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jeepsonly
10-07-2005, 09:43 AM
Received from the Red Rock 4-Wheelers Please read.

Subject: Critical Action Alert for Jeepers


Fellow Jeepers- Please take a moment to read the following excert from the Red Rock 4 Wheelers of Moab,s Newsletter and take what ever action you feel is appropiate.

The form mentioned in the newsletter is included in this e-mail as a PDF attachment

Thank for your attention

Happy Trails - Rex Holman, Treasurer, Red Rock 4 Wheelers

A major topic at the last meeting of the Red Rock 4 Wheelers was the status of the 5 year permit and what is happening. Dave Adams our present Land Use Officer and Jeff Stevens, former vice president of the club gave us an up date and it is at best alarming.

The Environmental Assessment (EA) was released to the public on October 1, with a comment period that ends on October 30, 2005. The plan has three possible options, one of which will be chosen and will be not only the guidance for the
Red Rock 4 Wheelers, but all permittees for the next 5 years.

Option "A" will issue the permit pretty much as presently configured, with some very minor adjustments. This also gives us ArchCanyon and Hotel rock as additions to the permit. The club also asked for and will be granted exclusive use of some trails on scheduled Safari days. This is the option that we would like to see chosen since it allows the Red Rock 4 Wheelers as well as all other permitted groups and commercial outfitters to continue to run the standard Safari trails.

Option "B" is more severe and is not acceptable as it is presently written. The recommendations under option B are to close all or portions, to permitted use the following: ArchCanyon, HeyJoeCanyon, Hotel Rock, Kane Creek, TusherCanyon ( part of Seven mile Rim), PritchettCanyon and Bartlett wash (part of 3D).

Option "C" is No Action or no permit - no Jeep Safari and all permitted activity would cease on the marked trails, This includes all commercial outfitters, and all clubs and organizations that presently come to Moab. This includes Suzuki, Hummer, Cherokees, Broncos and all of the other clubs that apply for permits. This option is not acceptable to the Red Rock 4 Wheelers, but it is the one that our environmental friends are going to try to push through.

We have good reason to believe that SUWA, The Sierra Club, Red Rock Wilderness, and others are planning a major mail campaign to influence the BLM in their decision.

The BLM is not taking e-mail responses. They have specified mailed letters and comments, to be in their hand by October 30, 2005. There is not much time to protect our trails!!

Enclosed in the newsletter is a form letter for you to use as a guide. Please fill it out or draft your own comments and send them to the BLM NOW.

The BLM in their defense, makes the case for the issuance of the permit under option A, however they can be influenced by large numbers of comments being submitted. That is why it is imperative for us to react. Feel free to make copies of the form and spread it around to your friends that enjoy 4 wheeling in the Moab area.

If you would like a copy of the EA, you can phone the Moab BLM office at (435)- 259-2100 between 8 and 4:30 Monday thru Friday. When you request a copy, be sure and ask to be placed on the mailing list for the record of decision on the EA.

You will be looking for Draft Environmental Assessment UT-060-2005-080. It is about 65 pages and is very eye-opening about the process.

During the scoping phase of the EA, the BLM received 176 comments from interested parties, most of which were opposed to the Safari. The BLM addresses these in the EA and pretty much puts most of them to rest, but that won’t stop the environmental groups to send tons of letters to the BLM.

The preferred method is a personal letter. Form letters are OK because they add to the count. Petitions, while seeming to be effective in some government arenas, are only treated as one response, no matter how many names are on the petition.

Remember, this not only affects the Red Rock 4 Wheelers, but all permitted and commercial uses. The BLM is quick to point out that they would prefer to have organized events, since they tend to be more responsible to the permit requirements and stay on the marked trails. This will not affect individual travel on any of the trails. You will still be allowed to come to Moab and enjoy the scenery and the fabulous trails, but you will not be allowed to have any type of organized activity if we don’t respond NOW!!

-----------------------LETTER------------------



U. S. Department of Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood Avenue
Moab, UT 84532


DATE


Subject: Draft Environmental Assessment UT -060-2005-080
Red Rock 4-Wheelers Jeep Safari and Fall Campout 5 Year Permit

To whom it may concern:


My family and I are in favor of option “A” of the Environmental Assessment about the 5 year permit. As responsible 4- wheelers, we feel that the permit outlined under Option “A” is the appropriate decision for the BLM to use in their determination.



Sincerely,



YOUR SIGNATURE



YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS

Please include my/our names on the list of interested parties to be notified of the record of decision.

Antman
10-07-2005, 10:33 AM
I'm headed to the post office to mail it. Thanks for bringing to our attention! Come on folks......lets respond to this.:D

jeepsonly
10-07-2005, 11:06 AM
Thanks!

Yup, copy, paste, personalize, print, sign, mail...pretty simple

LKD TJ
10-07-2005, 11:25 AM
Just printed and sent mine out. Thanks for the post!

Hackle
10-07-2005, 11:28 AM
Thanks for the post i will have a letter in the mail today.
Jim F.

azrubyman
10-07-2005, 11:57 AM
Copied and printed and will be in the mailmans hands Saturday morning.

may I post this on another jeep forum?

Ken

jeepsonly
10-07-2005, 12:22 PM
may I post this on another jeep forum?


I stole it from another forum. I think it's open-source :D

Sedona Jeep School
10-08-2005, 06:14 AM
may I post this on another jeep forum?


I stole it from another forum. I think it's open-source

Well, there are my manners--I didn't ask before sending it to half the country! :D

Draft Environmental Assessment UT-060-2005-080: Download the 58-page .pdf at:

http://www.blm.gov/utah/moab/jeep_safari_ea.html

Good reading, people!

On a related note: I support the Red Rock 4-Wheelers' permit, but they should pick a set date in April instead of just Easter Week, which is a moving target. It seems that Safari has become more of a "Spring Break" event instead of a Jeeping event, which is why there is so much opposition. If it was a "non-Spring Break event", we could get back to Jeeping, instead of partying, which would give the opposition less to complain about. The event would be easier to manage, too.

Antman
10-08-2005, 08:30 AM
[QUOTE
On a related note: I support the Red Rock 4-Wheelers' permit, but they should pick a set date in April instead of just Easter Week, which is a moving target. It seems that Safari has become more of a "Spring Break" event instead of a Jeeping event, which is why there is so much opposition. If it was a "non-Spring Break event", we could get back to Jeeping, instead of partying, which would give the opposition less to complain about. The event would be easier to manage, too.[/QUOTE]

I have to say I agree with that also Nena.

bgwhtjp33
10-14-2005, 09:15 PM
Just printed mine out and will mail in the morning

rockwerks
10-15-2005, 08:52 AM
I have to say I agree with that also Nena.

It has gotten out of control, I went once a few years back and it was nuts, trying to run virtually any trail was a long wait and guys got tired of waiting for an obstacle so the pioneered new ways....not cool

Antman
10-15-2005, 09:15 AM
We need a sticky on this thread!