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AMA Dist 37 needs our help

Paige

Well-Known Member
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All,
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> The Checkpoint Enduro Club has applied for a permit to conduct an AMA/District 37 sanctioned enduro in the San Bernardino National Forest on September 16th of this year. As part of the
Southern CA NF settlement following the lawsuit by the Biodiversity Council any special use permit must go through a public review process. A scoping letter regarding the enduro was distributed on July 5. To date all letters but one (the one exception was neutral) have strongly opposed the event. The opposition against the event is being led by Pat Marley, an attorney with the Save Our Forest Association.

Forest staff have been extremely helpful and have put in major time to comply with all requirements of the lawsuit work that in turn can allow us to conduct the event. However, letters in support of the event are necessary to help justify what they have done and to justify a permit approval.

The Checkpoint Club would greatly appreciate letters of support. A suggested letter format with correct reference and mailing information follows.
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Letters of support should be no more than a page BUT must say more than just that you support the enduro. Any one or more of the following points can be used. Please change the words/wording as much as you can so that each letter sounds as original and different as possible.
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- The Checkpoint Enduro Club has demonstrated it's ability to conduct responsible OHV events in the Forest and provides a unique, one-day activity for Forest OHV visitors.
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- Much of the volunteer efforts in the Forest, including trail maintenance, education, and rehabilitation, is accomplished by OHV enthusiasts. The Checkpoint Club has preformed volunteer work in the Forest for over 15 years. Approval of their enduro recognizes their efforts and provides them with the funds to continue their volunteer efforts.
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- The designated OHV trails in the SBNF should provide opportunity for a variety of activities. Given the very limited miles and area of the Forest where OHV activity can occur the Forest should allow
at least for different experiences that help meet the desires of the OHV public.
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- Nationally, OHV recreation is recognized as a legitimate activity in National Forests. Off-highway motorcycle enduros, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association, are commonly held in National Forests. Given that the Checkpoint Enduro will be an AMA sanctioned enduro and has a proven record of conducting responsible events in the SBNF the club should be allowed to conduct thisyears event on September 16th.
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- The Checkpoint Enduro Club as a member of the SBNF OHV Adopt-A-Trail program, a receiptient of National Trail Program grant funding for work in the SBNF, and as active recreation riders in the SBNF deserve to conduct their event. Their past performance in conducting responsible enduros and addressing both social and environmental concerns demonstrates their ability to meet the permit requirements while providing a fun experience for forest
visitors.
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- Compliance with land management regulations and responsible recreation activity is critical in an urban forest like the San Bernardino National Forest. To refuse the Checkpoint Enduro event is to turn away one of the most responsible recreation groups working with the Forest. The restricted course and extreme conditions that the Club has agreed to for a one-day event are clear indications of their determination to conduct a responsible event.
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- The applied for special use permit is for a rigidly controlled and sanctioned event. The event will draw less than 300 riders, will be conducted out of a designed and designated OHV staged area, will be run on a very limited amount of the designated OHV routes, will recognize and eliminate potential impact to resources, and will address in good faith>reasonable social concerns. Under these conditions there is no legitimate reason to deny the event. To deny it would be to cave in to the demands of those fortunate few who ring the boundary of the Forest with their private property and want the Forest as their private back yard.

SUGGESTED LETTER FORMAT:
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> Date
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> Paul Bennett
> U.S. Forest Service
> P.O. Box 290
> Fawnskin, CA 92333
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> Re: File Code 1950/2720 - Checkpoint Enduro SUP
> Application
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> Dear Mr. Bennett,
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> The (name of your club or group) support the efforts of the Checkpoint Enduro Club to conduct an enduro in the SBNF on September 16, 2001./OR (name of club/group) encourages the SBNF to approve the permit application for the Checkpoint Enduro to be conducted on September 16, 2001/or some similar language.

Pick any one of the above points and restate in your own words.
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Anything else you want to say....
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Thank you for the opportunity to provide comment on responsible OHV recreation in the San Bernardino National Forest.
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Sincerely,
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> (your signature)
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> Printed name
> Address
> Phone (optional but nice to provide)
> E-mail (optional but nice to provide)
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> THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!! Checkpoint Enduro
> Motorcycle Club
> olitical


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BradM

Well-Known Member
#2
Paige,

Thanks for the heads up. It's not said enough but I think we all appreciate all your hard work and time to help us win the fight and keep us all informed. I know I do. Do you have an email address for Mr. Paul Bennett?

I also want to thank the folks at ORC. They have made it very easy to send letters supporting our cause through their website. With people like you, Martin, Wayne, Randy and others keeping us all informed and with resources like ORC has provided, there is absolutely no excuse why everyone can't take the time to do their part. Thanks again.

Brad Meltzer
 
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