NRC Report - February 2010
In my December 2009 report, I closed the year with my Top-5 Issues facing recreation. Those issues were also highlighted during my report to the delegates at the annual Convention in Sacramento. I want to address two of those issues in detail.
Coalition Building. Motorized recreation is characterized by many facets, each with its own set of advocates. We need to build a coalition of the different facets to develop strategy and set priorities for addressing issues common to all. While we may recreate in different manners, we are bound by two common elements. We use a motorized vehicle and we need access to a place for recreation.
Membership and Involvement. Increasing the membership and involvement of recreationists is important. As we move into the future, we will be involved with change. The sport is changing. Opportunities are changing. And, regulations are changing. Membership and involvement are key ingredients to ensuring recreation remains a viable opportunity.
I encourage everyone to become active and involved. Join a local club, state/regional association, and a national organization. Your participation helps protect access to recreation opportunities. Your involvement can help guide the change.
Within this framework, each delegate registered at convention received a one-page sheet titled 5-Minute Activist that contained a list of actions everyone can do to help promote 4-wheel drive recreation along with another sheet containing NEPA - The Basics and Public Land Access Platform. If you were not at convention, you will be receiving one. Each new and renewing member will be receiving a copy of the articles in their membership packet.
A big event has emerged and is growing in popularity. A combination of rockcrawling and desert racing, the 2010 Griffin King of the Hammers was a big success drawing more than 25,000 spectators; and, opportunity.
The BlueRibbon Coalition was asked to present a landuse seminar during the week-long event and I was invited by BRC to participate in a panel discussion, moderated by Del Albright, BRC Ambassador, along with Friends of the Rubicon and Access Army. That session was recorded by pirate4x4 TV and should be available for viewing in March or April timeframe.
In an other opportunity, I was invited to work in the BRC booth to promote the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) and the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) joint membership drive where new or renewed membership in both organizations for $60 received a $25 gift card from 4 Wheel Parts. I distributed over 200 membership applications to KOH attendees.
And, as usual when I attend events, I try to have something promoting responsible recreation for the children. This time, I distributed close to 150 activity books (provided by Cal4Wheel Oil Recycling grant, NOHVCC, and Tread Lightly) along with a small box of crayons.
The photo below shows the table layout where CA4WDC (membership and In Gear), Tread Lightly, NOVHCC, Tierra del Sol Desert Safari, and BlueRibbon Coalition information, representing a coalition of recreation groups, was presented to 2010 Griffin King of the Hammers attendees. In addition, my articles provided to all CA4WDC convention registrants were also provided to the KOH attendees. Together, this display showed a broad spectrum of groups in a coalition to provide, protect, and promote recreation opportunity.
The OHMVR Commission meeting was held on Feb 25 in San Jose. The major topics were the Feinstein monument proposal and the BLM Clear Creek Management Area DEIS. The Commission has not stated a position on the Feinstein bill. They have requested that a representative from Senator Feinstein’s office provide a briefing on the legislation at the next Commission meeting.