it had better happan in a big way. I found this on the web today. Different State but the same tactic.
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8 8 09 What is this date Questioning

Is this the State Street rally Questioning
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Re: Ten Million More Acers of Wilderness
Reply #5 - 04/06/09 at 18:41:27
 
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Yes 8 8 09 it the date set for the Sage Brush Rebellion 2 Parade and Rally. I have a permit for 2500 ATV,s sxs, Dirt Mikes Jeeps to parade up state street From 5th south to the State Capital. The Rally is being sponcered by USA_All. Plan to be there.
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Reply #6 - 04/06/09 at 20:33:46
 
Where do we park our trucks Questioning
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Reply #7 - 04/06/09 at 20:41:13
 
All Will Be made clear in due time!!!! Stay tune
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Reply #8 - 04/07/09 at 08:59:49
 
Folks, this rally could be a really great tool to get our message out there. We had around 500 folks at the capital this winter and we did not make any of the news outlets! A few days later there were 20 or so construction workers that gathered there and it made all the local news. What will it take to get our message out there in the media? I think this rally is the answer. If we shut down State Street for a bit and have 2500 + riders there they can't ignore us!

So, talk to your friends and clubs and let's get folks out to this. As Chris mentioined, we need ATVs, Jeeps, Motorcycles and everyone else that recreates on public land. Let's start getting the word out now so we can get it on everyone's calendar!
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Reply #9 - 04/07/09 at 18:36:14
 
Will we need to be street legal to participate in this event?
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Reply #10 - 04/07/09 at 20:39:28
 
I seriously doubt it. Since it will be considered a parade we should get a pass on that.
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Reply #11 - 04/07/09 at 21:34:09
 
No for this Parade and Rally. NO you do not need to be Street legal. This is going to be on Aug 8 th 2009. I have more infromation coming in a week or so stay tuned. If we get the 2500 Machines and 7500 attends more at the Rally. We will make the news!!!!!!!!!! If nothing else you can take pride in being part of the biggest Anti Radical Enviromentalist Rally in the Nation to date. And probley the largest Rally ever in Utah.
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PS. If you are from out of state, Come join in and represent your state
make Utah the epa center for the fight against anymore wilderness.
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