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Steve Herschbach
03-29-2011, 10:04 AM
BLM is pushing a new land designation "Wild Lands" which elevates preserving wilderness above the long standing policy of multiple use. This impacts all users of BLM land. And could impact ATV useage in particular. BLM administers 75 million acres in Alaska. If you need to use an off road vehicle of any sort on BLM lands you should be concerned about this.

http://capwiz.com/amacycle/issues/alert/?alertid=35571516

http://www.snowest.com/snowmobile-news/print.cfm?id=2641

http://www.sharetrails.org/public-lands/?section=salazar_order

Reno Chris
03-29-2011, 01:10 PM
Steve-

Thanks for pointing this out. I am going to get something into the ICMJ on the topic. While the folks you pointed to are all off road types, it doesnt just prohibit motorcycles and ATVs, this designation prohibits ALL motorized uses. Thats including dredges, dry washers, high bankers, etc.

Whats so terrible about this is that its an administrative designation only - no public input or political hearing required. If some BLM staffer decides that wilderness is an important aspect of the area you want to work, you are toast. It might as well be officially designated as a regular federal wilderness area.

Steve Herschbach
03-29-2011, 02:16 PM
It affects anyone who wants to do darn near anything on BLM lands. Between National Forests going roadless and this huge chunks of public land are being made off limits to much of the public. Anything that is too far for you to hike to will be shut off.

chickenminer
03-30-2011, 10:38 AM
Whats so terrible about this is that its an administrative designation only - no public input or political hearing required. If some BLM staffer decides that wilderness is an important aspect of the area you want to work, you are toast. It might as well be officially designated as a regular federal wilderness area.

You got it Chris.
Secretarial Order 3310 was signed Dec 22. It gave BLM 60 days to come up with some "policy guidance". This is a big unknown at this point, but you can bet there will be nothing favorable when it comes to "multiple use". The whole point of 'Wild Lands' is restriction.
I think the worse part is it adds another layer of interpretation to the quagmire of bureaucratic Rules, Regulations and Stipulations that already exist.

Ken Moose
03-31-2011, 12:40 AM
Steve,
Thanks for the "heads up" on this, I read the links and is very disturbing! We need to get the word out...I tried to copy and paste and post it on my FB page, but was unsuccessful, all I could do is "LIKE" your post here....is there any way for you to put a "SHARE" on it, or can someone tell me how it can be done?

Reno Chris
04-13-2011, 10:11 AM
One piece of decent news -

Language was included in H.R. 1473, the final budget bill for fiscal year 2011, which will prohibit the Department of the Interior from using taxpayer money to fund the controversial "Wild Lands" initiative.

See:
http://thewesterner.blogspot.com/2011/04/wild-lands-initiative-defunded-in-final.html