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.




Friday, April 6, 2018

JESSI COMBS SAYS GET INVOLVED

JESSI COMBS TALKS LAND USE!

Video by Del Albright and Sharetrails.org, made at Moab, UT, Easter Jeep Safari 2018


Jessi Combs, metal fabricator, TV star, rock star, racer, record setter and a do-everything woman, speaks out about getting involved, starting nationally with the BlueRibbon Coalition and your state association, for starters. 
https://youtu.be/0SYJlBibi0U


Monday, March 12, 2018

CA OFF ROAD 4x4 EVENTS


CALIF 4WD ASSOC HAS EVENTS IN YOUR AREA



Support the sport by attending events in your state.


By Del Albright, Life Member

One of the best ways to support your sport, make sure we have a sport in the future, and get some wheeling in at the same time is to attend events in your state association, in this case the Calif. 4Wheel Drive Association (www.cal4wheel.com).

Cal4Wheel has several events run by dedicated volunteers who work hard to help the Association grow.  Do your part by attending those you can fit in.  It's another way of doing the main things that keep our sport alive:  Join, Donate and Volunteer.  In this case, volunteer your time and rig for a fun weekend on the trails around great people.

More on events in Cal4 right here: https://cal4wheel.com/events
Del
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Saturday, March 10, 2018

"VIRTUAL" FUN HAS ITS LIMITATIONS

BEING VIRTUAL IS NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP YOUR ACTIVITIES ALIVE AND WELL.


By Del Albright


Whether it's about guns, your kids school parent's program, your church, your RC hobby or your off-road/backcountry motorirzed sports, being VIRTUAL is not enough!

Virtual fun will not stop those that want to change what you enjoy doing; or even close down your sport.
JOIN those groups that support your activtites if you expect to keep them alive the way you like things.
I spend my fair share of time with my nose in my phone; but I kick myself often to remember to do MORE than explore the virtual world. We have to join, donate, volunteer and be part of keeping what we love to do alive and well.

Start with a national group for your activities; include Regional and State Associations and groups. But JOIN and do what your time allows to be part of the solution.
For example, for the price of my phone I could have purchased a full year membership in all these outfits: BlueRibbon Coalition, cal4wheelUnited Four Wheel Drive AssociationsNevada Four Wheel Drive Association N4WDA, California Off-Road Vehicle Association, American Motorcyclist AssociationTread Lightly! the NRA, and a few more groups.
Just do it; join up and be heard.
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Monday, March 5, 2018

BRC/SHARETRAILS TO DC


BLUERIBBON COALITION HITS THE HALLS OF CONGRESS

Don Amador and Paul Turcke (Attorney) Educate Politicians on Access Issues.

By Del Albright

In the words of Don Amador: 

It was a really great trip back to Washington D.C. this week with BRC counsel, Paul Turcke. The trip was to educate Congress, the USFS, BLM, Dept. of Interior DOI, and Administration about the important role that recreation has as an economic driver and the need for their support of “boots on the ground” recreation staff, etc. 

Lots of very good meetings with agency, congress, and admin. Also, got to visit with our counterparts at the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), and ARRA. 

(Picture is of me and Terry Heslin at the BLM office on M street – Terry and I were surprised to see each other at the BLM HQ. As many of you know, Terry helped start the OHV program at Stonyford, CA – before Applegate – and then moved over to the BLM where he has proved himself as a recreation leader and an important element of the national BLM recreation program. Terry currently serves as a BLM leader in New Mexico)
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More from Don Amador at http://thegeneralsrecreationden.blogspot.com/
More on Sharetrails.Org here.
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

TDS DESERT SAFARI 56TH ANNUAL

TDS Desert Safari This Weekend

Salton Sea - Ocotillo Wells SVRA

By Del Albright

By far, one of the largest raffles in the 4x4 world with an amazing club and tons of fun in the desert near the Salton Sea of CA, Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari is one of our favorites!

March 2-4, 2018.  They are even giving away a Polaris RZR (drawing).

This is the 56th annual Safari to give you an idea how long this club has been gettin' it on! 

Get more info at https://tdsdesertsafari.com/

We will be there representing BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.Org.
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