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Yellowstone Announces Lottery for New Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program for this Coming Winter Season!

Yellowstone Announces Lottery for New Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program for this Coming Winter Season!

Dear Action Alert Subscribers,

On September 3, 2014, Yellowstone National Park announced that through the www.recreation.gov website a public lottery will start on September 3rd to determine the trip dates for Non-Commercially Guide Leaders wanting to visit Yellowstone this coming winter season (2014-2015). The lottery will remain open until October 3, 2014.  Please see the Park Service news release here.

Please note, the BlueRibbon Coalition is an active member of the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program working group.  This group, established by the Park Service, has been working to help implement the Non-Commercially Guided Program, which was an important part of the Final Yellowstone Winter Use decision.  Here are some of the highlights the of Non-Commercially Guided Program that starts this winter season.

First, each day during the coming winter season, there will be up to five snowmobiles in each of four Non-commercially Guided Transportation Snowmobile Events/trips, one from each of the four Yellowstone Park Gates.

Second, you will be required to possess a non-commercial snowmobile access permit which would be awarded annually through an online lottery system set to begin on September 3rd for this season.

Third, each snowmobile operator will be required to have successfully completed the Yellowstone Snowmobile Safety Education Certification training course. The training course will be available online.  This course is being developed with the help and sponsorship of the Wyoming State Snowmobile Program.  The course will be available starting November 1, 2014.

Fourth, you will be allowed to lead 2 non-commercially guided trips into the Park per season and the trips can last up to 3 days.

Fifth, you will be required to use only current Best Available Technology (BAT) snowmobiles in your group.

Please consider signing up during the lottery period, which will run from September 3rd until October 3, 2014.  After the lottery is finished and the initial trips are awarded you can still sign up to lead a trip at www.recreaction.gov on a first-come-first-served basis for the dates still available. A total of only two trips allowed per season.

For additional information on the Yellowstone Winter Use issue visit our dedicated website www.saveyellowstonepark.com.

Please remember one of our collective main efforts during the last SEIS Winter Planning process was to have a "Non-commercially Guided access program for entry into Yellowstone.  We accomplished that and now is you chance to plan a trip into the Park without a commercial guide. Please consider signing up during the lottery period at www.recreation.gov for an opportunity to lead a non-commercially guided trip into the park this season (2014-2015).

Thanks in advance for your support,

Jack Welch
Special Project Consultant
BlueRibbon Coalition
303-489-9477

The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education
and collaboration among recreationists.
1-800-BLUERIB - www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org

 

 

CALIFORNIA - Sierra NF Proposes Revision of Motor Vehicle Use Designations (Season of Use)

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Sierra National Forest (SNF) proposes to change the process for determining motor vehicle season of use for National Forest Transportation System (NFTS) roads, trails and areas. The purpose of this action is to allow flexibility in public motorized use on SNF roads, trails and areas when resource conditions allow. This action is needed because the SNF's Travel Management decision (FS 2010b) envisioned that the Forest would be responsive to changing conditions and public needs.

There is a need to provide for flexible seasonal designations that protect the natural resources and the Forest's financial investment during wet weather periods. The original Motorized Travel Management Record of Decision included a rigid system of "seasons of use" based on typical or average historic weather patterns. However, the Forest has been experiencing highly variable weather patterns where a rigid system of dates for seasonal open periods does not meet the public need.

The project will provide line officers the use discretion to modify the seasonal designation for a road, trail or area to address unpredictable conditions such as no rainfall, heavy rain or snowfall, fire danger or flooding.

The Forest Service is excepting comments on this proposed action through April 23, 2012. If you wish to submit a comment, please send written comments to Judith Tapia, 1600 Tollhouse Road , Clovis, CA, 93611-0532 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Environmental Assessment for this project can be found on the forest's website at http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=38017

If you have questions, please contact Judith Tapia, Environmental Coordinator at (559) 297-0706 ext 4938 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

 
 
 
 
BRC Greater Sage-grouse issues update, January 2012
Check out BRC Greater Sage-grouse issues update webpage. This sage-grouse issue is one of those "epic" land-use battles affecting numerous BLM and FS land use plans and millions upon millions of acres across 10 western states.
 
 
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Update: Yes, the gates to Yellowstone National Park opened to Winter Use on December 15th, with limited access to the Park. However, on December 29th and 30th a major snowstorm brought over a foot of new snow to the Park. This additional snow has allowed for increased over-snow access to the Park! Both the South and West Gates are open to...
 
 
NEW MEXICO - OHV Advocates Challenge Carson NF Decision on Travel Management
 
We wanted to pass along the latest news from the folks over at the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA). NMOHVA has appealed the Carson National Forest's decision on Travel Management for the Questa Ranger District. There is more information in the press release, which is pasted below. The folks over at NMOHVA are doing...
 

T&T Customs New Jeep Trail Doors Supports Access Army and BlueRibbon Coalition

10% of all Jeep Trail Doors sales goes to BlueRibbon Coalition.

T&T CUSTOMS DOES DOORS FOR BRC

Pocatello, ID.  T&T Customs out of Cheyenne, WY built special Jeep doors to support saving our trails and keeping our sports alive.  The “Access Army” doors will net 10% of all sales to the BlueRibbon Coalition.  Del Albright, BRC Ambassador runs the doors on his ’97 Wrangler and according to Del, “These babies are sweet, well-built, that open and close tight, and are lightweight to boot, with some of the best arm rests I’ve seen on trail doors.”

The Special Edition Trail Doors are lightweight aluminum with Bestop handles and padded arm rests, all manufactured in the US of A.   

T&T Jeep Doors

T&T Customs is a company committed to pioneering original and innovative designs for off-road enthusiasts.  They are huge supporters of landuse and even wear BRC patches on their T&T shirts at events.   Bob and Mary Levenhagen, owners, as well as their entire staff share a passion for off-roading and keeping our trails open.   T&T Customs make products for most lines of Jeep models, from the CJ to the WJ, with axle and drivetrain components, suspension kits and parts, trail doors, and much more not to mention custom builds and installs.

More on the Trail Doors can be found here: http://www.tntcustoms.com/accessarmytraildoorstjljyj.aspx

For field testing questions and review, please feel free to contact BRC Ambassador Del Albright at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BlueRibbon Coalition thanks T&T Customs wholeheartedly for this generous support.

See more of T&T on the Jeep Albright; the Landuse War Machine here.

 

 

 

Last Updated (Monday, 12 December 2011 17:35)

 

The ACCESS ARMY received this farewell from a California icon in off-highway recreation and State Park administration.  Daphne Greene is leaving State service as Deputy Director of the CA State Parks OHV Division.  Here is her letter. We will miss her terribly.

 

Hello --

 

It has been my privilege to serve the OHV community under three administrations; first as a Commissioner appointed by Governor Davis, then as Deputy Director when I was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger, and most recently, to serve in this position under Governor Brown while he considers and develops his own team for the future. At this time, I want to let you know that my term as Deputy Director will end on December 31st.

 

I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with a variety of stakeholders and interest groups who are committed to providing safe and responsible OHV recreation on public lands in California, whether in the SVRAs, other state park units that offer OHV opportunities, through the grants program, or the SNO-PARKs program.

 

Since my appointment as Deputy Director 7 ½ years ago, the program has made a number of advancements towards ensuring a sustainable program, which include:

 

  • We overhauled the Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program to be more accountable, transparent and fair, and to comply with Office of Administrative Law standards.
  • We streamlined the grant application process by creating an on-line application program, and recovered millions of dollars through improved auditing procedures.
  • We increased accountability for expenditure of OHV trust funds, ensuring that expenditures are aligned with fulfilling the mission of the OHV program.
  • We brought the focus of the program back to properly maintaining the areas where OHV recreation is provided, while at the same time ensuring sustainable long-term management practices were in place.
  • We implemented a vastly improved wildlife habitat monitoring program, designed by UC Davis and peer reviewed by wildlife professionals that informs management actions.
  • we increased focus on water and dust monitoring efforts, in accordance with the 2009 Division Strategic Plan, which will provide vital information to support better resource management.
  • We created and implemented a new soil standard and guidelines, in partnership with federal and state agencies, that will have far-reaching effects on improving sustainability.
  • A renewed focus on providing OHV safety programming is already showing positive results in our parks as well as on county and federal lands.
  • We opened new OHV use areas with improved design principles that ensure sustainability while providing outstanding recreation.
  • We closed and restored areas that were negatively impacting the environment.

 

Perhaps most significantly, in 2009, after intensive interaction and involvement from all communities of interest, we submitted our Strategic Plan to the Governor and the Legislature. This plan, which outlines a clear direction for the future, is based on the principles of sustainability, transparent decision-making, a commitment to working with volunteers and considering the needs and concerns of all our stakeholders, and sound data management to support informed decision-making. Many of you contributed to developing the Strategic Plan, and while there is still much to be done, it is something about we all can be proud. I leave knowing that the collective commitment to achieving the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan will result in continuous improvements to the OHV program.

 

These accomplishments – and so many more – could not have been done without the involvement and support of all of you. Working for the Division is not just about having a job, but about a commitment to making a difference and the desire to contribute in a meaningful way. These are challenging and uncertain times, and only through the continued vigilance and active support of the community can the OHV program continue to meet its objective of providing for high-quality and sustainable OHV recreation in California.


Next year the Division will celebrate its 40th anniversary. In 1972, and now, the citizens of California recognize the importance of a well-managed program that provides OHV opportunities while protecting the environment. The work we do to provide responsible and sustainable OHV recreation is vital to maintaining California’s outstanding natural beauty. I can think of few goals that are so important.

 

As I make the transition back to the private sector, I do so with a much deeper appreciation for what it means to work in the public sector, serving the people of this state. It has been my honor to work with you in a program about which I care deeply.

 

Best,
Daphne

 

Daphne Greene

Deputy Director
California State Parks

Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division

916-324-5801

 

Last Updated (Monday, 12 December 2011 17:13)

 
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