Jul 3, 2002
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From a press release issued by the AMA:<BR><BR>AMA Fighting for Open Trails in California<BR><BR>PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has presented a check for $54,795.28 to AMA District 37 in southern California for use in the fight to keep motorized trails open, the AMA reports.<BR><BR>The money comes from the Save Our Trails Fund, created in April to accept donations for District 37 legal battles and other efforts to protect riding areas for off-highway motorcycle and ATV riders. Right now, District 37 is in a fight to keep large areas of the California desert open to motorized recreation.<BR><BR>District 37 has incurred substantial legal bills fighting closures in California. The AMA is matching contributions made to the fund dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 (for a fund total, combining donations from the public and matching funds from AMA, of up to $100,000).<BR><BR>Half of the $54,798.28 ($27,399.14) just delivered to D37 was from contributions received as of 5/10/02. The other half was from AMA matching funds.<BR><BR>Supporters can donate to help protect trails by sending contributions to:<BR>Save Our Trails<BR>AMA<BR>13515 Yarmouth Dr.<BR>Pickerington, OH 43147<BR><BR>or can donate online by going to the AMA website at and clicking on "Protecting Your Right to Ride."<BR><BR><BR>(Editorial Note: The fund was proposed by AMA South West Region Director John Ulrich and approved by the AMA Board of Directors in February, 2002, at the first Board meeting of Ulrich's term as a Director.)