2016 Rubber Chicken Ride Report(Updated: 11/04/2016)
The 2016 edition of NMOHVA's Rubber Chicken Ride was a resounding success. A few of the highlights:
- Eighty-nine registered riders - a new high!
- Eleven females riders registered, also a new mark.
- $3,851 raised for Friends of the Box, Inc.
Special thanks go to all of our sponsors and supporters of the RCR raffle. This year's contributors include:
Billet Racing Products (BRP)
Bobby J's Yamaha
Green Chile Adventure Gear
High Velocity Cycles
Highway Dirt Bikes
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC
Santa Fe Motorsports
Sierra Blanca Brewing
Sierra Grande Lodge
Team R&S Powersports
In addition to providing great products and services to dual sport enthusiasts, all of these supporters go above and beyond in actively supporting NMOHVA and its work. Please remember to THANK THEM the next time you stop in or order products from them.
Thanks also go to the NMOHVA members who helped lead rides on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Special thanks go to Dean Tulk for all of his extra "on-the-ground" help in the T or C area and helping with the many details it takes to pull off a successful event.
We hope to see everyone in T or C next year!
Forest Plan Revision Update(Updated: 11/03/2016)
As we have stated before, we know it is increasingly difficult to keep everything "straight" when ALL FIVE of New Mexico's National Forests are working on revising their Forest Plans at the same time!
In an effort to help keep our members both informed and engaged in the process, we will be providing updates in each of our monthly newsletters while this process is going on. We will also still send out more immediate "Access Alerts" when the need arises. Here are the latest developments and public engagement opportunities for each of the National Forests:
The Lincoln National Forest is not nearly as far along in the process as any of the other four Forests and is really just getting started. They are still working on the first draft of their initial assessment. It should be out for public scrutiny early in 2017 when they will also have a series of public workshops on draft the "Need for Change" document. The best place to keep track of the Lincoln's Forest Plan revision process is HERE.
The Gila National Forest has just wrapped up a series of community meeting and has announced the availability of the draft Need for Change document. The document is available HERE. The deadline for public comment on the Need for Change document is Nov 15th. They will be starting the 2nd phase of the plan revision process, the development of the revised plan, early next year. You can keep up with everything related to the Gila National Forest Plan revision process HERE.
The Carson National Forest has completed their assessment of current conditions/trends and the initial evaluation of lands for wilderness character and are currently working on developing the first draft of the revised Plan. They have announced the dates of several upcoming Open Houses to further explain the process and how the public can get involved. The dates for the open house events are Nov 15th and Dec 13th. Both meetings are from noon-2:00 and are taking place at the Supervisor's Office in Taos. You can keep up with the Carson National Forest Plan revision process HERE.
The Santa Fe National Forest is roughly the same place in the plan revision process as the Gila. They have completed their assessment and evaluation of lands for wilderness character and are working on the first draft of the revised Plan. They are having at least two more open house dates before the end of the year to allow the public the opportunity to drop in and interact with SFNF specialists about Plan Revision. They will bring their current work to share, get input and ideas, and answer questions. The place to keep tabs on everything related to the Santa Fe National Forest Plan revision process is HERE.
And that brings us to the last of the five Forests, the Cibola. The Cibola National Forest is by far the farthest along and has, by far, better utilized public input in the process. They have now kicked off formal collaboration teams ("Shared Stewardship" teams) to develop partnerships with members of the public in developing and then implementing the revised Forest Plans. NMOHVA has been invited to fully participate in these teams and has been doing so but we can use your help. We are in need of volunteers who can attend regular meetings of these new teams. Each team will be focused specifically on one of the four Districts (Sandia, Mt. Taylor, Mountainair, Magdalena) and will probably be meeting at least monthly during the next six months. Please send an email to email@example.com if you are interested in helping out or would like more information. All of the Cibola National Forest Plan revision process updates can be found HERE.
We know that is a LOT of information but these revised Forest Plans will be the basis for our recreation on Forest lands for at least the next fifteen years. That makes them IMPORTANT!