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Old 10-15-2000, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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<FONT COLOR="Yellow">I got the following letter from the LUN. Is there anyone interested in getting involved and showing up at the meeting? I will be there with some members from my club. This will be the first meeting of this type that we are attending. The BLM has recieved so many responses to this, they have moved the meeting to the Gym in the local High School.. Don't let apathy close our land.. E-mail me for more details... GET INVOLVED!!</FONT c>


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TO: The California off-road community.

FROM: Roy Denner, Recreation Representative on the BLM California Desert
District Advisory Council

SUBJECT: OFF-ROADER APATHY! (DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME READING THIS)

As you may know, the Desert District Advisory Council (DAC) is composed of
15 people from various interest groups who advise the BLM on management of
the California Desert District. The California Desert District covers
portions of 8 counties and includes over 10 million acres of public land.
As the recreation representative on the DAC, I have attended the Council
meetings and have reported events having significant impact to the off-road
community.

Probably the most significant activity having impact on OHV recreation ever
to happen is the current effort by the BLM to develop a National Off-Highway
Vehicle Management Strategy. I reported on this after the last DAC meeting
and provided methods and contacts for comment. I just learned that the
comments are running 5 to 1 against motorized activities. I can only
conclude that the environmental organizations really care and the off-road
community doesn't give a damn!

On October 21 & 22 in Barstow, the DAC will be holding its next meeting.
Items on the agenda include:
1. Update on the National OHV Management Strategy.
2. Recreation Fee District Policy - A plan to charge fees at all recreation
areas.
3. A briefing on the lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity - an
attempt to close down the Imperial Sand Dunes.
4. Development of a California Desert District Non-Profit Association to
assist in development of an action plan.

I am only one of 15 people sitting on the DAC. More importantly, I AM THE
ONLY RECREATION REPRESENTATIVE who speaks for off-road recreation (vehicle
and non-vehicle). If the sad response to the request for input on the new
OHV Management Strategy is to be my guidline, I AM WASTING MY TIME!!
OFF-ROAD RECREATIONISTS DON'T CARE!! And while I'm doing my job, I'm
destroying my credibility with the BLM.

So, here's my ultimatum (don't laugh too hard if you're still with me)!
Unless I see an overwhelming turnout of off-road recreationist in Barstow on
the 20th & 21st of October to provide support for our form of recreation, I
will assume that I am not representing the off-road community in a proper
manner and will resign from the DAC. I am not the kind of person who can
sit quietly on this council while opportunities for off-road recreation are
continually being eroded from all directions. I spend too much time and
lose too much sleep over this situation to be representing the off-road
community in the wrong way. I'm sure a more complacent, non-emotional,
representative can be found. There are obviously lots of you out there. My
family will be delighted to have me back.

Incidentally, I am the DAC representative on the Imperial Sand Dunes
Recreation Area Technical Review Team - an organization that advises the BLM
on how user fees should be expended. Since I would no longer be a DAC
representative, I would obviously not be the representative from the DAC on
the ISDRA TRT.

If you're through laughing at my ultimatum, and are not too busy with other
more important issues to give up a day in your life to help keep public
lands open for use by the public, you might consider making the relatively
short drive to Barstow on Saturday, October 21st. That is the actual DAC
meeting day. The public is also welcome on the Field Tour which will take
place on Friday, October 20. Information follows:

MEETING PLACE: City Council Chambers at City Hall
220 East Mountain View
Barstow, California
Saturday, Oct. 21, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
go west on Main St. and rt. on East Mountain View

HOTEL WHERE DAC MEMBERS ARE STAYING:
Holiday Inn
1511 East Main St.
Barstow, CA
(760) 256-5673

For more information, or copies of the agenda, call Doran Sanchez at the BLM
CA Desert District Office: (909) 697-5220.

If it doesn't cause too much of an impact on your time, please consider
forwarding this message to other off-roaders who probably won't care either.

Vincent J. Brunasso
Keith L. Rosewitz
Jerry R. Seaver
American Sand Association
To Unite, Inform, and Mobilize to Keep Our Dunes OPEN

PS: Roy has worked hard for us and he deserves the support - more
importantly, we all loose if we
don't.

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