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Attention Motorized Users!

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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New updates require Forest Service directives to undergo public scoping

The Forest Service is soliciting comments for changes on how the forest service handbook is written

A new rule would require the forest service to solicit feedback for any changes made to the forest service handbook.

New Forest Service directives would require public scoping

The forest service will soon be required to follow new rules while initiating new Forest Service directives. The updates to 36 CFR 216 will strengthen public input and create more transparency. The new rule mentions compliance with the Congressional Review Act explicitly.

Also, all significant changes would require a 90-day scoping period, while insignificant changes would require a 30-day scoping period. The Forest Service must publish a Notice Of Availability in the Federal Register. Public scoping starts the day it's published in the Federal Register.

The Notice of Availability must contain various information regarding the following information:

  1. A link to the proposed directive on the Forest Service's Regulations and Policies webpage. For significant guidelines, the NOA must state that the directive is considered significant by OIRA.
  2. The comment period (see sec. 31.21).
  3. Directions for submitting comments, with a link to an electronic comment form on the Comment and Analysis Response Application (CARA) platform, including digital submission via facsimile, e-mail, or via a telecommunications device for the deaf.
  4. A summary of the proposed or interim directive.
  5. Identification of any issues on which the Agency particularly seeks public comment.
  6. For interim directives, the basis for the determination that good cause exists for the interim directive to go into effect upon publication, rather than upon completion of the public notice and comment process (36 CFR 216.3, 216.4; sec. 30.3).
  7. For the Forest Service webpage only,

    a. any additional information that the responsible program staff believes may be helpful to the public.

    b. Information on how to track the public notice and comment process for the directive, including how to register for e-mail notification of the publication of the final directive.

    c. A description of all public notice methods.
  8. The name, e-mail address, and telephone number of a Forest Service employee to contact for more information.

Available documents 

Proposed Directive FSH 1109.12 Chapter 30
Federal Register Notice 36 CFR 216 Final Rule (2018)
Public comments received on 36 CFR 216 Final Rule (2018)
Forest Service response to public comments received on 36 CFR 216 Final Rule (2018)
FRN Proposed Directive FSH 1109.12 Chapter 30
FRN technical corrections 36 CFR 216 (2020)

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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.


Engage our community in policy making decisions that threaten rural Arizona.


Unit the agriculture, mining and outdoor recreation communities to shape state and federal policy.


Empower our community and provide the tools to effectively stand guard for traditional Arizona.

Traditional Values

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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Using GIS data and advanced mapping software, we plan and take on the most memorable adventures across the western United States. Our fans can download our GPS tracks and follow our routes using existing roads and the most challenging trails that connect small towns across the state.

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