Moab Land Grab-Please Help!

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by COXR650L, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. COXR650L

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    Recently the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) sent a letter to President Obama asking him to use his executive power under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate 1.4 million acres of BLM and USFS public land outside Moab, Utah as the Greater Canyonlands National Monument.

    Using the Antiquities Act, as proposed by the OIA, the President can simply sign a piece of paper and designate this area as a National Monument without any input from the citizens of Utah, feedback from recreational users and other stakeholders, and without a bipartisan decision from congress that would involve proper research and studies on the impact of such a designation.

    As a National Monument this area would be subject to very strict travel management rules that would result in additional regulations and the closure of most current roads and trails. This would severely impact access to all users including: Campers, Motorcyclists, ATVers, Hikers, Mountain Bikers, Four Wheel Drive enthusiasts and any other recreational users that enjoy access to the area. In addition, these limits on use would have major impacts on the economy of SE Utah and would be detrimental to many tourist-based businesses.


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    This letter is very similar to a request the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) sent to Secretary Salazar in March of 2011, which was not acted upon, for good reason. There are resource management plans in place for the affected area, but that doesn’t seem to deter the Sierra Club from stating the primary need for closure and National Monument status is, “Poor management of off-road vehicles (ORVs) place stress on the Greater Canyonland’s fragile landscape. Unlike hiking, climbing and other recreational activities in the region, unruly ORV use causes soil erosion, water pollution, displacement of wildlife, and damage to archeological sites”.

    There is no support to show this statement is true and all the current research does not back the assertion that this area needs additional regulation and limits on use and that is why Secretary Salazar did not act last year.

    The supporters that signed their names as backers of the Outdoor Industry Association’s letter asking the President to take away our lifestyle, hobbies and way of life are over 100 businesses, many prominent in our every day activities, such as: Red Wing Shoe, CamelBack, New Belgium Brewing, Patagonia, Black Diamond and the North Face.


    Action like this is the single largest threat ever to our sport and if signed by President Obama will set a disturbing precedent on the power of environmental movements. It is our fear this will lead to more massive closures of public land using inappropriate governmental designations that bypass due process and input from the public.

    This is a time when it is more important than ever to show a united front as a recreational group to President Obama, the Outdoor Industry Association and the businesses that so callously are attempting to take away millions of acres of land and roughly a thousand miles of roads and trails that we use responsibility.



    So what can you do?? 2 Simple steps can help ensure you are able to continue to enjoy this area now and in the future:


    1) Please sign your name HERE on the American’s for Responsible Recreational Access letter that will be sent to President Obama asking for this area to not be taken away with an inappropriate executive power. Add your own comments if desired!


    2) Please sign the petition HERE pledging to boycott the Businesses that are attempting to lock us out of a massive amount of public land that we use for responsible recreation. A letter, HERE, will be sent with the petition to each business that supported this takeover explaining our position on this issue and asking them to withdraw support for this proposal. (Please only add your name once).

    Please pass this along to as many people as you can. It is so important that we show the President and businesses that they cannot take away our way of life without hearing our voices.

    The full OIA letter and list of supporting businesses can be seen HERE.

    Visit the Blue Ribbon Coalition for details HERE.


    Please do your part now to keep this area open for responsible recreation and amazing riding and exploring like this:
    Thanks!
    Dmac1 and COXR650L.

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    Thanks for the support guys. Please, please pass this along to friends etc.

    According to Dmac1s local source there are appx 1000 miles of legal roads and trials in the proposed area. Most of these will be closed under a National Monument designation . This is serious stuff for our sport.
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    It would be great if one of you 4x4 guys would post the link to Rising Sun, Pirate, Trail damage and whereever Jeep safari folks meet up online.:ear
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    If someone would do that it would be a huge help..................


    Dmac1 and I planned on positng in each of the regional forums for those that ride in moab, but dont read the Rockies forum but it looks like that was shut down.:cry Anyway you can spread this message please do so. We really need a big showing of support to keep these lands managed by BLM and USFS so we can keep our right to ride.
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    While I agree that Monument status is not the answer for the Canyonlands area, let's start by getting our facts straight. Your letter states that montain bikes aren't permmitted on trails in monuments. That is incorrect. Canyon of the Ancients is an example.
    This push by the OIA and others is out of frustration with the state of Utah and their push to wrest control of the BLM lands in the area from the feds. I see it as a threat in a negotiating game. Punishing retailers who fear industrial degredation of the area is inappropriate, in my view. I know some of these people and some are avid trail riders.
    I have been riding both dirt and mountain bikes in this are since the mid 80's. The changes have been huge. There has been a huge growth in visitation and the impacts are obvious. We have to recognize this. I think the two wheel crowd ia the least impactful and has done the most to mitigate impacts through great groups like Ride With Respect. However, I remember that the Sandflats area looked like the landfill it sits above before they limmited camping and stopped the random offroad mayhem that used to occur there. I remember when Amassa Back, Poison Spider and Pritchart Canyon were double track trails, not the utterly destroyed Jeep testing grounds they are today.
    I don't think the OIA is the problem. I don't agree with their tactics. But, I don't like the strident denials of the Blue Ribbon folks either. The polarized tit for tat is getting us nowhere. I would prefer that we work together to keep the Canyonlands area a recreational wonderland for all of us. So let's acknowledge the problems and propose ways to make it work for all of us. We need to get in bed with these groups to protect the area from further industrial exploitation and mitigatge the inevitable impacts of a growing recreational crowd.
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    I'm with you 100% I grew up going to Indian Creek and the surrounding areas for the last 20 of my 27 years. The increased use and impact is undeniable, though climbers are as much to blame as anyone for the changes I've seen in the Creek.

    I won't be boycotting anyone, especially members of my community, but I will let them know that there are responsible users from all backgrounds and that we can all work together to preserve our public resources. Polarizing issues will get us no where, just look at the state of our federal government for evidence of that. I'm not really sure how I feel about this issue seeing what I have.

    On that note I did sign the letter to the President.
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  20. COXR650L

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    So they are allowed on single track hiking trails in this area? I have been to several other National Monuments and Mountain Bikes are not allowed on single track hiking trails:ear.

    If this is the case we are more than willing to edit the letter. However, I think you would agree there is much less riding availiable in a national monument for both mechanical and motorized vehicles than when it is managed under a traditional travel management plan.
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