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ARRA Action AlertBLM proposes national land management changes.The

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is creating a new national land management

document which updates its vegetation treatment and land management

practices. BLM has scheduled nineteen (19) meetings in 12 states and

Washington, D.C., from late January to March 12, 2002 to discuss a proposed

environmental Impact Statement (EIS) addressing changes in land management

on BLM lands in the western states, including Alaska.You can help insure

that BLM considers input from recreationists by:Attending a meeting.

Submitting comments at a meeting or in writing before the March 29, 2002

deadline.Putting your name on the "Stakeholder Mailing List" to receive

mailings by calling BLM at 775-861-6645.See the BLM Revised Schedule

of Meetings below, to find the meeting closest to you. Mail or fax your

comments to:Brian Amme, Project ManagerBureau of Land ManagementPO Box

12000Reno, NV 89520-0006FAX: 702- 861-6712[There is no Internet access

to BLM at this time.]This national management document will be the basis

for land management decisions made in 16 western states: Alaska, Arizona,

California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, North and South

Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. It will

address land management activities, such as prescribed fire, understory

thinning, removal of fuels available for wildfire, plant and stream

restoration and efforts to remove invasive plants and weeds.At the

meeting you should comment on BLM's proposal. This is your opportunity to

get to know your local BLM field office staff. This is also BLM's

opportunity to meet you, responsible outdoor recreationists, in a neutral

setting. Your comments should stay on topic. Although this is not a land

use plan, it is important when drafting comments to share your concerns

with BLM staff in a way that invites them into a continuing dialogue with

you.Topics for discussion with BLM staff:How do they anticipate

vegetation treatments will affect our access to trails and trailheads? For

example, if part of the vegetation treatment plan involves aerial spraying

of herbicides, ask how and when you will be notified of the details of the

spraying operation. Ask whether maps will be available.Ask BLM staff to

provide you with the details of how they intend to communicate with you and

individuals who may be visiting the area.Speak of the need for outdoor

recreation in your community. Give specific details of your experiences and

your family's experiences. If available, share particular details of any

volunteer trail maintenance projects you may have done in the past or are

currently involved with in your riding area.Give specific examples of

joint projects your club may have done with another group.Ask how you can

assist them in weed control. For example, ask whether they will have wash

stations or brushes for OHV's and horses coming off the trail. Ask whether

they need assistance from your club in maintaining their OHV equipment.

Investigate ways to prevent possible spread of weeds from one area to

another area. Be ready with ideas for cooperation.ARRA would appreciate

receiving your feedback about the meeting youattended. Please write to us

at: comments@responsiblerecreation.policy.net with any comments.ALASKA

March 6, 3-6 p.m.Anchorage Field Office--BLM,6881 Abbott Loop Road,

Anchorage, AK.Gene Terland - (907) 271-3344.ARIZONAFebruary 4, 3-5 p.m.

and 6-9 p.m.Holiday Inn Crown Plaza,2532 W. Peoria Avenue,Phoenix, AZ.

Deborah Stevens - (602) 417-9215.CALIFORNIAFebruary 5, 5-8 p.m.Sacred

Heart Parish Hall,507 East 4th Street,Alturas, CA.Jennifer Purvine -

(530) 233-7932.February 26, 5-8 p.m.Holiday Inn Select,801 Truxton Ave,

Bakersfield, CA.Stephen Larson - (661) 391-6099.COLORADOJanuary 24, 2-5

p.m. and 6-9 p.m.Grand Vista Hotel,2790 Crossroads Blvd.,Grand Junction,

CO.Harley Metz - (970) 244-3076.IDAHOFebruary 13, 6-9 p.m.Vista Inn,

2645 Airport Way,Boise, ID.Barry Rose - (208) 373-4014.February 14, 6-9

p.m.College of Southern Idaho,Shields Bldg, Room 117,315 Falls Ave,Twin

Falls, ID.Eddie Guerrero - (208) 736-2355.MONTANAJanuary 29, 4-7 p.m.

Miles Community CollegeRoom 106,2715 Dickinson,Miles City, MT.Jody Weil

- (406) 896-5258.February 11, 5-8 p.m. U.S. Forest Service,Helena

National Forest Headquarters,2880 Skyway Drive,Helena, MT (across from

airport).Jody Weil - (406) 896-5258.NEVADAFebruary 19, 4-7 p.m.

BLM-Nevada State Office,1340 Financial Blvd.,Reno, NV.JoLynn Worley -

(775) 861-6515.February 21, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.Hilton Garden Inn,3650

East Idaho Street,Elko, NV.Mike Brown - (775) 753-0200.NEW MEXICO

February 25, 6-9 p.m.Holiday Inn Express--Neptune Room,1100 North

California,Socorro, NM.Margie Onstad - (505) 838-1256.OREGONMarch 4,

6-9 p.m.Days Inn City Center,1414 SW 6th,Portland, OR.Chris Strebig -

(503) 952-6003.UTAHJanuary 22, 6-9 p.m.BLM Office Conference Room,345

E. Riverside Drive,St. George, UT.Kim Leany - (435) 688-3208.January

23, 5-8 p.m.Utah Dept. of Natural Resources Bldg.,1594 W. North Temple,

Salt Lake City, UT.Verlin Smith - (801) 539-4055.WASHINGTONFebruary 28,

6-9 p.m.Valley Library,12004 East Main,Spokane, WA.Kathy Helm - (509)

536-1252.WYOMINGJanuary 30, 3-6 p.m.Western Wyoming Community College,

Room 1003,2500 College Drive,Rock Springs, WY.Lance Porter - (307)

352-0252.January 31, 4-7 p.m.Elks Lodge,604 Coburn Avenue,Worland, WY.

Janine Terry - (307) 347-5194.

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