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Call to Action from Pirate4x4 Lance Clifford

This is a copy of Pirate4x4.com Lance Clifford’s Call to Action to help save our trails.  Lance is our hero and is taking the lead on helping us finally build us a war chest and a huge effort to save ALL our trails, starting with the Eldorado National Forest and the Rubicon Trail. But it goes much beyond that...

Pirate4x4.com is starting the effort, setting the example, and offering a challenge for others to join in.  Lance is showing the world how it can be done.  BlueRibbon Coalition is working closely with Lance and Pirate4x4 to build the strongest force possible to fight for our trails.

This is truly a nationwide effort. The time has come.

Here’s Lance’s email to subscribers of Pirate4x4.com:

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As you know, I rarely send emails to all of you. However this is of extreme importance!

U.S. Forest Service Land Use Restrictions Imminent

Did you know that our access to the entire United States Forest from coast to coast is in jeopardy?!?!?!

We are at DEFCON ONE (War!) with the environmentalists and the U.S. Forest Service!

Now is the time to act!!!

I am very proud of the readers of Pirate4x4.com lately. Our Land Use forums have doubled in traffic over the past couple of months due to the outrageousness of what is going on out there. If you haven't been to our Land Use forums lately, I challenge you to take a look. I guarantee you will get pissed off! When I saw the Draft Plan the Forest Service put out for travel management on the Eldorado National Forest (where I happen to live, and where the world famous Rubicon Trail is) that was the last straw for me. I got pissed off and decided to do something about it.

And it isn't just the Eldorado National Forest. Travel management planning is going on in everyone's backyard whether it's Forest Service or BLM.

Anti-access extremists are out in force pressing for closures everywhere. Tellico is threatened by an anti-access lawsuit. Moab access is threatened by overzealous BLM planning. Wilderness bills are rampant in Congress. Roadless area management is still being pushed in the courts. Even the little recreation that there is available in our Parks is still under attack. Check out the fight in Yellowstone.

Tellico, Moab, Farmington, Rubicon, Truckhaven, Florida Road, Yellowstone, YOU name it...they're all threatened!

 It really is time to put up or shut up. I threw down the challenge last month to donate in the forums, and we were able to raise about $8,000 for BRC. While that is fantastic, I think we can do a lot better. Remember, without folks like the BLUERIBBON COALITION fighting for our rights to use public land, we might as well take up basket weaving. Join the Blue Ribbon Coalition and donate to the BRC Legal Fund. The beauty of BRC is they combine all the user groups into one big fist. I stuck $500 of my own money in the fight and you need to do what you can. If it's $20 or $5000, anything helps!!

 While you are at it, get busy with your local club. Local involvement is where BRC does some of its best work. If you don't belong to a club, get off your butt and join one. You really CAN make a difference!

 You can join BRC and donate to BRC Legal Fund online at a secure web location, set up just for Pirate4x4 at http://join.sharetrails.org . It only took me just a couple of minutes. If you aren't comfortable with that, then call them at 1-800-BlueRib. If you can't afford to do both, at least join BRC now and donate when you can afford it.

The members of Pirate4x4 can and will make a difference!

 Lance Clifford

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