Federal Regulatory Update

How to Comment to Federal Agencies
ARRA provides simple guidelines for submitting comments to the Federal agencies. Changes in technology make these “How to” guidelines critical.

BLM Proposed Rule on Resource Management Plans
BLM has published a Proposed Rule governing the creation of Resource Management Plans (RMPs) for the more than 245 million acres of public lands under its jurisdiction. The Proposed Rule specifies a process for developing, amending and revising RMPs in a way the Bureau hopes is more efficient and timely. BLM hopes to issue a Final Rule by the end of 2016.

USFS Issues Final Rule Governing the Use of Snowmobiles
The Forest Service (USFS) manages winter uses and provides a range of opportunities for motorized and non-motorized recreation. In 2005, USFS regulated winter motorized use as a discretionary activity under its regulations for Use by Over-Snow Vehicles. Consistent with a court order dated March 29, 2013, USFS amends it’s travel management rule to require designation of roads, trails, and areas on NFS lands to provide for over-snow vehicle use. An over-snow vehicle is defined as “a motor vehicle that is designed for use over snow and that runs on a track and/or a ski or skis, while in use over snow.” The Responsible Official for each Forest will establish a system of routes and areas to provide for over-snow vehicle use. The regulations will continue to exempt over-snow vehicle use from the travel management rule, which provides for designation of a system of routes and areas for other types of motor vehicle use.

Forest Service Planning Rule Proposed Directives are Released
After months of delay, the Forest Service has released for public comment its proposed directives governing the implementation of the 2012 Planning Rule.

BLM and USFS Launches National Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Strategy
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service (USFS) are implementing a national strategy to aid in the conservation of the greater sage-grouse and to provide that conservation measures are included in each respective Resource Management Plan (RMP) (or Land MP in certain USFS instances) across the western United States.

Final U.S. Forest Service Planning Rule
Click the above link for complete information on how the Final U.S. Forest Service Planning Rule could jeopardize access.

U.S. Forest Service Travel Management Rule (OHV Route Designation Rule)
Click the above link for complete information on the Rule and the Route Designation Process.

Latest News

Forest Service Calls For Public to Identify Trails That Should Receive Expedited Maintenance
March 23, 2017

ARRA members from across the country are being asked to weigh in.

Oppose CA Legislation to Gut the CA OHV Program
March 20, 2017

ARRA members in California are being asked to contact their state senator to help prevent this devastating bill from moving forward.

Ask Congress to Oppose Prohibitive Tariffs on Certain European Motorcycles
February 6, 2017

ARRA members are being asked to contact their Members of Congress to oppose prohibitive tariffs on certain European motorcycles.