“Nearly 100 people” show to write letters to BLM

Last night’s meeting organized by Shane Miller of the Parker 4 Wheelers at Schlotzsky’s in Lake Havasu City was attended by almost 100 people, according to various people who were there.

The meeting was billed as a letter-writing workshop, a way to use the Bureau of Land Management’s current ‘public comment period’ to assert a strong public opposition to the closures of any off-road routes in the desert around Havasu. Off-road groups have mobilized in what they see as a threat to the recreational activities of four-wheeling, geocaching and other off-road activities.

“If they start shutting routes, or trails, down, it’s going to affect every single one of us and a lot more,” Miller is quoted in Today’s News-Herald as saying.

The effort is a response to BLM Lake Havasu Field Office’s Travel Management Plan, a proposal to close some trails used by the public for environmental reasons. Miller emphasized at the meeting that BLM is not the enemy, that there is a place for wildlife conservation and that he wanted to work with BLM on the issue.

Miller plans at least three more meetings before the end of the public comment period on October 31st.

See BLM’s proposals HERE. Comments may be faxed to (928) 505-1208 and emailed to . Shane Miller can be contacted at .

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