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“Preserving Our National Resources FOR the Public Instead of FROM the Public”
Guest: Todd Okert
Todd Okert is the President of the Blue Ribbon Coalition.
The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a respected national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. The BRC wants to keep your land open for use, whether you recreate on a mountain bike, snowmobile, motorcycle, personal watercraft, ATV, four-wheel drive, horse, or your hiking boots.
Todd Ockert grew up in Michigan and joined the Navy in 1984. He combines his military leadership training with his passion for the outdoors as President of the BlueRibbon Coalition. Together he and Del Albright also founded Access Army to help unite and communicate with all Land Use groups like BRC. He represented the BlueRibbon Coalition at the inaugural RallyVenture in 2014. When not fighting for our access to public lands, Todd works at Chevron in the position of Incident, Investigations, and Reporting Coordinator in the HES Department.
Honors and Awards:
-BRC was instrumental in passing the legislation that authorized the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). This legislation is the most significant legislative accomplishment of the OHV community.
-Convinced 9th Circuit to reverse 20 year old rule that prevented nonfederal interests from responding to enviro lawsuits.
-Filed suit in response to “manage through total closure” agency mentality at Tellico (NC)
-Key role alongside partners in defending Yellowstone snowmobile access starting in 1997
-Filed lawsuit leading to the re-opening of Lake Powell to personal watercraft (UT & AZ)
-Lead litigant in “Roadless” area cases since 1999, including Idaho case that temporarily enjoined Clinton Roadless Rule
-Successfully appealed a “total closure” option of the Angelina National Forest in Texas and thwarted an identical effort on the Holly Springs National Forest in Mississippi
-Blocked anti-access settlement during key political transition from Clinton to Bush administrations (IL)