Source:  The Idaho Stateman, Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Senate kills ATV hunting bill (HB 542)

According to The Idaho Stateman, Tuesday, “A measure to strip the idaho Department of Fish and Game of the authority to regulate ATV-motorized hunters was shot down by Senate lawmakers.  The Senate voted 20-15 against the measure, which took aim at Fish and Game rules requiring sportsmen on ATVs in a third of Idaho’s hunting units to avoid off-road vehicle trails.”

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History Posts of HB 542 on BATRC Website

A big thank you to David C. and Haden C for all their efforts with HB 542.  They spent many hours working on this bill.  Thanks also to everyone who sent e-mails over the last several months in support of this bill.  The following “rounds-up” all the posts that were made on the BATRC website so that they are in one huge post.  A list of Senators is located at the bottom of this post if you wish to send them a note on how you feel about the outcome of this Bill.  Thanks again for your input. — Web Administrator

HB 542 Update — March 21, 2012

Around 3:00 p.m. today, March 21, House Bill 542 was sent onto the Senate with a DO Pass recommendation.  The nine-member Committee voted 5-4!  The Bill is NOW on its way to the Senate floor for a vote within the next two days!  Thanks for all your Senate e-mails.  One Senator mentioned he received over 300 e-mails! –Haden Claiborne

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HB 542 Update — March 21, 2012

Subject: HB 542 (Fish & Game)

If you were at the Boise ATV Trail Riders Club meeting last night, these are the Senators we need to contact before noon today in regards to HB 542! See link on our website for more information about this bill. http://boiseatvtrailriders.org/whats-new/hb-542-passes-idaho-house-2/ Thank you for your prompt response.

Jeff C. Siddoway [email protected]

Lee Heider [email protected]

Dean L. Cameron [email protected]

Haden D. Claiborne

Ph: 208-375-1725

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HB 542 Passed the House — March 15, 2012

Dear Idaho ATV Enthusiasts,

A huge THANK YOU for your support. HB 542 passed the Idaho House moments ago (March 15 around 2:30 p.m.) by a vote of 48 for, 21 against. It now moves to the Idaho Senate. We will continue to need your support. Thank you so much, and thanks to your members, so working so very hard, taking interest, and advancing the ISATVA mission – “keeping the roads and trails open for ALL”. See Questions and Answers below or the link to “2012 IDFG White Paper with Photos” at the bottom of this post.

Thank you for your help!

David P. Claiborne President IDAHO STATE ATV ASSOCIATION, INC. P.O. Box 2773 Boise, Idaho 83701

Tel. (208) 342-4591 ext. 324 Fax (208) 275-8374 Toll Free (800) 545-4591 ext. 324

E-Mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.idahostateatv.org/

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Important Idaho Legislative Update – Immediate Action Requested — March 10, 2012

We wanted to forward an important alert from Sandra Mitchell at the Idaho Recreation Council (IRC) and David Claiborne from the Idaho State ATV Association (ISATVA).

On Monday Representative Judy Boyle will introduce a bill to restrict Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game (IDF&G) authority to limit motorized use of roads and trails on federally managed lands.

Efforts by Idaho’s hunters and OHV users to convince the IDF&G to modify its “motorized rule” have been rebuffed. Indeed the agency is now poised to extend the rule to predatory and unprotected species and is even proposing the regulation of camping activities!

Idaho’s OHV organizations believe all of the various land mangers (e.g. state, private, USFS and BLM) must respect each other’s jurisdiction. Just as the BLM must accept that local and state government has jurisdiction over some roads, the IDF&G must accept that the federal land managers have jurisdiction over trails.

Judy Boyle’s legislation is a prudent first step in addressing IDF&G’s policy for motorized recreation. I strongly urge you to send a quick and polite email to all of the addresses below.

Thanks in advance, Brian Hawthorne Public Lands Policy Director BlueRibbon Coalition 208-237-1008 ext 102

 

IDAHO STATE ATV ASSOCIATION AND RECREATION COUNCIL ALERT IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED – EASY INSTRUCTIONS BELOW

Idaho State ATV Association Idaho Recreation Council and BlueRibbon Coalition urge you to support legislation to establish that Idaho Fish & Game does not have authority to restrict, by rule, the use of trails on federal land that are designated as open by the federal land manager (e.g., BLM, USFS).

The Problem: In approximately one-third of the management units in Idaho, Fish & Game has promulgated a rule limiting hunters from using OHVs on trails on federal lands. These trails are designated as open to OHV use by the federal land managers via an open, public process.  This rule has created tremendous confusion among the OHV and hunting community, fails to address conflicts between hunters on public lands, and has generated animosity between sportsmen and directed toward Fish & Game.  The rule is unfair and unwarranted because –

  • Fish & Game lacks authority to regulate travel on federal lands
  • The rule was initially created to prohibit off-trail travel – off-trail travel is now prohibited on all federal lands, so the rule is no longer needed; (except in rare instances like sand dunes)
  • The rule does not provide for a non-motorized experience because recreational use or hunters not after big game, are allowed to use the trails.
  • The rule undermines the NEPA planning process on federal lands that results in established travel plans and designated routes;
  • Because the rule does not apply to recreational trail users, enforcement of the rule is difficult, and often results in unnecessarily interference with innocent users’ exercise of 2nd Amendment rights.

The Solution: A legislative solution exists to correct this problem that Fish & Game refuses to correct on its own.  The proposed legislation would, quite simply, provide that Fish & Game has no authority to restrict the use of motor vehicles, such as OHVs, on federal lands.  Existing restrictions related to shooting from OHVs, or chasing animals with OHVs, would remain in effect.  Travel designations and restrictions on federal land should only be made by the federal land manager.  Recreationists fought long and hard to keep these roads open year around!

How you can help: Passing legislation is a long and sometimes convoluted process. We are at the beginning, and possibly the most important, part of the process.

The first step in this rather long process is getting the committee support. You can contact them today with a brief and polite email in support of Representative Judy Boyle’s legislation that “specifically prohibits the commission and/or department from restricting the use of motorized vehicles on trails and roads which are otherwise open to motorized vehicle use on federal lands.” If you are a constituent of the representative, make sure you let them know.

Also (apologies for the short notice) the bill will be formally introduced in the Resources and Conservation Committee this Monday, February 13 at 1:30 p.m. in room EW40. If you can attend, please consider showing your support.

Naturally, we’ll be asking for your support as the process moves along, so stay tuned!

[email protected]  –  JoAn Wood

[email protected] –  Lenore Barrett

[email protected] – George Eskridge

[email protected] – Dell Raybould

[email protected]  –  Scott Bedke

[email protected]  –  Ken Andrus

[email protected]  –   Fred Wood

[email protected] – Marv Hagedorn

[email protected]  – Dick Harwood

[email protected] –  John Vanderwoude

[email protected] –   Marc Gibbs

[email protected]  –  Donna Pence

[email protected]  –  Elfreda Higgins

[email protected]  –  Roy Lacey

[email protected]  – Paul Shepherd

[email protected]  –  John Stevenson

I support Representative Judy Boyle’s legislation that “specifically prohibits the commission and/or department from restricting the use of motorized vehicles on trails and roads which are otherwise open to motorized vehicle use on federal lands.

 

The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BlueRib – www.sharetrails.org

As a non-profit, grassroots organization funded primarily by membership dues and donations, we greatly appreciate your support. Visit http://www.sharetrails.org/make-a-difference-now to help fund our efforts to protect your trails!