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ALERT ****** New Jersey pine lands commission meeting 9/14

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Kyle schaen    0

This is action alert was just sent to me via, AMA action alerts , maybe of great interest to all , check your emails if your signed up for action alerts .



New Jersey Pinelands Commission resolution threatens enduros...again

Please send comments now and attend the Sept. 14 public hearing in Trenton



Access to trails for enduros in the Wharton State Forest is in jeopardy under a resolution being considered by the Pinelands Commission.

The American Motorcyclist Association and East Coast Enduro Association need you to send comments directly to the Pinelands Commission right away and then attend the public hearing scheduled for Thursday in Trenton.

The resolution references U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps that show only historic roads, with no trails or fire cuts. The resolution then specifies that "The Pinelands Commission finds that recreational use of motor vehicles in Wharton State Forest be limited to the roads on the attached USGS Topographic maps."

You can read the resolution in its entirety here.

This plan comes after ECEA and local enduro club representatives have worked relentlessly to preserve access to fire cuts, regain limited access to historic New Jersey single track elsewhere and proposed an amendment to this new resolution. The amendment would exclude events operating under special use permits, which are required for enduros. Pineland Commission members and staff agreed that the amendment was sound and should have been included in the resolution. But it was not.

Also, the Comprehensive Management Plan-upon which the Pinelands Commission itself is based-clearly defines the traditional role of enduros in Wharton State Forest. The resolution does not refer to that.

Finally, there is no evidence that any environmental damage to the forest has ever been caused by enduros.

Your first opportunity to oppose this onerous resolution is to voice your concerns on the Pinelands Commission website.

Just as important is a strong showing of single track competitors and enthusiasts at Thursday's public hearing in Trenton. If you do attend, pleased be respectful of the process, but also be obvious about your support for enduros by wearing appropriate motorcycle-logoed clothing.

Despite a controversial pipeline issue also on the Thursday agenda-possibly forcing limited time to speak-a large enduro rider turnout will send a strong message to the commission before the vote.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 14. Please try to be early since the meeting is expected to draw a large crowd. 

WHERE: Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, N.J.

HOW TO COMMENT: Send your concerns to the Pinelands Commission here or attend the Sept. 14 meeting. Better yet, do both. 

For more information, email grassroots@amacycle.org.

Thank you in advance for attending. Please forward this alert to your friends and ask them to attend this meeting, too. If you do attend, your emailing the AMA at grassroots@amacycle.org about the experience will help us be more effective on your behalf. 

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government.

Join the AMA at americanmotorcyclist.com.

If you are an AMA member, encourage your friends to join by telling them about the many AMA benefits you appreciate and the role the AMA plays to promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.

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