If you are an outdoor person and enjoy the desert weather you ride OHV’s, ATV's, Hike, Mountain Bikes, Look for Gold, Geocache, Bird Watch, Wildlife, Flowers whatever reason you want to use your land (BLM) there are people trying to close your land down and keep you out! The only way we can keep our rights to use our land is to join together in numbers to let officials know how we feel about closing our lands. The way to do that is to join a club or start a club to increase the numbers to let officials know that we want to use our lands and not to be shut out. Yes, we need to show them that we will take care of the land by carrying out what we take in staying on the trails and not disturbing the flowers or wildlife. We Need to keep the Trails OPEN so please contact Officials at the links below and tell them you want an open trail system and your Club can help with this project. Join a Club and get informed about what is happening to your lands.
See Arizona SunRiders Action Alert further down this page
Miss use of our Sticker Money is a form letter that you can print out and mail to Arizona Government Officials to let them know that we do not want the monies going to non motorized groups only to OHV Off Highway Vehicle use to maintain and build OHV Trails so please send this letter to as many Officials as possible.
Forty-five years ago, the Wilderness Act of 1964 was passed by the 88th Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This act then become Public Law 88-577 (PL 88-577). On the date that PL 88-577 became law, September 3, 1964; a little more than 9 million acres were designated as Wilderness, which were then added to the newly-created National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS). Over the years since this act became law, the amount of public land that has been designated as Wilderness and added to the NWPS has continued to increase at a staggering rate. In the last 25 year alone (1984-2009), millions of acres of Wilderness have been added to the tally. There is now a total of approximately 109.5 million acres designated as Wilderness with no end in sight. How many acres of public land should be set aside as Wilderness? If you listen to the extreme green crowd, we do not have nearly enough public land “designated as Wilderness and protected for future generations.” Would doubling this amount to 219 million acres be enough for them? I rather doubt it. On the other side of the Wilderness argument there are the people that want to use the land in a responsible way and believe we have set aside enough public land as Wilderness and that the remaining public lands should be left open for multiple-use, making these public lands accessible to the majority of the public to enjoy for recreation. These non-Wilderness designated lands would still be protected from development per existing land management regulations, but would also allow much needed forest management practices that are not allowed in designated Wilderness areas. If we take a look at the current Wilderness bills that have been introduced and/or have already passed to date in the 111th Congress, there are valid reasons to be concerned. The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act to add 2.1 million acres to the NWPS was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 30, 2009. If Congress continues to pass legislation transferring ever increasing amounts of additional acres of public land into the NWPS, or the Forest Service keeps illegally closing Recommended Wilderness Areas from mechanized use, when will it finally get to the level that future generations (our children) will no longer have the same opportunity to enjoy our national forest by means of multiple forms of recreation as we have had the pleasure to enjoy in the past? That sad day seems to be coming sooner rather than later. We strongly encourage you to contact your elected representatives in Congress and tell them that we have set aside enough public land as Wilderness. Article by Dave Hurwitz Chairman, Snowmobile Alliance of Western States. SAWS