Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
One of the best opportunities for Utah's OHV community to join together in support of access and recreation is coming to the Utah Capital on August 28, 2010.
If someone asked me what single thing they could do to help defend access to public lands in Utah, the answer would be easy: Take your family to the Take Back Utah event on August 28th!
Take Back Utah is a grassroots effort by Utah-based groups who are committed to responsible use of and access to public lands. Their rally on August 28 is intended to send a loud and clear message to elected officials and government agencies.
This unique coalition is committed to protecting the quality of life in Utah and the ability to use and enjoy public lands. Their goal is to encourage politicians to stand up and protect the public's rights and not sit by and do nothing while federal land managers close our roads and lock us out of our own state.
As someone who loves viewing Utah's scenic backcountry, I've already sent my RSVP to the folks at Take Back Utah. I'm looking forward to the parade, and I want to lend my voice to protecting access to Utah's backcountry. Will you join me?
Staging for the event will begin at 6:00 am at Liberty Park. The parade from Liberty Park to the State Capitol Building will run from 10:00 to 12:00, followed by the rally from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Learn more at www.takebackutah.org
Please make every effort to be there and to spread the word to all you know.
As always, call or email if you have any questions or comments.
Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 102

Aug 28th Rally

Last year, 4000 outdoor enthusiasts and multiple users of public land from around the country gathered in Salt Lake to march on the capitol in protest of land restrictions placed on Utah's public lands by the federal government. The protest ignited a string of events that has changed the course and direction of local and state leaders regarding the importance of public land access in the state.
Just some of the direct results of our collective efforts led to renewed support from the state on protecting county rights of way with the federal government. Legislators were emboldened by that show of support to create, debate and pass legislation that challenges the fed's authority over federal lands and gives the state the power of eminent domain. The light from that rally has also cast a beam of hope across the west to surrounding states who are now undertaking similar rallies on their home turf. But as far as we have come in one year, there is still much more to do to bring this cause to national attention.
"We now know these protests work, we just have to turn up the volume
to make our case to the whole nation."
Rick Whiteside president of Take Back Utah.
The 2010 parade and rally, scheduled for August 28th running from Liberty Park to the State Capital is in need of 10,000 people to show up in support of our cause, or face the fact that the current administration will substantially choke off our access to our historical lands in Utah and throughout the west.
Make Plans and tell your friends to clear their calendars and parade with us through downtown Salt Lake. It is the most important ATV / Jeep trip, horseback ride, mountain bike excursion you are likely to take in the next few years The parade is free to enter, and representatives from all groups that use public lands are encouraged to join us for this event. Showing up is the most important thing you can do. Staging begins on the 28th at 6:00 am, 10:00 to 12:00 will be the parade and 12:30 to 1:30 the rally.

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