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Susan Nichols-Alvis: Kremmling BLM plan will restrict ATV use

To the Editor:

The Colorado River Valley and Kremmling Bureau of Land Management field offices have proposed a Resource Management Plan (RMP) revision and are asking for feedback from the different user groups.

One of those user groups they want to hear from are ATV/OHV users. All of the proposed options will shut down OHV riding trails. OHVs contributed at least $1 billion to the Colorado ’07-08 season annually (resource: Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition Economic Contribution of Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation in Colorado Executive Summary July 2009). Compare this to the $1.7 billion spent in 2008 by overnight visitors to Colorado related to the skiing industry (resource: Longwoods International). We are gaining respectful ground in helping our state’s economic stand, including local businesses.

These closures will penalize elderly folks and those with disabilities who are unable to hike at high altitudes. Further, local and out of state hunters who utilize their ATV/UTVs will be forced to go elsewhere, taking much needed revenue with them. The White River Trail Runners alone spent more than 250 volunteer hours in 2010 cleaning up area trails. Closing these RMP areas will greatly reduce the difference we make.

We encourage OHV enthusiasts to go to the BLM website, check out their proposal, then send detailed feedback for each specific proposed riding trail closure, including your name, address and phone number to the BLM. Tell them how, when and why you use these specific areas. Printing out a copy of the website maps and sending it along with your personal photos are helpful as well. The comments should be substantive, and not include vague or open-ended questions.

Send your comments to: BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office, RMP Comments, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652. Or, you may fax or email them: 970-876-9090 or co-crvrmp@blm.gov.

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Comment deadline is Dec. 15, so we must act quickly.

Susan Nichols-Alvis, President

White River Trail Runners ATV Club

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