As promised, we have tried to provide an number of different resources to learn more and become more involved in our Land Use issues across the country. Take a look, get involved, protect our Passions!
The BlueRibbon Coalition champions responsible use of public lands and waters for the benefit of all recreationists by educating and empowering its members to:
•Secure, protect, and expand shared outdoor recreation access and use
•Work collaboratively with natural resource managers and other recreationists
•Educate the general public, media, elected officials, and other decision makers on recreation and access issues
•Promote equitable and responsible natural resource management
•Affect the political and administrative process
•Support recreation on, and promote respect for, private property
•Encourage appropriate enforcement of the law
The BlueRibbon Coalition is the leading national coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals that:
•Provides leadership in responsible use
•Promotes balanced resource conservation
•Is recognized by the general public, the media, and elected officials as the leader in promoting common sense and an equitable approach to recreation and access issues
•Tolerance •Equity/Fairness •Equal Access Opportunities •Resource Ethics •Shared Use •Common Sense •Cooperation •Honesty/Integrity •Resource Stewardship •Education •Responsible Use •Heritage/Culture •Respect
Travel Responsibly on land by staying on designated roads, trails and area. Go over, not around, obstacles to avoid widening the trails. Cross streams only at designated fords. when possible, avoid wet, muddy trails. On water, stay on designated waterways and launch your watercraft in designated areas.
Respect the Rights of Others including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers and others so they can enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed. Leave gates as you found them. Yield right of way to those passing you or going uphill. On water, respect anglers, swimmers, skiers, boaters, divers and those on or near shore.
Educate Yourself prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies. Plan for your trip, take recreation skills classes and know how to operate your equipment safely.
Avoid Sensitive Areas on land such as meadows, lake shores, wetlands and streams. Stay on designated routes. This protects wildlife habitats and sensitive soils from damage. Don’t disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites. On water, avoid operating your watercraft in shallow waters or near shorelines at high speeds.
Do Your Part by modeling appropriate behavior, leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species and repairing degraded areas.