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The USFS has a $9 billion budget, 35,000 employees, 600 ranger districts, and 193 million acres, including 154 national forests, 209 national grasslands, 80 experimental forests and 6 national monuments in 40 states.

To enable mobility in isolated rural areas, USFS has a fleet of over 18,250 vehicles, one for every two employees. The agency says more than 9,000 of those vehicles are pickups, mostly Ford F-150s.

Now it proposes to replace that fleet with electric vehicles to prove it can be done, reducing one agency’s carbon footprint, doing its part to address climate change. The new fleet will be phased-in, beginning with a small experiment — three Ford F-150 Lightnings.

Does it even need to be said that a healthy forest does far more to sequester carbon dioxide than all the electric vehicles in the world?

Or that forest fires in the U.S. release more CO2 and particulate pollution annually than all the cars?

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Was an honor to have known Mel, he was one of the people who inspired me to get involved with recreational issues.

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The Idaho Recreation Council is comprised of Idahoans from all parts of the state with a wide spectrum of recreation interest and love for the future of Idaho and a desire to preserve recreation for future generations of Idahoans. If you believe access is important to your recreation please consider joining a club in your area.

Responsible Shared Use

These three words succinctly express the Idaho Recreation Council’s philosophy; a philosophy that emphasis rights and responsibilities.  For example, both motorized and non-motorized users recreate on public lands but each also has a responsibility to act in a way that minimizes their impact on the resource as well as on the other users.  With these opportunities granted to us, comes responsibilities. 

The phrase goes beyond simply advocating multiple use.  It requires from those who advocate it a willingness to not be selfish.  It means other’s preferences are accepted recognizing that one’s choice of recreation is not better than another, just different, and that not one user group has greater rights than another.  Behavior is courteous and respectful at all times and is not dependent upon others behavior.

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Sandra Mitchel | Executive Director

Jim Kulm | President

‘Mike Mickelsen’ | RV

Cliff Hoisington | 4 x 4

David G | ATV

Randy Harrison |  Rock Hounds

Kirk Buck |  UTV

Mark Wood | Snowmobile

Mark Jennings | Vice President

Sean McConnachie | Jet Boat

Steve Frisbie | Treasurer

Steve Swann | Backcountry Aviation

Ron Hancock | Small Suction Dredge Mining

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Eagle, Idaho 83616
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