Monday, November 23, 2015

Mobile App (Site) for Land Use Help

Scan for land use mobile app (FREE).

Del Albright created land use app (mobile site) for all devices, with help in a wide assortment of topics using the HOME button at the bottom of each screen, including:

Volunteer Leadership
Letter Writing Tips
Membership Building
Club Help
Running a Better Meeting
Building a Coalition
Saving Trails
Rubicon Trail
Trail Work

Forward any suggested edits to me.
thanks, Del

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Four E's of Protecting Access

Proven Formula to Protect Access and Save Trails

By Del Albright

Saving (and sustaining) a trail system, protecting access and keeping our off-pavement motorsports alive and well boils down to a proven formula: Engineering, Education, Enlisting and Enforcement. In the simplest of terms, that means 1) design it right; 2) let people know the rules and how to help; 3) get involvement from as many and varied users as you can; and 4) use trail patrols and if needed, law enforcement officers to ensure the rules are followed. 

I am borrowing from the fire service all over the country with their fire prevention programs that rely on the three E's -- Engineering, Education and Enforcement.  In fire prevention, you design (engineer) a building, house or sub-division in such a way as to minimize the chances of fire.  You then educate folks about preventing fires with signs, letters, commercials, school programs and whatever it takes.  Then, if that doesn't work, you bust people with tickets for not complying and thereby jeopardizing not only themselves, but their neighbors.

Here are many of the components of the formula for you to add into your efforts for protecting access.


Risk Management Assessment
Water control and runoff
Water crossings (hardening)
Soil stability
Rolling dips, waterbars and other erosion/sediment control devices
Gabions and other rock structures to strengthen and harden trail surfaces
Vegetation (as a soil stabilizing factor)
Grade, or slope; out slope/in slope
Rider conflicts and user needs
Good inventory of all routes and trails
Loop trails/roads where possible
Monitoring, with data collection to meet agency needs and trail future


Signage to ensure rules are known and "stay the trail" is in effect
Brochures and handouts (tap into TreadLightly! RIDE ON, and other programs already out there)
Check in, kiosks, permits
Web page/forums and user meetings as needed
Develop and share trail "code of ethics" like those of BlueRibbon Coalition (


Getting volunteers (users, agencies, businesses) involved
Volunteer training to ensure leadership and effeciency
Leadership development and on-going training
Adopt a trail programs with agencies and land owners
Organized segmented layout for easy adoption/maintenance
Publication of volunteer efforts
Application for grants using volunteer hours
Developing advocacy talents within the volunteer ranks


Grant for LEO or security/cops
Rules well posted.
Warning system
Volunteer trail patrol
Published activities and successes of enforcement as needed

As always, I suggest you belong to and check with past successes of your national, regional and state associations to see how this formula might have already been applied to your area.

If you apply the elements of this formula to protecting access, my 30+ years of landuse (and fire service) tell me we will all have a better and more sustainable trail future!

Download article here for ohv-friendly organizations/folks:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Best Way to Save Trails and Outdoor Sports

The best way to help keep trails open, to keep outdoor motorized sports alive, and to ensure a future for backcountry exploration is to JOIN whatever makes sense to you, starting with the BlueRibbon Coalition at

Thank you BIG TIME to KrawlzoneTV for helping our cause and producing great videos.  See more at


Friday, May 8, 2015

American Bantam Jeep TV Mini-Series Needs Your Help


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.  


Monday, March 9, 2015

BRC Congratulates FOTR at 14 Years Strong

"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 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

Land Use App Adds NEPA and Strategic Planning



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.

The NEPA process (Act) guides every activity on federal lands, in all federal agencies.  It's important to know where you fit.

This simple review with links to more details is a great starting place you can have bookmarked on your smart phone.



I welcome additions, edits and comments.

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. 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.