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Topic: Who's stealing your National Forests?

**  Bill Clinton and Al Gore via the 1999 Roadless Initiative  **

Read this report then:
Go to the Blue Ribbon Coalition and click on the Clinton/Gore
Roadless Lockout image.

http://www.sharetrails.org/  

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Please get involved - one third of our national forest, 52,000,000
acres out of 160,000,000 is about to be closed and declared
"roadless" . It will be managed like wilderness. Write to your elected
officials and stop it. This is the biggest threat to NATIONAL
FOREST ACCESS yet. The year 2000 is going to force all
reasonable outdoor recreationalists to fight for their rights. Tell your
family and friends about this closure!!
If you are a Camper, Climber, Hiker, Biker, OHV'r, 4wd'r, etc. - this is going to dramatically reduce your access to the back country! 

Coming to a National Forest near You!!
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WE MUST FIGHT THIS -
YOU , AND I , AND ALL OUTDOOR RECREATIONALISTS.

12/16/1999
We attended the San Bernardino FS meeting last night in Hemet.  We pulled into the parking lot and saw a Malcolm Smith Motor Sports
van.  Yes, he was there in person and at the meeting in Redlands the night before. He had a group with him as well - including Paul Krause (multiple time Baja 1000 winner).  It is great to see a mfr/dealer like Malcolm Smith Motor Sports and Motor Sports Superstars involved - we need to support people like them with our business and force others to adopt their position on land use by taking our business elsewhere if they don't!

We printed out about 90 "access for all" stickers and took them with us.  We handed them out at the door and explained our position.
With the exception of two people everyone took a sticker and wore them.  The breakdown was about 48 - our team, 3-4 the other guys.
The stickers made a visible impression on the forest service personnel. They even commented on it.  I strongly recommend that any activity on our part be accompanied by a sticker program.  They make a strong - clear point!

One of the most heartening things was the attendance of a street biker dressed in his leathers.  He stated that he never goes off
highway but felt that his group would the next to come under attack so he was there to help.

The forest service supervisors did a good job.  It was a Q and A format and they remained neutral. The two green weenies were the
only ones to get nasty and want to shut anyone else down.  The FS people handled them well.

The DEEP CREEK area is included in this initiative folks.  It contains several of the most beautiful, used, and popular 4wd and
motorcycle trails in the nation.

The FS personnel were not happy about the initiative either.  I got the sense that while they are not on our side, they were our
allies against a common foe, much like the USA and Russia in WW2.

All in all it was a good meeting, but you clearly got the sense that it was lip service from the administration.

I told the FS personnel that I was disappointed that THEY were not involved in the process and told them we would put that in our
comments.  They thanked us and agreed that they would have better knowledge of roadless areas.

The scariest part of this whole thing is what is coming next.  The 1000 acre roadless inventory could be devastating.  They could
define it as 1 acre wide by 1000 acres long.  That's about 600' in width.  Think about what they could lock up with that geometry!!!

We must all keep up the fight - PLEASE GET INVOLVED.

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What is all this about?

The Greens want OUR backcountry for the exclusive use of the elite, hard-core backpackers.

We must stop these folks, they are slowly but methodically stealing our rights, freedom and country from us!

Beginning to see more of the plan?

  • Get involved!

  • Be a good sport!

  • Keep it clean!

  • Be responsible!

  • Write to your government representatives!

  • GET INFORMED!

  • FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS and the RIGHTS OF OUR CHILDREN!

 

  

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