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Dear Dual Sport Enthusiasts,

I apologize to those who have e-mailed me with info they requested

posting on the DualDogs.com website. I have the same love for Dual Sport

as I do for my work. Those updates are now up and I'll try to keep you

all informed as quickly as possible. Visit http://www.DualDogs.com soon

for those updates.

This is a reminder that our Volunteer Trail Clearing event is scheduled

for Memorial weekend in CA Hot Springs and our Sequoia Scenic Challenge,

June 10th & 11th, utilizes the higher elevation trails (both days!)

scheduled to be no longer available after January 1st, 2001, making it

your last chance to enjoy them on this year's ride.

But most importantly is this letter is intended to get you motivated on

several subjects concerning the Sequoia National Monument and the

proposed Roadless Initiative which plans to close even much more public

lands to multiple use.

Currently, I'm searching for a volunteer to report political and

environmental issues to our list of Dual Sport enthusiasts via e-mail.

If you are involved in such important issues and kept informed, we need

your help. We will be bombarded with threats of OHV closures throughout

Clinton and Gore's remaining term as they return political promises to

thier environmental supporters with thier aggressive agenda to close

thousands of acres of public land. Clinton does not want to be

remembered for his Lewinsky fiasco. He is now known for proclaiming more

monuments and national parks than any other president.

The Sequoia National Forest was not closed to protect Sequoia trees, as

they were already protected. The new monument is intended to stop OHV

use, plain and simple. Those who want it closed don't even visit. There

are already neighboring national parks and wilderness lands.

The meeting concerning the Sequoia National Monument mentioned earlier

in May was attended by Cycle World Magazine's Off-Road Editor Jimmy

Lewis reporting that a new organization is forming to possibly reverse

the newly proclaimed Sequoia National Monument. To subscribe to the Save

Our Sequoias (SOS) coalition and recieve e-mail information, an existing

member of thier mailing list must send new members name & e-mail address

to the moderator at:

mailto:saveoursequoias@egroups.com

Or you can e-mail them with your request by mentioning Team Dual Dogs.

There are many more meetings planned ahead and one of the most important

are upcoming public meetings regarding the "Roadless Initiative" where

radical environmental groups such as The Sierra Nevada Forest Protection

Campaign and the California Wild Heritage Campaign are encouraging their

followers to attend the various upcoming meetings. However the meeting

they are really pushing for support at is the June 20, 2000 meeting to

be held in Clovis, CA. THIS IS THE COMMENT MEETING. The other two

meetings on the Sierra are informational meetings only.

We urge all of you and all user groups and organizations who are

concerned about multiple-use access and the Roadless Rulemaking to

please try to attend the Clovis meeting on :

Tuesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.

Sierra National Forest Comment Meeting

Clovis Veterans Memorial Building

5th and Hughes Ave. Avenue

Clovis, Calif.

For those of you throughout the state, and perhaps other states we

encourage you to attend the comment meeting on your particular forest.

Please assume the same radical groups will also try to pack the room at

your forest comment meetings.

If you need more information please call Maureen Barlie at:

(559) 347-0402 or fax (559) 346-0281.

Another will be a meeting about the Sequoia National Forest issue on May

16th 7pm. at 50001 E. Commerce Center Dr. It is off Calif. Ave. west of

Highway 99.

For more info, E-mail: tognot@mindspring.com Tel: 559-564-1233

__________________________________________________

Important sites to visit and respond to:

VOTE on MSNBC "Roadless" Poll http://www.msnbc.com/news/377104.asp#BODY

Another site to visit to prevent the monument can be found at: http://www.monumentpetition.com

American Land Rights Association - Land Rights Network

PO Box 400 - Battle Ground WA 98604

Phone: 360-687-3087 - Fax: 360-687-2973 - Email: <alra@pacifier.com> http://www.landrights.org

I also would recommend that you visit the following web site. http://www.stopfedlandgrab.org

_________________________________________________

>From Don Amador, Blue Ribbon Coalition

ROADLESS UPDATE (May 1, 2000) & DEIS ORDER FORM

According to my latest information, the President’s Roadless Area

Protection Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and proposed

rulemaking is being printed and will be released on May 11. The Forest

Service is scheduling two hearings for each National Forest, starting as

early as May 17. The first hearing will be an informational meeting

about the content of the DEIS. The second meeting will “allow” citizens

to submit official public comments.

The BRC and others are trying to get advanced copies of the schedules

for these meetings. As usual, it appears the Sierra Club already has

this schedule. The BRC will get the schedule out just as soon as we

obtain it.

As you may know, the Sierra Club, et. al., are asking their members to

turn out in large numbers to these meetings. They have asked their

members to also wear buttons, labels (it appears they did not like our

“Access for ALL” labels), and to bring posters. Just as before, I

expect the multiple-use recreation and resource community to also show

up en masse.

Since Clinton is forcing this roadless agenda down our throats, I think

that everyone who enjoys access to our forests should mail in the

following form, asking for both the CD and printed version of the full

Roadless DEIS. You must request this report in writing from the Forest

Service. I encourage all who read this to copy-and-paste the request

below, print it out and mail it ASAP.

Thanks in advance for your interest in this subject,

Don Amador, BRC

___________________________________________________________________________

Rocky Mountain Research Station

Publications Distribution

240 West Prospect Road

Fort Collins, CO 80526-2098

Dear Sir or Madam:

Please send me a copy of the DEIS for the Roadless Area Conservation

Plan that will be released in early May 2000. Please send the documents

in the formats checked below.

Executive Summary:

____ Printed Copy

____ Compact Disk

Full Report -- 400 pages, including maps and summary:

____ Printed Copy

____ Compact Disk

Please send the requested information to the following mailing address:

Name: ___________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________

City: ____________________ State: ____ Zip: _________

Sincerely,

__________________________________________________________

Newspaper articles of interest

USAToday, Wednesday, May 10, 2000

http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20000510/2246151s.htm

Anger greets forest roads plan

The Forest Service proposed on Tuesday a ban on building roads in

nearly

a quarter of America's187 million acres of national forest, spurring

angry

criticism from environmentalists, loggers and riders of off-road

vehicles.

==

http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20000510/2246014s.htm

Dispute boils down to definition of 'wild' fun National forests

filled: Some come for nature, others for excitement

VAIL PASS, Colo. -- Barely a stone's throw from the busiest highway

through the Rocky Mountains, snowboarder Jake Ingle grabs a nylon

rope

behind a revving snowmobile.

==

http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20000510/2245965s.htm

Recreational vehicle friends, foes at loggerheads over Daniel

Boone Battle's 2 sides sue National Forest Service

DANIEL BOONE NATIONAL FOREST, Ky. -- A few years ago, this

national forest in eastern Kentucky was one of the foremost places in

the

USA for riding motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles through beautiful,

challenging scenery.

==

http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20000510/2245973s.htm

Woods no longer just farms for timber industry

The thud of falling trees and the buzz of chainsaws used to be among

the

most prominent sounds in the national forests.

==

http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20000510/2246017s.htm

Ariz.'s Tonto has big-city feel with big-city concerns

Environmentalists say protective buffers of land are necessary

to save the nation's most heavily used 'urban forests' from

being destroyed

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. -- Gunfire. Traffic jams. ''Rave''

parties. Murders. Suicides. Stolen cars set afire.They are everyday

occurrences in Phoenix, Arizona's largest city. But they all happen

here, too.

__________________________________________________________

Sequoia Forest Industries announces closure/job terminations

Monument designation forces shutdown of Dinuba, CA employer

Sequoia Forest Industries terminating jobs for 105 employees

Dinuba, Calif. - As a result of the April 15 Giant Sequoia Monument

Designation by the Clinton/Gore Administration, Sequoia Forest

Industries

today announced closure of its Dinuba milling operation and distributed

"last day" notices to all 105 employees.

"This is one of the most painful decisions our family has ever had to

make,"

said company cofounder Glen Duysen. "At the same time this company was

preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Clinton/Gore political

machine came to town and yanked the banner of honesty and hard work out

from

under us."

Sequoia Forest Industries has done everything the government has told it

to

do. It has complied with all forest laws, paid its taxes on time and

provided health and Social Security benefits for its employees. The

company

has exceeded even its own standards for promoting minorities in an

economically depressed community.

Employees believe that Vice President Al Gore and his anti-forestry

policies

are the cause for all the termination notices they received today. They

are

convinced that Clinton/Gore policies closed this business.

"During a year of presidential politics, Vice President Al Gore has

decided

that rural people are expendable," said Sequoia Forest Industries

General

Manager Gary Rogers. "Nobody should be able to get away with advancing

their cause over the backs of hard-working Americans - not even the vice

president of the United States."

"For most of our employees, these are the only jobs they've ever had,"

Duysen said. "They started working for us right out of high school and

since then have purchased homes, raised families and put kids through

college. We've watched their kids produce grandkids.

"We know the Clinton/Gore Administration has plans for designating

additional monuments around the country. Our hearts go out to others

who

will also be negatively impacted because we know that their lives, like

ours, will be changed forever."

Sequoia Forest Industries employs 105 people who generate a payroll of

$3.1

million annually. About 45 percent of its employees have been with the

company 20 years - 58 percent are minorities. In 1999, Sequoia Forest

Industries paid $312,000 in federal taxes, $57,000 in state taxes and

$464,000 in Social Security funding.

__________________________________________________________

Damon Powell

Team Dual Dogs www.DualDogs.com

Ride Hotline: 818-701-1913

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