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the staffthe staff   July 03, 2014   0

Getting proper training through ASI’s ATV RiderCourse and regularly refreshing your riding skills will help guide you in staying safe and having fun on ATVs,” said ASI Vice President Tom Yager. “Following the ASI’s Golden Rules every time you ride is key in preventing crashes and injuries. We urge dealers, ATV enthusiasts and journalists to promote the Golden Rules by embedding the ASI’s Golden Rules graphics on their websites and sharing them on social media.”

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the staffthe staff   May 08, 2014   0

IRVINE, CA, May 1, 2014 – This summer, for one week (June 8-15), the ATV Safety Institute will be launching ATV Safety Week throughout the country. ASI is working with partners all across the country who have volunteered to provide free ATV RiderCourse training and other ATV safety education opportunities. 

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 92 percent of all ATV-related fatalities are the result of warned-against behaviors, such as youth riding on adult-sized ATVs. Take some time during ATV Safety Week and learn about the proper operation of your machine, find out about helmets and other proper protective gear, and learn ways to dramatically reduce risk for you, your family and friends.

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the staffthe staff   March 06, 2013   0

IRVINE, Calif., March 4, 2013 – All-terrain vehicle injuries have declined significantly over the past five years, showing “a change in trend direction” according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  The CPSC’s 2011 Annual Report of All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)-Related Deaths and Injuries, released today, shows the CPSC is reporting a decrease in the estimated number of ATV injuries for the fifth consecutive year. 

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the staffthe staff   December 13, 2012   0

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (December 11, 2012) - Tread Lightly!, a national nonprofit dedicated to fostering a community of good resource stewards, is honored to be recognized by the U.S. Forest Service with a Regional Forester's Award, alongside its public agency partners. 

The award was presented to the RIDE ON Utah team under the category “Recreation and Connecting with Urban America.”

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the staffthe staff   November 20, 2012   0

The Right Rider Access Fund and NOHVCC are providing a scholarship for the Spring Semester at Marshall University.

Applications due December 7th, 2012, Classes begin January 14th, 2013.

The spring semester OHV Recreation Management courses are PLS 451/551:Planning and Design of OHV Parks; and PLS 453/553: Operation and Management of OHV Trail Systems. The information in these courses can be invaluable for both agency personnel as well as the enthusiasts. The winner of the scholarship will be able to choose 1 of the 2 offered courses for this spring's semester.

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the staffthe staff   October 29, 2012   0

Just in time for some early holiday shopping, Tread Lightly!'s 5th Annual Charity Auction on eBay will open November 1st and will run through the 11th. In an effort to raise money for solutions to the most urgent issues in outdoor recreation, more than 50 companies have donated more than 100 products.

One hundred percent of the money raised will go to help keep access to trails and recreation sites open to the public through Tread Lightly!'s signature education and stewardship programs. The auction includes plenty of 4x4 accessories, powersports equipment and outdoor gear - there will be something for everyone! Bids will start at 40% to 60% below retail prices.

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the staffthe staff   October 12, 2012   0

IRVINE, Oct. 10, 2012 – The ATV Safety Institute hosted its first-ever Autumn ATV Safety Week event yesterday near Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, giving national media outlets the opportunity to experience the nationally recognized, hands-on ATV RiderCourseSM and speak with key staff members.


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the staffthe staff   October 11, 2012   0

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is hosting an ATV Safety Summit. There will be panelists from a variety of backgrounds at the summit. Russ and Karen will both be presenting during the summit as will many of our friends from SVIA.

For those people who are not able to attend the summit, there is an opportunity to comment.

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the staffthe staff   October 11, 2012   0

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012 – Creative, cash winning kids from coast to coast are getting their videos on safe and responsible ATV riding posted online as public service announcements by the ATV Safety Institute, MSF’s DirtBike SchoolSM and the Right Rider Access Fund.

A judging panel from ASI, Right Rider Access Fund and the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) selected the winners among dozens of entries from young enthusiasts nationwide, all aiming to highlight ASI’s Golden Rules of ATV Safety or the MSF DirtBike School’s Dirt Bike Riding Tips.

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the staffthe staff   October 02, 2012   0

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (September 29, 2012) —RIDE ON Designated Routes is a new statewide campaign that has united land management agencies to educate outdoor recreationists who use motorized vehicles on Utah’s public lands. 


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the staffthe staff   August 30, 2012   0

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 29, 2012 – As the Labor Day weekend nears, ATV enthusiasts all over the country are gearing up to trade their pavement-bound daily commuter for their favorite off-highway vehicle to take advantage of the three-day weekend. The ATV Safety Institute, along with the nation’s major ATV manufacturers and distributors, urges the 35 million riders currently operating more than 10 million ATVs across the U.S. to ride safely and responsibly this weekend and every weekend.

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the staffthe staff   June 19, 2012   0

Parks Trails Manager
Working Title: Trails Program Manager
(Recruitment ID: CRPT12-20076)

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the staffthe staff   January 16, 2012   0

Our partners over at the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) have announced the schedule of Webinars and OHV Recreation Management Courses being offered in 2012.

I have pasted in a copy of their announcement below; please take a couple of minutes to read over the information.

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the staffthe staff   January 10, 2012   0

BRC just received a program update from the Chad Booth and the folks over at At Your Leisure. Chad wanted everyone to know that Sunday, January 15, 2012, County Seat TV will be doing a one hour show on Wilderness.

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the staffthe staff   December 23, 2011   0

Spring Semester at Marshall University

Applications due December 23rd, 2011, Classes begin January 9th, 2012.

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the staffthe staff   December 09, 2011   0

As part of its efforts to improve behaviors through ethics education and provide good information to the outdoor recreation community, the nonprofit organization Tread Lightly! has recently provided nearly 1,700 free, customized interpretive panels to land management agencies across the country.

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the staffthe staff   December 01, 2011   0

POCATELLO, ID (December 1, 2011) -- BlueRibbon Coalition is excited to launch our third annual Christmas Auction to save trails and keep public lands FOR the public instead of FROM the public. The eBay bidding starts today, December 1st, 2011.

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the staffthe staff   November 01, 2011   0

OGDEN, UT (November 1, 2011) – In an effort to raise money for solutions to urgent outdoor recreation issues, more than 50 companies have donated at least 150 products to the nonprofit organization Tread Lightly! for its Fourth Annual Charity Auction on eBay, November 1-11. 

Big ticket items this year include a Grizzly 550 ATV from Yamaha and a Gator XUV 625i utility vehicle from John Deere.

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the staffthe staff   October 13, 2011   0

Colorado State Parks has just announces the availability of their 2012-2013 Off-Highway Vehicle State Trail Grants applications.

We've pasted their new release below. Please take a minute to read it over and then pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

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the staffthe staff   September 24, 2011   0

When the BRC Board of Directors revised our Strategic Plan, one of the top goals they established was to "Provide information and support to educate the community on access issues, and to energize effective participation in preserving access across the United States." This strategic directive is a reinforcement of the fundamental ideal of what the BlueRibbon Coalition is-and has always been-about. We believe that the most valuable tool you can have is information, and that nothing is more powerful in affecting the legislative, administrative, or legal processes than informed grassroots enthusiasts in motion.

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the staffthe staff   August 31, 2011   0

Tread Lightly! is proud to announce its new public awareness campaign dubbed, “Ride On Designated Routes”. This message was created under the umbrella of the “Respected Access is Open Access” campaign which targets specific desired behaviors.  The “Ride on” campaign promotes responsible behavior among those who enjoy recreational activities that utilize motorized vehicles, specifically staying on marked routes designated by land management agencies. Four print PSAs are available to view or download online with more in the works.

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the staffthe staff   January 18, 2011   0

The Tread Trainer program is designed to train participants in innovative, practical methods of spreading outdoor ethics to the public with a curriculum specifically focused on motorized and mechanized recreation. Why it works? The course is packed with opportunities to practice different communication techniques, to discuss issues facing outdoor recreation and to network with like minded individuals who want to promote responsible recreation.

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the staffthe staff   December 01, 2010   0

POCATELLO, ID (December 1) -- The BlueRibbon Coalition 2nd Annual Christmas Auction is live. The list of contributing donors is long and STILL growing. Be sure to check back every couple days as we continue to add new items.

Here is the list (so far) of companies donating to our auction.

  • Pull-Pal
  • Trail Master Suspension
  • Toyota Trail Teams
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the staffthe staff   November 29, 2010   0

POCATELLO, ID (November 29) - The excitement builds for the BlueRibbon Coalition 2nd Annual Christmas Auction. This list of "presents" is building fast, and the bidding will start December 1st on eBay. This special online auction is designed to help us all save trails and keep our sports alive with the help of these awesome businesses. Check out the list of off-road companies donating to our auction.

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the staffthe staff   April 02, 2010   0

Adena Cook, BRC's Senior Policy Advisor, reminded us to re-blast a tax reminder we sent last month. As a long-time access advocate, Adena knows many local OHV and snowmobile clubs are tax-exempt. She said that the tax deadline is closer than you think and wanted us to remind you that ALL small clubs (but big enough for a non-profit incorporation w/ an EIN) in the country need to submit an IRS Form 990N by May 15. This may sound formidable, but it's very easy, however, it must be done electronically.  Go to:

Below is the alert we sent out in February for more information.


The latest email update from the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ASCA) reminded us that tax-exempt organizations could lose their exempt status in 2010. Like ASCA, many BRC member clubs are tax exempt so we thought we would pass along the reminder.

A tax-exempt organization that does not file its required annual information Form 990 for three consecutive years will automatically lose its tax-exempt status. The end of 2009 marks the third year that the law has been in effect, and many tax-exempt organizations which failed to file during that period will have their tax-exempt status revoked this year.

Organizations that are expected to lose tax-exempt status this year are small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less, and who in the past were not required to file a Form 990.
An organization that fails to file required e-Postcards Form 990-N (or information returns - Forms 990 or 990-EZ) for 2007 and 2008, it is imperative that they submit Form 990-N for 2009, by May 15, 2010, or revocation may apply.

If an organization loses its exemption, it will have to reapply with the IRS in order to regain its tax-exempt status. Any income received between the revocation date and renewed exemption may be taxable.

Be sure your organization is up to date!!


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the staffthe staff   January 14, 2010   0

Asyou know, BRC has been participating in efforts to rescind a youth-model off-highway motorcycle and ATV ban along with other state, local and national OHV advocacy groups. The next few days offer a golden opportunity to completely remove the ban.

But we need your help. OHV groups have met with agency officials and politicians. We have the acknowledgment that the youth-model ban was not Congress's intent when they passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). But the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the government agency charged with implementing the law, says their hands are tied. There are several solutions available, but both Congress and the agency need to act.

We believe that a report from CPSC to Congress regarding CPSIA gives our community a golden opportunity to fix this lousy situation. Our action item is below. We have tried to make it as easy as possible so it won't take unnecessary time away from work and family.

CPSC's report is due January 15, 2010. The next few days present a key opportunity, and BRC is most influential when our membership makes their voices heard.

Please take a few minutes to complete the action item, and please also forward this alert to your friends, family and riding buddies.

Let's not miss this opportunity,

Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Policy Director
BlueRibbon Coalition
208.237.1008 ext 102

We've prepared a letter generator to help keep it as easy as possible. Please take a minute to click on the link below and send a letter. Your comments will help, please send your letter today!
Click here to take action now


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the staffthe staff   November 11, 2009   0

With help from Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) has been conducting interactive web based workshops, or webinars, for OHV riders and anyone interested in OHV land use since mid-June.  The workshops are designed to give riders the skills they’ll need to keep trails open in their areas.  The sessions are 2 -3 hours long and are conducted by the same OHV management experts who conduct the on-site NOHVCC workshops. The four modules have been presented three times each for the past four months.  Beginning November 9thand continuing through December, each module will be presented twice so the people who may have missed a session or would like to participate in any or all of the session will have another opportunity.

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the staffthe staff   October 20, 2009   0


BFGoodrich Tires and BlueRibbon Coalition Join Forces to Raise Money
for Trail Preservatio

ct. 10, 2009 - BFGoodrich Tires and BlueRibbon Coalition announced today a partnership that will benefit off-roaders and off-road trails alike.  BFGoodrich Tires will make a $5 donation to the BlueRibbon Coalition for each of its new 10 sizes of BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/AKM2 tires sold between August 2009 and December 2009.

Due to consumer demand, BFGoodrich recently expanded its line of Mud-Terrain T/AKM2 tire sizes, which are part of the 10 sizes eligible for the contribution.  The tire sizes are as follows:

  • LT345/75R16 LRD                                                    •   38X14.50R18 LRD                              
  • LT365/75R16 LRC                                                    •   40X14.50R18 LRC
  • 38X14.50R17 LRD                                                    •   38X14.50R20 LRD
  • 40X14.50R17 LRD                                                    •   40X14.50R20 LRC
  • 36X13.50R18 LRD                                                    •   42X14.50R20 LRC

"The BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tire has set the standard in the world of off-roading, both for competitive and recreational uses" said Gary Enterline, senior product category manager, light truck tires for BFGoodrich Tires.  "What better way to give back to the community that made the tire what it is today than by teaming up with the BlueRibbon Coalition to help preserve our off-road trails."

As a respected national recreation group that represents more than 600,000 recreationists nationwide, the BlueRibbon Coalition is dedicated to protecting responsible recreational access to public lands and waters.

 "This generous donation from BFGoodrich Tires will help the BlueRibbon Coalition continue working to keep public land open for use, whether you recreate on a mountain bike, snowmobile, motorcycle, personal watercraft, ATV, four-wheel drive, horse or your hiking boots," said Greg Mumm, executive director of BlueRibbon Coalition.

Inspired by the BFGoodrich Tires Krawler(tm) T/AKX tire, which is the most successful tire in rock-crawling history, BFGoodrich Tires incorporates Krawler TEK(r) technology into the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/AKM2 TriGard(r) sidewall.  Krawler TEK technology consists of three main components:  aggressive sidewall lugs, cut- and chip- resistant sidewall compounds and sidewall cords that are up to 33 percent stronger than the previous Mud-Terrain T/AKM tire.  These advancements allow for more bite and sidewall protection along with increased strength and resistance to bruising caused by rocks and rough trails.

More information about the BlueRibbon Coalition is available at

Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 30 years, BFGoodrich Tires is involved in every type of racing, including oval, sports car, drifting, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock-crawling.  BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle.  Visit BFGoodrich Tires online at


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the staffthe staff   September 17, 2009   0

OGDEN, Utah (September 13, 2009) — Tread Lightly!, in partnership with the nation’s most influential hunting and shooting sports organizations, has released a series of six print public service announcements (PSAs) encouraging responsible behavior on public lands.  The PSAs are part of a much larger new education and outreach campaign called "Respected Access is Open Access."

"Being respectful of public lands is the goal of the campaign," said Lori McCullough, executive director of the nonprofit Tread Lightly!.  "Across America, access and opportunities are dwindling at a rate so serious it demands our immediate attention and action.  Damage caused by a minority of recreationists who are either uninformed or uncaring of the consequences of their actions is contributing to the loss of access for everyone."

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the staffthe staff   September 11, 2009   0

OGDEN, Utah (September 10, 2009) — Tread Lightly! has received ,000 from the Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A to continue its dedicated effort promoting responsible recreation, especially activities involving the use of off highway vehicles (OHVs).  The sizable GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation's Trails) came in the form of cash and equipment through Yamaha's OHV Access Initiative.

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