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Utah Victory over RS2477
3/21/2013

 

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Unfortunately, the exaggerated image of off-roaders as redneck environmental vandals raping the land is still frequently promoted by some environmental advocates in order to provide justification for closing primitive roads and trails in areas of historic interest and scenic beauty. As anyone who has explored them first hand can testify, use of these remote and primitive roads actually increases the traveler's appreciation of the backcountry and has no real environmental impact.

U4WDA Volunteers Remove Junk Cars
U4WDA Volunteers remove junk cars from American Fork Canyon

In fact, any disruptive effect of a modern, low polluting, light-treading 4X4 passing along a primitive road pales into insignificance beside such massive natural forces as flash floods, fires, rain and even winds. In spite of this, dirt roads and trails are currently being closed in record numbers in the name of environmental protection.

If you use a vehicle of any kind to explore the backcountry, make sure you are a low impact user who leaves the area better than you found it. Follow the Tread Lightly rules.. Specifically, drive only on established roads and trails. Pick up trash if you see any. Be courteous to other backcountry users whether they are on foot or in vehicles. Keep in mind that you are an ambassador for us all and should act the part.

If you would like to get involved and help protect your rights to enjoy motorized recreation on public lands, join us today!


U4WDA In Action

U4WDA supports motorized access on public lands in many ways, we are a local organization which can address local issues with local resources on the ground within our local communities. As an all "Volunteer" organization, we work with local leaders to solve the problems that are core to keeping public lands open to our members and everyone else who values the beauty and access of our state. Not everything we do is published here on our website, but some activities are worthy to mention that we are not sitting idle on the sidelines either. Read More..(Adobe Acrobat Required)

 


U4WDA Open Access Fund

Unfortunately, it takes a lot of money to defend motorized access on public lands. U4WDA supports legal groups like Utah Shared Access Alliance, Blue Ribbon Coalition, United Four Wheel Drive Association, and others with financial donations to conduct specific legal action. Money donated or allocated for the U4WDA Open Access Fund is reserved for support of legal action in Utah that is intended to protect 4x4 access to public lands. Donate to the U4WDA Open Access Fund now.


LAND USE ALERT - ACTION NEEDED!

U4WDA supports the “Wilderness & Roadless Area Release Act”

U.S. Representative and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has joined with National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Western Caucus Chairman Steve Pearce (R-NM) to create legislation to ensure greater access to public lands for all Americans. The very important draft bill would release all Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) and Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRAs) that have been recommended or evaluated as not suitable for wilderness by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the U.S. Forest Service from restrictive management practices and directs that they be managed for multiple use, including recreation.

Contact your Representative and Senator in showing your support!


Upcoming Projects

U4WDA 2011 National Public Lands Day - September 24, 2011

More info coming soon.


Current Land Use Issues

UTAH, US National Forest Service Public Meetings on Draft Planning Rules.

The U.S. Forest Service is holding a series of public meetings on the recently proposed draft Planning Rule. It would serve as a national blueprint for national forest management in the coming years.. Join U4WDA in attending these meetings.

 

BRC Action Alert
Utah Parks and Rec Budget Update

BLUERIBBON COALITION LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT!

UTAH - Tell State Legislature No More Cuts to Parks & Rec. Budget

Dear BRC Members and Alert Subscribers in Utah,

The legislature has already cut $3 million from the planned $9.8 million budget. $9.8 million to $6.8 million is a huge cut. But that may not be the end if it.

Cutting the State Parks and Recreation general budget another $4 million will take it down to $2.8 million. This is over 71% cut from the original budget, which has already seen incremental cuts over the past few years.

 


Travel Management Plans

Due to federal mandates, every BLM Field Office and Forest Service Unit will be revising their travel management plans and maps over the next two years. Now is the time to get involved if you want to protect 4x4 access on public lands! Find out about volunteer activities with U4WDA, or contribute to our legal defense fund.

In addition to our ongoing service and education activities, U4WDA is working on the following long-term land use issues affecting 4x4 access to public lands in Utah. Check this page often for the latest updates.

Grand Junction, CO BLM RMP TMP comments needed

Five Mile Pass Motorized Travel Plan

Canaan Mountain Sawmill Road Closure


Grand Junction, CO BLM RMP TMP comments, Grand Junction Field Office

The Grand Junction Field Office is looking for comments specific to travel management, mainly specific comments on specific routes. They want to hear which routes you use and for what purposes.

Click the following link to read the news release, comments form and Q&A: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo/rmp/Travel_Management.html


Five Mile Pass Motorized Travel Plan, Salt Lake BLM Field Office

The BLM Salt Lake Field Office manages a huge portion of land in northwest Utah.

As of now, we are not sure if the popular rock-crawling trails known as Rattlesnake and Constrictor will remain open under the new plan. Tooele County has expressed interest in claiming several roads to protect OHV access, and might be a valuable allie in preserving the current access.

The special recreation area known as Five Mile Pass will be undergoing several changes. First, the open travel designation will be removed, and a new policy of designated routes only will be enforced. Second, many of the spider web of trails will be closed for future travel.

If you would like to help U4WDA work on preserving access in this area, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us.


Canaan Mountain Sawmill Road Closure, Cedar City BLM Field Office

The Canaan Mountain Sawmill Road is a historic route in Southern Utah. Canaan Mountain is east of Hurricane, and north of Hildale. The road has been in use by motorized users since the 1950's. The road was originally established to serve a sawmill built on the mountain.

In the mid-70's the BLM closed the road by declaring the surrounding land a Wilderness Study Area. However, the road has seen continuous use up to this day.

In 2006, Dan Jessop of Apple Valley was issued a citation for driving on the road. Rather than just pay the fine, Dan has decided to fight the premise of the roads closure. Washington County claims the road under RS 2477, and a victory in the case would be a major benefit to the motorized community across the West. The law is on our side, but we can only win the case if Dan receives the financial support to keep fighting and pay legal costs.

To donate to the Canaan Mountain Defense fund via credit card or Pay-Pal, click here. To donate via check, send your donation to: Dan Jessop, 6890 E Apple Valley Dr, Apple Valley, UT 84737. Make checks payable to attorneys "Jones Waldo."

A detailed article on this land use issue appeared in the Summer 2007 edition of The Compass. The article can be downloaded here.

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