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Thursday, December 31, 2015



Excerpts from the Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC)

By Del Albright

By the nature of the title "volunteer leader" there is never enough time to do all the things you want to do, or thought you should do.  Being a volunteer is a part time job at best.   Thus we must learn to prioritize and get those things done that accomplish the most bang for our buck, and get the most action out of others we influence.

Here are 10 tips to remember and keep handy as a volunteer leader, always strapped for time, always on some sort of time-crunch, and never fully supported for what you need to do.  (smile).

1.  Deliver what you promise; and don't promise what you can't deliver.

2.  For speeches, remember to: Tell them what you're going to tell them; tell them; then tell them what you told them.

3.  When dealing with bureaucracy, never take the first three "no's."  Be persistent in what you want.

4.  A leader doing one thing gets one thing done; a leader motivating (supervising) 7 people to action gets 7 things done.

5.  The Leadership Triangle reminds us to: Inspire, Motivate and Facilitate volunteers.

6.   A complaint is never legitimate until it is voiced to someone who can fix it.  

7.  Aerobic listening is more than active listening -- give and receive feedback with volunteers.

8.  Draw a picture -- most volunteers are visual.  Give them something to "see" of what is in your mind you want done.

9.  A leader makes things happen; as they say, lead, follow or get out of the way.

10.  Never forget that a volunteer is giving you their most precious commodity -- their time. Treat it with respect and never waste it.

Leading volunteers to victory can be learned; you are not necessarily "born" with that ability.  With a volunteer you are asking them to do something -- not bossing them around.  Use your nice voice and be patient.  And most importantly in any volunteer effort, always say THANK YOU when the job is done.

I offer more in depth training and tips on leading volunteers in my online training course, the Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC) explained here:

Monday, December 28, 2015



Following the national NAMRC formula

 By Del Albright, BRC Ambassador

OVERVIEW: The solution to a positive future for motorized recreation lies in more unity among users.  Statewide cooperation and coordination between different modalities (like dirt bikes, 4x4, atv, utv, etc.) are key to ending the dauntless onslaught of anti-access propaganda and closure efforts. This short article will explain how to set up a state level group following the example of the national effort NAMRC – North American Motorized Recreation Council.

NAMRC has brought together dozens of off-highway groups, melding all modes of recreation, making a huge difference in our national approach to securing a future for our sports.  The same thing needs to happen at every state level, with all state groups coordinating with NAMRC.  No chain of command or change in authority is suggested; just information, communication, coordination and cooperation -- from a multiple-use perspective. 

NAMRC is an alliance of organizations that facilitates communications, shares information, expertise and resources to enhance unity. NAMRC helps the organized motorized recreation community nationwide and other interested groups become more effective in their efforts to maintain, improve and expand opportunities and experiences in our many forms of recreation.

A founding principle of NAMRC that has proven successful to its effectiveness for nearly 15 years is the face-to-face element and human interaction – not just on forums, webcasts or internet video conferencing. Bringing people together, at the same table, knowing each other’s face and tone of voice, along with the “extra” interaction that takes place during the meeting breaks have shown to be significant.  States can and should do the same thing.

By way of example for states considering a state-level council, here are some accomplishments of NAMRC:

1.   Helped establish several kid’s programs in multiple states from examples brought to NAMRC meeting.
2.   Broke down barriers and cured misunderstandings between several off-highway groups that were hampering successes in gaining access in several regions of the country.
3.   Established completely new lines of communication and cooperation between dozens of state and regional groups.
4.   Gave new land use and club leadership folks a greater network for accomplishing goals and improving access opportunities.
5.   Cleared the way for more and better grant funding opportunities in many states/regions.
6.   Shared untold number of “how to” tips in land use and leadership from different areas of the country.
7.   Facilitated better communications and land use networking nationwide.

STEPS: The author’s simple formula has worked in forming coalitions and other groups all across the country, beginning with the Friends of the Rubicon (FOTR) in 2001. The concept began as a way to establish “an alliance of factions formed for a specific unified purpose.”  Knowing that in off-highway recreation, enthusiasts shy away from relinquishing authority or responsibility of their own organization, it is a simple matter to ensure that doesn’t happen and make your state level group non-threatening to existing efforts – but rather enhancing.  Here are the steps.

 1.   Step up to the plate.  One person with credibility, or a small core team of state level users can begin the process.  Someone just has to make the first move and get things rolling.

 2.   Communicate.  Begin collecting emails, perusing club websites, finding club leaders and all affected sports, harvesting emails/contacts from forums, and start an email network about unifying the state efforts. Set up a Facebook page if appropriate.  Make sure your message is non-threatening to existing groups. You are not stealing memberships and you are not taking away anyone’s authority.  You are merely enhancing state level cooperation and coordination. 

NOTE: It may be helpful to immediately schedule a state level “summit” to introduce the idea of statewide cross-modality coordination such as the one in California (March 2003): Another idea is to hold a field trip/event bringing all modalities together like the Multiple-Use Shared Trails (MUST) Workshop here:

 3.   Advertise.  Pick a (tentative) name like “California Motorized Recreation Council” (CMRC), and make sure your state’s name is included.  Social networks and websites can be helpful in this step of the formula. Just make sure you have enough support in the core team before you launch too strongly on a name.   But start getting the word out that state level multiple-use coordination is about to take a new turn.  Core team members may have to set personal meetings or calls with existing group leadership to ensure there are no perceived threats to membership, dues, or their mission.

 4.   Develop the organization.  Build your alliance with word of mouth, emailing networks and forums, etc.  Set up a state level meeting for your inaugural launch, and don’t worry if not all groups are represented yet.  The national group NAMRC started out with 15 people in the room and now we have over 60.  Encourage participants to reach out to other groups to bring them to the table, and in the meantime, add them to your email network.  If you think your email network will get fairly large, you may benefit from an emailing service like iContact or Constant Contact for a few bucks a month.   

Run your meetings well, with a trained facilitator or someone who is good at making meetings productive. Always end your meetings with an action item list for follow up.  Appoint someone to do the follow up and keep track of the action item list. Post your minutes/notes on a public forum/website (like NAMRC does at

IN GENERAL: The group can decide if dues, officers or any other officialdom is necessary, but the success of NAMRC has partially been the lack of bureaucracy and the total focus on communicating, sharing and finding solutions to common problems without a bunch of “rules of order.”   NAMRC has no dues, no structure, or officers or anything that would make it appear to be distracting from existing groups, associations and clubs.  It is a Knights of the Round Table approach.

You can get some great additional help/information from the National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) here with their Club State Up Kit:

Here is a very thorough list from the BlueRibbon Coalition of advocacy resources that may be useful as well:

NATIONAL COORDINATION: Once your group is started, automatically put on the calendar to have someone take a report/update to the NAMRC meeting, usually held with the SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV, the first week of November (  Appoint someone to be the national point of contact to sharing information and being on the national NAMRC email list. Further enhance your efforts by setting up joint meetings or trail recons with adjoining states where similar problems cross state boundaries. Enlist national groups as appropriate to assist where possible.

SUMMARY:   Like NAMRC, state level motorized recreation councils can break down communication barriers and set new significant actions in motion for a better off-highway recreation future without jeopardizing existing group/association missions.

National groups like the grassroots oriented BlueRibbon Coalition (www.ShareTrails.Org) is always available to help establish state level cooperative efforts. NOHVCC ( has a wealth of helpful web resources and materials as well.

Some day in the future we may have the funds to hire full time land use and leadership people in every state, fighting for access every day and helping to keep trails open.  But until that day comes, volunteers and existing club/association members must band together with other modalities and clubs to ensure we are all on the same page with unified voices, carrying the same message, and protecting our access as a team.   The author feels the best way we can do that is to have state-level cooperative groups that cross not only club boundaries but also modality differences – a multiple-use front of united voices.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Folded Flag Tribute Jeep Tour with Team Albright

Team Albright, Del & Stacie are Driving a special Jeep from Maine to Florida this spring.
Del and Stacie are rockin' the east coast in tribute.
We are PROUD to be part of the inaugural launch of the Folded Flag Tribute Jeep being built-up right now at Clayton Off Road with the help of some great sponsors like BFGoodrich TiresRaceline WheelsFactor 55,WARNNorthStar BatteryJeep TweaksFOXTom Wood's Custom Drive ShaftsReid RacingClayton Off RoadRugged Ridgeand JcrOffroad, thanks to the the incredible team, Josh and Jen Schwalb of the The Great American Jeep Rally and Great American Charitable Events.

We plan to stop at several places to pay tribute to veterans and their families, war memorials and museums. We will also incorporate visits with motorized recreation enthusiasts, associations and clubs (as per your suggestions), to pay tribute to our access to responsible recreation and freedom!
We have a little over a week to make the drive and end up in time for Jeep Beach in Daytona Beach, FL, where the JK will be on display as well.

There is still room for a few select businesses to help sponsor the actual tour from Maine to Florida, and be part of the promotional media. Just drop me a pm if interested, or email Del at

NOTE: we hope to touch the ocean in all 14 states of the eastern seaboard, and pose the Tribute Jeep at dozens of famous places on the east coast. Of course, our purpose will be to carry our message of land use, responsible recreation and motorized recreation freedom where ever we go -- it's all about access and keeping our trails and riding areas open, and paying respect to the veterans who have given us our freedoms. 
PLACES TO STOP: we want your suggestions. PLEASE go over to the Folded Flag Tribute Jeep page and make suggestions as to places to honor veterans, events, war memorial/museums, club events, club/association meetings, or just ideas where we could link up with motorized enthusiasts and spend some quality time talking about the future of our sports. 
Website here:

Friday, December 11, 2015

They Are Killing Our Access

They Are Killing Our Access!

How Egos and Personalities Could Be Our Downfall

By Del Albright, BlueRibbon Ambassador
Is your club ticked off at a neighboring club?  Are you drifting away from your club because of the behavior of a few folks?  Do you find yourself attending fewer club/group meetings these days?  Do you feel like your opinion does not count? Are you ready to just say to heck with it and walk away as a volunteer?  Are you tired of the politics and clicks in your club?  In other words, do egos and personalities ruin your recreation?

In my travels around the country helping folks to get organized and keep trails open, I have seen too much of the above problems. Don't get me wrong, there are tons of great clubs that are doing just fine.  But I've seen my share of egos and personalities driving folks away from organized recreation.  There are ways to fix that.

I am convinced that our future lies in folks joining and staying active in organized recreation.  The more we band together and stay tuned into what's happening with our trails, the better our chances of having a sport in the future.  The more we separate or alienate from each other – as in not joining groups -- the less chance we have of surviving as a recreational pursuit.  We must be together at every opportunity. 

This means that our local clubs/groups must be viable and effective.   I am always reminded of the anti-access (radical environmental groups) slogan of “think globally; act locally.” They have got it figured out.  They preach keeping the big picture in mind, while taking baby steps at the local level towards achieving the big picture.  It works!

In large business corporations and management, there's a concept called the “Swiss Cheese” approach.  Swiss cheese has a lot of holes in it to make the cheese what it is.  When a manager is faced with a tremendously complex task, the Swiss cheese approach is to make one hole at a time until you have your block of cheese done.   In other words, like a long hike in the back country, it's just one step at a time until you reach your destination. 

This is where the local level involvement is so important.  If we're all taking baby steps, punching holes in the big block of Swiss cheese, eventually we'll achieve the big global picture -- responsible access for all!

It starts with your local club or group.  It starts with a few folks deciding to get past personalities and get something done for the greater good.  It starts with a commitment to not let someone else control how you feel about your sport or your club.  It starts with you making sure “they” don’t kill our access!

If you have personality issues in your club or group, I suggest that before you give up, you confront them head on.  Let folks know how you feel and what you expect.  Only then can a group or club decide if they want to make changes to accommodate your wishes.  But to me, it is such a shame to see someone drop out of a group without letting people know the reason why.  It's similar to telling a boss at work what's wrong from your perspective so the problem can be fixed.  Many times bosses don't know what the employees know.  So by letting someone know there's a problem, at least you give them a chance to fix it.

There's an old saying I use a lot: “A complaint is never legitimate until it's voiced to someone who can fix it.”  If personalities are ruling your recreation, then I suggest you speak up and clear the air.  Get to the “peace table” and talk it out.   Go face to face and don’t try to solve in on the forums. Find solutions or compromises that all the parties can live with.  But whatever you do, give it a shot before you give up.

When I help folks get past personality issues, I always remind them that we are not out to change who someone is, only how they behave in our group. If a certain behavior is alienating other club members, then we need to find a way to change that behavior.  It can be done, but only through communications that are pretty open and honest.  

In the leadership training I give folks, I drive home the point that we must let folks know our expectations -- those things that make us smile and enjoy our sport (or our job or anything else).  The same holds true for a club or a volunteer committee.  If you have expectations that are not being fulfilled, then let someone know.  , By doing so you increase your chances of staying in the game and helping to punch holes in that big block of cheese.
More articles on my website about landuse, personalities, clubs, and keeping our sports alive:

Thursday, December 10, 2015

First East Coast Motorized Recreation Leadership Training VLLS



Thanks to Josh Schwalb of the Great American Jeep Rally and Great American Charitable Events, with awesome sponsors Omix-ADA and Clayton Off Road, we are conducting the first of its kind leadership and land stewardship (VLLS) workshop in Ashland, MA, April 7-10, 2016.

APPLY NOW!: Student Application here:

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.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


2015 The Year of Clean!

By Del Albright, Director of Operations, BRC

Keeping trash off our public lands is a big job and one that many of us take on willingly...often.  And yes, it's not usually OUR trash, not from those of us who love the backcountry; but rather it's from folks who don't get it and just go to the "outdoors" with careless attitudes and behaviors.

We have to educate them.  And yes, we have to pick up behind them.  Unfortunately. But until we educate them all and get our lands and waterways FREE of trash and garbage, we will need to be vigilant in our efforts at trash pick-up!

On the Rubicon Trail (FOTR) we have programs designed to remind folks to clean up and keep things like "white flowers" off the trail.  It all helps.  El Dorado County (wherein lies the Rubicon) is good about helping with educational programs like this:

Working with agencies that manage our public lands is a great way to do clean ups and show how WE care.  If we don't do it; who will? Take the initiative and start something to save your access for the future.

What to do:
1.  Carry a trash bag like a Trasharoo that hangs outside on your spare tire (
2.  Set the example.  Stop and pick up trash when you see it; be the one to initiate a clean up.
3.  Show kids (when you can) that you care and set the pack-it-out example for them.

Del's Article about trash and a "Date with a Paper Plate" here:

More on Trasharoo:

BRC Code of Ethics for Trail Behavior here:

Saturday, January 3, 2015

How to Write Effective Letters to Politicians and Bureaucrats

Lion's Back, Moab, UT (before it was closed)

Writing Effective Letters Does Not Have to be Scary!

How to Write Letters to Politicians and Bureaucrats, Made Easy.

By Del Albright

Letter writing is not like going up and down some tall, skinny, slippery red rock formation in a 4x4 -- it's really pretty easy.   And more importantly, without letters from us to politicians and bureaucrats, our voice is never as strong as it could be to save outdoor sports.

You can use these same tips for writing comment letters on NEPA (USFS, BLM, etc.) documents as well.

 There's a trick and a formula to letter writing.  In this video, I give it to you short and sweet.