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With the major influx of 4×4 and recreation users, the 4×4 community is facing some difficult issues. From teaching others about outdoor etiquette and removing tones of trash. To engaging these users in policies that threaten motorized access, we must step up our game to maintain positive public perception and persevere motorized access for future generations.

Motorized access comes at a cost. Not only do we need to stay on the trail, pack out trash, and maintain our roads. But we also need to understand that motorized access is constantly threatened. In the past 3 years alone, Arizona has faced over 13,000 miles of backroads threatened by closure. Locally, a small group of individuals was able to stop nearly all road closures. But we barely made it by the skin of our teeth.

It is now more important than ever that industry leaders and content creators provide the leadership that used to guide motorized users. As leaders in the 4×4 world, it is our responsibility to teach newcomers the ropes.

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An eye opening statement by Arizona Bureau of Land Management

You may have seen this transmission line along state Route 74 near Lake Pleasant.


While searching through comments on an APS proposal for a new transmission line, I found something disturbing. The comment below is from the Grand Canyon chapter of the Sierra Club. Their argument is there's not enough evidence to support the Environmental Impact Assessment findings of "no environmental impact" from the new transmission line.



The Environmental Impact Assessment is required by law to show the potential impact on endangered species and other wildlife in the immediate project area. The proposal calls for a 20 foot wide Trail to be carved through the mountains along the transmission line's length. In this case, the environmental assessment claims that there will be no environmental impact on endangered species or other wildlife.
The Bureau of Land Management's response is quite enlightening.
"The analysis to special status species that COULD occur in the area are disclosed in the FEIS/PRMP AS IF THEY WHERE PRESENT WHERE SUITABLE HABITAT OCCURS FOR THOSE SPECIES." Says the Bureau of Land Management in their response.  

This means that the endangered species doesn't necessarily exist in the area or call this place home. This means that it's a suitable place for them to thrive. There is no actual science showing the impact on endangered species; it's all theoretical.

Commonly used tactic or just a coinkidink?


We continually see the excuse of endangered species habits to close down our trails all over Arizona and the US. Theoretically, the entire Sonoran Desert is the correct habitat for the Sonoran desert tortoise. With that logic, BLM could shut down the entire Sonoran Desert. It's an outrageous assumption that the people impact endangered species by using motorized access to our public lands, and a new trail and transmission line somehow does not. Furthermore, it's an outrageous assumption to treat every single habitat as if the species is present.

One can only assume. Is the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service doing this with Environmental Impact Statements for our Travel Management Plans? Ultimately, the Sierra Club is correct. There is not enough science, and what is available is outdated. Doesn't this sound familiar?

See the screenshots below.


Grand Canyon Sierra Club comment on the Sun Valley to Morgan Travis Mission line

the Bureau of Land Management response to the Sierra Club comment on the Sun Valley to Morgan Travis Mission line


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Engaging Our Community

AZBCE is dedicated to keeping our community informed. We have successfully engaged our community in policy-making decisions that threaten motorized access in Arizona. We take pride in helping shape land-use proposals on Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service lands.

Going Against The Grain

When nobody else is talking about it, AZBCE is. We believe it's important our community engage in policy decisions that threaten motorized access to our public lands. We publish material through various online and print publications to create awareness about the radical environmental policy facing outdoor recreation.

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Promote adventure and establish our backroads as an economic source for rural Arizona communities.

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We believe in the western way of life and the founding principles of this great place we call home. We are advocates of limited government, states rights, the US Constitution, and opponents of radical policies that threaten our way of life.


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