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Old September 26th, 2006, 08:28 AM   #1
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Default Attention Michigan recreationists!

BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Attention Michigan recreationists!

Paul Slavik from the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), just emailed us their news release on the Michigan Upper Peninsula Motorized Route Designation Workshops, scheduled for October 2006 in Escanaba, MI. The dates, times and place are posted below, so mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Don't forget, the purpose of these workshops is to assist the Forest Service and the OHV community in effective implementation of the USFS Travel Management Rule in their State. For more information on how this process can affect you, check out NOHVCC's website: www.nohvcc.orgor contact Paul Slavik at (714) 964-7217 Home or (310) 717-9674 Cell.

PLEASE IF YOU RECREATE IN THE HIAWATHA AND OTTAWA NATIONAL FORESTS GET INVOLVED NOW!

Thanks in advance for your support,
Brian Hawthorne
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102

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For Immediate Release CONTACT: Paul Slavik
September 24, 2006 PHONE: 310-717-9674
EMAIL paulslavik@nohvcc.org

Michigan Upper Peninsula Motorized Route Designation Workshops

Workshop Location:
Great Northern Buffet
521 North Lincoln
Escanaba, MI 49829
906-789-0630

USFS Personnel -
- Thursday, October 26, 8AM - 5PM
- Friday, October 27, 8AM - 5PM
Public -
- Saturday, October 28, 9AM - 5PM
- Sunday, October 29, 9AM - 5PM

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), in cooperation with the Hiawatha and Ottawa National Forests, is conducting a Motorized Route Designation Workshop in October 2006 for agency personnel and the public. The purpose of this workshop is to assist the Forest Service and the public in effective implementation of the USFS Travel Management Rule in their State. While the sessions on Thursday and Friday are designed primarily for Forest Service personnel and the sessions on Saturday and Sunday are designed primarily for the public, the sessions are open to all who want to attend and there is no charge. Continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM. Lunch and breaks will also be provided.
Registration is required on-line at:
https://conference.nohvcc.org/?EVENT...up&template=up

The registration deadline is October 2, 2006.For questions about registration contact Ann Vance at 800-348-6487 or e-mail avance@nohvcc.org.

NOHVCC has secured a limited number of rooms at the Comfort Suites, 3600 Ludington St., Escanaba, MI 49829, 906-786-9630 on a first come basis. These rooms are at the government rate of $60 per night, $10 more for second person in same room. Ask for the NOHVCC room block. Deadline for this rate is Oct 11. After that date, call for availability.

This national workshop series is sponsored by the Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA), the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA). Coordination of all workshops is by the NOHVCC. Design of the workshop sessions was a collective effort by professional trail consultants, ARRA, MIC, SVIA, American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC), United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), and NOHVCC, with input from USFS trail managers.

The Agency Workshop objectives are:

* To develop a better understanding of the needs and concerns of OHV enthusiasts and other stakeholders in implementation of the USFS Travel Management Rule
* To improve the quality and the sustainability of trails, trail systems and areas through the implementation process
* To improve OHV enthusiast and other stakeholder input and support for implementation process
* To increase partnerships between the USFS, the OHV industry, OHV enthusiasts and other stakeholders
* To facilitate better communication between the USFS, OHV enthusiasts and other stakeholders

OHV Enthusiast and Other Stakeholders Workshop objectives are:

* To develop an understanding of the FS Travel Management Rule
* To help OHV enthusiasts and other stakeholders become more active in route designation decisions
* To help OHV enthusiasts and other stakeholders understand how to improve the quality and sustainability of trails, trails systems and areas through the implementation process
* To increase partnerships between the USFS, the OHV industry, OHV enthusiasts and other stakeholders
* To facilitate better communication between the USFS, OHV enthusiasts and other stakeholders

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council is a non-profit educational foundation. For information regarding NOHVCC and its workshop programs visit its website at www.nohvcc.org.

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