Dealer Expo 2007: BRC champions route designations

Publish Date: 
Apr 1, 2007
By Guido Ebert

DEALER EXPO, Indianapolis, Ind. - Hundreds of industry representatives joined dozens of motorcycle racing legends in Indianapolis to take part in bench racing and fundraising at the annual BlueRibbon Coalition Breakfast, where the organization raised more than $35,000 though an auction of memorabilia. 

The BRC's mission is to champion responsible use of public lands for the benefit of all recreationists through administrative, legislative and legal arenas. Requiring funding for the work it does, the coalition's goal this year is to raise the nearly $1 million needed to fulfill its budget.

In the administrative arena, the BRC's Public Lands Department monitors formal agency planning and rulemaking done by organizations like the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and state agencies. For 2007, the BRC's top priority is the route designation process being administered by the Forest Service and BLM.

BRC Executive Director Greg Mumm says the coalition's objective is to educate off-road enthusiasts on the importance of the route designation process. "The challenge in this arena [is] in areas where grassroots involvement is minimal or where local recreationists lack knowledge on how to effectively participate in the planning process," he says. "We will be taking aggressive actions in those areas to help to develop the necessary enthusiast participation."

For the legislative slate, the BRC's priority is to be seen and heard by local, state and federal officials — many of whom are new to their positions following last year's elections.

"Several key leaders who had major influence over legislative issues that affect recreation have been replaced," says Mumm. "This means we have a lot of work to do in building critical new relationships."

BRC's top legal priority is implementation of the Forest Service Travel Management Rule. The Forest Service hopes to finalize the first of many route designation plans this year.

"We will face situations where unfair or arbitrary closures will need to be challenged, or perhaps more importantly, we will need to defend good decisions against challenges from anti-access groups," says Mumm.