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Govenor Huntsman goes for OHV ride
04/07/09 at 23:23:39
 
Well everyone I think the rally had a positive effect!!!!!!! We got governor Huntsman out on a OHV Smiley
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Everyone,
We (Ride with Respect) finally had our chance to spend a day with Governor Huntsman on our dirtbikes, talking about proper OHV management thru well designed and constructed trail systems.
Below is an account of the trip by Dave Cozzens (RwR).
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Hi everybody,

I have something exciting to report. Some (hopefully all) of you remember an email I sent out on October 2, 2008 about Governor Huntsman and a statement he was reported to have made about off road use. I was upset that he would give time to SUWA representatives and not his own supporters and natuaral allies.

After a campaign of emails and phone calls to the Huntsman and Herbert offices, I received a call from Lt. Governor Gary Herbert. He assured me that Governor Huntsman supported access to public lands and that the story in the SL Tribune did not reflect his attitude or actions accurately. Two weeks later I recieved a call from the Governor's office requesting an official visit to Moab and a field trip with Ride with Respect as hosts to Governor Huntsman.

Several dates were set and postponed for various reasons. It seemed at times that the ride would not happen, but we persisted in our efforts to bring it about. Governor Huntsman's staff continued to work toward the ride and held a meeting for Dale Parriott and I in the interim in which we were able to discuss concerns about land management in Grand County.

After six months the long awaited ride happened today. Governor Huntsman, two of his staff, and five security personnel rode with us for about four hours and genuinely listened to our concerns. I believe that is the first time I have seen such an event. To argue in a meeting around a desk about problems and solutions is very unproductive. When out on the ground looking at a problem area, solutions are much more obvious. But government people will absolutely refuse to visit a site in most cases.

I have to thank all of you who pressured to make this happen. I have wanted to tell everybody about this day, but with all the postponements and time lapse, that would have been a mistake. Also, I was certain that if this trip became common knowledge it would fail.

Maybe now those of you who helped make this event possible could help in thanking Governor Huntsman for his outstanding effort. Much needs to be done, but I believe that Governor Huntsman is committed to do all he can in this cause. I will continue to contact his office to work out details that should improve the access situation over the next years. I am confident that state agencies will help us generate a viable travel plan and expand opportunities. Hopefully the BLM can be encouraged to follow suit.

A report will appear on At Your Leisure Sunday morning at 9:00 AM on channel 4. I was very impressed also with Chad Booth and crew as they documented our ride and interviewed Governor Huntsman. Watch it and see what you think. This topic is of vital importance to anyone who visits public land for recreation, or for any reason. We really need to take back our land from "managers" who consider anything beyond hiking as destruction of resources. Our existence depends on it.

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Please send a brief thanks to Governor Huntsman for his extraordinary effort in coming here to meet with us and address our issues.

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I will keep you informed as progress is made.

Also, please visit the official pages of Ride with Respect and offer any help you can. Their success has huge ramifications beyond simple recreation issues.

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Thank you for your support,

Dave
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Reply #1 - 04/08/09 at 07:19:43
 
I didn't see any news coverage on this, it's a good thing AYL is doing something on it.
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Reply #2 - 04/08/09 at 10:59:25
 
I don't Know about press on this one :'( But is was a small step in the right direction. Smiley
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Reply #3 - 04/08/09 at 12:05:48
 
SmileyPress or no, the MAN was there to experience the experience. THANK YOU,THANK YOU  for those of you valient individuals that make alot of things happen for us OFF ROADERS.  There are always a few people wh take the mantle of leadership to push ahead and get important things done.  We all owe a group of you many thanks, and, to think about it, look how valuable this ATV FORUM is to everyone!  THANKS, for this too, and I'll be sending some more $$ , and I challenge everyone that reads this to support this great ATV asset.
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Reply #4 - 04/08/09 at 14:29:20
 
It is always worthwhile to show high profile political leaders, such as the Governor, that there are considerate and responsible ATV riders throughout the State and that these ATVers are VOTERS.   The Governor's participation on this ride will no doubt be beneficial in shaping his point of view.  That being said, I think it is important to have large numbers of ATVers show up at public meetings like the ones being held on April 17th in Richfield, and the "Ride to the State Capital" demonstration being held on August 8th in SLC.   A "show" of strenth in numbers at ATV rallies, in addition to publicity rides such as this, also make a powerful statement to poloticians.   We need all responsible ATVers to work at keeping lands accessible to everyone.
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Reply #5 - 04/08/09 at 15:34:03
 
Ghost Rider;
Thanks for your on going fight for all of us ATV/UTV/OHV riders.

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Reply #6 - 04/09/09 at 00:08:27
 
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Chamber of Commererce. He is fighting for Us and the small bussiness of Paiute County. A big Thank You
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Reply #7 - 04/09/09 at 09:50:09
 
HONDATV wrote on 04/08/09 at 07:19:43:
I didn't see any news coverage on this, it's a good thing AYL is doing something on it.


Speaking of press, the Salt Lake Trib has a decent pro-ATV article in today's edition, if it hasn't already been mentioned. Best part is, the article is more or less centered around this website! How nice is that? Here's the link for those who are interested:

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Reply #8 - 04/10/09 at 14:11:39
 
Hi all...
Guess I've been away too long and am asleep at the wheel, but can someone fill me in on what is happening in RIchfield on April 17th.

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Reply #9 - 04/10/09 at 14:35:45
 
Sure I can sence I am the one how got the Conference started. Bill Of the Piaute Chamber Of Commerce has been Puting it together. It also includes Sevier County. In short It is a get involved in the Sage Brush Rebellion # 2 It is to bring awarness to Central Utah about the up coming 10,000 person OHV parade and march being planned in SLC for the 8th of Aug.
This is just a warm up for things for to come! Bill and Kevin are worried we are going to have to hold it now in the city park. Seems it is fast getting bigger than the building that they had to do the meeting in.
As I know of right now speakers include Mike Noel from Kane County, Chad Booth from At Your Lesiure, Mike Swenson from USA_ALL. Gary is going to try to attend and I'll be there if you want to say hello Smiley Smiley
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Reply #10 - 04/13/09 at 19:32:24
 
I was really glad to see this happen . IMHO , this ride is  a direct result of a ton of man hours  put into it  plus the huge turnout we had at the rally . The ripple effect will continue , I'm sure .  Kudos to those who have given so much for so many .

On the flip side of things , I've learned that sometimes when you give just a little , it can still have an effect . Deep and Steep and I went down and worked on the trail system  last year that the Gov rode on this year . Clifton  Kunz deserves alot of credit for his work in Moab  and it was a pleasure to work with him .  

And of course a BIG thank you to GR , for  all of his  hard work and effort !
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