Dear Public Land Access Interest,
Today will go down as a major landmark in effective land use advocacy as the House introduces legislation to reopen a closed area to OHV recreation. Some of you may remember the BLM closed the 70k acre Clear Creek Management Area to all user groups in May 2008.
The BlueRibbon Coalition News Release on Friday will highlight some of the issues surrounding that closure and the new legislation. Again, the formal BRC news release will not be available until Friday. However, QWR has the non-numbered Clear Creek National Recreation Bill avail. for your review. QWR understands that Cong. Sam Farr introduced this bill at about 5:30pm EDT today in the House.
The long journey that started the process to have Congress intercede on our behalf began with my congressional testimony in June 2011 where I asked Congress to correct the closure by designating the Creek as a National Recreation Area. (see video below)
|Testimony Amador at June 22, 2011 Congressional Hearing on Clear Creek|
The next step in the process was to ask the San Benito County Board of Supervisors (they too want the area reopened) to pass a resolution asking Congress to designate the unit as a National Recreation Area. Riders and other outdoor recreationists followed the county lead and also sent in letters asking Congressman Farr to designate the Creek as a National Recreation Area - Good on them!
There will be a lot of work ahead to help push this through the House and Senate, but I am optimistic that we can do it. Again, thanks to all the dedicated and tireless efforts by hundreds of OHV recreationists, OHMVR Commissioners/Staff who wrote letters, attended meetings, empowered new science research, and made donations. This is a result of that team approach.
If you would like to learn about sponsorship opportunities at QWR to help defray travel expenses and other operating expenses which allows us to work 24/7/365 for our clients and you on all aspects of effective OHV advocacy, please check out the link below:
If you see a sponsor at QWR, please send them a thank you. If they are a business - go buy something from them. If they are a club - join them. I can honestly tell you that without their support... this bill would not have happened - PERIOD!
Also, consider a donation to BRC!
Thanks in advance for your support!
Don Amador, President
Quiet Warrior Racing/Consulting
555 Honey Lane
Oakley, CA 94561