IT'S IMMEDIATE ACTION TIME AGAIN! THE BLM HAS ANNOUNCED A
COMMENT PERIOD ON THE MOAB EASTER JEEP SAFARI PERMIT. THE
GAGS ARE OUT TO KILL THIS EVENT, AND YOU CAN STOP THEM. GO TO
THE BLM PRESS RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION. THE COMMENT
PERIOD ENDS MARCH 19. http://www.off-road.com/land/moab_ejs_eis.html
The EIS is only 22 pages long, it is an easy read, very understandable, not a lot of scientific double talk. Please read it and comment within the next few days. The NO ACTION alternative involves NOT renewing the permit, which also gives the GAGs further ammo towards completely closing the area which is the ultimate goal of jerks like SUWA and CBD. One plus, there are a bunch of very nice downloadable trail maps in color at the BLM page.
Maybe this is a dumb question, but where do we send the comments to? I couldn't see any section in this pdf file.. They like to repeat the same info in different ways don't they? That paper is written like a legal document... Bret
i read the paper, and it seems to me that the tone is fairly positve,. they stated that there were less than 200 notes of concern.. if we had known about this, we easily could have made the 200 seem miniscule and insignificant...just like their lame objections....how can I help Brad?
What I am going to do is simply urge them NOT to consider the NO ACTION alternative, that is the one that calls for no renewal of the permit. If you are familiar with any of the EJS trails, especially ones that are mentioned as being considered for modification or partial closure, just give your take on them. One item that is being considered for total closure, at least the way the EIS reads, is Potato Salad Hill. That would be too bad, but I actually think closing it during EJS might just be a good idea, too many idiots flock there when there are crowds. Bottom line here is the fact that denying the permit would give the GAGs just one more bit of ammo towards an ultimate total closure. There are a lot of WSAs in that area, and according to the GAGs activity near them is bad.
As a 20 year resident of Moab and a past EJS trail leader (Moab Rim) I would hate to see the organized Safari come to an end. I say organized because even if the permit is denied, 4-wheelers will still come to Moab. When applying for the last permit a spoksperson from one of the "groups against land use" brought up the fact that it is much better to have an organized event than to let 1000 plus vehicles run wild across the land. Hopefully the BLM will keep this in mind.
This land is getting loved to death. On any weekend there are at least 100 times the amount of mt. bikers as there are motorized land users and this group sucessfully commented (rumored to have been over 2000 comments) to the BLM not be grouped with the new restrictions applied to us motorized people. You will see new signs stating that "All mountain bikes and vehicles must stay on existing roads and trails" but the bikes (and wheelchairs) can still go where we won't be able to.
In closing, when you are here (or any other place for that matter) help educate those that don't know what "tread lightly" means. There are spys out there with cameras and they will use them.
What Gary said about the land getting loved to death is very true. As more and more people discover wheeling there are going to be a proportionate amount that have absolutely no sense. That's why it is very important that this permit be granted. It is huge events like this that can show the less experienced what responsible wheeling is all about. Going on organized trail rides is a good lesson, blasting across the landscape is not the way it is done, no matter what the Nissan and Toyota commercials show. Glad to hear from someone that has to live in that area every day and their take on what is going on. We're starting to see the problem a bit down here, areas like Chokecherry Canyon are a mess.