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IDAHO - Hailey OHV Club Needs Your Help
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
The folks over at the Idaho Mountain Dirt Riders Association (IMDRA) in Hailey, Idaho, have asked us to ask you to help them with a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) travel planning process.
The Short Story:Idaho BLM's Shoshone Field Office is developing a Travel Management Plan (TMP) for the area near Hailey, Idaho, north of Highway 20, bounded on the west by Chimney Creek and on the east by Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve and Fish Creek.
BLM is moving to a "travel limited to designated roads and trails" travel plan. And pursuant to BLM's new "Comprehensive Travel Plan" policy, all motorized, mountain bike and even equestrian trails will be closed unless designated open!
We want to work with the BLM:I am very impressed with the gang at IMDRA because they support managing trail-based recreation and they want to work with the BLM on a plan that is fair to everyone, and also protects the environment and wildlife (many IMDRA members are avid sportsmen).
What's the problem?The reason IMDRA contacted BRC is that the BLM has not even mapped all of the existing trails and if they aren't on the map, they won't even be considered as designated trails.
How can we help?The good news is it's very early in the process. So if you recreate near Hailey you have time to view maps and submit specific comments on roads and trails.
But BLM has put a deadline of this Friday, October 14, 2011, for comments regarding "relevant issues that will influence the scope of the Environmental Assessment (EA), including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EA."
We've worked with IMDRA on several comment suggestions you can send to the BLM and we've included the contact info. Please take a minute today and send the BLM a comment.
Thanks in advance,
Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102

NORTH HIGHWAY 20 TRAVEL PLAN ACTION ALERT
SITUATION: Idaho BLM's Shoshone Field Office is developing a Travel Management Plan (TMP) for the area near Hailey, Idaho, north of Highway 20, bounded on the west by Chimney Creek and on the east by Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve and Fish Creek.
Comments on "relevant issues that will influence the scope of the EA, including alternatives, and guide the process for developing the EA" MUST received by this Friday, October 14, 2011.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:Send a comment letter via email to John Kurtz at North_Highway20_Travel_Plan@blm.gov
Include a brief paragraph explaining how important OHV, mountain bike and equestrian trails are to you and your family.
Tell the BLM:
  • The Proposed Action does not include anywhere near enough trail based recreation opportunities, especially for single-track motorbikes and ATVs.
  • Please develop one alternative that keeps as many of the existing roads and trails open for recreational use.
  • Road and trail closures have reached a critical mass. Recent closures have made the trails in the Hailey area all that more valuable to BLM visitors. Because of the expansion of the Craters of the Moon National Monument, recent closures in the South Hills and closures on the Salmon Challis National Forest, the trails near Hailey are now more valuable.
  • The BLM's maps do not show many of the existing trail networks. Unless they are on the initial map, the public can not determine the impact of the travel plan. The BLM must present an accurate inventory to the public before it moves ahead with this travel plan.
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