• To ALL forum users - As of late I have been getting quite a few private messages with questions about build ups here on the forum, or tech questions about your personal project. While I appreciate the interest, sending me a private message about these topics distracts from, and undermines the purpose of having a forum here. During the day I wear many hats as a small business owner-operator and I work tirelessly to provide the absolute best service possible to you, our valued customer. When I created this forum I rounded up some of the best minds I knew so that any tech question you might have could be asked and answered by either myself or one of my highly experienced moderators, this way the next time this same question is asked the answer can be easily found and utilized by the next IH enthusiast having the same question. This allows me the freedom to run the day to day operations of the business and minimize the impact to shipments and shop activities that these distractions can cause. It is of the up most importance for me to complete the daily tasks in order to best take care of you our customer, all the while providing you a forum to get the level advice and input you have come to expect and deserve from the premier IH shop in the country.

    So with that I ask that anyone with a question about one of our build ups or a general tech question to please use the forum as it was intended. I am absolutely available by telephone to answer your questions as well but at times may direct you back to our website to better field your question or questions. Most other private messages I will be glad to answer for you.

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Recreation coalition files brief in ongoing roadless lawsuit

pocatello, id (January 5) - a coalition of recreation advocacy groups filed an amicus curiae brief in the 10th district court of appeals related to the 2001 roadless rule this week, marking over a decade of involvement in the controversial issue. The recreation groups include the blueribbon coalition (brc), California association of 4 wheel drive clubs ("ca4wdc"), united four wheel drive associations (ufwda) and the American council of snowmobile associations (acsa).

Environmental activists are appealing a 2008 decision by u.s. District court of wyoming judge clarence brimmer declaring the clinton era roadless rule illegal. That ruling came in a case brought by the state of wyoming in 2007, which paralleled an earlier complaint filed by wyoming in 2001. Brimmer's 2008 decision minced few words, concluding the 2001 rule "was driven by political haste and evidenced pro forma compliance with" environmental laws, using descriptors such as "flagrant" and "cavalier" in characterizing the "unequivocal" violations.

Brian hawthorne, brc's public lands policy director, said, "with millions of acres of national forests susceptible to disease and wildfire, it should be evident that a top-down, one-size-fits-all management program should never be the answer. Each roadless area is unique, and local conditions should be taken into consideration when actively managing these lands."

"this marks a decade of involvement in the roadless issue," said greg mumm, executive director of brc. "force-feeding a 'hands-off' policy to manage roadless areas, like congressionally designated wilderness, has been a goal of the preservationist groups for some time. Brc is proud to have protected recreational access to these lands and we are committed to continue this important effort."

noting the u.s. Forest service will be revising the regulations for preparing forest plans, paul turcke, the attorney for the recreational groups, observed in their brief that "our nation's treasured forest lands must be actively and effectively managed. Such management necessitates detailed, site-by-site analysis; not politically convenient templates. That improper procedural means advance an agenda of less rather than more active human presence is of little legal import. This court should seize the opportunity to place the 2001 roadless rule alongside the 2005 state petitions rule and similar misplaced efforts to manage our national forests via election cycle emanations from the dc beltway, and to begin a return to professionally-driven and project-focused management that our forests and citizens deserve."

the recreation group's filing can be found online. Learn more about the history of the roadless rule and latest updates on blueribbon coalition: protecting your recreational access to public lands..

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