case. My work on this case will strengthen United’s position on the validity of RS 2477 assertions. It is a great honor to have the opportunity to team up with Grant Gerber. United members should be proud of the support United is able to offer the Shovel Brigade! I would like to thank the Nevada United Four Wheel Drive Association and Bangin’ Bones Four Wheelers for being instrumental in bringing the Shovel Brigade, Attorney Gerber, and United together. In November, 2000, I was invited to speak at, and to attend, the National Leadership Summit on Recreational Access, hosted by the American Motorcycle Association. The goal of the Summit was to coordinate efforts of preserving access on our public lands and waterways between various recreation groups. The conference was well attended with representatives for four wheel drive, motorcycles. jet skis, horses and ATVs. The AMA and the Summit participants should be commended for making this goal a reality. One key feature of the Summit was the creation of a task force of users to work on a recreation agenda for 2001. I am proud to have been chosen to be a participant in this task force. One of the pressing access issues that the task force has tackled is a letter of support for recreation to the Presidential Transition Team. The purpose of this letter is to follow-up after the election, and make contact before inauguration. on the issues and concerns facing recreation on federally managed land. It was an honor to be among our country’s recreation leaders in drafting this important Transition letter. It was quite a thrill to be able to sign this momentous document on behalf of United and all fourwheelers. I will continue to participate in the task force to bring our recreation goals to the forefront of public policy. If you would like more information about the Summit or the task force please contact me. I’m continuing my work on the US Forest Service’s “Big 3”. The Forest Service has been developing the Transportation Policy (to reduce the existing road network by 80%, the Planning Rule (to move the emphasis on forest planning away from multiple use toward restoration of forests to their “historic range of variability”). And the Roadless Area Conservation Rule and FElS (to create de facto wilderness areas by prohibiting road construction and reconstruction in Roadless Areas). If you have not been receiving updates from me on these policies please contact me. Updates are also
posted on the United website at www.ufwda.org. The 2001 United Land Use Conference will be held March 23, 24, and 25, 2001. It will be held in Baltimore, MD and hosted by Middle Atlantic Four Wheel Drive Association. Please see the registration form in this edition of the Voice. This is one of those conferences you won’t want to miss! This year’s conference will be a work-day, thinktank kind of event. We have some very ambitious things to accomplish in just a few short days. A trip to Washington, D.C. is planned for Friday. This trip will be very important. Our delegation of land use chairs will be meeting with elected officials and agency personnel. Our Land Use Conference entourage will be taking a specific message to these meetings that outlines our goals for the next 12 months and how we want Congress and the agencies to accomplish these goals. Part of the day Saturday will be spent actually writing Recreational Trails Program grants. Another portion of the day Saturday will be spent developing a map for the future of fourwheeling. Please plan to attend. If you are a member of a four wheel drive club or association please encourage your Board of Directors to support attendance at this important meeting. If you are interested in the conference but are unable to attend drop me a note and after the conference I’ll be happy to fill you in on all the important things we accomplished. I will be attending the third of three “Convergence Dialogue” meetings sponsored by Treadlightly!. The purpose of the meetings is to “bring together representatives of recreational interests to open lines of communication, build common ground, discuss pertinent issues, and develop a strategic plan for the continuation of responsible recreation”. This is the third and final meeting of the series and will be held in Shepardstown. WV. I will be following up the dialogue started at the first meeting and continued by Scott Riebel at the second meeting which was held in Redding, CA this fall. For more information about the conference or TreadLightly! see: www.treadlightly.org or contact me directly for more information. This spring, United will also participate in the 2001 Fly-in For Freedom. The Fly-in is sponsored every year by the Alliance for America and cosponsored this year by NAMRC. Co-sponsorship is an important avenue for promoting motorized recreation and promoting United. This year will
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