February is the "love month" and I'd like to share a few things you're really going to "love" hearing...it's about your BRC and the future of backcountry recreation.
And we need your help on a few things that will impact us heavily as we start this New Year. Here is my thinking on "It Takes a Team."
First off, BRC has taken the lead nationwide on the possible Endangered Species Listing of a dog-gone bird that is affecting recreational access on 47 million acres in 10 western states - the Sage Grouse. We've got our feathers ruffled over this one (bad pun, huh?), because without common sense built into the equation, the potential for closures and restrictions rivals the Spotted Owl days of a decade ago. Your BRC, with your help and involvement is focusing the nationwide collaborative process to show we can coexist with the Sage Grouse, and still have recreational access. But it takes a team to do it. Start here for an entire library of Sage Grouse data and updates: http://www.sharetrails.org/public-lands/10-state-sage-grouse-planning.
Second, BRC's website has taken our internet presence to new levels and is engaging members from all over in the many fronts of our conservation battles. I ask that you bookmark your BRC website and visit often, and if you have room in your email inbox, sign up for our alerts because we are leaders in information technology flow.
Click on your state or choose National Issues on our blue map here where you can help us implement "it takes a team" here: http://www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org.
Third, BRC is committed to helping bring all national/regional and backcountry groups together more often in collaborative efforts where cooperation and coordination prevail. I know it; you know it; sometimes groups don't always play nice in the same sand box. But our sports and our trails rely on all of us in organized recreation working cooperatively. BRC is focused on finding more opportunities together and having fewer obstacles in the way. BRC maintains its role in facilitating the nationwide gathering of off-road motorized groups in the North American Motorized Recreation Council (NAMRC) where it really does take a team:http://www.namrc.com/.
Fourth, our First of the Year Fund-Raiser should be in your hands shortly. Please send in a donation and help us keep the fun alive. As your new Director of Operations, I can assure you that it is your support and donations that give us the strength to carry our message from coast to coast and everywhere in between.
No donation is too small...it all helps and for sure, It Takes a Team. https://www.sharetrails.org/support/join-or-contribute.
Director of Operations
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