CODE RED ACTION ALERT Save California OHV Program

 

March 1, 2016  

A message from Don Amador at the BlueRibbon Coalition  

CODE RED ACTION ALERT – SAVE CA OHV PROGRAM 

TIME SENSITIVE ACT NOW  

 

I have told many of you that the most important thing in 2017 for CA OHV recreationists is to engage in the battle to reauthorize the current OHV program (SB742).  This is a fight that will occur in stages over the next few months.  Anti-access groups are hard at work to gut the current program via introduction of SB 249. 

 

Between now and Thursday March 9,2017 please write your own letter on your personal, club, or business logo and mail it in ASAP.  

 

Mail your letter to:  

 

Honorable Robert M. Hertzberg, Chair  

Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee 

California State Capitol, Room 4038 

Sacramento, CA 95814  

 

Also, please send me a copy of your letter via email and I will see that it gets hand delivered to the Committee before the March 14, 2017 hearing.  Send to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Your letter does not have to be long.  Be respectful and concise.  Explain what the OHV program means to you.  You will be asking the Committee Chairman and Committee Members to OPPOSE SB 249 (Allen).  

 

Again, make your letter short!  No more than one page.   

 

Thanks for your attention to this matter!  

Don Amador 

Western Representative 

BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.org

 

 You can also go to the Americans for Responsible Recreational Access site http://www.arra-access.com and use their Action Alert to send a letter OPPOSING SB 249.  

TO TAKE ACTION RIGHT AWAY (CLICK HERE) TO TAKE ACTION RIGHT AWAY

 

 *Here is a copy of BRC’s letter to the committee as an example 

 March 1, 2017  

Honorable Robert M. Hertzberg, Chair  

Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee 

California State Capitol, Room 4038 

Sacramento, CA 95814 

 

RE: SB 249 (Allen) Oppose

 

Dear Chairman Hertzberg and Committee Members: 

 

     As a member of the bipartisan stakeholder group that helped draft SB 742 (Steinberg) in 2007 upon which the current OHV program is based, I urge your committee to oppose SB 249.

     The current program has been heralded as the national gold standard in environmentally sound OHV recreation.  It provides high-quality sustainable recreation to nearly six million OHV enthusiasts. 

     The program contributes almost $20 billion dollars to the California economy and has become an important economic force multiplier in rural areas of the state. 

     Besides providing for trail related management activities, the program partners with county sheriffs to provide important law enforcement/safety services and supports substantive environmental restoration projects working with local resource conservation districts and other stakeholder groups. 

     Since 80% of OHV recreation occurs on federal lands, the program also partners with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to provide sustainable OHV recreation on public lands under their jurisdiction. 

     It is my belief that SB 249 would have a devastating impact on managed OHV recreation in California.  The affected parties include; OHV recreationists, small businesses, county and federal partners, rural economies, and our natural resources.  

Respectfully submitted, 

Don 

Don Amador 

Western Representative 

BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.org 

555 Honey Lane 

Oakley, CA 94561 

Office: 925.625.5276 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.