Access Pioneer Inducted Into Off-Road Hall Of FameFriday, June 2, 2006 | 7:17 AM
RENO, NV - A long-time champion for responsible access to public lands will be placed into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF).
Clark Collins, co-founder of the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), was chosen for this honor by a unanimous vote of the ORMHOF nominating committee.
Clark started the BRC, a national recreation organization, to counter the growing anti-access efforts of extreme environmental groups and their political allies. His goals were to make the off-road community become "politically significant" and to promote responsible recreational use of public and private lands. One of his "significant" goals was achieved in 1991 when the Symm's National Recreation Trail Fund Act was signed into law by President George Bush.
Clark served as the BRC's Executive Director from 1988 to 2006. Under his leadership, BRC has grown nationwide to include over 1,100 member organizations and businesses representing approximately 600,000 recreationists.
The 2006 Induction Ceremony will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 26, 2006 in Gallery Four at the National Museum (The Harrah Collection) in Reno, Nevada.
Jack Welch, president of the BlueRibbon Coalition said today, "I am proud that Clark has been recognized by the ORMHOF for his numerous and significant contributions to the off-road community. For many years, Clark worked tirelessly to champion responsible use of public lands and to build an organization that could defeat anti-access groups who had targeted our activity for elimination."
"Clark received many awards during his tenure at the BRC but to be selected for this honor will most assuredly be the high mark of his distinguished career," Welch added.