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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Tahoe Nat’l Forest Plan DEIS Comments by BlueRibbon

Tahoe National Forest Plan

Seven (7) Alternatives were offered. OHV recreationists were faced with issues like winter closures, road and route closures, and change in land designations. Read/download the BlueRibbon Coalition alert with links to copies of the plan Click here (pdf), and the final comments of the BlueRibbon Coalition here

Sunday, December 21, 2008

CAUTION:Funny Signs Ahead

CAUTION: Funny Signs Ahead

Book Review by Del Albright

RoadTrip America has hit my funny bone with this new release of their book, CAUTION Funny Signs Ahead. Authors Mark Sedenquist and Megan Edwards scored high on my laugh list with this howler of highway delights.

You have got to have one of these in your book collection (reading room, guest quarters, restaurant, library, etc.). This cute book has stuff that will just plain make you smile and even laugh out loud. (Read more of my review here)


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Clear Creek (CA) Management Area Open Letter

BlueRibbon Coalition Open Letter to OHV Community (about Clear Creek Management Area)

From Don Amador, BRC Western Rep

BlueRibbon Coalition is engaged in many access issues around the country. Being the only grassroots national multiple-use organization in our OHV community, BRC is fully involved in nearly every state with a full plate of jobs. Their accomplishments are many.

Read more about Clear Creek (in CA) here:


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Del on UTube with Guitar Singing Jeep Song -- ouch

Yea, someone got me. I'm on UTube with guitar in hand, singing my Jeep Song -- called Kiss Your Jeep in the Morning.Some friends I have....See it here if you feel brave:


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Celebration of Life for our friend, mentor and hero, Dennis Mayer was a huge success last Sunday Dec. 14, 2008 in Auburn, CA. About 200 or so folks attended this grand event to celebrate one fine man and his Rubicon Trail life (as well as his family life).

I miss him terribly and will wear my Dennis Mayer bracelet until I wear it out. WWDD is all it says: What Would Dennis Do?

See the pics of this fun and wonderful event right here:


Monday, December 15, 2008

Tahoe National Forest Dec. 26th Deadline for Comments


Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Tahoe National Forest Travel Plan DEIS Comment Deadline: DEC. 26th

BRC's Action Alert subscribers already know that the Tahoe National Forest released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Motorized Travel Management for public review and comment. We send kudos to California's OHV community for vigorously participating in this important travel plan.

That vigorous involvement is a good thing because, unfortunately, the Tahoe's draft plan is significantly flawed and needs to be changed.

The Tahoe National Forest is a recreation "crown jewel" in the West and is highly valued by the OHV community. We need your help in protecting this national treasure.

That is why we are asking all of our members and supporters to send a comment letter to the Tahoe before the December 26, 2008 deadline. Route-specific comments based on your personal experience are critically important if the FS is going to come out of this plan with an acceptable travel system. It is also important for your continued membership in local OHV clubs and organizations working to protect your trails. In addition, those clubs will play a key role in implementation of the final plan.

Copies of all DEIS documents and maps are available on the Forest's website at:
Please review the documents and maps closely and try to make your comments as site-specific as possible, preferably by referring to those specific roads or trails you have concerns with. It is important to remember this proposal is just a draft. Any route-specific comment is critical in refining this draft proposal prior to the final decision in March 2009.


If you want, you can use BRC's letter generator, but please know that personal emails are much more effective! It has an easy interface for adding additional comments and sending your letter.

Old-fashioned snail mail is also effective. If you prefer you, can mail written comments, but please make sure they are postmarked by December 26, 2008. Mail written comments to: Travel Management Team, Tahoe National Forest, 631 Coyote Street, Nevada City, CA 95959.

Friday, December 12, 2008

ATV Trails Guide Books (Review)

I had a chance to review several
books, the ATV Trails Guide series, and I'm here to tell you these are handy references worth having. Chuck Wells has done a great job with these ATV specific trail books.

These are full color, with dozens of trails thoroughly listed and described, and matched up with complete GPS waypoints. You can't go wrong, plus they're in the convenient "rig" size (5.5 x 8.5 inches). If you ride quads and would like to check out some ATV specific trail books, read my review here:

Christmas specials are underway right now if you're shopping for a deal.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from us...

'Tis the season to rejoice, find something fun to do, enjoy family and friends, and give thanks for all we have in this great country.

Wishing you and yours the best holidays and Christmas ever.
Del & Stacie Albright
BlueRibbon Coalition, Friends of the Rubicon, Cal4 and others...

CA: Southern Inyo Wilderness Meetings

CA: Southern Inyo Wilderness Proposal Meetings

Inyo County Board of Supervisors Meeting:
Lone Pine – Tuesday December 16, 2008 Statham Hall at 6 PM. OHVers need to be there.

This meeting is for public comment regarding the new 700,000 acre wilderness proposed for Southern Inyo County.

Help get the word out.

Download and hand out flyer here

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Help Save Johnson Valley and the “Hammers”

Help Save Johnson Valley!

Attend Public Scoping Meeting on

Proposed Marine Base Expansion

Working together everyone can help save Johnson Valley. However, your participation in the public decision making process is critical. You can help save Johnson Valley by attending one of the three Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base expansion scoping meetings. Just walking through the door of one of the meetings to ask questions and gather information sends a loud and powerful message that the future use of Johnson Valley by the public is important to you!

Meeting Dates

December 3, 2008, 5 p.m to 9 p.m., Twentynine Palms, CA (Twentynine Palms Junior High, Hay's Gym, 5798 Utah Trail, Twentynine Palms, CA)
December 4, 2008, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Victorville, CA (Hilton Garden Inn Victorville, 12603 Mariposa Road, Victorville, CA)
December 5, 2008, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Ontario, CA (Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA)

Read more about the Marines wanting to take over Johnson Valley (including "the Hammers") here:

Thanks, Del

Monday, December 1, 2008

BlueRibbon Champions Fund-Raiser


December 1st, 2008


  • Don Amador, BRC Western Representative
    • Phone: (925) 625-6287
    • Fax: (925) 625-5309
    • Email:
    • Webpage:

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ISDT/E Hero and Industry Land Use Champion - Motion Pro's Chris Carter
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POCATELLO, ID (Dec 1) — The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national trail recreation advocacy group, is proud to announce the launch of our "Celebrating the Champions of ISDT/E" website ( for its 11th Annual Breakfast of Champions (BOC) on February 15, 2009 at the Indy Expo. The Breakfast will be held at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom at 7:00 a.m. This is BRC's premiere fundraising event, and this newly created website will promote the event and host an online auction of memorabilia from ISDT/E and other off-road champions. Read the whole story and see the goodies on the Champions web site here: We are gathering up new stuff from the 4x4 off-road world of champions as well. Wait until you see the things to bid on and enjoy. Del