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Don Amador

Science As a Tool in OHV Recreation

2006 field test on the Shasta-Trinity NF

Championing responsible OHV recreation on public lands takes many forms. Often today, those venues are related to the administrative process or legal challenges.

For many years, some of you have listened to me talk about my axiom of land use and heard the now famous quote ... “All land-use planning decisions are political decisions.” That quote is not meant to discount the importance of local involvement, volunteer efforts, offering public comments, advocacy, etc. Rather it is offered as a potent dose of reality to new land use leaders who are trying to figure out the federal land management decision-making process. And, to present an explanation of how/why that final decision is made. The confusion for many OHVers is often it appears that science, historic use, or common sense had little to do with the decision.

One important, yet often overlooked, effective strategy for championing OHV recreation is proactive support for new OHV-related science projects that may help to provide specific answers/solutions to how OHV recreation is managed on public lands.

Read more of Science As a Tool in OHV Recreation on The General's BLOG.

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The General's Recreation HQ

The General (aka Don Amador):  Don is a recreation consultant and serves as the Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition. He has spent the over 19 years successfully advocating environmentally sound multiple-use recreation on, and access to, public lands. Don has been a featured speaker on the topic of off-road recreation, public land access and travel management at many media events including the Annual Outdoor Writers Association of America Conference, Western Outdoor Writers Annual Conference, the Common Wealth Club of San Francisco, and the Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference.

Click here to read The General's Recreation HQ BLOG

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Don Amador

A Trail Advocate's Prayer


I felt inspired to write this poem after watching a Christmas musical.  Tis the season for hope, thankfulness, and reflection. Trails are indeed part of life’s journey. 

A Trail Advocate’s Prayer

Father, as I head out on the trail today,

Whether it is for work or play,

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John Stewart

Transformation Team Update - Document Needs a "Recreation" Goal

imageThis Sign Directed OHV Stakeholders to the Transformation Team Public Meeting in Ontario on Aug. 11, 2016

Introduction: I wanted to share my letter/thoughts with OHV stakeholders on the August 2016 Transformation Team Progress Report.  I think it takes steps in the right direction.  However, it needs to more fully incorporate "Recreation" into the soul of the document.  I have included the letter I sent to the Transformation Team today. I  think this report shows a “preservation culture” still exists at DPR.

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Don Amador

OPINION - Transformation of the CA State Park Transformation Process

imageState Park Director and CA OHMVR Commission Listen to Public Input on the Transformation Team Process

August 11, 2016, Ontario Double Tree Hotel

Transformation of the Transformation Process

The terms “honest” and “genuine” have not been adjectives normally associated with leadership at the California State Parks Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).  This is especially true when it comes to how DPR has treated the OHV community over the last 30 years.

It has been my experience that self-proclaimed experts (often with an anti-OHV bias) at DPR decided what was best for the OHV program and then crafted a public process that would support a preordained outcome.

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