IMPORTANT COLORADO LAND USE UPDATE

March 8th, 2010

BLUERIBBON COALITION LAND USE UPDATE!
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscribers in Colorado,
This Thursday, March 11, 2010, H.R. 4289, known as The Colorado Wilderness Act of 2009, will be heard in the House National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee.
Rep. Diana DeGette has been pushing this bill for over a decade, but this is the first time it has been heard in a House Committee. Conceivably, the hearing on Thursday could pave the way for the bill's ultimate passage.
Thanks to the gang at Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO), BRC got an early review of the bill's impacts to recreation. The impacts of DeGette's bill to snowmobiling, OHV and mountain bike recreation would be HUGE.
COHVCO and other state and national OHV and snowmobile advocacy groups are finishing up their official testimony for submission to the Subcommittee. We'll pass along as much info as we can to our Colorado membership.
In the meantime, we are asking our members to contact their U.S. Congressional representatives and let them know that you are opposed to DeGette's bill. You can easily find the contact info by clicking on BRC's Rapid Response Center and entering your zip code: http://www.sharetrails.org/rapid_response/
Please keep an eye on your inbox for a BRC Action Alert later this week. Also, please forward this email to any friends or family who are concerned about recreational access in Colorado.
Testimony can be viewed on line by accessing the Subcommittee's webpage: http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=58
Thanks!
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107
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More info on the web:
H.R. 4289: Colorado Wilderness Act of 2009
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-4289
Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO)
http://www.cohvco.org/
Rep. Diana DeGette
http://degette.house.gov/
Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition
http://www.ccwcwilderness.org/
Wild Connections
http://www.wildconnections.org/