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Spring 2021 (pdf)

by Dan Thompson, Ravalli County Off Road User Assn.

While Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has the responsibility of managing wildlife populations on Federal land, the Forest Service is tasked to manage the habitat for wildlife. Elk are considered to be an indicator species for most other ungulates, so the focus of state and Federal biologists is on counting, analyzing and managing elk populations.

By: Mona Ehnes, MTVRA

Earlier I sent out a request to all MTVRA members asking for anyone who knows trails or rides within the BLM Hi-Line area to reply or send me a message. As of this date, it appears that no one rides the BLM Hi-Line area or maybe there are just no trails. This is written with “tongue-in-cheek” as I know there is someone out there that has information.

June 24, 2015

Director (210)
Attn: Protest Coordinator
P.O. Box 71383
Washington, D.C. 20024-1383

Re: Billings & Pompeys Pillar RMP and FEIS Protest

On August 20, 2008 the BLM had an open house to introduce the upcoming Billings and Pompeys Pillar Resource Management Plan (RMP) which would also include a Travel Management Plan (TMP). We were impressed with the initial open house and the direction the BLM was taking, particularly as it pertained to the TMP. After nearly seven years the RMP FEIS has finally been issued.

by David Cole, Friends of Pipestone

Friends of Pipestone had its first exploratory meeting on January 21, 2012, in Whitehall, Montana, with approximately 35 people in attendance. The meeting primarily summarized Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U. S. Forest Service (USFS) work, as well as issues considered “critical” to the agencies. BLM work included 2.5 weeks of mechanized trail maintenance, fencing, hand trail work, and obtaining a permit for a motorcycle race. The USFS provided a list of some of their more-critical issues, including water quality (cutthroat trout), sedimentation, and wildlife corridors which might require “route reductions.” The concept of a group dedicated to working with the USFS and BLM on Whitetail Pipestone issues was brought up and a public meeting was held on June 18, 2012.

By Mona Ehnes, Secretary Treasurer, Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association

First, a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who paid your membership dues on time and added a couple of extra bucks to MTVRA’s coffers.

In your July 2015 issue, an article about a new trail fund first appeared. Here’s the update promised and some other money items of interest. Any figures are through the end of August.