are now the leading ways of closing vast areas… often without any consulting of State and local governments or user groups. One Voice is how we stop much of this from happening. It will take some time, but we WILL do it. For the most part, up till now our battles have been done at the local level. Yes, there have been SOME victories… but, as you know, many, many more losses. It is time to take this battle to the top level. Washington, DC is where the changes of substance are needed. So Washington, DC is where we are going. To begin this process, a One Voice Advisory Committee must be chosen. One Voice has seven regions across the nation that require a representative. One Voice Advisory Committee 1. Seven Regions Western Region California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Hawaii North West Region Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska Mid-West Region North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Central Region Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Texas Northeast Region Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island East Region New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Indiana Southern Region Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida 2. One elected/appointed representative per region Recommend having a backup Have authority to speak and vote for their respective region Participate in the majority of committee meetings and/or calls Agree to sign a confidentiality and conflict of interest statement
Call to action. Each region must elect/appoint a representative and alternate Someone who can communicate the local regional issues to the One Voice Advisory Committee. Be able to relate how these local issues relate to NATIONAL issues Is it an Endangered Species Act issue? Is it an Environmental Protection Agency issue? Is it an Antiquities Act issue? What law(s) or land use rule(s) are the focus issues? Present this in such a way as to “Sell” the Advisory Committee and then the ORBA Board of Directors that this is a plan worthy of their support. Show them “HOW TO” change the law(s) or rule(s). For those of us who have been working land use issues for some time, “excitement” is a dull way to say how we really feel. More details will follow soon, but for now we suggest that each region begin the process of choosing their One Voice Advisory Committee representative and an alternate. For any questions, please call or email Jerry Smith, Director of Environmental Affairs for the United Four Wheel Drive Associations at: (970)433-6021 or email at; landuse@UFWDA.org
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