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???
> 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
> 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
> 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:
(click the "URGENT" button).
ORC Land Use Section Editor
Vice-Pres. Rock Garden 4 Wheelers, Farmington, NM