Our team met with the Bureau of Land Management in a virtual meeting to discuss our concerns with the proposal. About 15 Bureau representatives attended the meeting and quietly listened as each of us took 2 minutes to express our grievance followed by a chance to ask questions.
Arizona Backcountry Explorers, Blueribbon Coalition, Arizona Undertakers, ASA4WDC, and the Road Runners Prospecters Club attended the meeting. We all expressed our concerns as if prior rehearsals synchronized our whole approach.
The Bureau did not discuss its intentions with the plan and claimed that everyone in the meeting was new to the Hassayampa Field Office. It appears that everyone got fired after that previous withdrawal. We were told the meeting was a chance for the new BLM crew to understand our concerns.
During my time to speak, I jumped straight to RS 2477 until I was cut off after implying the BLM has no authority over roads in this state.
Breaking news! The Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn its final decision on the Black Canyon Corridor travel management plan because of “political pressure.”
We were able to assemble an incredible team of individuals and organizations. We were hours away from serving the Department of Interior with papers and developing a fundraiser to prepare for litigation. We engaged several groups, including Yavapai County, the state legislature, and several local and Nationwide organizations, including BlueRibbon Coalition, American Mining Rights Association, Arizona Undertakers 4×4 Club, and Asa4wdc. Every one of these groups was prepared to testify under oath to defend your right to access.
We are delighted the Bureau of Land Management has decided to take this plan back to the drawing board.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is precisely why I build Arizona Backcountry Explorers. We are proud to be a driving force on behalf of motorized access in Arizona. If you would like to help, you can become a supporting member and help us further our operation. You won’t regret it. I promise.
Thank you to EVERYONE who called our political representatives and exerted the pressure necessary. Thank you to Blue Ribbon Coalition who is ready to provide the funding and guidance needed to take it to the top.