By David Brown, America Outdoors Association
Below are some excerpts (in italics) from the Forest Service on selection of priority trail maintenance areas as required in the National Forest Trails Stewardship Act of 2017. It is great to see the Forest Service embracing this legislation.
Excerpt for the Forest Service’s Plan for Implementation of the Priority Trail Maintenance Program:
Make Your Views Known:
The following survey is not a Forest Service (or AOA) endorsed instrument but the Forest Service is apparently planning to use the results so feel free to use it to register your opinions:
According to the Forest Service: The national selection of 9 to 15 priority areas will be completed by May 28, 2017. While only 9 to 15 priority areas will be nationally selected, regions are encouraged to implement additionally identified focus areas and approaches to incorporate increased contribution of trail maintenance by partners and volunteers on Agency trails.
Here is what the agency is saying about the Outfitter and Guide Stewardship Credit Pilot Program:
Regional Points of Contact regarding the Identification of Trail Maintenance Priority Areas:
MOGA has been working closely with America Outdoors and other organizations in support of HR 289 the Guide and Outfitters Act (GO ACT).
Although the Montana Representative will not be known until after the Special election, you can rest assured one of the firt orders of business will be to decide a position on the GO Act. Send your letter to Rep Zinke’s office to be held for the new Montana Representative.
To find your Representative go to US House of Representatives
Be sure to include your zip code.
Dear Representative _____________:
I am asking for your support for H.R. 289, which renews and streamlines the authority for permits issued to outfitters, guides, special events and similar activities in National Forests and on Bureau of Land Management lands. This authority is currently expiring annually and needs to be reauthorized for a longer period to enable agencies to issue permits.
H.R. 289 includes important provisions to streamline permit processing to reduce overhead costs and the time required to process permits. It also allows the Forest Service and BLM to provide more recreation opportunities where appropriate by issuing temporary permits for new uses that may be converted to longer term permits when the activity does not create unacceptable impacts. The GO Act is essential to sustaining and growing the economic benefit provided by recreation actvities on federal lands.
Please co-sponsor and support the GO Act.
(Your name, company name and address
On his first day as Secretary, Ryan Zinke (pronounced ZINK-ee) issued two secretarial orders which expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide. Citing an increasing number of road, trail and access closures, Secretary Zinke said, “This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community’s voice is heard.”
The two secretarial orders include:
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