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BLM Action Plan Project Moving Forward with Visits to Oregon and Washington

During the week of September 10 – 15 National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) staff members Geoff Chain and Marc Hildesheim, along with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) OHV Subject Matter Expert, Brad Colin, visited five cities in Oregon and Washington. At each city a listening session was held with local OHV enthusiasts to determine what the BLM can do to provide a better OHV recreation experience. These meetings were part of the larger BLM National Motorized Recreation Strategy which came out in 2014. NOHVCC and the BLM have partnered to apply that strategy at a state level by engaging in a grassroots process that allows local users to help determine what the BLM’s trail program will look like.

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Interior Secretary Reaffirms Commitment to Recreation

Zinke Signs Secretarial Orders to Increase Recreational Opportunities on Public Lands and Waters

Establishes Position of Senior National Advisor for Recreation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today signed two secretarial orders continuing his efforts to prioritize the Department of Interior’s recreation mission and increase access to public lands.

Secretarial Order 3366 directs certain Interior bureaus to create and deliver plans to the Department within 90 days that focus on developing or expanding recreational opportunities on public lands and waterways. This order also directs bureau heads to designate one full-time employee charged to oversee recreational opportunities.

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Post-Election, Where Do We Stand And What Should We Be Doing?

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

Just days after the November 6th election, some recreation groups and businesses wrote to President Obama asking him to create a new, 1.4 million acre National Monument area in the State of Utah. Farther north, in Montana, television commercials started appearing, promoting anti-OHV legislation in that state. As Larry Smith reported in the December ARRA newsletter, 2013 is shaping up to be a challenging year for OHV recreation and public access.

We decided to ask some of the OHV industry’s most informed and influential leaders what this means at the local level. Here is the question and their answers

Question: At this time, why is it important for OHV enthusiasts to be politically involved in their state trail systems, and what can they do as riders, clubs and state associations to be effective?

Paul Vitrano, California -- Executive Vice President, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA); President, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA)

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