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Post by Vincent J Brunasso » Thu Aug 11, 2005 6:48 pm

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The fact sheet and the Power Point presentation below were jointly prepared by BLM and UDG for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council conference held in Los Angles earlier this year.

FACT SHEET

In the Fall of 2004, the El Centro, Brawley, and Yuma Chambers of Commerce entered into an Assistance Agreement with the Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District, for the purpose of developing support, communication and cooperation with these designated gateway communities, as well as other interests, associated with the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) and other BLM managed lands in the area. The UDG was formed as a direct result of the 2003 Partners In Stewardship conference held in Los Angeles. In less than 12 months, the UDG has identified and implemented several “Partners In Stewardship” projects that have provided volunteer and economic resources.

The United Desert Gateway (UDG) partnership recognizes that the management of public lands in the region presents a significant opportunity to build collaborative stewardship based partnerships that will allow participation by local Gateway Communities, the OHV community and other special interest user groups in public land management planning, stewardship/education/outreach programs and to respond to impacts of public use on public land such as the ISDRA. An active local community will also preserve the integrity and long-term sustainability of ISDRA and other local BLM public lands.

The ISDRA is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and provides world class off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation opportunities to hundreds of thousands of OHV enthusiasts each year and is a major component of the Yuma, Arizona, and Imperial Valley economy. In order to preserve the integrity and long-term sustainability of ISDRA and other BLM public lands, there needs to be an active local community to increase local support and appreciation for the economic value of public lands to the region. The UDG recognizes that the successful ongoing management of the ISDRA is in part dependent on developing and fostering partnerships with the local communities, businesses, sand sport enthusiasts, and other ISDRA visitors. These partnerships would allow BLM to reduce operating costs by fostering volunteer programs, financial support, development, coordination and implementation of public educational materials and programs which help the BLM meet its goals and objectives for management of the ISDRA.

Current UDG objectives will assist BLM in fulfilling its multiple use mission for management of the ISDRA. The BLM and United Desert Gateway are mutually committed to the goals of promoting and stimulating support and interest for the ISDRA by: 1) gathering of information to assist the partnership in determining how best to meet the needs of visitors to the region; 2) providing support for the development of a volunteer program that would be drawn from the OHV community, local gateway communities, and other interested parties; 3) providing support to the BLM in the management of the ISDRA RAMP; 4) assist BLM in identifying, developing and implementing a variety of public education and outreach initiatives as well as assisting BLM in integrating educational programs into BLM outreach planning and the ISDRA outreach planning process.

The United Desert Gateway, in cooperation with one of their partners, the American Sand Association (ASA), has saved taxpayers greatly through this blossoming partnership with BLM. This was evident by ASA’s recent acceptance of BLM Director Clarke’s Four C’s Award. The Consultation, Cooperation and Communication - all in the interest of Conservation, demonstrated by this partnership is the foundation for similar success stories in the future at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

(Current as February 2005)

Here's the Power Point presentation - use your arrow keys to move through the presentation. (6 Mb download - patience required.)

http://www.glamisonline.org/downloads/UDG.pps


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Post by Vincent J Brunasso » Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:01 pm

At the request of Bob Mason, ASA COB, the following link provides the chronology of the Partnership process.

Reference to the "Preface"
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