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Brc: Follow-up on massive national monument pushed in utah!

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Dear BRC Members and supporters,


We just uploaded a webpage with important information and updates requested by our members and supporters concerning a request made by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and 113 outdoor retailers asking President Obama to designate a massive 1.4 million acre National Monument in southeastern Utah. See BRC's previous blast here. Read OIA's request here.

The webpage is here: Important Follow-up on Massive National Monument Pushed in Utah


Many BRC members were, to be frank, heartbroken to find that many companies they used to buy from supported a massive new National Monument. BRC members are also frustrated and bewildered at the reasons these companies are giving for their support.

This follow up includes an update from Utah's congressional delegation and a letter to the President from the national OHV community. We also have some facts and figures regarding the proposal, as well as information on how the lands are currently protected and managed.


Many BRC members are asking what they can do to stop yet another land grab in Utah. While there are numerous petitions and "click and send" letter generators out there, we strongly encourage you to consider what is the most effective use of your time - a phone call. Why a call instead of signing a petition or letter generator? In today's world of online digital communication, your voice can often get lost or diluted. Phone calls are the exception. A call to your elected representatives is the #1 most effective way to keep these lands open for OHV use. (Click here and enter your zip code for the phone numbers.)


As always, please feel free to call or email with questions and comments.


Brian Hawthorne Ric Foster

Public Lands Policy Director Public Lands Dept. Manager

208-237-1008 ext 102 208-237-1008 ext 107


PS: We know many BRC members are in contact with individual businesses who supported the OIA proposal. We also know they would rather not take their business elsewhere. Several of the businesses are now backing away from their support of the monument because they found out they were misled by the proponents who came to them asking them to sign on. The information below will be invaluable as you attempt to talk sense into these retailers. However, it is important you support businesses that support continued access and recreation on public lands.

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Nena posted this map on her facebook page today which shows all the current trails which would be affected by the proposed national monument:




She says: "The roads in red are what the SUWA proposal for the Greater Canyonlands National Monument would close. My issue is not so much with "National Monument" as is the extensive road closures that SUWA wants attached to it. I am currently studying this map, trying to identify exactly which trails this would close, but it appears to be west of Pritchett, Behind the Rocks, Metal Masher, etc."

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I don't understand. The Agua Fria National Monument is loaded with roads. The only one I know they really closed - and removed - was a road that used to run from Badger Springs up to near some old pueblos. So why in this newly proposed monument do they want to close so many roads? A little consistency would be nice.

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