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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-08-2000, 09:51 AM
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NO MORE EASTER JEEP SAFARI!!??

Believe it or not, it could happen. Time is short, please respond to the item below. And check the Land Use Section tonite for an update.

Subject: No more Moab Easter Jeep Safari???
>
>
> Greetings:
>
> The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the process of deciding
> whether or not to re-issue the 5-year permit for the Easter Jeep Safari
> (EJS) in Moab Utah. The BLM will complete a Determination of NEPA
> Adequacy (DNA). A DNA is a review of any existing National Environmental
>
> Policy Act (NEPA) documents to determine if the analysis contained
> therein is adequate for the approval of a related project. A NEPA
> document (in this case, an Environmental Assessment or "EA") is an
> analysis of the environmental impacts of a certain project or event,
> such as the Safari. An EA for the Safari was completed in 1995, which
> supplemented an extensive analysis completed in 1990.
>
> The BLM has announced a public comment period for the purpose of
> inviting the public and other interested parties to express concerns on
> any issues NOT covered in the previous EA's. The comment period ends
> December 15, 2000.
>
> Suggested Comments:
>
> After reviewing both EA's, it's clear that the BLM has done an excellent
>
> job of analyzing the impacts of the Safari. We do not believe that there
>
> are any additional environmental concerns not covered in these
> documents.
>
> However, Wilderness Advocacy Groups (WAGS) in Utah have already
> expressed concerns to the BLM. Clearly, they do not like the fact that
> the Red Rock 4-Wheelers host one of the most well managed and successful
>
> OHV events in the nation. It flies in the face of their claim that any
> and all OHV use is abuse. Additionally, photos of the EJS have appeared
> in several media presentations about OHV abuse on public lands. Mike
> Matz, a national WAG operative and former Southern Utah Wilderness
> Alliance (SUWA) Director has been quoted in the press as saying
> "Wilderness is the best way to deal with the ORV problem". We expect
> them to raise a fuss.
>
> There are 2 important points you may want to make to the BLM if you wish
>
> to comment. Here are some suggestions:
> · Remind the BLM that the effort to add additional Wilderness Study
> Areas (WSA)* is the subject of a lawsuit by the State of Utah, Utah
> Association of Counties and others. This highly controversial action on
> the part of the agency should not affect the permit of the EJS.
> · The Red Rock 4-Wheelers have spent over 30 years developing a trail
> system for the EJS that has eliminated unacceptable environmental
> impacts. The Red Rockers have championed responsible vehicle use of
> Utah's backcountry and taught "Tread Lightly" and "Minimum Impact
> Practices" to countless OHV enthusiasts.
> The Address is:
> Bill Stringer
> Bureau of Land Management
> 82 East Dogwood
> Moab UT 84532
>
> Thanks,
> We'll keep you updated on the progress of permit approval process.
> Brian Hawthorne
> Utah Shared Access Alliance
>
> *The BLM is in a process of designating an additional 2.6 million acres
> of WSA's in Utah. Information is available at:
> http://www.usa-all.com/orig/toc.htm (click the "URGENT" button).



Brad
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Re: NO MORE EASTER JEEP SAFARI!!??

brad.. i couldn't get the link to make my comments to work..
it is also a little hard to find...

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Re: NO MORE EASTER JEEP SAFARI!!??

Here's some info from the Moab BLM page. I just talked to Alex VanHemert up there, he said if you are going to comment make sure your comments address any concerns that were not found in the 1995 EIS, or the fact that there are no more concerns would be more appropriate.


Project Information


Red Rock 4-Wheelers Jeep Safari and Fall Campout

Primary Program
Recreation

Project Number
062-00-115

Document Type
Administrative Determinations (AD)


Office Location
Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood
P.O. Box 970
Moab, Utah 84532
(435) 259-6111

Contact Person/Phone#
Alex VanHemert
(435) 259-2116


Project Description
Recreation permit to conduct guided vehicle tours on 28 off-highway vehicle trails for the annual Easter Jeep Safari and Labor Day
Campout events. There can be up to 90 vehicles on a trail per day. The Easter event lasts for 9 days and the Labor Day event lasts 3
days. Varying number of trails are offered each day and varying number of vehicles are allowed per trail. About 1300 people take part
for the Easter event and 250 for the Labor Day event. Each tour carries a portable toilet and all trash is carried out. THE PUBLIC IS
INVITED TO EXPRESS CONCERNS (BY DECEMBER 15, 2000) TO THE BLM ON ANY ITEMS NOT COVERED IN THE
1995 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE JEEP SAFARI.

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Re: NO MORE EASTER JEEP SAFARI!!??

Just wanted to unbury this one time, VERY important! And it is definitely not OT. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img]

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