The following is a brief summary of some of the things U4 has been active in promoting on behalf of the OHV community.

U4 finally has its 501 c 3 and is looking for someone to help with grants.  Any help we can get would be greatly appreciated.

We are also going through a change to our web site and if it is not ready by the time EJS rolls around it should be soon after.

The Wilderness and Roadless Release Act H.R. 1581 was originally introduced in the House in 2007 and again in April of 2011 with Utah’s Rob Bishop as a co-sponsor.  We need to encourage passage of this bill with our representatives as it would release Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) managed by the BLM for multiple-use.  This would basically help all users of public lands.  I personally am a little displeased with the lack of support this bill has received.  For instance the Omnibus bill signed last December opened 26,000 acres that had been closed and closed 265,000 acres permanently to multiple-use.

We can expect greater coordination between House and Senate committee chairmen on legislative initiatives.  New House Resources Committee Chairman, Rob Bishop (R-Utah, 1st) will work closely with new Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on policy issues affecting public lands.   This will be an opportunity for us to further our agenda on access issues for recreation.

In September our Land Use Director, Ron Tolman, President, Matt Westrich, and I attended the BLM Utah Travel Management Programmatic Agreement Meeting so that we can be a part of the new travel plan for Utah.

In October I visited the BLM office in Washington DC to express some of our concerns and to keep in contact with some of the DC people.

You have probably heard that Juan Palma, BLM Utah State Director, will be leaving us soon.  He has been easy to talk with and available so we hope his replacement will be as good.

As some of you know we have been active in trying to get Paria and Canaan reopened for some time and this is the latest information from Thomas Christensen of the Kanab office on Paria.

Quote:  After hearing from other staff with the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, I need to backtrack a bit from what I told you yesterday.  I was under the impression that the Wilderness Study Report for the Paria Canyon may have recognized the river corridor as an historical purchase ativan online no prescription motorized route, but I don’t think that is the case.  Here is a link to follow, if you want to examine that report:

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/wilderness_study_areas/ut_wilderness_study.html

With many WSAs, if the original inventory identified “ways” (basically motorized routes created solely by the repeated use of vehicles, but with no obvious evidence of “construction”, such as with graders, bulldozers, etc.), then local managers may have allowed motorized use to continue upon those ways, even to the present day.  On the other hand, managers may have also chosen to close off some ways and allow them to naturally rehabilitate, if existing or potential future impacts from continued motorized use was judged to threaten wilderness characteristics.

In the case of the Paria Canyon in the GSENM, if the river route had been identified as a way, then BLM may have allowed continued motorized travel there.  However, since it wasn’t identified as a way, future managers’ hands are tied — i.e., the official Wilderness Study Report does not identify the corridor as an historical motorized “way”, so we cannot officially allow motorized travel under our guidance for managing WSAs.  Probably the only way to get around that restriction is for Congress to take action on that WSA, at which time they could either designate it as wilderness or release it for other multiple use purposes, which could then consider motorized travel in the canyon as a potentially acceptable use.

Hopefully this gives you a little more detailed explanation regarding the situation with motorized travel in the Paria Canyon corridor within the GSENM.  If you have further questions regarding BLM wilderness and WSAs, I suggest that you contact our Utah BLM wilderness lead specialist, Bunny Sterin (bsterin@blm.gov; phone number 801-539-4053).

Tom Christensen, Assistant Field Office Manager  BLM Kanab Field Office  669 South Hwy. 89A  Kanab, UT  84741  ph. 435-644-1272  fax 435-644-1299

As far as Canaan is concerned we were screwed by the Washington County politicians and now our only recourse is to go to the Federal Government and get the Red Rock law changed.

We all need to remember that we, all of us, are responsible for what happens to our way of life. Our actions on the trail. Our voting and public involvement. Our support and participation with clubs and organizations that represent us to the world.  These are the things we can control.

Organizations you need to support and gain knowledge to help your life style.

BRC sharetrails.com
CA4WDC cal4wheel.com
COHVCO mailto:info@cohvco.org
RME rme4x4.com
EU expeditionutah.com
CORVA corva.org
ALAA amlands.org
For congress: www.govtrack.us/congress/members/UT

 

That’s it, Jack

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers decided to put money behind their words and ponied up $4.5 million for a lawsuit in the fight to get ownership of 30 million acres of federal lands.

The action carried out in the legislative session that ended Thursday is a significant shot across the bow in what has mostly been an ideological war over who controls what land within the state’s borders.

Rep. Kay Christofferson, R-Lehi ran HB 287 establishing a special public lands litigation account for a $14 million fight against the U.S. Department of Interior to get control of lands that proponents say were promised at statehood.

The anti-federal sentiment played strong during the 2016 legislative session, with frustrated conservative lawmakers passing multiple bills that declared a brand of Utah autonomy when it comes to land management and local control.

Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, sponsored a resolution demanding repayment to Utah for keeping national parks open when the federal government shut down in 2013.

In testimony before a committee hearing, Ivory described the various ways the federal government has spent money — such as $1.6 million to study the effects of alcohol on prostitutes in China — but not reimbursed the state for nearly $1 million in costs to operate Utah’s national parks during the shutdown due to budget malaise.

His resolution was endorsed by the Utah Legislature and will be forwarded to Congress.

Utah lawmakers also passed a measure by Rep. Mike generic ativan canada Noel, R-Kanab, that demands more accountability from federal law enforcement, allowing local sheriffs to determine if federal agents have exceeded their authority.

Momentum in Utah’s public lands fight has continued to grow since 2012, when the Legislature passed the Transfer of Public Lands Act demanding the federal government cede title to 30 million acres of national forest and Bureau of Land Management controlled acreage.

Proponents say so much federal land ownership in Western states puts them at an economic disadvantage compared to East Coast counterparts. In Utah, close to 70 percent of the state is in federal ownership, setting the stage for a host of tensions over land use such as grazing, oil and gas development and even forest management for wildfires.

The tension over federal regulations affecting Utah land stoked the creation of the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands, which is comprised of lawmakers who will oversee the litigation account.

Critics say the efforts are foolhardy and a fiscal nightmare.

“The Legislature’s decision to set aside millions of taxpayer dollars to pay for its meritless ‘Land Grab’ lawsuit is simply mind-boggling,” said Stephen Bloch, legal director for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. “There’s a reason that Utah is the only state in nation to press ahead with this legal strategy: it will not succeed.”

A legal analysis — authorized and paid for the Legislature — said there is merit in the fight and Utah could prevail.

Source: KSL