Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
THE AMERICAN BANTAM JEEP -- 4WHEEL HERO MOVIE
Invest in this TV mini-series about the creation of the original Jeep and get SWAG and a tax write-off at the same time.
VISIT THE 4WHEEL HERO WEBSITE AND JOIN THE CAMPAIGN; HELP US MAKE THIS MOVIE:
Monday, March 9, 2015
"Founding Father" BRC Congratulates Rubicon Trail
By Del Albright
Founding Trail Boss, FOTR
Founding President, Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF)
In March of 2001 I worked with Lance Clifford to set up the first ever forum for one trail, the Rubicon Trail, on http://www.pirate4x4.com. Friends of the Rubicon (FOTR) was born then, with the forum going live in April 2001.
BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is the reason I was able to work nearly full time as founding Trail Boss of FOTR to develop, organize, train, build and lead this awesome group of volunteers for many years to help make it what it is today -- 14 years strong.
I facilitated the start up of the Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF) as a follow up to FOTR in 2004, and lead this group for several years as founding President. It was truly an honor.
We should never forget BRC's role in making all this happen. And if you want to say thank you, and see more success stories like this, JOIN, RENEW or DONATE to BRC at:
I am proud to have held the helm for so many years, but also very thankful that BRC gave me the blessing to do all that I did for FOTR and RTF with my BRC hat on. I would never have been able to do it otherwise.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
STRATEGIC PLANNING and NEPA FOR CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS
LAND USE APP ADDS THE MODEL and PROCESS
By Del Albright, BRC Director of Operations
Need help with figuring out your future as a club or association? Then here is a simple model that has proven itself over time to be useful for any group. 10 steps to get you from here to there; from an unknown future to one that you create.
The model takes into account the things holding back your group from growing, and helps you plot a plan of strategies to get to a better place.
Check this process out on the Land Use App along with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), just newly added for any smart phone.
This simple review with links to more details is a great starting place you can have bookmarked on your smart phone.
STRATEGIC PLANNING HERE:
I welcome additions, edits and comments.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
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:
I look forward to hearing some thoughts on this.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
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
Saturday, January 3, 2015
|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.