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« on: January 16, 2008, 02:40:36 pm »

From SUWA:

There's still time to comment on the Draft Resource Management Plan for Richfield. Take Action Now!

The Richfield field office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages 2.1 million acres of public lands in central Utah, including the iconic landscapes of Factory Butte, the Henry Mountains, and the canyons of the Dirty Devil River and Robbers Roost country. Alarmingly, the BLM's draft resource management plan (RMP)  for this area would slash proposed wilderness and adopt an ORV plan with designated routes in BLM-inventoried roadless areas and even Wilderness Study Areas.

Please send your comments to the BLM today! You can use SUWA's online Advocacy Center to send your personalized comments to the appropriate decision makers at the BLM by clicking here.  The deadline for comments is January 23, 2008.

In order for the BLM to make substantive changes to their newly proposed management plan, they need to hear substantive comments from the public on the plan's proposed management initiatives. If you've visited places like Factory Butte or the Henry Mountains, if you've floated the Dirty Devil River and hiked its canyons, or if you've ever been disturbed at your favorite quiet spot by the roar of off-road vehicles, please write to the BLM and tell them about your experiences. Make your comments as specific as possible. Share with the BLM any experiences you have had in specific places and tell them that the Richfield Draft RMP fails to adequately protect these places. Especially salient are reports of user conflicts such as the drone of motors disturbing the peace of a hike in Robber's Roost country.

For more information, visit SUWA's Richfield RMP information page and read our Richfield RMP Fact Sheet.

Thank You!

SUWA's Grassroots Team

P.S. The public comment period is also open on the Monticello draft RMP. You can find information and links to take action on this plan by visiting SUWA's Monticello RMP information page.


 

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2008, 02:53:14 pm »

An interesting tinge of concern in that SUWA document Todd! It would be interesting to know the numbers of hikers etc who visit these places each year and I'll bet they all drive as close as possible.

Do you have any links for us to follow to comment?
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2008, 04:03:50 pm »

When I copied the information, the links did not stay with the copy.
I will get them, and post them into the document above.

Thanks

Todd
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2008, 02:29:46 am »

YOU NEED TO COMMENT ON THIS... NOW!


What: The Richfield BLM District is revising their Resource Management Plan (RMP), this plan will dictate the future of motorized recreation on nearly 54 million acres of BLM lands in the greater Richfield area, extending east as far as the Henry Mountains (Hanksville). The Richfield BLM office has developed five alternatives, each with varying components such as the amount of trails it closes to motorized use. In some areas of the RMP, nearly 3/4 of the trails would be closed to motorized travel under an anti-motorized radical alternative. The U4WDA has spent countless hours reveiwing the RMP data in order to help YOU make a comment, don't let your voice and opinion go unheard!

When: Comments are due by January 23rd, 2008. If your mailing them, send them a couple of days early.

Why: If we don't, existing access to countless historic trails could be lost, they are slated for closure under several alternatives of the new RMP. Additionally the BLM has determined portions of land having "Wilderness Characteristics", many of which are part of SUWA's Redrock Wilderness Act before Congress. We need to fight this here. Don't let them push this into the RMP. These areas could become "fake" Wilderness, despite the fact they currently have existing and open roads right through them. Access to these areas would be lost forever!

How can you help: Take 20-30 minutes of your time and follow these steps.

Step 1: Read through the BLM Richfield RMP Introduction here:
http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/richf...t_rmp_eis.html

Step 2: Read through the U4WDA suggested "Talking Points" here:
http://www.u4wda.org/documents/U4WDA...ing.Points.pdf

Step 3: Write your comment! Include personal experiences in the area, future plans, but be sure to reference the talking points in Step 2. Be polite, descriptive, and most of all informed.

Your done!

Mail or email your comments here:

Mail:
Bureau of Land Management
Richfield Field Office
150 East 900 North
Richfield, Utah 84701
(435)896-1500

Email:
UT_Richfield_Comments@blm.gov



FAQ:

Q: Where can I read more about the proposed alternatives and the Richfield RMP process?
A: Visit the Richfield BLM website: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/richfield/planning.html

Q: Why don't you just list the email address to submit comments?
A: Comments need to be substantive! Simple comments like, "please keep the roads open" or "I support OHV recreation" are worthless and will be discarded. Take a few minutes to read through the information provided, and then submit your own comments.

Q: Why don't we use an automated "letter writer" or an online form letter to submit comments?
A: Automatically generated comments & form letters are worthless! These comments are counted as ONE comment even if 10,000 people send in the email. The comments need to be personal, unique, and informed.

Q: Isn't this a little late notice?
A: Information about the RMP has been available for months all over the Internet, in U4 publications, and on numerous online forums. But it's not too late! Submit your comments today!


PLEASE ACT NOW!


For more information & questions:
Feel free to contact me: Kurt Williams - kurt@u4wda.org
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2008, 01:29:36 pm »

U4WDA hosted a "comment letter meeting" to help those in the motorized recreation community write effective comment letters... 

One of the attendee's created a short video of the presentation..   It will be hosted here for a few days until we find a permanent location for it.   (there are some spelling and grammar issues with this... but the value of the presentation is in the information)

The talking points document that Kurt is referring to is here: http://www.u4wda.org/documents/U4WDA.Richfield.RMP.Talking.Points.pdf

The video is here:  http://www.steve-edmunds.com/rmp/rmp2.wmv


Thanks to Peter for bumping this up from Pirate... 
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