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THE DAY HAS COME - YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO HELP REMOVE THE CLOSURE STAKES!

The American Sand Association (aSa) is working on a volunteer effort, in conjunction with the BLM, to start the process of removing the closure stakes in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. More specifically, the small central closure near Gecko Campground and the 160 acres in Buttercup. The Buttercup project will also call for assistance with the reinstallation of the critical habitat closure near the US/Mexico border.

Read more: Help us remove the closure stakes!

The following press release has been issued by attorneys who represent the American Sand Association (aSa). Yesterday’s historic ruling by Judge Illston upholds a quality balance between recreation and resource protection in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. The aSa would like to thank the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Court for taking the time to understand the facts and realities of public land management and endangered species protection at the ISDRA. Their diligent and vigilant efforts resulted in this fair and positive outcome.

As we partner with the Bureau of Land Management on an implementation plan, we ask that you continue to stay out of the closed areas until which time the stakes are removed.

  • A copy of yesterday’s decision can be viewed at this link.
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EPIC DECISION PORTENDS NEW BALANCE FOR RE-OPENING DUNES IN GLAMIS

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Recreational visitors observing a fine flaky substance this morning at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) will be pleased to hear it is not snow but judicial manna. Barely a month following argument, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. Northern District Court of California yesterday issued a long-awaited decision on the 2013 ISDRA management plan, ruling almost entirely on the side of the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and sand-rider organizations, and against the latest challenge led by the Center for Biological Diversity. The ruling sets the stage for implementation of the 2013 plan, which would allow resumption of access to areas placed off-limits to riders through “interim” closures imposed over a decade ago.

Read more: Court decision will eventually reopen dunes

Pratte by Nicole Gilles

FLREA (the Federal Lands Recreation and Enhancement Act) is the law that allows the BLM to collect a fee for you to use the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA).  Lawmakers are in the process of reauthorizing FLREA before it expires in 2015.  Recently, the aSa wrote letters to those very lawmakers requesting that if the FLREA is reauthorized, it must contain language to better define how fees are collected.

This act, was signed into law by President Bush on December 8, 2004 and allows the government to charge a fee for recreational use on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the National Park Service (NPS) and the Forest Service (USFS).  The funds collected at each particular site are supposed to be used to improve that site or to protect natural resources.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

We encourage our members to write their own letters or to get their riding groups to do so as well. The way the current fees are being collected is flawed and we need your help to try and get the word out! Please take a moment to review our letter (download newsletter and see page 3 for sample letter) and develop one of your own. Please address your letters and fax them to the following:

Energy and Natural Resource Committee
U.S. Senate
Attn: Chairman Ron Wyden
and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski
304 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: 202-224-6163
Committee on Natural Resources
U.S. House of Representatives
Attn: Chairman Doc Hastings
and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Fax: 202-225-5929

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