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Old 02-10-2012, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Save the Recreational Trails Program

Save the Recreational Trails Program

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Email or Call your U.S. Senators Today!

The U.S. Senate is set to consider an amendment that could save the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is offering the amendment to revise the Senate transportation bill entitled “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century,” or MAP-21.

The current draft of MAP-21 would essentially destroy the RTP by eliminating its dedicated funding source. This amendment is necessary to restore the RTP.

The RTP was created on a bipartisan basis in 1991 to provide funds to the states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. Funds for the RTP come from taxes generated by fuel used for off-highway vehicle recreation -- by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-highway light trucks.

Please urge your senators to cosponsor the Klobuchar amendment to save the RTP in MAP-21. A prewritten email is available for you to send to your senators immediately by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information.

Take Action! . . . http://capwiz.com/amacycle/issues/al...984096&queueid

If you would like to call your senators, click here . . . http://www.capwiz.com/amacycle/calla...984036&type=co
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Another Way to Try Saving the RTP

RTP Update - Sen. Klobuchar to Offer Amendment to Restore RTP

Urge your Senators to Support Amendment

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

We have an important addition to our previous update on the RTP program.
We have good news to report! Minnesota Senator Klobuchar is planning to offer an amendment to the senate transportation spending bill that would fully restore RTP funding.

This is huge news. If successful, both the House and Senate spending bills will protect the RTP program. At least for the time being!

Legislation looms that would eliminate the RTP's dedicated funding. BRC and other national OHV groups will continue our vigilance. Gas taxes paid by OHV users must be spent on OHV use and the RTP program is a successful self-funding "user pay user benefit" program.

Larry Smith and the folks over at Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA) have another easy "click and send" email.
https://secure3.convio.net/arra/site...autologin=true

Please click to send an email to your Senators encouraging them to support the Klobuchar amendment!

Thanks,

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Key Senators Announce Support of RTP Amendment

Key Senators announce support of RTP amendment.

Critical vote soon. Calls are STILL needed!

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Calls from recreational users, both motorized and non-motorized, are coming in by the hundreds, and Senators are responding! We just received word that North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Idaho Senator James Risch all signed on as co-sponsors of the Senate Rec Trails Amendment. See our previous alert here.

This is good news, but more calls and emails are needed. If you haven't already, please take advantage of ARRA's click-and-send webpage here.

Want to be even more effective? Take your OHV advocacy the next step. Contact your senator directly via phone with a simple message: "I support Minnesota Senator Klobuchar's amendment to the Senate transportation spending bill (S.1813)" (More info here)

To find the U.S. Senate office nearest you, click http://www.sharetrails.org/issues/rapid-response-center and type in your zip code. Do it now!

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

Source with live links here: http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/20...-rtp-amendment

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Old 03-15-2012, 09:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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U.S. Senate Votes to Preserve Trails Program

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03/15/2012

Motorcycle Legislation News

The U.S. Senate has approved a bill that extends the embattled Recreational Trails Program (RTP) that provides funding for trails, and the federal motorcyclist safety grant program, for nearly two more years, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

Wayne Allard (AMA Vice President for Government Relations) says: "Motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle riders by the thousands spoke about the benefits of the Recreational Trails Program and the fact that it's funded by off-highway vehicle users, and federal lawmakers listened.

"We want to thank all the AMA members and others who contacted their lawmakers asking them to preserve the RTP. It was a hard-fought battle in the U.S. Senate, and we are going to keep a close watch on the legislation to try to ensure that the language remains in the bill when it goes to the U.S. House of Representatives for further consideration, and then to the president to be signed into law."

On March 14, the full Senate approved S.1813, "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century," known as MAP-21. This bill authorizes transportation funding through fiscal 2013, which ends Sept. 30, 2013, maintains the RTP and provides $6 million a year for funding state programs that focus on motorcyclist safety. The AMA has long promoted motorcycle rider education and motorist awareness programs as essential strategies to prevent motorcycle crashes.

As originally written, S. 1813 would have effectively ended the RTP by severing the program from its dedicated funding. But Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and several bipartisan cosponsors offered an amendment to S. 1813, which was approved by the full Senate, to continue the RTP.

On the House side, H.R. 7, the transportation bill titled the "American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012" included $85 million a year through fiscal 2016 for the RTP and funding for state motorcycle safety programs. After passing the House committees that shared jurisdiction of the subject matter in the bill, the House leadership is debating its options on what version of the transportation bill to consider.

Because the Senate bill may become the vehicle, the Senate language was extremely important if the RTP was to be saved.

Funds for the RTP come from the federal Highway Trust Fund and represent a portion of the federal motor fuel excise tax collected from non-highway recreational fuel use. In other words, taxes generated by fuel used for off-highway vehicle recreation - by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-highway light trucks - fund the RTP.

The RTP provides funds to the states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP is an assistance program of the U.S. Transportation Department's Federal Highway Administration. The RTP program benefits hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, ATV riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Update on RTP funding

Update on RTP funding

Greetings BRC Action Alert Subscribers,

Greg Mumm, BRC's Executive Director, spends a lot of time tracking various land use initiatives and legislation in Washington, DC. Among the many issues he is involved in is the very important re-authorization of the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). Greg sent us an update that we wanted to pass along.

First off, Greg wanted us to make sure all our members know what a big impact your calls and emails are making. Your response to our previous action alerts (2.13.2012 and 2.15.2012) played a huge roll in educating influential lawmakers on the importance of maintaining RTP as a "user pay - user benefit" program.

Greg reported that a modified version of Minnesota Senator Klobuchar's amendment was included in the Senate transportation bill (MAP-21) that moved forward in the Senate yesterday. This key amendment was co-sponsored by Senators Burr, Shaheen, Risch, Bennet, Sanders, Stabenow and Udall. The amendment had broad bipartisan support which was key to its success.

The Klobuchar amendment provided language to retain the RTP program at its current level of funding. However, it was modified slightly to include a provision for Governors to opt out of using the funds for RTP.

Greg cautioned that because the House is still working on its transportation legislation, the legislative language is not final so it isn't clear at this time how that will actually work in each state.

Depending on how the House and Senate bills are combined in conference, we may need to ask you to contact your legislators at the state level to ensure the Governors don't opt out.

Greg noted that considering the pressure to cut the budget, it is remarkable that RTP funding wasn't cut dramatically. Again, your calls and emails made the difference.

Please keep an eye on your email inbox for updates and future action alerts regarding this important issue.

Thanks,

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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RTP Needs Your Help Again!

RTP Needs Your Help Again!

Please Contact Transportation Reauthorization Conferees to Urge them to Support RTP!

First, thanks for all your efforts so far this year on the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). You have made a real difference. As a result of grassroots support, and the leadership of Senator Amy Klobuchar and others, RTP was restored in the Senate’s version of transportation reauthorization legislation (S. 1813). The initial House reauthorization bill (H.R. 7) also protected RTP. But, as always, there is more to do, and ARRA needs your help once again.

As House and Senate leaders seek agreement on legislation that may ultimately become law it is imperative that they hear from you about the importance of RTP. Current discussions about unrelated programs may weaken RTP provisions. Please click the Send Message button below to send a letter to all House and Senate conferees urging them to retain dedicated funding for RTP.

As you know, the RTP is arguably the most important government program ever created to benefit motorized recreation, and funds the development and maintenance of thousands of miles of motorized and non-motorized trails.

Please click the Send Message button at the following link to weigh in today!

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RTP Update: Conferees Hammer Out Compromise on Highway Funding Bill

Dear Action Alert Subscriber:

First off, thank you for your calls and emails in response to our previous alerts on the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/20...on-rtp-funding

http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/20...ject-for-award

http://www.sharetrails.org/alerts/20...-rtp-amendment

Greg Mumm, BRC's Executive Director, called this morning, and he reports that U.S. House and Senate conferees have hammered out a final highway funding bill. A vote is expected late this week.

As you know, taxes you pay when you fill the tank on your OHV and snowmobile are made available to manage OHV and snowmobile use via the RTP program. The RTP program must be re-authorized each time Congress passes a new highway bill.

Greg says the House/Senate conference has kept the RTP program intact, but has everyone scratching their heads on the details. One new provision allows states to opt-out of the program if they want. Greg told me it is "good to see the program continue, but it is unclear how it will change under this authorization."

E & E News, a Washington D.C. based natural resource news outlet ran this article: http://www.sharetrails.org/public-la...ssage-deadline

Remember, the RTP program is NOT about diverting gas taxes to non-highway projects. Its about putting the taxes you pay at the pump to the trails and snowmobile areas you use.

We'll dig in to the details and let you know more soon. And, as always, please call or email if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks,
Ric Foster
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BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
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