Go to the Blue Ribbon Coalition and click on the Clinton/Gore
Roadless Lockout image.
Please get involved - one third of our national forest, 52,000,000
acres out of 160,000,000 is about to be closed and declared
. It will be managed like wilderness. Write to your elected
officials and stop it. This is the biggest threat to NATIONAL
FOREST ACCESS yet. The year 2000 is going to force all
reasonable outdoor recreationalists to fight for their rights. Tell your
family and friends about this closure!!
If you are a Camper, Climber, Hiker, Biker, OHV'r, 4wd'r, etc. - this
is going to dramatically reduce your access to the back country!
Coming to a National Forest near You!!
WE MUST FIGHT THIS -
ALL OUTDOOR RECREATIONALISTS.
We attended the San Bernardino FS meeting last night in Hemet.
We pulled into the parking lot and saw a Malcolm Smith Motor Sports
van. Yes, he was there in person and at the meeting in Redlands
the night before. He had a group with him as well - including Paul
Krause (multiple time Baja 1000 winner). It is great to
see a mfr/dealer like Malcolm Smith Motor Sports and Motor Sports
Superstars involved - we need to support people like them with
our business and force others to adopt their position on land use
by taking our business elsewhere if they don't!
We printed out about 90 "access for all" stickers and took
them with us. We handed them out at the door and explained our
With the exception of two people everyone took a sticker and wore
them. The breakdown was about 48 - our team, 3-4 the other guys.
The stickers made a visible impression on the forest service
personnel. They even commented on it. I strongly recommend that
any activity on our part be accompanied by a sticker program.
They make a strong - clear point!
One of the most heartening things was the attendance of a street biker
dressed in his leathers. He stated that he never goes off
highway but felt that his group would the next to come under attack so
he was there to help.
The forest service supervisors did a good job. It was a Q and A
format and they remained neutral. The two green weenies were the
only ones to get nasty and want to shut anyone else down. The FS
people handled them well.
The DEEP CREEK area is included in this initiative folks. It
contains several of the most beautiful, used, and popular 4wd and
motorcycle trails in the nation.
The FS personnel were not happy about the initiative either. I
got the sense that while they are not on our side, they were our
allies against a common foe, much like the USA and Russia in WW2.
All in all it was a good meeting, but you clearly got the sense that
it was lip service from the administration.
I told the FS personnel that I was disappointed that THEY were not
involved in the process and told them we would put that in our
comments. They thanked us and agreed that they would have better
knowledge of roadless areas.
The scariest part of this whole thing is what is coming next.
The 1000 acre roadless inventory could be devastating. They
define it as 1 acre wide by 1000 acres long. That's about 600'
in width. Think about what they could lock up with that
We must all keep up the fight - PLEASE GET INVOLVED.