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NEW MEXICO - OHV Advocates Challenge Carson NF Decision on Travel Management

We wanted to pass along the latest news from the folks over at the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA). NMOHVA has appealed the Carson National Forest's decision on Travel Management for the Questa Ranger District.
There is more information in the press release, which is pasted below. The folks over at NMOHVA are doing outstanding work in the fight for access and are certainly deserving of your support, so visit their website and learn more about how you can help.

As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107



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OHV Advocates Challenge Forest Service Road Closings
Albuquerque, New Mexico - January 2, 2012 - The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA) has appealed the Carson National Forest's decision on Travel Management for the Questa Ranger District. The recent decision closes popular roads and trails to motorized use. In addition, NMOHVA and the Town of Red River co-signed another appeal challenging the inadequate economic impact analysis in the Environmental Analysis (EA).
The Forest Service is closing roads and trails to motorized use but their EA doesn't show that vehicles are causing damage. Overall, the EA concludes the Forest's wildlife, land and water quality are all fine. The Carson doesn't even have traffic count numbers for vehicle use. There is no logical connection between the facts and the decision.
"Our appeal explains how their EA disobeys NEPA laws and Forest Service planning regulations", said Mark Werkmeister, NMOHVA Board member. "Our comments on the Draft EA pointed out these serious errors. The agency did not fix these errors before publishing the final EA nor did they adequately address our comments as they are required by law to do. Some of their responses don't even mention the topic of our comment."
The appeal will be reviewed by Region 3 of the Forest Service who must make a decision within 45 days. "We will see if Region 3 holds the Carson National Forest accountable to the laws and regulations. If they don't, the next step would be to consider legal action", concluded Werkmeister.

More information is available by visiting www.nmohva.org or by contacting NMOHVA at 505-321-3155

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About the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle AllianceThe New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance is a statewide incorporated alliance of motorized off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts. NMOHVA promotes responsible OHV recreation through education, safety training, land conservation and public access. NMOHVA cooperates with public and private interests to ensure a positive future for OHV recreation in New Mexico.
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NEW MEXICO - OHV Advocates Challenge Carson NF Decision on Travel Management

We wanted to pass along the latest news from the folks over at the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA). NMOHVA has appealed the Carson National Forest's decision on Travel Management for the Questa Ranger District.
There is more information in the press release, which is pasted below. The folks over at NMOHVA are doing outstanding work in the fight for access and are certainly deserving of your support, so visit their website and learn more about how you can help.

Thanks for posting. We all need to keep fighting!
As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107



Press Release
OHV Advocates Challenge Forest Service Road Closings
Albuquerque, New Mexico - January 2, 2012 - The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA) has appealed the Carson National Forest's decision on Travel Management for the Questa Ranger District. The recent decision closes popular roads and trails to motorized use. In addition, NMOHVA and the Town of Red River co-signed another appeal challenging the inadequate economic impact analysis in the Environmental Analysis (EA).
The Forest Service is closing roads and trails to motorized use but their EA doesn't show that vehicles are causing damage. Overall, the EA concludes the Forest's wildlife, land and water quality are all fine. The Carson doesn't even have traffic count numbers for vehicle use. There is no logical connection between the facts and the decision.
"Our appeal explains how their EA disobeys NEPA laws and Forest Service planning regulations", said Mark Werkmeister, NMOHVA Board member. "Our comments on the Draft EA pointed out these serious errors. The agency did not fix these errors before publishing the final EA nor did they adequately address our comments as they are required by law to do. Some of their responses don't even mention the topic of our comment."
The appeal will be reviewed by Region 3 of the Forest Service who must make a decision within 45 days. "We will see if Region 3 holds the Carson National Forest accountable to the laws and regulations. If they don't, the next step would be to consider legal action", concluded Werkmeister.

More information is available by visiting www.nmohva.org or by contacting NMOHVA at 505-321-3155

__________________________________________________ ____________________________________________
About the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle AllianceThe New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance is a statewide incorporated alliance of motorized off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts. NMOHVA promotes responsible OHV recreation through education, safety training, land conservation and public access. NMOHVA cooperates with public and private interests to ensure a positive future for OHV recreation in New Mexico.
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thanks for posting. All of us need to keep fighting the closures. Radical environmental-greenie Wildnerness (David Foreman, Earth First and associated with the Wildnerness Society - "We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects...We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wildnerness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land"
Baucus and Tester are supporting and lobbying for MORE Wilderness. Rehberg supports multiple use and has resisted additional Wilderness (and we have enough Wildnerness designated land) Rehberg is the wise choice in the Rehberg -vs- Tester Senate race as he is on our side in this.
BTW - speaking of bizarre forest service managment / Wildlife managment - does anyone have those pics of wolf mutilated dead/dying elk cows and half eaten elk calves? There were photos circulating of calves being viciously 'aborted' by wolves and just left dead along with the dead cow. Recently read the AP article about how much good the wolves have done for the forests by getting rid of elk. Pathetic.
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