Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Bit of Land Use History with Today's Need for Uniting our Voices

A Bit of Land Use History

From Snail Mail to Email 

by Del Albright

(I think it's time to bring back the LUN)

On October 31, 1994 Senator Feinstein pushed through legislation called the Desert Protection Act that added about eight (8) million acres of Wilderness in 69 new Wilderness areas in the CA desert -- locking up thousands of miles of backcountry roads and trails, killing jobs, and stealing public lands from the public -- in effect, stealing our heritage to the historical past so many of us love to explore by motorized vehicles.

That same day, Del Albright started writing clubs and groups all over the country -- email was still too new to use. Over 700 letters were sent proclaiming the need for national cooperation, landuse involvement and motorized recreation cohesiveness. The Land Use Network (LUN) was born. As people got email accounts, the LUN began to grow quickly with email taking over as the primary way to communicate and orchestrate a "fight back" attitude.

www.Off-Road.com provided the first platform and Internet spot for the LUN to grow and fight back. LUN was dedicated to:

Responsible multiple-use of lands and resources.

Non-use of appropriate areas.

Education of our peers, the public and our politicians.

Conservation of resources and opportunities to enjoy them.

By 1997 LUN consisted of 150 organizations and clubs nationwide that included all aspects of off highway recreation: 4x4, ATV, equestrians, rockhounds, motorcycles, mountain bikes, snowmobiles, hunter and anglers. A nationwide campaign was developed and started called Blitz '97 with the purpose stated to Unite, Inform and Act.


Del developed a new way to look at the word MULTIPLE-USE:

M = Muster support in congress

U = Use letters, email, fax, and personal contacts to make a difference and state your opinion

L = Look for opportunities to advocate for your sport

T = Team up with other advocates/users in your area to magnify your position

L = Leap ahead of anti-multiple use efforts

E = Expose elected officials to our sports and ideas

U = Understand the issues, both local and national

S = Sort out our political friends and supporters (get them elected)

E = Educate the public, our peers, and the politicians.

Various efforts have come and gone since 1994/1997, some successful, some not; but the need to unite our voices has never dwindled.  You can read more about the Land Use Network, the Resource Education Network (REN), and the Sierra Nevada Framework in CA here:
http://www.delalbright.com/access/lun.html

I look forward to hearing some thoughts on this.
Del

Thursday, January 15, 2015

KEEPING TRASH OFF OUR TRAILS

2015 The Year of Clean!

By Del Albright, Director of Operations, BRC

Keeping trash off our public lands is a big job and one that many of us take on willingly...often.  And yes, it's not usually OUR trash, not from those of us who love the backcountry; but rather it's from folks who don't get it and just go to the "outdoors" with careless attitudes and behaviors.

We have to educate them.  And yes, we have to pick up behind them.  Unfortunately. But until we educate them all and get our lands and waterways FREE of trash and garbage, we will need to be vigilant in our efforts at trash pick-up!

On the Rubicon Trail (FOTR) we have programs designed to remind folks to clean up and keep things like "white flowers" off the trail.  It all helps.  El Dorado County (wherein lies the Rubicon) is good about helping with educational programs like this:





Working with agencies that manage our public lands is a great way to do clean ups and show how WE care.  If we don't do it; who will? Take the initiative and start something to save your access for the future.




What to do:
1.  Carry a trash bag like a Trasharoo that hangs outside on your spare tire (http://www.trasharoo.com).
2.  Set the example.  Stop and pick up trash when you see it; be the one to initiate a clean up.
3.  Show kids (when you can) that you care and set the pack-it-out example for them.

Del's Article about trash and a "Date with a Paper Plate" here:http://www.delalbright.com/Articles/paper_plate.htm

More on Trasharoo: http://www.trasharoo.com

BRC Code of Ethics for Trail Behavior here: https://www.sharetrails.org/about/ethics
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Del

Saturday, January 3, 2015

How to Write Effective Letters to Politicians and Bureaucrats

Lion's Back, Moab, UT (before it was closed)

Writing Effective Letters Does Not Have to be Scary!


How to Write Letters to Politicians and Bureaucrats, Made Easy.

By Del Albright

Letter writing is not like going up and down some tall, skinny, slippery red rock formation in a 4x4 -- it's really pretty easy.   And more importantly, without letters from us to politicians and bureaucrats, our voice is never as strong as it could be to save outdoor sports.

You can use these same tips for writing comment letters on NEPA (USFS, BLM, etc.) documents as well.

 There's a trick and a formula to letter writing.  In this video, I give it to you short and sweet.

http://youtu.be/qxQhevnXgu0

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year; New Country; New Hope


2015 - The Year of Better Times for All
by Del Albright

I consider myself a top shelf, full blown, get 'r done Patriot and love this country -- albeit a few times these past few years I've had to remind myself to stand proud in spite of the antics of some of our political leaders.  But no matter, I still wish all a Happy New Year and a new year of hope and better times. 
I've been shot at in three countries and will never surrender my love of our freedoms.  I hope you will stand with me in 2015 and make some change that really counts.


Friday, December 19, 2014

American Bantam Jeep -- the Story (in video)



The American Bantam Jeep Project


Coming in 2015 as a Mini-Series on TV


SNEAK PREVIEW with Del Albright
Big thanks to MetalCloak for the studio time, props and support.




video
 

View it on YouTube here:http://youtu.be/MJf0eFQrjxQ


Thursday, December 11, 2014

ARE FEAR AND EGOS STOPPING US FROM WINNING THE WAR ON ACCESS?


  LEARN OR DIE: BOOK REVIEW FOR RECREATIONAL LEADERS


 By Del Albright

Caroline Cornell interviewed Edward Hess, author of Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization, in Communication World Magazine (Dec. 2014), the voice of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).  The link is below.  I took Mr. Hess's words and just substituted "companies" and "businesses" with our OHV words like Groups and Organizations to show how his wisdom and advice applies to off-road groups as much as it does to today's business world.    

So when you read this really valuable article (link below) about technology and learning, see if this hits you the way it hit me as to how it relates to off-roaders and backcountry recreation groups.  Here are some highlights that slapped me across the face as applying to those of us in the recreational world, especially those in leadership positions.
  • Those groups that best incorporate the science of learning into their culture, processes and practices will be the winners.  Winning groups learn better and faster.

  • That learning environment will be a humanistic, positive, emotional environment that results in high employee engagement—designed to mitigate the two big learning inhibitors, Fear and Ego.  (Note, back in the 80’s the big thing was “Japanese Style Management – known as Quality Circles where the guy putting the widgets together had a huge say in the way the widgets were made.  Factory workers helping designers).

  •           Emotionally we are defensive “thinkers” seeking to protect and affirm our self-image.  Real learning (old dog new tricks) requires optimizing our humility and opening the door to better listening.  Most folks in our organizations listen to confirm we were right in the first place and have trouble suspending judgment while the other person is still talking.  It makes our motivation appear more to look smart than to learn. (Read more on my take on "aerobic listening" here on my website: http://www.delalbright.com/articles/opponents.htm.)

  •   Many OHV group leaders have yet to figure out how to be an open-minded, non-defensive, good listener who is willing to subject his beliefs to challenge by others.

  •   One of the big tricks to “being smart” for our organizations is to KNOW what we DO NOT know, learn how to overcome that and learn from our mistakes.
   So I'm curious how this applies to what you've seen in OHV/Recreation groups and organizations, even clubs?  For me, to take this info and build it into our strategic plans, training workshops, business plans, club bylaws, whatever, just the way we do business, might give us a heads up to win more and back-track less.



Good information on how we can get better with using our technology.


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Del

Friday, December 5, 2014

Empowering Kids for a Motorized Future


YOUTH IS THE FUTURE OF MOTORIZED OUTDOOR RECREATION


LET'S GET THEM OUTSIDE!

 By Del Albright

Kids in the outdoors -- such a crucial part of the future of outdoor recreation. The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and about every other enviro/eco organization has a focused youth program designed to get kids outside with an indoctrination towards protecting, preserving but not really "using" our resources. Look but don't really touch. 

Then those of us who love motors and exploring by vehicle have to compete with electronics, video games, ear buds, pods and pads, We have a few OHV groups with great programs for kids, for sure! But I don't think nearly enough. We have to find ways to empower our children to enjoy, use smartly, conserve wisely, appreciate, and yet be able to ensure a future of access for all. 

There is a difference in youth involvement between the various motorized sports.  Dirt bikers get their kids on a machine nearly as soon as the little one can walk.  Hero-worship sets in early for motorbikers too, as their sport is full of champions, races, and heroes.  Plus, the kids can go out and ride before they have a license.

Four-wheelers have a different path for kids.  The kids get to ride; a few might drive under careful supervision in controlled circumstances, but for the most part, for a kid, it's being an "observer" rather than a participant. That doesn't invoke the same commitment and enthusiasm for the sport as a dirt biking kid.

So we have to fin ways to empower our kids, treat them to fun, and show them the excitement, while teaching them our common sense ways of using public lands.    You can good samples of kids programs at http://www.nohvcc.org, http://www.treadlightly.org; and other big associations.  Just do a search and see what you come up with for your kids.

If you were to share a group with a great kids/youth program, who would that be?