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The new Pirate4x4.com letter generator kicked off by knocking out a Smokey the Bear Public Service announcement that framed OHV users in a bad light.

Well, now we are using it to take out the big dogs! :evil:

Here is the situation:

Years ago, key staff from the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as leaders from some of California's radical anti-recreation groups, made a commitment to keep the historic Furnace Creek Road open. Well, guess who has not kept their promise? The anti’s are going back on their word and trying to close this trail forever. The Forest Service, Politicians, and other land management agencies are going back on their commitments to the OHV community. :shaking:

Not only that, now they are asking for even MORE wilderness in that area! U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and U.S. Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon are proposing a bill that would designate 400,000 acres of Wilderness in Mono County, CA along the CA/NV border.

40 years ago the Wilderness Act was passed to protect land from development and things like mining and commercial clear-cut logging. This act is an OUTDATED act, and NONE of these things are happening in this specific area. There are many other ways to manage this land than to shut it down to everyone.

While some routes would remain in this “roadless” area if the bill passes, (supposedly to keep the OHV public satisfied) this bill would close many others, including the Furnace Creek Road, a popular 4x4 route which has been in existence since BEFORE Inyo National Forest was even created. The road was used at the turn of the last century for ranching and mining, but there is evidence of use since the mid to late 1800’s!

Here’s the kicker: Years after the federal land managers and the radical anti groups made a commitment to keep the Furnace Creek Road open, they want to use this Wilderness bill to go back on their word!

We REALLY need your help on this one. AND we have a GOOD chance of beating this thing, or at the very least saving this historic trail if we get a big enough response. The OHV community must insist that all parties live up to their commitments. The Furnace Creek Road must remain open!

We only tend to fight for our own backyards and our own trails, well that's left us fragmented and ineffective. If we ALL team up to fight for each other, we can pack a huge punch. Please, even if you have never wheeled this area (I haven't) PLEASE send a letter!



Step 1:

Go to the letter generator at www.pirate4x4.com/letters

Step 2.

Follow the directions on that page. Either write a personal letter (the preferred method) or copy and paste the sample letter.

Step 3.

Click Send, then PLEASE forward this info to your friends and family.

It takes 3 fawkin minutes..... I MAY also have some vendors on board to kick down some give-aways to push this thing. I am waiting on a few to step up.

One more thing:

If we can get 2,500 letters from the generator, BRC's Executive Director will print them all out, go to Washington DC and HAND DELIVER the stacks of letters to Senators and Representatives. That way they can't just "delete" and e-mail from us...

(A huge thanks to DRM who gave me that idea :flipoff2:)

Greg Mumm, has been on several trips to Washington DC lately.

The anti-recreation lobby has been very active! BRC has submitted written testimony in a House Subcommittee hearing on OHV use, and last month he testified in person at a Senate Subcommittee. BRC has also been involved in a new General Accounting Office (GAO) study on OHV use. The anti-recreation zealots are setting the stage for a very aggressive legislative and regulatory strategy for 2009.

This election cycle will be very important for the OHV community. PLEASE register to vote.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!

KURT

Friends of Eldorado National Forest
Pirate4x4.com land-use Editor
 

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Done.

My family and I spend our summers travelling California to recreate -- sometimes motorized, and sometimes hiking and/or paddling. We live in Fair oaks, CA, but get pretty far afield from the greater Sacramento area... we regularly frequent the Sierras and the Coastal range, and have an annual trip to Utah each year. We often make it up past Shasta, or down to the San Diego area -- we like to travel and enjoy what California especially has to offer! Our OHVs are just part of our recreation.

I am increasingly concerned with the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act (HR 6156 and S 3069), and the inclusion of lands not suitable for Wilderness. In 1964, when the Wilderness Act was passed, over-development posed a real threat to wildlands and backcountry. The vision back then was much more limited than the almost 105 million acres of Wilderness that exists today... an area slightly larger than the state of California. While there is still opportunity to add appropriate chunks of land with wilderness characteristics, the latest round of 'wilderness' additions are less and less appropriate for designation as Wilderness.

With many environmental protections passed since the Wilderness Act, not least of which was the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), there is less and less need for full designation of land as Wilderness, with the full limitations that this entails. Lands can be (and often are!) well-protected and well-managed for many different types of recreation, instead of being locked down and limited to the few types of recreation allowed in Wilderness. Wilderness designations are out of touch with modern day realities. Public lands are now important recreation venues for mountain bikers, snowmobilers and Off-Highway Vehicle users, all of which are banned in Wilderness. Unfortunately the Wilderness lobby refuses to acknowledge the fact that other alternatives, including National Recreation Areas (NRA) or National Conservation Areas (NCA), provide the exact same level of protection from development that Wilderness carries.

Furnace Creek Road has special concern to me, since motorized recreation groups compromised in a series of meetings with the Inyo National Forest to create a plan that retained access to this unique recreational opportunity. Motorized folks agreed to road and trail closures because the final agreement was a "workable compromise" ... and the same "conservation community" that compromised with us back then is now going back on their commitments and trying to close Furnace Creek Road with HR 6156 and S 3069. All parties to this compromise should be willing to live up to their commitments -- and that means keeping the historic Furnace Creek Road open to motorized access for hunters, fishermen, and OHV enthusiasts - including snow machines.

I value multiple-use recreational access, and I am asking you to:
* SUPPORT alternatives that do not restrict the public's ability to view and enjoy our nation's public lands.
* OPPOSE the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act (HR 6156 and S 3069).
 

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Done - I gacked pieces of the generic letter, added some of my own stuff, and borrowed randii's three lines at the end; keeping it short, sweet, and to-the-point.

I am very concerned about the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act. It would close many popular snowmobile areas, mountain bike trails, and 4x4 roads.

Public lands are important recreation venues for mountain bikers, snowmobilers and Off-Highway Vehicle users, all of which are banned in designated "Wilderness". This is unacceptable. We are all taxpayers of this country and should be allowed access to these public areas. Why should one group's definition of "proper use and enjoyment" of public lands be given any more credence than another's? We all like to enjoy the outdoors in our own way - one is no more valid than another.

I value multiple-use recreational access, and I am asking you to:

-- SUPPORT alternatives that do not restrict anyone's ability to enjoy our nation's public lands.

-- OPPOSE the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act (HR 6156 and S 3069).
 

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Can a few people help me on spreading the word on this one?

E-mail people, post up on other bulletin boards etc??

Hit up and snowmobiling boards you can find. I would do it myself but I am swamped at work today and gone this weekend for a FOE clean-up in Eldo, so any help would be MUCH apprciated.

Please post up here where you spread the word..

KURT
 

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Can a few people help me on spreading the word on this one?

E-mail people, post up on other bulletin boards etc??

Hit up and snowmobiling boards you can find. I would do it myself but I am swamped at work today and gone this weekend for a FOE clean-up in Eldo, so any help would be MUCH apprciated.

Please post up here where you spread the word..

KURT
Arrrrrrrrr, done Caption another 12 Dozen lashes right away sir...TJ
 

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Kurt.

Just put it on the forums at DeathValley.com and PanamintValley.com


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Years ago, key staff from the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as leaders from some of California's radical anti-recreation groups, made a commitment to keep the historic Furnace Creek Road open. Well, guess who has not kept their promise?
Let this be a good lesson for anyone new to the scene (or even some of you old hands). There is no such thing as deals and compromise! These people want motorized recreation ELIMINATED from public lands in the U.S. That's not hyperbole, it's fact.

Here our enemies demonstrate a classic tactic. They "promise" they'll keep an area open if motorized users will accept closure somewhere else. They call the closure a victory. Then they come back years later and fight to close the area they "promised" to allow open. It's a vicious cycle.


Click Send, then PLEASE forward this info to your friends and family.
Done and done.
 
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