Monday, June 4, 2018

BRC EXE. DIR. INTRO MESSAGE FROM DEL

 DEL ALBRIGHT INTRODUCTION AS NEW ED OF BLUERIBBON COALTION/SHARETRAILS.ORG



Dear Members and Supporters of BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.Org
I am happy to be your new (interim) Executive Director effective June 1, 2018, driving the Sharetrails/BRC boat!  We appreciate all that Martin Hackworth has done and wish him well in his retirement. But for a little bit about me...


I am straightforward, honest and live by a code of honor and ethics, deeply seated in respect for my fellow enthusiasts. You are who I work for and I never let that out of my sight.


With over 20 years of ST/BRC membership, 35 years of land use experience (and writing) and 50 years of off-pavement recreation ranging from dirt biking, street biking, 4x4s, dune buggies, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, rock-hounding, RV'ing and jeeping. There is little I have not done or seen.  But all that still rests on the basic premise that we all fight for and want ACCESS.  Access for all; for all sports.  That is what Sharetrails.Org/BRC brings you.


I believe in partnerships and cooperation. State, regional and local associations and organizations are critical to the overall success of fighting for access.  My standard speech at events usually includes the message:  Join everything you can afford to join and that makes sense to you!   It takes all of us. On the other hand, I do not believe in starting a new group or club just because there are a few bad apples or broken issues in the existing outfit(s).  Stay in the fight and fix it first!
I am an old soldier and I tend to like lines, orders, lists and clear instructions and expectations. I also like to give clear answers to questions. So, ask away; anytime.


I stand by and believe in volunteers as the back bone of about any hobby or sport.  Volunteers must be nurtured, thanked, fed and given solid work if you want to keep them coming back.  In that line, I wrote and developed the only online off-pavement oriented training course in the country, the Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC) that has over 300 students and graduates nationwide.   I used this course and a hands-on workshop to facilitate the start-up of saving the Rubicon Trail - Friends of the Rubicon (FOTR) and the Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF).


I live by expectations when it comes to relationships, partnerships and volunteers.  If it makes you smile, write an expectation to achieve it.  If it makes you frown, write an expectation to avoid it. None of us are mind readers, so if you want something done a certain way, you have to paint a picture of how that would look. I hope you will join me in continuing to paint a future for ST/BRC and our trails/access.
With the help of our ST/BRC Board of Directors, partners, staff and contractors, as well as our solid base of volunteers, I plan to lead this ship through all waters - troubled or not.  I can do that only with your help, input and support.  Contact me anytime.
On the team, Del Albright Interim Executive Director Sharetrails/BlueRibbon Coalition


Monday, May 28, 2018

TRAIL HANDOUTS FOR ANYONE

KEEPING TRAILS OPEN REQUIRES KEEPING EACH OTHER INFORMED

Carry Handouts and Brochures to be a Good Trail Steward


By Del Albright

These links will give you a Recreation Code of Ethics from BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.Org; and a Membership Form.  Both handouts are a great way to be a trail steward.

If you belong to and support a State or Regional Association, carry the same from them.

Be NOT afraid to give someone a handout.  You do not need to get confrontational if their behavior is out of whack.  Just be polite, talk about saving trails and keeping our sports alive, and give them a handout or two to review.

We must all work towards a positive future, united in our voices (UNITE).  Then at every chance we must INFORM other users if they appear uninformed.  And finally we must ACT TOGETHER if we expect to have a voice that will be heard from sea to sea.


UNITE, INFORM and ACT TOGETHER.




BRC/ST Membership Brochure: http://bit.ly/MembershipApp4WD


BRC/ST Recreation Code of Ethics: http://bit.ly/RecCodeOfEthics
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Del

Thursday, May 24, 2018

BLUERIBBON SHARETRAILS MAKES MODOC HEADLINES

Del and Stacie Albright with their well-traveled red jeep.

SHARETRAILS/BLUERIBBON COALITION TEAM ALBRIGHT HIGHLIGHTED IN MODOC COUNTY

Outdoor activists find Modoc a real treasure (Special to the Record)

by Jean Bilodeaux


Consummate outdoor recreationists and internationally known photojournalists, Del and Stacie Albright visited Modoc County this last week.  The couple specializes in land use, access and getting involved in teaching responsible off-pavement motorized recreation and trail ethics.
        “We want to help people enjoy the back country responsibly, thereby insuring that public lands stay open for all,” explains Del Albright.
        First meeting on the Rubicon Trail the couple have much in common, including a love of the outdoors that extends to guiding convoys, photojournalism, vehicle modification, hunting, fly fishing, four-wheeling, camping, RVing, restoring vintage trailers and vehicles. They teach leadership, public speaking, letter writing, and moderating classes and activities that support responsible outdoor recreation, such as “leave no trace.”
        The Rubicon Trail is a 22-mile long road and jeep trail (18 miles).  It is considered America’s most famous and challenging 4x4 trail, usually taking two days to complete.  It stretches from the gold country to the west shore of Lake Tahoe.  The Rubicon Jeep model is named after the Rubicon Trail, which serves as a testing ground for the Jeep company.
        Del started the Friends of the Rubicon group that helps keep the trails open.
        He has 50 years of off roading and 35 years of land use experience.  They drive a bright red jeep covered in hundreds of stickers.
        “Each sticker represents our sponsors or groups we are affiliated with or help.  And each sticker is hiding a scratch or small dent,” laughs Del.
        They appear on more than 600 websites and in 21 magazines.  With millions of fans in outdoor recreation, their promotion of an area can help the local economy.
        “We teach and are advocates of economical, sustainable, manageable recreational use of public lands.  Likely, Surprise Valley and Alturas have so much to offer and responsible stewardship and use of these resources can keep them as the treasures they are,” adds Albright.
        The couple stayed at the Likely Place RV and Park and Golf Resort and had so much fun they are planning to return in May and possibly bring some members of the outdoor groups they belong to.
        Lorissa Soriano of MORT – Modoc Outdoor Recreation and Tourism guided the couple in their exploration and enjoyment of Modoc County.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

RUBICON TRAIL MAY/JUNE MEETINGS

WE ARE TAKING THE ROC ON THE ROAD

Rubicon Oversight Committee (ROC)

PURPOSE:
·         To educate a larger group of users on the educational program for the Rubicon Trail
·         To discuss maintenance efforts and how we work on the El Dorado side of the trail
·         To help facilitate maintenance activities in Placer County
·         To get more clubs, groups and individuals involved
·         To provide a holistic approach to the Rubicon
AGENCIES THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE:
Tahoe National Forest
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Eldorado National Forest
State Parks OHV Division
Placer County Sheriff’s Office
El Dorado County Parks Division

MEETING DATES, LOCATIONS AND TIMES:

May 30, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.
North Tahoe Event Center
8318 North Lake Blvd.
Kings Beach, CA  96143

June 4, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
Murphy House at the Auburn State Recreation Area
501 El Dorado Street
Auburn, CA  95603
(El Dorado Street is HWY 193/49 as you head out of Auburn south towards the river crossing)

June 27, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
(Tentative Location)
California Conservation Center
1949 Apache Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150

More on the Rubicon Trail and ROC at https://edcgov.us




DO THAT ONE THING THIS WEEK

SHINE SOME LIGHT ON JUST ONE THING AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

By Del Albright, Sharetrails Ambassador

Shine a little light this week, if nothing else, on one person to help make a difference. One-For-One I've posted before, but it rings true right now more than ever.

As we get ready for summer, when you get asked what "one person can do" or similar questions,
here it is: DO ONE THING. THE one thing (borrowed from the movie City Slickers).

Shine some light on ONE thing this week, even if just with one new person or one business yet to get in the game. Just do it. And make it matter.
Some examples of what that one thing might be include:

  • Clarify to the local feds what is going on with your club.  
  • Find a trail to adopt.  
  • Talk a business into supporting/donating.  
  • Find a new recruit to land use.  
    Whatever...do that ONE thing that makes us stronger THIS WEEK.
Here is a link to my article on the One for One Proposal giving more ideas on this approach.http://www.delalbright.com/Articles/one.htm
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Del

Friday, May 18, 2018

BUY ONLY FROM THE RIGHT BUSINESSES

BUY FROM BUSINESSES ON THE LAND USE TEAM


By Del Albright

Land use means keeping our trails open and our sports alive. When you spend your OHV/off-pavement money, spend it with a business that SUPPORTS the SPORTS. Period. 

Do the homework; check "under the hood" of their website.


Get on your "creeper" and check around to see where they support the sport like with donations to raffles; joining organizations (that's some times a hard one as there are so many); making significant donations to land use organizations; and being part of the team like those businesses represented in landuse groups on the social networks.
We should not get mad at a business that does not belong to your organization or my organization or whatever; but if they are not supporting some event, some club, some organization at the best level they can afford, then they are not helping FIX land use.

And if that is the case, and you cannot convince them otherwise, DO NOT BUY from them if you want to save outdoor motorized sports. 
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Del

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

VIDEO OF FAB'ING JEEP IN MOAB


JEEP ALBRIGHT GETS FABRICATION IN MOAB

JEEPFREEKS DOES THE VIDEO WORK.

BFGoodrich Tires Garage provides free service to attendees of Moab Easter Jeep Safari.