Is Land Use in New England a Lost Cause? Not Anymore…

Posted on January 1st, 2006 by Robin

Submitted by John Stewart

Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the lands. As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, John Stewart has moved from working in the public sector to being a full time advocate for recreation.

As a Natural Resources Consultant working from his home base in San Diego, California, John represents California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs interests before local, state, and federal recreation and land management agencies.

In 2002, John was selected as Director of Environmental Affairs for United Four Wheel Drive Associations and assumed responsibility for assisting member clubs and associations with their interactions with public land managers and elected officials. As a member of the UFWDA Board of Directors, he participates in developing corporate strategy and represents UFWDA interests with federal agencies and other national motorized recreation groups.

As a long-time member of the Tierra del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club of San Diego, he has been active in many club activities including four years as Chairman of the Tierra del Sol Desert Safari. Internationally recognized as one of the oldest and largest 4×4 events, Desert Safari annually contributes over $25,000 a year to help preserve recreation access to public lands.

Recognizing the importance of information and the need for education, Stewart began MUIRNet, Multiple Use Information Resource Network. MUIRNet began as a small e-mail list to distribute information during the Clinton administration “Roadless Rule” fight. In July 2002, the United Land Use List was added. In March 2003, the California League of Off Road Voters mailing list was added.

John’s Personal Philosophy Regarding Public Lands:

“I believe and advocate that the best policies and management decisions come through full public disclosure and maximum public involvement. It is important to involve local elected officials, local organizations, and individuals representing all points of view before making land management decisions that have long-term effects on local communities. I believe that the strength of individual involvement is an important element to support an active access advocacy program. Each recreationist must be informed and educated on the issues affecting their recreation opportunities. The success of access depends on the commitment of the whole.”

The Northeast Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (NEA4WDC) is proud to announce that John Stewart is heading to Providence, RI to teach a one day land use seminar on March 18, 2006. You’ll learn tips for public speaking, lobbying basics, and effective advocacy, environmental issues in your state, basic writing style for creating press releases and writing hints for formal letters and website articles. John will also hold a question and answer session.

Space is limited so don’t wait to sign up! Visit NEA4WDC to reserve your spot. A nominal fee of $25 will cover all course materials, a continental breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn from the best!

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