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11-08-2007, 10:07 AM

Time is running out. This will be more work than you are used to doing. Take the time to do it. I cannot (and nobody can) compose a letter for you, or it will be a waste of time. You have to take the time to put in personal information, reword to match your way of expressing yourself (copy/paste is not a good idea), etc.

If you think about it, the BLM (and USFS) is getting tired of getting form letters that all say the same thing. They are looking for people willing to WORK at the comment writing to take it seriously. That makes sense.

Even greens who live in New York and never go to Moab can click on a letter generator :lmao:. We have BEEN THERE, and we CARE. So show them you do.

11-08-2007, 01:40 PM
Blue Ribbon Coalition has a page the summarizes most of the highlights. The comment period ends on 11/30/07 and there is a whole lot of stuff to wade through (the EIS is nearly 1000 pages with all the maps and appendixes). The BRC page is probably your best starting place. Also be warned that the electronic comment page can be a bit daunting since they will ask you what categories you want to comment about. Don't get overwhelmed by the 30 or so choices. Read through the Blue Ribbon page to get some ideas, pick a couple that seem important to you and you'll be given a place to make comments just on those couple of categories. They aren't expecting you to give them a bulletproof plan to each and every aspect, but they are collecting comments from the public and so it's important that you just let them know you are paying attention and want to have your say.

You don't have to write a novel here, just a couple of paragraphs that describe why you like Moab, why you go to Moab and how it would make a serious impact on your recreational time. The key is to know the 4 alternatives and how one or another would be bad (or good, it's your opinions) specifically to you. A comment that just says 'I love the pretty scenery in Moab' is less effective than 'The plan to effectively eliminate dispersed vehicle-based camping in Alternatives C and D would impact my family's enjoyment of visiting dinosaur ruins in their natural, undisturbed state." Don't blow smoke up their butts, but do be specific about what you think and why.



11-08-2007, 02:00 PM
Fine info, Dave! Thanks!
Be advised that BRC finds issue with ALL the alternatives (to which Dave alludes above), and it is not infrequent that the BLM will go back to the drawing board and come up with modified alternatives based on comments. So they do matter!

11-13-2007, 11:38 AM
OK, you fellers and gals, it keeps getting easier to do the right thing - not much time left!!