Monday, June 20, 2011

QWR President to Testify at House Subcommittee Hearing on June 22, 2011

Don Amador, president of QWR, just received his confirmation from the House that he will testify before the House Subcommittee on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 a.m.  The focus of the hearing is in regards to Recreational Opportunities (or lack thereof) on Public lands.  This will be Don's first trip as QWR owner to Washington DC to testify at a Congressional Hearing.  Don will also be representing BRC at the hearing.

Info on June 22 Hearing – It will have live video

Amador will question the BLM’s decision-making process associated with the ongoing landscape level functional closure of the 75,000-acre Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) to all user groups on May 1, 2008.  This unit is managed by the Hollister Field Office (HFO) and is located in Fresno and San Benito Counties in the Central Coast Mountain Range of California.

Amador expects to include in his testimony information from the new OHMVR Health Study, comments from previous public input, San Benito County, motorcycle riders, and other stakeholders.

Amador will also be ready to field questions from House Members regarding travel management.

QWR believes that land management decisions should be made on good science and not based on the personal or political agendas of unelected government officials.

The entire witnesses list below:

Panel I

Mr. Russ Ehnes
Executive Director
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council

Mr. Scott Jones
Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition

Mr. Dick Lepley
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Off-Highway Vehicle Association

Ms. Karen Umphress
Board Member
Coalition of Recreational Trails Users
Minnesota Motorized Trail Coalition

Panel II

Mr. Don Amador
Blue Ribbon Coalition

Mr. Tom Crimmins
Lead Spokesman
Professionals for Managed Recreation

Mr. Sutton Bacon
Nantahala Outdoor Center

Mr. Jim Akenson
Executive Director
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

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