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snoreracer

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Blue Ribbon coalition needs your help go to sharetrails.org/donate

Since successful legal challenge often begins with early and substantive participation in the planning process, our legal team works very closely with our public lands staff to assist BRC members in formal comments on their local administrative planning process. In addition and where appropriate, the Program includes a retainer component, allowing members to obtain an initial review of their case without charge, along with the capability to quickly enter administrative appeals and litigation for below-market hourly fees that are borne by participants in the applicable matter. The BlueRibbon Legal Program has stood the test of time in merging quality and value unparalleled in the access advocacy arena.

Our most visible focus is countering the endless stream of litigation by the anti-access crowd and, when opportunities develop, going on offense with our own actions. Since 1996, the BlueRibbon legal team has taken the lead in dozens of lawsuits throughout the country defending reasonable recreational access. BlueRibbon's lawyers have appeared in more than a dozen federal district courts, four circuit courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. A few examples are listed below:
•Decade's long involvement in Wilderness Study Area suits defending threats and restoring riding opportunities
•Convinced 9th Circuit to reverse 20 year old rule that prevented nonfederal interests from responding to enviro lawsuits
•Stopped road ripping and diverted closure energies to productive stakeholder solutions in Six Rivers Forest (CA)
•Filed suit in response to "manage through total closure" agency mentality at Tellico (NC)
•Lead litigant in "Roadless" area cases since 1999, including Idaho case that temporarily enjoined Clinton Roadless Rule
•Long standing presence in varied roles fighting for Eldorado Forest (CA) access, including attorney fee recovery
•Key role alongside partners in defending Yellowstone snowmobile access starting in 1997
•Filed lawsuit leading to the re-opening of Lake Powell to personal watercraft (UT & AZ)
•Evolving defense of Clear Creek (CA) riding against ESA and asbestos motivated closures
•Blocked anti-access settlement during key political transition from Clinton to Bush administrations (IL)
•First (and continuing) intervenor in critical litigation defending and re-establishing riding at Glamis (CA)
•Successfully appealed a "total closure" option of the Angelina National Forest in Texas and thwarted an identical effort on the Holly Springs National Forest in Mississippi
•Continual presence in Forest Service travel planning and appeals, recently including Black Hills (SD), Coconino (AZ), and Clearwater (ID) Forests

These results come at costs to be envied by any business, organization, or individual forced to navigate the minefield of litigation. Each year, the Program provides thousands of hours of attorney time--advancing recreation access throughout the administrative agencies and in federal court lawsuits throughout the country.
 

Anger Issues

Well-Known Member
I just renewed for two years... and made a small general fund donation. My membership had expired... oops. Great reminder and these folks DO fight for our rights!! Not just in the desert, but also snowmobile trails and forest access!!
 

snoreracer

Well-Known Member
Just like normal everyone bitches that we can't race here or can't ride there but when it's time to fight this they disappear . The Blue Ribbon coalition has been in this fight for over 20 years and have a team of layers on retainer . The BRC is fighting the proposed RMP in Las Vegas that will close sand washes to travel . The BRC is nationwide and works with all OHV users from sand cars to snowmobiles . take the time and join and donate $25 it could save your piece of heaven you like to ride
 

Bdub 1020

Well-Known Member
I am in Kenny , will join. Looks like the Calif. people should be giving huge since that state is always trying to close land somewhere. Help out or Baja , Nev, and Az will be the only place you can play.
 

Anger Issues

Well-Known Member
Yep Kenny, pretty typical. A thread about BJ and Toyota gets 25,000 views in no time.... yet something related to the desert we all love and should fight for has only been looked at 278 times... with 4 responses. Bumping this up anyhow... C'mon folks, join the BRC or state you are already a member.
 

Goatpoker

Well-Known Member
Yep Kenny, pretty typical. A thread about BJ and Toyota gets 25,000 views in no time.... yet something related to the desert we all love and should fight for has only been looked at 278 times... with 4 responses. Bumping this up anyhow... C'mon folks, join the BRC or state you are already a member.
I'd be interested to know how much teams like Baldwin and Menzies give to Land use groups like BRC? They spend 10's of thousands on paint and graphics, I hope the kick in that kind of money for keeping the desert open


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Ol' Curmudgeon

RDC's resident crackpot
^^^ Why can't Bj tweet about BRC?
 
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