From Bob Walker, Chair, Montana Trails Coalition, April 9, 2018
The Montana Trails Coalition (MTC) is comprised of a broad spectrum of recreation interests including hikers, mountain and road bicyclists, OHV riders, skiers, snowmobilers, and equestrians. Our vision is to work collaboratively as user groups to advocate for establishing sustainable trails funding and outdoor recreation opportunities in Montana while supporting the public land management agencies responsible for keeping well-maintained trails open for public use.
We’re seeking sustainable funding for trails because trails are essential components of Montana’s 7.2 billion outdoor recreation economy and because current federal and state appropriations for trails are entirely inadequate to meet the needs of communities across the state and visitors from around the country.
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From Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA) Washington Newsletter, September 2017
Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke is apparently giving serious thought to moving the headquarters of three DOI agencies out of Washington and closer to the public lands they manage. Denver seems to be the likely site for the relocation. The Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation are the agencies affected. There is already some opposition being generated against this move though Zinke will likely maintain that this is a part of an overall effort to streamline and make the department more efficient and effective in fulfilling its responsibilities. We are awaiting a final decision from the Secretary on this reorganization plan. Depending upon the scope, it’s possible the Congress will get involved before the plan can be implemented.