The American Motorcyclist Association urges all powersports enthusiasts to take action NOW!
During a White House-sponsored conference on America’s Great Outdoors on April 16, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson called for measures that would lock-up more public lands, including the possibility of banning motorized recreation.
“While Richardson expresses the importance of recreation to his state in the form of tax receipts and jobs, his method of blocking motorized access to millions of acres of public lands has the potential to threaten the livelihood of many in the state he governs,” said AMA Vice President for Government Relations Ed Moreland. “AMA members need to express opposition to both the DOI plan for expanding the National Monument network, as well as any congressional action that would ban responsible motorized recreation on our public lands.”
In his opening statement, Richardson urged the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to move forward on its National Monument expansion plan. The AMA previously reported on an internal administration document that would set aside 13 million acres in 11 western states without any consideration in Congress. The action could prohibit off-highway riding in the affected areas.
For more information on America’s Great Outdoors and Governor Richardson’s – comments go here.
In a letter to Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar dated Feb. 18, 2010, the AMA addressed the concerns of its members and other user groups, stating its opposition to designating areas National Monuments without any public debate. The Interior Department responded to the AMA’s letter, claiming the internal document was merely a “brainstorming session.” However, Richardson’s endorsement of the plan may give the concept further traction within the Administration.
To view DOI’s response, go here.
Additionally, the governor, who is nearing the end of his current term, expressed the need for Congress to develop another omnibus public lands bill. This would follow in the footsteps of the omnibus public lands bill that the President signed into law on March 30, 2009. That bill closed off more than 2 million acres to responsible motorized recreation with virtually no public input.
AMA members and other concerned motorcyclists can contact their elected officials and ask them to oppose the DOI plan by going to AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Rights > Issues & Legislation (here)and entering their zip code in the “Find your Officials” box. Additionally, a prewritten e-mail is available to send immediately by following the “Take Action” option.
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