Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SAVING DEER VALLEY TRAIL

VOLUNTEERS STEP UP TO SAVE ANOTHER TRAIL.


Previously Closed; Now Open!


By Del Albright



We were lucky enough to get to help save the famous Deer Valley Trail of CA, closed a few years ago by court order.  The trail is OPEN!

Read more here on Modern Jeeper:
http://modernjeeper.com/
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Del

Saturday, August 26, 2017

QUIT LETTING OUR FEDERAL RESOURCES BURN!




"HOPE" IS NOT A METHOD FOR FIGHTING WILD FIRES!

Let's tell our federal land managers and politicians to stop "letting it burn!"


By Del Albright


Wildfires continue to destroy our heritage and natural resources in the West, while in many cases aggressive fire suppression has been lacking on federal lands. We recently heard the term "minimal impact fire suppression" -- meaning really that they intend to stand back mostly and watch it burn.

They "hope" the fire goes out and doesn't do much damage. 


Federal land managers have been plagued for years with "tactics" forced on them like "let it burn" or "prescribed fire, unplanned ignition" or "let Nature take its course."

Baloney!



I'm tempted to write this letter to the federal land managing agencies. What do you think?
To whom in the federal government it may concern: "Hope" is not a method of fighting fires. Let's quit hoping the fire goes out; and quit hoping the bugs don't kill more trees that will eventually burn up; and quit hoping Nature takes its course or that Nature puts out the fire; and let's start aggressively and actively fighting fires on federal lands with every "impact" you can dream up, from ground and air, to stop fires from destroying our heritage and resources!

This does not apply to every federal agency. But if the shoe fits....


To stand around and talk about it, and hope it doesn't burn structures or get totally out of control is unacceptable, unprofessional and obviously a ploy to satisfy some political agenda. Stop it. Fight the fires. Put out the fires. Save America's treasures and resources with everything you have.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DO IT OUTSIDE

GET OUTSIDE AND RE-CREATE YOURSELF


And Do the Right Thing


By Del Albright



Summer time is get outside time, and that also means being thankful for the freedoms we have in this great country.  I try to never take anything for granted; especially time I get to spend outdoors, whether hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, taking pictures, hiking, biking, or just sitting on something besides my desk chair looking at something besides my computer screen or mobile device.

Teach your kids the same values.  They are the future.  And be SURE to join and support those groups and organizations that help keep your hobby alive and well, like BlueRibbon Coalition in my case, along with your state and regional associations.

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Del


Thursday, June 15, 2017

OREGON TIDE POOLS


LOW TIDE OCEANSIDE EXPLORING

Minus Tide Along the Oregon Coast with Incredible Tide Pools


By Del Albright, June 2017


Exploring the ocean beach during a minus (very low) tide is an amazing outdoor experience for all ages, from young to old.  The Oregon coast has a number of great places where this adventure can be had for a short walk.

It is important to remember that certain times of years there are nesting birds on the rocks offshore and they should not be disturbed by getting too close or causing them to fly off their nests.  Look for congregations and just stay back a respectable distance.





The kelp and grass growing attached to the rocks can be very slippery and hazardous to walking, but just take care and perhaps carry along a walking stick.















Barnacles and sea anemones are abundant in low tide areas, along with muscles. 















Sea stars, or star fish are one of my favorite finds on the coast if any ocean.  These guys living in a shallow tide pool with sea anemones make for a great photo.










And no matter how fancy ocean-side luxury resorts build their swimming pools along the coast, nothing can match what Mamma Nature has to offer.  Remember to be respectful, stay back from nesting birds, walk carefully, and pick up after your pets.  The ocean is to be explored and enjoyed by all.  Tide pools are a special treat.
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Del

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

FISHING AND RESPONSIBLE RECREATION OUTDOORS

FISHING AND RESPONSIBLE LAKE BEHAVIOR

By Del Albright, May 2017



Fishing and boating of any type are busy, popular sports these days and we all must remember to share the water, like we share the trails.

No one sport has rights over another, other than boating laws governing navigation.  But when it comes to fishing, jet skiing, boating, wake boarding and you name it, we all must share the water and be polite in our pursuits.



Specialty boats like bass boats can travel at speeds in excess of 50mph.  Extra care should be given to both the passengers and other boaters.  Jet ski and PWC enthusiasts should take care to watch for slow moving fisherman possibly trolling for trout in open water where fast speed boating is also popular.

It's just a matter of courtesy and being polite to other users so we all can enjoy the water.

Visit the US Coast Guard website for more on boating, life vests and rules of the water:
https://www.uscgboating.org/

Be safe; have fun; and boat smart.

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Del

Monday, March 13, 2017

MAKE PUBLIC LANDS GREAT AGAIN

WE HAVE GONE TOO FAR WITH CLOSURES, RESTRICTIONS AND EXCESSIVE PROTECTION

Let's stop the silliness!


By Del Albright, March 2017

The decades of unchecked radical environmentalism have left us with a country bound-up in red tape, and restricted from common sense management.  It is silly what we have allowed to happen to ourselves.  It's time to Stop the Silliness!

Of course, I am NOT saying all regulations, Wilderness areas and land designations are silly or unnecessary -- but we have more than enough and it's time to unravel some red tape and make our access to public lands GREAT AGAIN.

We certainly do not need skyscrapers, mining operations or development on top of every mountain peak; but we also do not need these same mountain tops closed to responsible recreation, hunting, motorized access and public enjoyment.  The excessive restrictions  need to be turned around and stopped.

Here is how you can help Make Public Lands Great Again:

S = STOP creating unnecessary Wilderness areas, especially those that do not meet the criteria of the original 1964 Wilderness Act.  Ideally, we should ask Congress to undo many recent closures.  Let your voice be heard with your elected officials and tell our leaders to quit listening to exclusionary elitists who want to close everything.

T = TAKE BACK Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) that have been lingering on the books for decades and really do not fit the purpose of Wilderness.  Take back other unnecessary and restrictive closures. Support the halting of frivolous lawsuits that lead to more WSA's or other restrictions. Donate to those causes that are fighting for your access and your public lands.

O = OPPOSE silliness in government and bureaucracy; educate politicians and lawmakers; help unravel red tape like with the permit process; and make sure YOU are significant by being part of organized recreation groups.  Join, donate and volunteer are the three best things you can do to oppose more unnecessary closures and restrictions and make our public lands great again.

P  =  PRAISE good land managers and bureaucrats who are doing the right thing!  Write letters to officials in charge when you know of a good land manager doing good things for our lands.  This has to be a two-way street  -- and we have to also work hard to get rid of our own bad apples spoiling our image as responsible recreationists.

Now is the time to Stop the Silliness.  Please do your part and spread the word.  Take action before "they" take more away from us.
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Del




Friday, January 20, 2017

INAUGURATION DAY 2017 FOR OFF-ROADERS

THE ADMINISTRATION HAS A NEW PHILOSOPHY.
What does that mean for off-roaders?

By Del Albright

Visit John Stewart's web site to see my write up on this critical subject.
http://www.4x4wire.com/categories/del-albright-outdoor-recreation-advocate

Del