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The OutdoorWire family websites feature news and information affecting outdoor recreation opportunities and access to public lands. 

Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the public lands.  As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, I am a full time advocate for recreation and the Managing Editor of the OutdoorWire family websites. is dedicated to four wheel drive recreation...

Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the public lands.  As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, I am a full time advocate for recreation and the Managing Editor of the OutdoorWire family websites. is dedicated to four wheel drive recreation featuring technical articles and information to promote, protect, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities. focuses on California issues. is focused on environmental, administrative and legislative news and information. is Access and Landuse Central with an overall index to the contents of the family of websites. 

John Stewart

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Promoting Responsible Recreation to Protect Recreation Opportunities

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Follow current news about environmental issues affecting recreation opportunities.

4x4Voice and MUIRNet-News are affiliated with 4x4Wire supporting access and responsible recreation on public land and private land.

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Boise NF-Idaho City Ranger District Begins Travel Planning

Of principal interest is specifically which, if any, of the user-created routes within the "E" areas to formally designate for public motorized travel and what site-specific information the Forest Service (FS) should consider in evaluating user-created routes proposed for formal designation. At the conclusion of this process, only formally designated routes will remain available for public motorized travel in these areas.

The first step in the planning process is to develop a detailed proposal for the new designated travel plan. They call this the "proposed action." The FS needs your input! The FS is working on developing that proposed action right now! It is extremely important that individuals and groups who are interested in motorized recreation in these areas participate in this process. All information received will be available for public review and comment later this fall.

The deadline to submit comments for this part of the planning process is August 30, 2008.

Keep in mind that the new Travel Rule applies to ALL motorized vehicles. Hunters who use ATVs  or motorcycles to retrieve harvested big game have the potential to be most directly affected by this route designation process.

The FS is holding two public meetings, where they will explain the Travel Route Designation Process for the Idaho City Ranger District. (See Schedule below)


Tuesday, July 8, 2008, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Best Western Vista Inn's Sierra Room
2645 Airport Way
Boise, Idaho

Thursday, July 10, 2008, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Community Hall
Idaho City, Idaho

Site-specific maps of the "E" areas on the Idaho City Ranger District will be available at the meetings and, subsequently, on the Boise National Forest website. District specialists will be available to provide information on current uses of the "E" areas.

Additional ways to submit comments:

          Idaho City Ranger District
          Hwy 21, milepost 38.5
          PO Box 129
          Idaho City, ID 83631

Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

       Idaho City Ranger District office, at (208) 392-6684

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Put "Idaho City Travel Route Designation Process" in the subject line. Acceptable formats are MS Word, Word Perfect, or RTF.  Comments should include your name and address. 

For more information, please contact the Idaho City Ranger District office at 208-392-6681. Please note that the Travel Route Designation Process is being undertaken concurrently on the Emmett Ranger District. For information on that planning effort, please contact John Erickson, District Ranger, Emmett Ranger District, 208-365-7000. The Boise National Forest's Travel Management website ( contains additional information on this planning effort, including downloadable maps of the areas needing designation and a form that may be useful to you in providing your input.


Thanks in advance for your support,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107


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Senate Committee Advances 96-Bill Lands Package

Senate Committee Advances 96-Bill Lands Package

June 30th, 2008

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bingaman introduced a new bill that is a bipartisan collection of more than 90 individual bills which have been reported by the Senate Energy Committee. This legislation follows enactment of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act, which was signed into law last month. That Act was successful in packaging dozens of bills which were not able to pass the Senate individually. Sen. Bingaman hopes that the Omnibus Public Land Management Act (S. 3213) will similarly facilitate the passage of the remaining resources bills which have been reported by Senate ENR during this Congress. Here’s what’s in S. 3213:

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BLM Recreation and Visitor Services

BLM Recreation and Visitor Services

The BLM-managed public lands offer more diverse recreational opportunities than any other Federal agency.

On more than 258 million acres of public lands, people enjoy countless types of outdoor adventure – participating in activities as widely varied as camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, boating, whitewater rafting, hang gliding, off-highway vehicle driving, mountain biking, birding and wildlife viewing, photography, climbing, all types of winter sports, and visiting natural and cultural heritage sites.

In an increasingly urbanized West, these recreational opportunities and the landscape settings where they take place are vital to the quality of life enjoyed by residents of western states, as well as national and international visitors.

Recreational use on BLM-managed lands also helps support the economies of western communities and states. More than 22 million people now live within 25 miles of public lands, and two-thirds of the lands managed by the BLM are within 50 miles of an urban area. Visits to recreation sites on BLM-managed public lands have significantly increased over the years, from just more than 51 million in 2001 to over 55 million in 2006.

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