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Tucson - Redington Pass ……Red Alert

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Hey folks. Do you enjoy exploring in your offroad vehicle, testing your driving skills, getting out of the craziness of the city and getting back to nature? Well guess what my friends? There are organized groups that want to take your rights away from you. All over the country trails and recreation areas on public lands are being closed to our motor vehicles like ATV’s, motorcycles and of course 4x4’s. And it’s all “in the name of the environment” or so they claim. Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to help the endangered spotted cuddlefish right? Anywhoo….right here in Tucson we have the “Friends of Redington Pass” .You can find their website at www.friendsofredingtonpass.org. Please read their mission statement and like all agenda-driven extremist groups….READ BETWEEN THE LINES. Folks, this group has aligned with the Forest Service and is in the process gaining public opinion to deny us our rights. This Saturday November 2nd from 8 till 5pm a Friends of Redington Pass “Meet and Greet” will take place . The media will assuredly be there along with several dozen hikers, bikers, bird-watchers and any other “sympathetic ears” they can recruit to do their political bidding.

I truly value my excursions to Redington Pass and all of southern AZ and will fight to maintain these rights for my friends, children and grandchildren. Off-roading is a way of life for me and probably you too which is probably why you are on this website. Friends, It is very important that you spread the word and make an appearance at this meet and greet so that the public will hear our side of the story as well. Many of these folks are ignorant to the way of life we lead and dismiss us as wild reckless beer guzzling gun shooting hooligans which is what these environmentalist groups would like everyone else to think. Of course this message will be echoed by the media if we don’t show up and defend our interests.

 

We are sportsmen, adventurers, history buffs, explorers and generally very responsible taxpayers. We do not endorse litter or stupid behavior. We stand for responsibly enjoying the trails on our public lands. However, we don't believe in exclusivity of only one or two groups enjoying the trails. We are for educating and enforcing current laws that already exist. We stand for organized clean ups, designated shooting areas and actively maintaining these areas.

 

This year the Forest Service right here in our own backyard has made plans to shut down a majority of our most treasured trails. Several of these plans have been executed but most are simply waiting upon funding for the new maps. At that point the trails are officially closed and any violators will be at the mercy of the authorities. People the fines and penalties are said to be very very harsh. Not only will this impact us outdoorsy vehicle folks directly, the effect will be felt by businesses that have anything to do with 4x4’s, atv’s or motorcycles. Dealers, offroad suppliers, tire shops, repair and fabrication shops, guns and ammo dealers, sporting goods, gas stations, convenience markets and the list goes on and on. Off-roading is good for the economy too!

 

Nationwide, the momentum is not in our favor. The strong arm of big government and special interest groups are gaining ground (literally) because we are not informed nor active and these special interest groups are very actively cozying up to our government departments such as the Forest Service. We have been asleep at the wheel.

 

Please show up between the hours of 8am and 5pm and bring your rig to show off if possible. Be respectful of their opinions and use the opportunity to educate the public on our lifestyle. Ask lots of question on how they intend to achieve their mission goals. Ask them for specifics. If they are honest, you wont like their answers.

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The Forest Service is acting in a wantonly criminal and foolish manner by closing down so many roads. I bet everyone here has heard at least one jackass from the FS say "We couldn't access the area to fight a fire because there were no roads available." DUH! wonder why?

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While I do agree with showing the public our lifestyle and appearing at these meet and greets...

 

This year the Forest Service right here in our own backyard has made plans to shut down a majority of our most treasured trails.

Specifically, where?

 

Several of these plans have been executed but most are simply waiting upon funding for the new maps.

I can assure you that there is ample funding for maps.

 

As your state representative for OHV recreation, I have been working directly with the Santa Catalina Ranger district at improving OHV recreation in the Pass this past year. I have also attended several Friends of Redington Pass monday night meetings to see what is going on. The big thing on the Pass right now is the wildcat shooting. A managed shooting range is being proposed, which will be a great thing. One small section of a 50" trail in the area will be rerouted, which I'm designing with the help of Trail Riders of Southern Arizona in December. The plan is to get the reroute built before the shooting range is constructed so as not to impact OHV recreation. This is straight from the district ranger, who I met with earlier this month. Great things are happening.

 

I encourage our motorized trail users to get involved in a positive way. When it comes time for public review of proposed changes to management, I hope everyone here will offer meaningful comments to let the FS know why particular roads should be designated as technical vehicle routes and preserved for their OHV recreational value...not graded roads.

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The OP is a bit reactionary in his repost of propagandist stuffs instead of posting his OWN opinion and being his first post I'm sure it is both political and uneducated. I'm sure his knowledge of the situation goes no farther than the simple words he reposted.

 

 

When the 'shutdowns' happened in my county I got a call from the local paper as I was the only person [apparently in the entire county] that supported the shut downs.

 

 

From what I have read, they shut down some stuff quad riders had cut across from road to road for no reason [just as I had understood], and then OPENED ABOUT 300 MILES OF PREVIOUSLY CLOSED ROADS. Just something I read, no confirmation.

 

As an aside;

We recently went to the old railroad tunnel behind Ashfork AZ. We were within 3 miles and a sign, that looks like official brown stake standard BLM sign, stands in the middle of the trail saying no vehicles, yadda yadda. We walk in the last three miles, find a very minor washout and nothing else to deem such a stake/sign.

 

Upon reporting our trip to a retired BLM friend of a friend type that was in-charge of such things, we find out that tree- huggers often plant those signs much like green-pieces block whaling ships.

 

Just a heads up about doing a bit of research and formulating an opinion of your own as to why and how and when.

 

I'm sure the poster above me can shed some light on what really happened in Mohave County and if indeed, the meeting resulted in a BUNCH of trails opening...as reported in our local newspaper.

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