Thursday, December 7, 2017

PUBLIC LANDS EXPLAINED



SORTING OUT DEFINITIONS OF LAND DESIGNATIONS

The Various Names of our Public Lands

By Del Albright

Where can you camp?  Hike?  4x4?  All the above?  Check this out.


This is a great, sort explanation/definition of land designations like Wilderness, National Monuments and Parks, etc.  Worth a read and bookmarking for reference.

https://www.doi.gov/blog/americas-public-lands-explained

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Del


Monday, October 30, 2017

ACCESS TO RESPONSIBLE HUNTING

HUNTING ETHICS; SAVE OUR SPORT

RESPONSIBLE HUNTING AND SHOOTING ARE CRITICAL ELEMENTS TO THE FUTURE OF OUR SPORT.


By Del Albright


Hunting is like off-roading or four-wheeling sports, we must do it right if we want to continue to do it in the future.  Irresponsible behavior or lack of ethics will get us shut down by the people who do not like what we do anyway.  They do not try to hide their mission of shutting us out.

Here are some simple tips to keep our hunting/shooting sports alive.

FIRST: Be ethical; make clean kills and avoid stupid (long, or running) shots that you know you cannot make; and do not ruin someone else's hunt.

For more on Recreation Ethics visit BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.Org

SECOND: Be courteous of other hunters and other land users; think about where you park and how you drive/walk into the area where others are hunting.

THIRD: Be informed by reading about ethics and rules from places like the NRA or TreadLightly! etc.

Visit TreadLightly! for more ideas and educational posters.

FOURTH:  Be clean; always pick up your trash and pack it out, including shells and target trash.  Leave your campsite better than you found it.

FIFTH: Be safe; follow the gun rules; never point a weapon at anyone (even if you think it's unloaded); and properly store your weapon in your vehicle -- safely and legally.

Set the example for others; pass on the tradition, the right way!

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Del






Monday, September 25, 2017

STAND FOR THE FLAG; HONOR FREEDOM

I STAND FOR THE FLAG

I BELIEVE IN HONORING OUR FREEDOMS


By Del Albright

I have had too many bullets whiz by my head in combat, with patriotism flowing through my veins, to do anything but STAND for the flag, for the Anthem and for our country.  Respect. Period.

I will never support or condone anyone, sports team, advertisers, or entertainers who disrespect our flag.  Find some other way to protest; or find a country that better suits your lack of appreciation for freedom.  Period.
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Del

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