AT YOUR LEISURE RESPONDS TO UTAH GOVERNOR
BRC just received a program update from Chad Booth and the folks over at At Your Leisure. http://www.atyourleisure.info. Chad wanted everyone to know that this Sunday, November 16, 2008, AYL's episode is in response to Governor Huntsman's recent remarks in the Salt Lake Tribune, calling OHV damage "an abomination."
As you might expect, the Governor's pithy quote has been bandied about the country by all manner of anti-recreation groups. In fact, Brian told me that Governor Huntsman's remark was a featured talking point at this year's Society of Environmental Journalists confab in Roanoke, Virginia.
Set your TiVo and your VCR recorders folks, this Sunday's AYL will be a MUST WATCH for all OHV users in Utah.
Thanks for your time,
Public Lands Department Manager
208-237-1008 ext 107
PS: You can more info on the show via their website at http://www.atyourleisure.info/.
Watch At Your Leisure Sundays on ABC Channel 4 - 9:00 AM and 11:00 PM
Dear AYL Sponsors and Friends,
As you know, At Your Leisure is constantly reporting on the land access issues that affect the sports we enjoy and that help your businesses to thrive. AYL has always defended the right to enjoy the West by both motorized and non-motorized means. We give the ATV, Jeep, and bike and boat industry its only voice in the mainstream media. This weekend's show is no different, except that the focus is potentially more important than our average coverage.
Last month Governor Huntsman took a tour of the Moab area to assess for himself the state of off-road recreation. We applaud his intent... however, his hosts on the tour was none other than the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, better known as SUWA and that makes the outcome suspect.
This environmental activist group (the same one that has brought you several versions of the 10 million acre "Red Rock Wilderness Bill") has shown through its past actions and numerous lawsuits that their goal is nothing less than the total eradication of motorized recreation on public lands, and that sometimes, less than ethical means justify their ends.
Based upon SUWA's past actions, we believe their tour with the Governor was peppered with environmental bias which may have led to his comment that the damage he saw was "...an abomination...an embarrassment." , or at very least to the spin presented to the press to suggest that Governor Huntsman was condemning the sport, not just the abuse. We would like to give him the benefit of the doubt and want to set the record straight on our next show.
We all want to protect our lands and understand that any damage is a travesty; however, we also understand the slant of those who showed him the 'damage' in the first place. The Governor's quote is being used as a weapon against the off-highway community condemning all of us as miscreants who care nothing for beauty or nature and only wish to destroy it.
Again, we have been painted as dirty, smelly, ignorant, people that don't understand that the wonder of Utah should only be seen in photographs or by the anointed few who can take the time and have the ability to move about on mother earth with delicate moccasins.
In this week's episode, I will be taking a large portion of the show to set the record straight about the motorized community's point of view in an 'Open Letter' forum to the Governor. We will respond to the claims of SUWA as well as show the public that we are as responsible about public lands as SUWA, if not more so. We intend to convey through our program and our viewers to the Governor that the off-road recreationists of the West care more deeply for the grandeur of our state and appreciate the need to experience it far more than many so-called environmentalists. The episode will also include many interviews with average riders and explorers who support the Governor but challenge his current assessment.
This is an important episode and we encourage you to watch it. Spread the word to both members of your sports as well as your neighbors so that our message can reach a wide audience. The battle over our right to enjoy our public lands responsibly is going to heat up in the coming months as you can see in the attached victory message from SUWA. . At Your Leisure stands now as the lone voice of reason in a debate that has consistently shown the recreating community to be less than what we are. We appreciate your continued support and hope that the future will be bright for those of us who climb on our machines and go out in search of adventure. With your help we can continue the fight.
Chadwick Booth and Co. Producers of
"At Your Leisure"
2469 E. 7000 S. Ste#110
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
PO Box 71631
Salt Lake City, UT 84171-0631
Phone: (801) 947-8888
Fax: (801) 947-988
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