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Jarhead
February 4th, 2010, 11:37 AM
President's Budget Proposal Would Slash Trail Funding

Write your Senators and Congressman Today!

On February 1, President Obama submitted his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2011 to Congress. One proposed cut could be disastrous for motorized trail users.

Buried in the nearly 200-page document is one paragraph dealing with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Capital Improvement and Maintenance (CIM) program. The CIM program funds improvements, maintenance and the operation of U.S. Forest Service roads, trails and recreation infrastructure.

Under the budget proposal, the CIM program would be cut by $100 million -- from a $538 million appropriation in FY 2010 to a proposed $438 million in FY 2011. In justification for the proposed cut the Administration says that it wants to focus the Forest Service on "road decommissioning, erosion control, watershed health and forest restoration."

The proposed cut is particularly disturbing in light of the Forest Service's recent work on off-highway vehicle (OHV) travel management. Many National Forest's have only recently completed their travel management plans and will need funding for implementation. As these plans were developed local Forest Service staff repeatedly told OHV enthusiasts that they lacked sufficient funding to maintain existing trails, provide trailhead facilities or to adequately inventory existing trails.

Furthermore, funding for good trail design, construction and maintenance is essential to meeting the Administration's stated goals of erosion control, watershed health and forest restoration.

The OHV enthusiast community has done all it can to assist the Forest Service in funding trails. In partnership with the Forest Service, OHV enthusiasts provide thousands of hours of volunteer hours each year to maintain trail systems. In addition to consistently asking Congress to provide adequate appropriations, enthusiasts also fostered the federal Recreational Trails Program and state level motorized trail programs that provide non-Forest Service funding for trails. The OHV community even supported the Forest Service's controversial Recreation Fee program to get badly needed funds on the ground. But it is incumbent on the agency to seek and provide a reasonable level of funding for trails in its own budget.

Congress will be considering the President's budget proposal over the next few months. We urge you to contact your federal elected officials and request that they oppose any cut in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's CIM budget.

The fastest way to reach your Representatives is to call them. You can find contact information for your elected officials by visiting:

Senatorial web site: http://www.senate.gov/general/contac...nators_cfm.cfm

Congressional web site: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Please write or call your Senators and Congressman today and ask them to oppose any cut in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's CIM budget.

What to write:

As a constituent and concerned responsible motorized outdoor recreationist, I urge you to oppose any cuts in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Capital Improvement and Maintenance (CIM) budget. The CIM program, which funds improvements, maintenance, research, fire, and the operation of U.S. Forest Service roads, trails and recreation infrastructure, would be cut by $100 million -- from a $538 million appropriation in FY 2010 to a proposed $438 million in FY 2011. If the President’s proposed budget regarding the CIM program is passed as is, it could be disastrous for motorized trail users.

I urge you to reinstate the CIM budget to the FY 2010 levels. Active management and good trail design, construction and maintenance are essential to meeting the Administration’s stated goals of erosion control, watershed health and forest restoration.

On behalf of many friends and families who recreate together responsibly, I ask that you oppose any cut in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s CIM budget.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this important issue.

timbercruiser
February 8th, 2010, 11:46 AM
Amazing!! They are working overtime at the treasury printing money, and still cut spending for us.

Jarhead
February 24th, 2010, 07:50 AM
An update:

As you know, the Access Initiative is dedicated to supporting the greater OHV community through its funding of projects promoting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas. Part of that effort involves keeping abreast of the Federal policies and procedures under consideration by various government agencies. Today, there are two issues you should be aware of and TAKE ACTION on in support of your OHV community.

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Urges Enthusiasts and Industry to Comment on CPSC’s ROV Rulemaking

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) is calling on enthusiasts and industry representatives to submit comments by March 15, 2010 in response to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proposed mandatory standards for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs), also known as side-by-sides and UTVs.

Please click on the following link to comment on the CPSC’s proposed mandatory standards at ROHVA’s web page - www.rohva.org/anpr.


President's Budget Proposal Would Slash Trail Funding

The current federal budget proposal calls for a $100 million cut in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Capital Improvement and Maintenance (CIM) program. The CIM program funds improvements, maintenance and the operation of U.S. Forest Service roads, trails and recreation infrastructure – all important assets for the OHV community nationwide.

We encourage you to contact your representatives in Congress, inform them of your opinion and urge them to reconsider this budget item in favor of the OHV community.

Please share this email with your OHV family and let your voice be heard.

Rattler
February 26th, 2010, 09:12 AM
Oops. Wrong thread.

leomartin6
April 12th, 2010, 03:42 AM
Let us see how it goes ???