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What follows are letters from two Colorado Organizations regarding the idea of the Colorado State Parks being able to use OHV Registration money to help with the State Parks deficit.
The first letter is from Bryan Martin, of the Colorado Mountain Club.
The second is from Greg Labbe, of the Responsible Recreation Foundation (The foundation that supports Stay The Trail)
We'll let the letters speak for themselves will not provide editorial content. To learn more about the status of this situation, visit the COHVCO site.
From Bryan Martin:"Dear Committee Members,
From Greg Labbe:
"Dear Partners in Public Lands Stewardship,
Recently a letter was sent to the Colorado Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee by Bryan Martin of The Colorado Mountain Club. Please find that letter attached. The Responsible Recreation Foundation, as a synergistic partner in the care and management of our public lands, strongly objects to the inaccuracy, tone, and intent of this letter. We further believe that the Colorado Mountain Club, through Mr. Martin, has undermined the good will, positive relationships and trust of the many partners who strive to help manage our public lands in a responsible manner.
Mr. Martin, in referring to the OHV Registration Program, speaks of funds being “grossly misused” and “funding new construction for an ever-expanding network of roads and trails”. As you know, OHV road and trail opportunities in Colorado have been significantly reduced over the years. Starting with the Wilderness Act of 1964, almost 3.5 million acres, 16% of public lands in Colorado, were removed as either OHV or mechanized opportunities. In just the past two decades almost every Travel Management Plan, Forest Plan, and Recreation Management Plan has reduced the miles of motorized trails and roads. The trend continues in the latest Gunnison and White River National Forest proposed TMPs.
Mr. Martin refers to the OHV Registration funds as “state funds”, but ignores the fact that the program is a legislatively mandated program allowing the OHV community to self-fund the care of their public lands recreation opportunities. He goes on to refer to “hikers, bikers, anglers, climbers and mountaineers” as the “vast majority” of public land users, when as a simple point of fact, there were about 110K parks passes sold last year compared to about 130K OHV registrations.
The OHV Registration Program has been a positive force for management of public lands in Colorado. In addition to the many seasonal trails crews who maintain these trails for motorized and non-motorized users alike, there are many extraordinary initiatives and projects, many of which we have worked together to develop, and that we should take enormous pride in.
Among those are education and ethics programs, embodied by the Stay The Trail trailer, signage grants that work towards keeping all users on the appropriate trails, sound testing to help educate our public on the importance of proper sound levels, and the Colorado Trail Patrol, established to be an additional resource of information for our land management agencies. Additionally, we have collaborated on the ability of our land managers to have enforcement capability in the field. All of this hard work and synergistic good will has been put in doubt by one mean-spirited letter.
The Responsible Recreation Foundation believes that it is the obligation of the Colorado Mountain Club to repair the harm and restore the positive relationships and trust engendered in this working collaboration of these public lands enthusiasts. We ask that the Colorado Mountain Club issue a statement of support for the OHV Registration Program and send that statement to the members of the Joint Budget Committee and to any other organizations or legislators to whom they sent their original letter.
Greg Labbe, Director
Responsible Recreation Foundation
on behalf of the Board of Directors "
According to a PDFposted on the www.toyota-4runner.org website, the 2010 FJ Cruiser will include a couple of changes.
The first thing that jumps off the page is the loss of VooDoo Blue as a color option, and the addition of "Army Green". What shade of green is still up for speculation, we're hoping it looks something like this:
Other changes include an updated 4.0L engine that increases horsepower by 20hp, yet decreases torque by 8ft/lbs. The document also states a higher EPA mileage estimate (a max of +2mpg for the 4X2 FJ Cruiser), a slightly smaller turning radius, and a larger winshield washer tank.
The document also re-states the specs for what was supposed to be the 2009 Trail Teams Special Edition, that will now be a 2010. This is the all Sandstorm FJ we spoke about last July. We're still not super excited about the TT, but it'll be nice to see a few more specialty FJ's on the road.
The full PDF can be downloaded here
NOTE: This information has not been verified and may or may not be accurate. If it is, it looks like 2010 will be a great model year for the FJ Cruiser.