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    POCATELLO, ID -- Many off-road vehicle recreation groups fear that
    Clinton's soon to be announced
    Roadless program may focus on closing between 50-80 million acres of the
    forest to families who enjoy
    using Jeeps, trail bikes, sport-utility vehicles, snowmobiles, and mountain
    bikes to access backcountry areas.

    In many states, the acreage being identified for access restrictions by the
    Forest Service match the amount of
    forest lands currently being managed for multiple-use recreation. In
    California, the 4.3 million acres targeted by
    the Clinton program for "roadless" designation is almost exactly the number
    of acres of federal timberlands above
    4,000 ft. elevation that are now being used by outdoor enthusiasts.

    The 25 page Summary of the Roadless Scoping meetings stated that probably
    the most contentious issue of the entire
    debate over roadless area protection is the question of whether motorized
    access will be or should be restricted.

    Don Amador, the western representative for the Blue Ribbon Coalition, says,
    " I hope the Clinton/Gore
    administration listens to the thousands of local residents, retired Forest
    Service employees, and motorized
    recreationists who are concerned about their rights to access forest lands
    in a responsible way."

    "Having been involved in the 'roadless' process for a number of years, I
    feel the Forest Service has a long way to go
    to prove to the motorized recreation community that this is an upfront and
    non-biased process. The long-term
    credibility of the agency to deal with local communities and various user
    groups is at stake," Amador concludes.

    Adena Cook, the public lands director for the Coalition, said, "In Idaho,
    there are 8-9 million acres of National
    Forest System lands now counted as 'roadless.' Almost all of those lands
    are roaded or have trails and accommodate
    motorized recreation in one form or another. If the lock-up trend of the
    Roadless Initiative is as unyielding and blunt
    as the process has been, we expect the impact on recreation to be

    Cook concludes, "The Summary of the half-million public comments was
    released on Friday, May 5. Support for
    access, diverse use, and motorized recreation was referenced throughout the
    document. It is evident that they heard
    us, but did they listen?"


    The Blue Ribbon Coalition is a national non-profit recreation group that
    champions responsible multiple-use of
    public lands. It represents over 850 organizations and businesses with
    approximately 600,000 members.

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