Resource Management Plan - Letter of Protest

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.

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New Trail Fund Updated

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.

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Wildfires

From Americans for Responsible Recreation, September 2015

This has been an ugly and devastating summer for wildfires. Let’s look at the numbers. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, as of August 26th: Year to date, more than 42,820 wildfires have burned more than 7.6 million acres of land.

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Pryor Mountains Trail Improvement

By Bruce Rierson, President, MTVRA

The Treasure State ATV Association and the Magic City 4x4 Association participated in a trail maintenance project on switchback road 2096 in the Pryor Mountains Saturday, August 15, 2015. Three forest service rangers arrived with a good sized Melroe Bobcat with a nice sized blade. We started at the top of the switchback and worked our way down to Crooked Creek Road. The Bobcat leveled out most of the trail. Volunteers helped move rocks, tree branches, old burnt trees and other material. Thanks to the FS rangers, Magic City 4x4 participants, President Chet Groves, Fred Rodda and my wife. It was a hot but productive day.

News from the Ravalli County Off-Road Users Association

from Mike Jeffords, Ravalli County Off-Road Users Association

Darby Lumber lands is finally turning into trails! Five years ago, several members of the Ravalli County Off Road Users Association where asked by the forest service to look at some old logged off, burned over sections of land that the agency had gotten from Darby Lumber. There were 11 sections of land that had many miles of roads, skid trails, mostly clear-cut land. Not really suitable for much as most people don’t like to recreate on land that looks like it’s part of the moon, but there were some in the club who saw some potential that these section had.

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