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Friday, December 11, 2009

Nellis Dunes National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Act of 2009, H.R. 765

It seems as though we seldom have good news to tell you, but the Nellis Dunes National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Act of 2009, H.R. 765, has the potential of becoming very good news for OHV enthusiasts living in the Las Vegas area. The legislation, sponsored by Representative Dean Heller of Nevada, would create an OHV recreation area of more than 10,000 acres by using lands owned by Clark County and the Bureau of Land Management. The legislation would authorize the conveyance of approximately 1,200 acres of BLM land to Clark County so the County can develop an active off-highway vehicle recreation park. An additional 9,000 acres would be designated as an off-highway vehicle recreation area to be managed by BLM.

The House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands recently held a hearing on H. R. 765. Further action on the part of the full Committee is required before this legislation can move forward. A portion of BLM land would also be transferred to the Nellis Air Force Base, so the legislation must also be reviewed by the House Armed Services Committee before it can be sent to the full House. We will keep a close eye on this bill as it moves forward in the House of Representatives and hopefully in the Senate. In the meantime, OHV enthusiasts will have to wait for final action. It's sort of like Christmas for a child; waiting only makes Christmas morning all that more exciting.

Thanks to all the ARRA members who weighed in on this important legislation in response to ARRA's alert. We appreciate your involvement.

About ARRA:

Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA) was formed to ensure that Americans are not arbitrarily denied the right to responsibly experience and enjoy the public lands that belong to the citizens of the United States. The members of ARRA, which include horseback riders, personal watercraft users, off-highway vehicle and snowmobile riders, and vacationing families, have joined together to provide input on decisions regarding land use designation, recreation opportunities, and preservation. Its members seek responsible consideration of competing activities, which are based on sound environmental principles.

No alliance member believes that recreation enthusiasts have the right to exclusive, unregulated use of our national heritage, but all oppose land closure or extreme regulation, which denies responsible citizens access to public lands for multifaceted recreational pursuits.

ARRA focuses on the entire spectrum of issues surrounding the Crisis of Closure. We work with the Administration and its agencies, Congress, local governmental representatives and most importantly, the citizens who care about maintaining access to public lands and waterways for outdoor recreational activities.

ARRA also serves as a central clearinghouse for the many like-minded initiatives and individuals who fight for fundamental fairness in public land designation and recreation opportunity.

More information can be found on their website at: www.arra-access.com

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