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Senate Bill to Overturn Ban on Youth ATVs and Dirt Bikes Introduced!

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BlueRibbon Coalition
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Senate Bill to Overturn Ban on Youth ATVs and Dirt Bikes Introduced!

Weigh in to Have Your Voice Heard!

Youth sized ATVs and dirt bikes are still banned.  We need your help to continue to build enough pressure to get the ban overturned.  It is unlikely that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will act to approve the Motorcycle Industry Council's petition to grant regulatory relief.  This means we need Congress to act.

Senator Tester (D-MT) has introduced legislation, S. 608 that would stop the ban.  Please click the Take Action button below to urge your Senators and Members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to support this bill.

ARRA members have responded in huge numbers on this issue already, but it is important that you continue to have your voice heard.

After you weigh in, please use the Tell-A-Friend feature to forward this alert to everyone you know that rides.  It is imperative that the voice of every rider be heard! For more information visit www.stopthebannow.comTake Action            

Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
U.S. Senate

Below is the sample letter:

Subject: Please Cosponsor S. 608

Dear [ Decision Maker ],

I'm writing today as a citizen who enjoys riding ATVs / dirt bikes. I urge you to co-sponsor and support S. 608 which will exempt youth model all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles from the lead content provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

Although the powersports industry has demonstrated that the lead content in the metal parts of ATVs and dirt bikes pose no risk to children's health, the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) recent approval of a final rule imposing strict standards for excluding products from the new lead content limits makes clear that CPSC will not provide relief for youth model ATVs or dirt bikes. Congress needs to step in and make immediate amendments to the CPSIA to ensure that reasonable exclusions can be made for these products, which are piling up in stores and dealerships across the country, needlessly resulting in millions of dollars in lost sales and costs at a time when our economy and these small businesses can least afford it.

But the unintended consequences of this ban go way beyond the business and financial ramifications - it affects me personally, and it affects family and friends who ride with their children, because it destroys the chance for families to enjoy these outdoor recreational activities together. AND it poses a potentially huge safety risk if, as an alternative to having the kid-sized vehicles available, parents opt to put their kids on larger, adult-sized vehicles. PLUS, there is mass confusion. Should kids who race in off-road competitions even go to events? Will parents be able to buy critical replacement parts for their kids' ATVs or dirt bikes, like brake pieces or valve stems? Everyone suffers: dealers, manufacturers, aftermarket, motocross event operators, and especially families with children who are being denied their right to ride. And ride safely.

When the new lead standard took effect on February 10, 2009, youth models of ATVs and dirt bikes designed and intended primarily for children 6 to 12 years of age became classified as banned hazardous substances and dealerships in our area were forced to remove these perfectly good products from showrooms. Components in youth model ATVs and dirt bik es that contain small quantities of lead such as valve stems on tires, aluminum in some brake components, and terminals on batteries, do so to address safety (such as machining the deep grooves on tire valves to assure tire air retention) or for functionality (such as the lead in battery terminals, needed to conduct electricity).

The sad irony is that these youth models were created with the support of the CPSC and consumer advocates to give children a safer alternative to larger, faster adult size models. These long-term efforts to promote child safety are now seriously jeopardized. In addition, youth rider training to encourage the safe and responsible use of ATVs and dirt bikes is jeopardized because new youth models and parts and accessories for them are no longer available. As an ATV / dirt bike rider, and one who has respected the law and encouraged responsible riding, I find this to be unacceptable. The lead in those vehicles does not pose a risk to children 's health. Congress needs to stop this ban - NOW.

I respectfully ask that you co-sponsor and support S. 608 so youth ATVs and dirt bikes again will be available for sale and safe and responsible use.


[Your name]
[Your address]
Take Action            
  Americans for Responsible Recreation Access
555 Twelfth Street, NW, Suite 710 North, Washington, DC 20004
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Omnibus Public Lands Bill is still alive and to be voted on Monday March 16!

Thursday 12 March was a sad day for Americans who enjoy traveling the great outdoors and for international observers of the US law making process.
One of the biggest land use Bills, the once named Omnibus Bill, now tacked onto H.R. 146, has been engineered in Congress to allow minimal discussion despite its complexity and huge implications to 4x4 recreation, energy resources etc..

It is vital that you call or email your Senators and representatives immediately, to demand that they vote NO to the passage of H.R. 146 in its present form.

The House votes on Monday afternoon.

To find your Officials, the AMA have a useful system on www.amadirectlink.com/legisltn/rapidresponse.asp
The irony is that H.R. 146 is the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act Bill, to recognize those sites in US history where citizens died for their beliefs.

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Comments needed for Best In The Desert 2009 Race

BAKERSFIELD, CA (February 28, 2009) In January, Casey Folks, Director of the Best in The Desert Racing Association, announced that the official name of this year's race is TSCO “Vegas to Reno” – The Long Way… and it’s approximately 1000 miles. In 2008 the Best in The Desert (BITD) racing series saw increased entries and Casey wanted to turn up the heat on this year’s event by lengthening the course. The event will run for a full three days with stops each night at “Camp Adventure” where racers and their teams will be able to make repairs and adjustments to their vehicles in a controlled environment and have great bench racing opportunities.

This is your opportunity to make a difference. The BLM is soliciting scoping comments on the Environmental Analysis (EA) being prepared in order to issue a Special Recreation Permit for this event. We want to let the BLM know that our community supports this race.  Comments must be received by March 6, 2009.

The state of Nevada is a tourism-based economy which has historically included events such as this to attract people to the state and its rural communities. This fact, along with the increased popularity of this type of recreation, magnifies the need for this type of event. The amount of public lands with established roads and trails makes this state uniquely equipped to host events of this type. By allowing this race to occur it will be fulfilling the recreation needs of the area and at the same time bring badly need tourism dollars to the region.
Sample letter:

Eric Williams
BLM – Tonopah Field Office
P.O. Box 911
1553 S. Main Street
Tonopah, NV 89049

RE: Letter in Support of Best in the Desert Racing Association Vegas to Reno Off-Highway Vehicle Race

Dear Mr. Williams:

I am writing to you today in support of the 2009 “Vegas to Reno” race being held by the Best in the Desert Racing Association (BITD). The State of Nevada has a tourist-based economy and relies on events like this for revenue. Given the current state of our economy, cities and rural communities in Nevada would be further strained if this event were not allowed to take place as it has for the past 14 years.

Through careful planning, and through compliance with analytical requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), BLM and BITD should be able to identify and mitigate any potential race-related impacts on the environment. The public and stakeholders should also be able to assist in this process, as many of them know where sensitive resources are located and how best to align the racecourse to avoid disturbing those resources.

BITD has a history of hosting world class off-road events. Further, BITD has shown a commitment to preserving and remediating the roads and trails used during those events. There is no reason to expect that BITD will treat the Vegas to Reno race any differently. As you are well aware, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act imposes a multiple use mandate on the BLM. OHV recreation and racing qualify as valid uses of public lands under that mandate. For this reason and the reasons given above, I hope that you will issue a Special Recreation Permit for the Vegas to Reno race.




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Making Planning Easier

Making Planning Easier and More Participatory for All - Coming Closer Together on the Sequoia National Forest

Porterville, CA - Planners with the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument are experimenting with an approach that could make for profound changes to how people interact and communicate with land management agencies as it pertains to environmental documentation.  “Multi-criteria decision support (MCDS) has the potential to make a big difference because it brings outreach and analysis into the same world” says Tina Terrell, Sequoia National Forest Supervisor.  

On desktops and laptops, an interdisciplinary team of resource managers and planners uses multi-criteria decision support for the environmental analysis. On the web and in face-to-face workshops, the public uses it to test their values, understand the analysis, and comment directly “into” the tool.  Having the public comment into the actual structure of the environmental analysis is more direct and arguably more powerful than commenting into a narrative that then must be translated and interpreted.  A decision support system that incorporates public values creates a more direct and traceable feedback loop then generic comments.

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GSNM Comment Period to Close May 4

From any computer with internet access the public can submit comments while reading the documents, access dynamic maps, receive e-mail notifications, save and share links with friends or online networks. A welcome video hosted by Tina Terrell, Forest Supervisor and an instructional guided tour are also available, plus all the traditional tools— phone calls, letters, e-mails, and faxes.

Please take the opportunity to become actively involved and visit the website at: http://gsnm-consult.limehouse.com/portal.

Another feature available on the Web site is a decision framework tool: the Values and Interest-Based Explorer (VIBE), which allows one to apply their values to the monument planning effort. There are three pseudo-alternatives with value selections one can make on key resources in the monument. When finished it displays an individual’s values chart.

Where to send your comments:

Send written comments to Marianne Emmendorfer, Project Leader, Sequoia Forest Headquarters, 1839 S. Newcomb Street, Porterville, CA 93257. Attention: Monument Management Plan. Comments may be sent via facsimile to (559) 781-4744, or call (559) 784-1500 for further information. Individuals who use telecommunication devises for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1 (800) 877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Comments received in response to this solicitation, including the names and addresses of those who comment will be part of the public record on this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the respondent with standing to appeal the subsequent decision.


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