Help UTAH Riders

The following is currently being distributed by the enviromental groups. Please work with your favorite forest to get your voice heard.

(This alert is being sent only to Utah residents on the Alert List.)

You are invited to the KICKOFF RALLY for the TAKE-BACK-OUR-FORESTS CAMPAIGN

FEATURING: THE WIDELY ACCLAIMED SLIDE SHOW OF BEAUTIFUL FOREST LANDS IN

SOUTHERN UTAH!

Special guest speaker: TED WILSON.

If you are you seeing: RAMPANT OFF-ROAD VEHICLE ABUSE -- ATV TRAIL EXPANSION

FRENZY -- ORVs OUT OF CONTROL THROUGHOUT OUR NATIONAL FORESTS, then come

learn what you can do to help reverse this trend.

Program:

* Ted Wilson: UTAH FORESTS AND YOU

* Ray Wheeler: A REDROCK FORESTS FLY-THROUGH

* Dan Schroeder: THE ORV INVASION HITS UTAH

* Wayne Hoskisson

and Liz Thomas: WHY DO WE CARE ABOUT FORESTS?

* Group Discussion: HOW OUR ACTIONS CAN AFFECT NATIONAL FOREST PLANNING

Presentations will be exciting, brief, and designed for questions, ideas,

and comments from you.

IF YOU ARE:

* Angry about the rampant and unregulated off-road vehicle abuse and

illegal trail construction now exploding throughout our National Forests

* Anxious about new Forest Planning regulations designed to subvert NEPA

* Committed to maximum protection of ecosystem integrity and species

diversity in the National Forest system

* Dissatisfied with the Wasatch-Cache Forest Management Plan

--but appalled by appeals slapped on it by ORV and snowmobile groups

* Concerned about the fate of Plan Revisions for the Manti-La Sal, Dixie,

and Fishlake Forests now underway

* Determined not merely to end the destruction of forest ecosystems, but to

support the emerging, nationwide campaign to reverse this trend

---THEN PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS HISTORIC EVENT---

7 P.M., July 17 at the

FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH, 569 S. 1300 E. in Salt Lake City

Sponsored by the Utah Forest Network cooperating with Red Rock Forests, the

Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club, Wasatch Mountain Club, Save Our Canyons,

Wild Utah Project, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, American Lands and The

Wilderness Society.

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PLEASE LET US KNOW YOU SUPPORT THIS CAMPAIGN BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO:

wild@redrockforests.org

Please include this information in your email:

____Yes! I'm coming on July 17!

____I can't make the meeting, but would like to know about future

opportunities to join this campaign. Please add me to the Take Back Our

Forests email list!

Following is some additional information about me:

______________________Name

______________________Phone number

______________________Street address

______________________City & Zip

I care most about the following National Forest areas in Utah:

____ Dixie (including Boulder Mountain)

____ Fishlake (including Thousand Lake Mountain)

____ Manti-La Sal (including Abajos and La Sals)

I can help in the following ways:

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FOR BACKGROUND ABOUT FOREST PLANNING, THE ORV INVASION, AND THE UTAH FOREST

NETWORK, see http://www.redrockforests.org/f_background.html

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http://www.suwa.org/AlertList/settings.html

This amazes me to no end :) To show up at this type of meeting would only cause problems. Anyone from the UTMA group out there? Whats your thoughts?

THe best thing we can do is let the listed Forests know what our concerns are and how we would like to improve our trail systems. THese forests are just starting their new forest plans so speak up now otherwise these Guys will be the only voice heard. Trust me when I say the OHV groups ARE NOT speaking up enough!

I have no idea what they are talking about. :) Aren't we already banned from almost everywhere? We need to involve the dealers and manufacturers. They stand to loose as much as we do. Where is the distruction they are talking about? Show me ONE SINGLE TRACE of forrest that has been harmed.

I thought so. We need to know when and where the actual forrest service and blm public meetings are being held and we need to go to them and voice our opinion. We could send hate mail to these guys, but that would only add fuel to the fire. Going to the meeting might do the same thing but I'm very tempted anyway. :D

Chris,

I agree with you and I would like to know what the local chapters are doing and probally join their cause to wage war against the TH's.

OT - Send me a link via pm regarding the link that we were talking about saturday. THX

Tiger* - do you know if any of the local riding groups are doing, are you with any of them? Let me know your thoughts on a good way to help. Kinda new to the political side of things, but I want to make sure the my kids can ride in the future. :)

Ok Guys here is how it is.

1. You DO NOT have to wait for a public meeting. You can call the forest and ask for the forest planner or recreation staff on the plan revision team and talk on the phone. It is also a good idea to follow up with an email for the public record.

2. Be specific about trails and areas you use, areas you enjoy and things you would like to see in the future.

3. Stay away from the us vs. them arguments.

4. Be courteous in your discussions and on the trail.

5. Individual opinions go farther than the interest group statements. The Forest Service HAS to look at all comments and cannot take just one source as the way it is. The more individual comments given, the more influence it will have but BE SPECIFIC TO THE AREAS YOU USE.

I Show me ONE SINGLE TRACE of forrest that has been harmed.

Trust me there is damage out on your forests but it is not neccasarily the motorcycles that is causing it in most cases. 4 wheelers are so capable these days that they are pushing into many areas they shouldn't be. Unfortunately OHV is a term that groups us all so what they do affects us as well. It couldn't hurt to mention that 2 wheeled vehicles use singletrack and need a separate management approach from the 4 wheeled vehicles.

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