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United Action Alert
United Action Alert
SUWA RELEASES FULL FORCE AND FURY AGAINST RESPONSIBLE OHV EVENT
BLM CONSIDERING CAVING IN TO SUWA DEMANDS
URGENT ACTION NEEDED
PLEASE FAX UTAH BLM STATE OFFICE TODAY
USA-ALL NEEDS YOU!!
Read the following ACTION ALERT. Then take just a minute and fax the Utah
BLM State Director.
Please, don't let SUWA get away with this one! We need YOU!
Yesterday, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance broke all previous records
for lies and distortions. Those of you familiar with this crowd, you know
how far out they have to be to do that! This time, they are trying to kill
motorcycle race scheduled for this Saturday, March 10th. They have bent
ear of Utah's BLM leadership in Salt Lake City. USA-ALL needs you to tell
our state director, Sally Wisely, that there is something called THE TRUTH!
Since 1999, a motorcycle club located just over the Utah border in Fruita
Colorado, the Bookcliff Rattlers, has been negotiating with the Moab BLM
office to resurrect the famous Dubinky Still Run motorcycle race. After
2 years of negotiation, and nearly $10,000 spent on cultural and
archeological studies the BLM finally approved the race.
Yesterday, a team of foundation funded attorney's, led by the Southern Utah
Wilderness Alliance, threatened the BLM with yet another lawsuit to stop
race. They simultaneously released an outrageous "action alert", breaking
all previous records of distortion and outright LIES.
Unfortunately, the BLM leadership in Salt Lake City may not have all of
facts. We are concerned that they may CAVE IN TO SUWA'S DEMANDS.
PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!
State Director Sally Wisely has acted in a fair and reasonable manner in
past. She just needs to know the facts so she may DO THE RIGHT THING. She
also needs to know that her personnel in the Moab Office did the right thing
in approving this race. Please take a minute and write a short note to
Sally. Tell her you have read the SUWA "action alert" and you want her to
know the truth. Tell her that organized trail rides and races are important
to you. Tell her not to be swayed by SUWA's lies and distortions.
Here is the SUWA "action alert":
3) PROTEST A COMPETITIVE MOTO-CROSS RACE IN WILDERNESS
Located about 10 miles southeast of Green River, Utah, the Duma Point
proposed wilderness unit's 10,000 acres enhance the vast 166,000 acre
Labyrinth Canyon roadless area, comprised of rolling bench lands and
spectacular side canyons arrayed along a 50-mile stretch of the Green River.
The area is dissected with many washes that support riparian vegetation,
including Dripping Spring and drainages into Ten Mile Wash. The surrounding
landscape is dominated by Blackbrush -- once trampled and killed, blackbrush
individuals (some that may be over three hundred years old) rarely
rejuvenate. Several species of high management concern including desert
bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, prairie falcon, red-tailed
hawk, ferruginous hawk, golden eagle, and peregrine falcon make this land
home. And Coyotes, fox, wrens, ravens and other small mammals also frolic
On Saturday, March 10 this wonderland will be invaded by 250 earth- and
eardrum-tearing dirt bikes and an entourage of spectators, event hosts,
tag-a-long riders. Racers will trample blackbrush, crush cryptos, and rip
through riparian areas along a 35 mile course that punches through proposed
wilderness, leaving in their wake new and expanded "trails," dead plants,
fragmented habitat, and unstable wash banks and soils subject to erosion
the long term. Although the actual number of animals killed by the racing
motorcycle can not be predicted, according to the BLM there's nothing to
worry about since they "would not suffer any long-term loss." Tell that
Representatives from SUWA and Red Rock Forests were at the race site on
March 3, one week before the proposed race and before the BLM issued the
permit. Race organizers were also out that day posting the course. Riders
were crashing their dirt bikes through sensitive riparian vegetation within
Ten Mile wash -- an area explicitly excluded from the course. Other riders
were traversing cross-country searching for the proposed race-route while
creating new trails, smashing brush and grasses, and rutting undisturbed
drainages in their ignorance. We spoke with a couple "Bookcliff Rattlers,"
the race proponents, and offered to work with them in rerouting the course
to avoid riparian areas and wilderness lands. According to them, it was
BLM that suggested that they hold the race to "establish use in the area,"
and directed them into these sensitive lands, totally ignoring wilderness
and other resource concerns. They even stated that they would be willing
drop conflicting portions of the course.
We relayed this information to the BLM, along with photographs documenting
the resource and user conflicts that would result from this race. Rather
than protecting these resources, the agency gave the decision making
authority to the Rattlers. And rather than seizing this opportunity to work
together to prevent damage to the land, the Rattlers selfishly (but
predictably) determined to ride the same course.
The devastation that will result from this race is a prime example why the
BLM must not allow "open" off-road vehicle travel on public lands. The
agency recently limited travel to "existing" roads and trails in surrounding
lands in order to prevent damage from cross-country travel, but left this
area "open" because of pressure from ORV groups. In designing these recent
travel restrictions and in approving the race, the BLM completely ignored
citizen-proposed wilderness lands, other resources and user conflicts. In
fact, the BLM had the audacity to presume that people "would likely enjoy
watching the race."
Well, we would like to expose that this is far from the truth, and plan
hold a PROTEST at the race on Saturday, March 10, 2001! If you think that
you can attend, please call us at 435-259-5440, and we'll get you the
details.You can also write the BLM and express your upset over the fact
they were unwilling to make minor route changes to avoid major environmental
damage. Tell them that the Duma Point wilderness is not the place for ORV
travel of any type, and certainly not competitive events. Emphasize that
was remiss for the agency to leave this area "open" in designing the recent
emergency travel restrictions, and that future planning must not designate
the White Wash Sand Dunes or any other place as an "open" or "intensive
area. This will only result in impossible management, resource damage, and
recreation conflicts, and it inconsistent with the wilderness values of
area. Send letters to: Maggie Wyatt, Bureau of Land Management, 82 East
Dogwood Ave., P.O. Box 970, Moab, Utah 84532; fax 435-259-2106.
HERE ARE THE FACTS:
The Bookcliff Rattlers, a motorcycle club located in Fruita Colorado with
members in Colorado and Utah has been approved for a motorcycle race in
White Wash Sand Dune area near Moab Utah. The racecourse follows a route
originally used in the late 1970's and early 1980's by the Green River Jeep
*The Bookcliff Rattlers is a credible organization dedicated to responsible
The Rattlers have a proud history of cooperative management efforts with
land managing agencies.
For years, members of the Bookcliff Rattlers assisted the Forest Service
BLM in various projects including management of the Rabbit Valley Trail
System. The Rabbit Valley system is often touted by the BLM as a successful
management paradigm, providing mechanized, motorized and horseback
recreational opportunities while protecting the land.
*The 2001 Dubinky Still Run conforms to land use plans.
The racecourse is in conformance with the terms and conditions of the Grand
Resource Area Management Plan as required by 43 CFR 1610.5 and within the
area designated for competitive and noncompetitive OHV events. The race
also consistent with the Grand County General Plan.
*Race organizers worked with the BLM to address environmental concerns.
The Rattlers worked with BLM personnel and deviated from the original
racecourse to address environmental concerns. Additionally, several
stipulations, negotiated between race organizers and the BLM require
mitigation actions if impacts warrant them.
*The Bookcliff Rattlers worked with the BLM for years to address impacts
Since 1999 race organizers and the BLM addressed possible impacts to
cultural, historical and paleontological resources. As a result of this
cooperative effort, the Bookcliff Rattlers paid for an intensive level
cultural resource inventory of approximately 454 acres. The Rattlers then
worked with BLM personnel to re-route the proposed racecourse to address
*The 10 Mile Wash area has a long history of OHV use.
The area of the race has a long history of OHV activity going back over
years. It has been home to countless family reunions, organized trail rides,
as well as organized motorcycle races. In recent years, it has been
identified as a suitable area for OHV use and the BLM has been directing
users to the area when other roads and trails have been closed.
HERE IS WHAT TO DO:
USA-ALL needs you to fax State Director Wisely. Whether it is a hand
written, or printed or typed, simply write this out on sheet of paper:
To: Utah BLM State Director Sally Wisely
Tell her you have read the "SUWA action alert" regarding the Bookcliff
Rattlers Motorcycle Race and you would like her to know the truth.
Be sure to mention all of the FACTS listed above.
GIVE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS (phone number optional)
TELL HER OHV USE IS IMPORTANT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
TELL HER THAT THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE TO THE STORY
THE FAX NUMBER IS: (801) 539-4013
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