Recreation Advocate

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Travel Management.  This is part of the administrative process where the Forest Service is determining a sustainable system of routes to support the needs of Forest visitors.  The Bureau of Land Management is also engaged in travel management planning.  As travel management plans are developed, the coming challenge is to implement the plans.  Your involvement with implementing travel management plans is critical to continued access for recreation.

  The 110th Congress left a number of wilderness bills for the 111th Congress.  There is pressure on Congress to set aside large swaths of public lands as wilderness.   And, there is a growing move to re-define wilderness: from preservation to protection.  We need to support efforts to protect our public lands while allowing enjoyment of the recreation opportunity provided.

Image.  Motorized recreation continues to be marked as “destroyers of the environment”.  Image does affect land management decisions when protection of resources is considered.  Our image is projected to the public though advertising and our own web sites.  

Coalition Building.  Motorized recreation is characterized by many facets, each with its own set of advocates.  We need to build a coalition of the different facets to develop strategy and set priorities for addressing issues common to all.  While we may recreate in different manners, we are bound by two common elements.  We use a motorized vehicle and we need access to a place for recreation.

Membership and Involvement.  Increasing the membership and involvement of recreationists is important.  As we move into the future, we will be involved with change.  The sport is changing.  Opportunities are changing.  And, regulations are changing.  Membership and involvement are key ingredients to ensuring recreation remains a viable opportunity.

I encourage everyone to become active and involved.  Join a local club, state/regional association, and a national organization.  Your participation helps protect access to recreation opportunities.  Your involvement can help guide the change.

In this ever-changing environment, is committed to promoting and protecting responsible recreation.  Beginning in January, 2009, will donate 10% of net advertising revenue per month to the BlueRibbon Coalition Legal Defense Fund for the express purpose of keeping trails and recreation areas open for use. is funded through advertising.  Please support our advertisers and help contribute to protecting access to recreation opportunities.
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