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Grumpy 07-16-2011 08:09 AM

Oregon Dunes
Okay, there's info on this from Randy in another location, but I don't see it where we can all get at it:

I know this is a bit out of the area I run in, but it's also the area I grew up and learned to drive in! Having kind of been off doing other things, I lost track of what's happened down there. Now that I've spent some time catching up, I'm really annoyed!

Don Amador from BRC is going to be in the dunes next month, and I plan on taking four days and going down to observe the festivities, and maybe learn from a pro. Those of you who play in the dunes best get on the stick on this one! Just one more stab at getting us out of our lands...:pot:

BLR's X 07-16-2011 09:20 AM

Thanks Dave for posting.....
Several of us look at it as an OHVer issue...this one may be about the ODNRA, but we a looking at trying to educate the younger riders of how much area use to have, and if they don't get involved now they will have no areas to ride....Barbara

Grumpy 07-16-2011 09:40 AM

For those not aware, when I was a kid, we had 28,000 acres to run. Now it's down to about 6,000:BANGHEAD2:

Grumpy 07-17-2011 06:05 PM

Lots of interest I see:JimP:

BLR's X 07-18-2011 09:00 AM

What I have noticed is use as OHVer's have our heads in the SAND so to speak...if all OHVer's united as one like the greenies do we could TAKE OUR LANDS BACK....

Grumpy 07-18-2011 10:19 AM

Barb, in my case, you're preaching to the chior:pot:

Grumpy 07-20-2011 09:45 PM

OREGON - Comments Needed on Oregon Dunes NRA Notice of Intent - Deadline July 25, 2011

Dear Oregon Dunes Fans & Action Alert Subscribers,

The Siuslaw National Forest has published a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to Establish and Designate Routes and Areas for Off-Highway Vehicle at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA). The specifics of the Forest Service proposal, including maps, can be found on the web at

BRC has reviewed the loss of historic OHV opportunity since the creation of the NRA. In 1972, approximately 28,000 acres were open for legal OHV use. After implementation of the 1979 ORDNA Management Plan, the acreage available for OHV use was reduced by about 47% down to 15,000 acres. When the 1994 ODNRA Management Plan was adopted, the acreage available for open riding was reduced significantly to 5,930 acres. The agency, in Zone 10 (C), attempts to create the illusion that 4,455 acres of designated routes are available for OHV use. However, since only a few miles of designated routes exist in Zone 10 (C) that acreage is reduced to less than a couple of acres (actual land footprint of the routes).

Between 1972 and 2011, the acreage available for open OHV use has been reduced from 28,000 acres down to just below 6,000 acres. Just 20 percent of the NRA is available for legal OHV use today.

Hundreds of thousands of OHV users enjoy the ORNDA each year. If you want that use to continue and/or expand, you must send in your comments today.

Please take a few minutes to send in your comments. Tell your own personal story, and consider making some the of issues below which BRC feels are important:

•Failure to comply with 1972 ODNRA Act's statutory requirement to develop management plans with input from a Federal Advisory Council

•Unit-wide failure to address non-native vegetation encroachment

•Should not base ongoing and future management OHV recreation on the outdated 1994 Dunes Plan that was created without input from a Federal Advisory Council

•The NOI's Proposed Action frontloads and taints the upcoming 2014 plan revision process

•The agency failed to coordinate with counties per federal law

•Current planning effort disenfranchises local OHV clubs
Written comments should be sent to:
Angie Morris, Recreation Planner, Siuslaw National Forest, 855 Highway 101, Reedsport, OR 97467


Email comments to:

Additional information is available by contacting the project leader, Angie Morris, at 541-271-6040.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Thanks in advance for your support,

Don Amador
Western Representative
BlueRibbon Coalition

BLR's X 07-21-2011 01:51 PM

Even though it says July 25th keep those comments a coming the forest service will take imput till September 1st and then they will do their EIS and then when they release that...we will have another 45 days..
But we want as many comments as possible to show & tell the FS why those trails should stay open and why we need to go back to the 1972 plan

Grumpy 07-22-2011 09:52 PM

Anyone besides Barb and me have any thoughts or comments on this?? Gonna let the econuts who run the Forest Service get another one by us:pot:

Here's what some of our pals at the FS think:

BLR's X 07-25-2011 11:44 AM

Here's another one...

Enviromentalist in the public sector....

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