Oppose Efforts to Lock Up Enormous Tracts of Public Lands
See UFWDA Facebook for the Whitehouse petition or this link at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/not-exclude-4x4-community-enjoying-our-recreational-lands-country/s6BHJcKn
This week non-motorized recreation groups joined a number of Utah businesses on a letter to President Obama urging him to unilaterally designate 1.4 million acres of public lands in Utah as a National Monument. The letter stated, “Federal land use plans inappropriately open scenic and undeveloped land to drilling and mining and fail to address exploding off-road vehicle use that is damaging riparian areas, cultural s...ites, soils and solitude.” The letter fails to note that a recent management plan was put in place for the area already limits motorized activities to routes that have been subject to environmental analysis and public involvement. The letter from non-motorized organizations cites an economic impact study that shows “that outdoor recreation is ‘an overlooked economic giant,’ generating $646 billion in national sales and services in 2011 and supporting 6.1 million jobs...” Again, they are telling only part of the story. The same study shows that approximately $257 billion or nearly 40% of the total $646 billion in economic impact is derived from motorized recreation. As we know, motorized recreation is far too often shut out of National Monument areas.
UFWDA and our partners are pushing back. See the link below to view a response letter signed by UFWDA and 13 other national organizations representing responsible motorized recreation. This letter is a start, but we need your help to ensure that the President understands that effective land management is best achieved through deliberative local processes that engage all stakeholders – not through Administrative fiat.
Please go to the link below to send an email to the President opposing this and other massive, inappropriate designations of National Monuments. It is important for motorized recreation enthusiasts all across the country to weigh in as today anti-access organizations have targeted Utah, but tomorrow it may be your state.http://www.arra-access.com/site/R?i=O0hKWiu1phOiqoKFP4ZnLQ
TAKE ACTION! http://www.arra-access.com/site/DocServer/Canyonlands_letter_logos.pdf?docID=541