URGENT – Legislative Development

A North Idaho legislator has introduced a bill, now known as HB437, that would divert 85% of the OHV sticker revenues away from IDPR and direct that those funds go to counties, as designated by the purchaser, for use at the county level on OHV-related programs.  If this bill passes, trail maintenance and related work would shift from IDPR to the counties, so we would no longer have the state trails program, or the state education program, and would instead have 44 different programs spread across the state working independent of one another.

The Idaho Recreation Council has decided to oppose this bill in order to preserve the IDPR-administered trail ranger, and education programs.

Listed below are the members who serve on the House Transportation and Defense Committee.  We need to let them know that we do not support the bill and why.

Please distribute to everyone, and if we can get clubs or associations to take a position that would be great.  We realize this is all moving quickly so that may not be possible.  If you are from North Idaho, and don’t support the bill, please share that at the beginning of your message.

We know we don’t have to say this but please be polite and respectful.  Most of the legislators have no understanding of how the program works, so this is our opportunity to explain it and why we support it.

Thanks for all you do!  Now get busy and send a message.

If you have any questions, let us know.

Transportation Committee:

Joe Palmer                          jpalmer@house.idaho.gov                          Boise                     District 20

Paul Shepherd                  pshepherd@house.idaho.gov                   Riggins                  District 7

Rich Wills                             rwills@house.idaho.gov                               Glenns Ferry      District 23

Linden Bateman               lbateman@house.idaho.gov                      Idaho Falls           District 33

Terry Gestrin                     Tgestrin@house.idaho.gov                         Donnelly              District 8

Brandon Hixon                  Bhixon@house.idaho.gov                            Caldwell               District 10

Clark Kauffman                   ckauffman@house.idaho.gov                      Filer                       District 25

Kelly Packer                        kpacker@house.idaho.gov                          McCammon       District 28

Rick Youngblood               ryoungblood@house.idaho.gov                Nampa                 District 12

Patrick McDonald             pmcdonald@house.idaho.gov                   Boise                     District 15

Sage Dixon                          sdixon@house.idaho.gov                            Ponderay            District 1

Steven Harris                     Sharris@house.idaho.gov                            Meridian              District 33

James Holtzclaw               Jholtzclaw@house.idaho.gov                     Boise                     District 20

Jason Monks                      Jmonks@house.idaho.gov                          Boise                     District 22

Phylis King                           pking@house.idaho.gov                               Boise                     District 18

Dan Rudolph                      drudolph@house.idaho.gov                       Lewiston              District 6

Melissa Wintrow              mwintrow@house.idaho.gov                     Boise                     District 19

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Winston Churchill said wars are not won by evacuations. They are won in the trenches. . . in the grit and grime of courageous determination. . . in the arena of life, day in and day out. Our wars do not require us to pack a gun or dig fox holes but rather to attend meetings, write letters and make phone calls—to be actively involved.

To all of you who never give up, I thank you for all you have done this year and for all you will do in 2016.  We have made a difference and will make an even bigger impact next year!

Sandra Mitchell


P.S.  Don’t forget the IRC Meeting on January 9!  A great way to start the year.

January 9, Idaho Recreation Council General Membership meeting details


• The Location for the meeting is Best Western Vista Inn and Conference Center 2645 Airport Way, Boise. (not far from the Kopper Kitchen).
• The time is from 10:00 am to 3 pm as usual.
• The reason for the meeting is because, as usual, there are so many important issues facing recreationists! Also, the legislature goes into session and there is at least two pieces of legislation that need to be discussed. Your input is desperately needed.

What we need from you:

• Please let us know if there are any agenda items you want included
• RSVP by January 4 so we have a count for lunch and for room set-up

Thank you for all you do and we look forward to seeing you on January 9th! IRC is what it is, the most influential recreation organization in Idaho, because of you and your willingness to be involved! You have done amazing work but you have probably noticed, it isn’t over! Stay involved because we need each other.

New RTP Legislation

Conferees from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have agreed to new legislation, which covers the next five years (2016-2020), and the bill will now be signed into law by the President. The RTP is essentially unchanged from MAP-21. Annual funding remains at the same $85 million level over the five years and will be distributed among the states according to the same formula that has been in place since 2009. Unfortunately, the provision allowing a governor to opt out of the RTP also remains in place. Although only one state – Connecticut – has opted out this year, it will be important for the trails community to remain vigilant – just in case other governors appear ready to consider the opt-out provision.
Thanks for your continuing support of RTP!

Owyhee County TMP


The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Boise District Office (BDO) is beginning the scoping period for two Comprehensive Travel and Transportation Management Plans (TMP) and encourages your participation and involvement during the next 45 days. You can provide input in three different ways.

1. Attend a public meeting to be held on December 10th and 11th, 2015 from 5 pm to 7 pm.
a. December 10 at the Nampa Civic Center in Nampa, ID
b. December 11 at Rimrock High School in Grand View, ID
2. Email your comments to: oma_trans_wild@blm.gov
3. Deliver or mail your comments to:
Boise District, BLM
Transportation Planning
3948 Development Ave.
Boise, ID 83705

The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 directs BLM to complete a comprehensive TMP for all public lands in Owyhee County. The Boise District BLM has grouped the public lands in Owyhee County within the Boise District into five subregions for the purposes of this TMP effort. All five subregions were part of the inventory efforts started in 2004 and completed in 2012 with extensive public involvement and BLM validation.

The two subregions that are the focus of this scoping effort are the Canyonlands East, which consists of 1,390 miles of routes between the Northwest Pipeline and the Bruneau River, and 292 miles of routes within the portion of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) in Owyhee County. Travel management planning efforts for the other three subregions within the Boise District, Canyonlands West, Grand View, and Silver City, will follow later in 2016 through 2018.

The BDO is presenting three alternatives for your consideration and comment. The alternatives provide three different transportation systems to access uses within the subregion. For more information, including maps, please visit the webpage at on.doi.gov/1YrJqGz. Please provide your comments by January 15, 2016.