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PICKERINGTON, OHIO -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced
that AMA member Dana Bell is taking part in "American Frontiers: A Public Lands
Journey." Beginning today, this first-of-its-kind trek will cross the nation's
parks and open lands as part of a campaign to introduce Americans to their
"larger backyard," the vast public lands throughout the country.

Conceived and planned by the Public Lands Interpretive Association, the Public
Lands Journey is being sponsored by a combination of public and private
partners, including the Departments of Interior and Agriculture, National
Geographic Society, American Honda, and others. The National Geographic Society
is said to be filming a documentary about the journey.

Two teams of four adventurers will trek from the Canadian and Mexican borders
through six Western states by foot and horse, bicycle and canoe, all-terrain
vehicle, dual-sport motorcycle, and boat some 3,000 miles to meet in Salt Lake
City on September 28. Their entire route will be on public lands -- national
parks and forests, wildlife refuges and more -- and they'll tell their story
along the way by videophones and over the Internet.

Bell, 54, an AMA Life Member and a former AMA staffer, is Project Coordinator
for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council. She began riding
off-highway motorcycles 27 years ago and has been involved in trail, competition
and dual-sport riding. She's worked as a trail volunteer and served for seven
years on the California Desert District Advisory Council.

"Throughout the years, my experiences with land managers, recreation groups and
other public-lands stakeholders built within me a firm belief that working
together is not only deeply rewarding, but also the most powerful tool to
accomplish whatever work that needs to be done," said Bell.

"Through her involvement in this Public Lands Journey, Dana sets a great example
for others who responsibly enjoy our public lands in a variety of ways," said
Robert Rasor, President of the AMA. "We also commend the event's organizers and
sponsors for including off-highway vehicles in the event -- showing that these
are viable and valuable ways to enjoy our public lands."

The AMA, through its website,, will publish periodic
reports of Bell's experiences during her adventure. The Public Lands Journey
will hold a series of regional events along the route, and the trek can be
followed online at

Bell, a native Californian, is a mother of four and has a degree in marine
biology. She and her husband, Sam, are residents of Long Beach.

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organization with more than 250,000 members. The Association's purpose is to
pursue, protect and promote the interests of motorcyclists, while serving the
needs of its members. For more information, visit the AMA website at, or call 1-800-AMA-JOIN.