Yearly Archives: 2010

Omnibus Land Bill introduced and then died

The Omnibus Land Bill was not addressed before the end of the 2010 session but is likely to be back in some form in 2011. Remind your representatives that it’s not wanted.

E&E: 12/17/10
SENATE: Reid files water, lands, wildlife omnibus in eleventh-hour push for environmental victory
Paul Quinlan, E&E reporter
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed omnibus legislation today containing 110 bills aimed at improving and protecting public lands, waterways, ocean resources and wildlife — which Republican leaders have already threatened to block.

“I want to get this package done before Congress adjourns,” Reid said. “I sincerely hope that the delays and obstruction we are seeing from my Republican colleagues will not prevent us from taking up this critical legislation.”

Advocates say the bill represents a rare opportunity for an environmental legislative victory in the closing days of a Congress better known for major defeats on climate change and oil spill legislation.

“This bill has just gone from life support to hyperventilating,” said Joshua Saks, senior legislative representative for water resources campaigns at the National Wildlife Federation. “This could be one of the most enduring actions of the 111th Congress.”

Called the “America’s Great Outdoors Act of 2010,” the bill includes bipartisan measures that would designate new wilderness areas in three states; add 4,600 miles to the national trail system; preserve battlefield sites; protect marine turtles, sharks and great cats; and restore water bodies like Lake Tahoe, the Columbia River and the Long Island Sound, according to a news release. The bill would also slow the decline in the world’s shark populations and permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The bill combines measures from four Senate committees: the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Commerce Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee. Half of the bills have passed the House with broad support, according to Reid’s statement.

Reid defended the bill against recent Republican attacks that the planned measure would amount to a “Frankenstein omnibus,” in the words of Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), cobbled together behind closed doors. Reid’s statement said that Republicans for the past six years have “intentionally and methodically obstructed normal consideration of these bills,” forcing them to be packaged into massive measures that could attract the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

It’s unclear when the Senate will take up the measure or if time enough remains before Congress adjourns. Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D) said this week that the bill had enough Republican support to get 60 votes. Oklahoma Republicans Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn have both threatened to block the bill, citing concerns about its size and cost and, at the time, uncertain contents.

“There is nothing divisive about protecting historic battlefields, improving our most critical water sources, or making sure that our best wildlife habitat remains wild and healthy,” Reid said. “These are things that people in Nevada and across America want, and they expect us to work together to achieve them.”

Reporter Phil Taylor contributed.


Posted by Helen Baker / Cal 4 Wheel

December 2010 eNews

In this issue of  UFWDA eNews….

  • A note from Jim Mazzola
  • Subpart A Letter from the US Forest Service
  • ORV Use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • NMOHVA Wins Appeal!
  • UFWDA Vice-President opportunity
  • Rubicon Trail Foundation Buys Property
  • Remember that UFWDA Survey

November 2010 eNews

  • UFWDA attends the 2010 SEMA Show!

  • Beasley Knob OHV Work Weekend

  • Trailridge Runners 4WD Club – Pass Hoppers Trip

  • Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore

  • Eric Morey elected as president of 4WD Australia

  • UFWDA Vice-President opportunity

  • Indiana Four Wheel Drive Association 30th

  • You never know who’s watching

  • UFWDA Voice Fall edition


  • JPFreek Adventure Magazine Offer

  • UFWDA Power of ONE Campaign

  • A UFWDA mail address change

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United Four Wheel Drive Associations Launches New Website!

United Four Wheel Drive Associations has launched a new website with a brand new look and some great new features. UFWDA now has a letter generator and a section of the site that allows you to access your congressman with all of their contact information in one quick and easy location. You can subscribe to our new Land Use Bulletins and much more! Please check out our new site and take a look around at

United Four Wheel Drive Associations would like to extend our gratitude to PA Jeeps for funding the new site and for all of their support!

Be well,

Richard Drechsel
Director of Public Relations

New! UFWDA Announces the Land Use Bulletin!

United Four Wheel Drive Associations is pleased to announce the launch of our
new land use tool, the UFWDA Land Use Bulletin. The idea is to keep everyone informed about land use related topics on a regular basis.

For anyone interested in the land use happenings across the country, subscribe to the “UFWDA Bulletin”. This new feature allows land use news, info, and alerts to be sent directly to you via email. It’s free, it’s quick, and it’s easy…so sign up today! You can sign up for the Land Use Bulletin on the right side of our website.

NEW! UFWDA Announces the Land Use Committee!

United Four Wheel Drive Associations has created a Land Use Committee made up of land use directors across the nation. The Land Use Committee will provide the chance to gather information and better assist one another other on issues facing each region and/or state.

The purpose for such a committee is to bring all of the land use directors together on a regular basis and is open to all Land Use Directors or interested parties. During this time, we can discuss situations occurring in each of our areas. Which will allow us to keep our attorney informed on which issues need to be addressed. It will also allow us to share ideas on actions that have been effective in certain areas as well as ways that may not have worked. The Land Use Committee will allow an opportunity to come up with new and improved ways to become more efficient and effective in all of our land use efforts.

The Land Use Committee had the first conference call in September with a few charter members. The charter members plan to hold the next call in October, 2010 which is open to all Land Use Directors and interested parties.

I hope you take the opportunity to become apart of this great committee. I am positive that once we all put our heads together, we can make a huge difference!

For more information on the Land Use Committee or to find out how to get involved please email landuse [at] UFWDA looks forward to working with each and every one of you in order to help save our trails!

October 2010 eNews

In this issue of eNews…

  • UFWDA re-launches its website!
  • Hoosier Outdoor Experience
  • The Power of ONE Campaign continues
  • Trolls Fall Color Tour is a Success
  • Have your say on the Outdoors now!
  • Congress Begins to Move on Public Lands Omnibus Bili
  • Trailridge Runners 4WD Club Aspen Ridge Trip
  • NZFWDA clubs do a beach clean-up
  • Masazane Expeditions Trans-Africa Expedition 2011
  • You’ve got a beaut ute!

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New! UFWDA Announces the Communications Committee

United Four Wheel Drive Associations is working hard to communicate more effectively and efficiently with our members. The communications committee was formed to allow members to be a part of the process and to let us know what forms of communication they would like to see from UFWDA.

The first meeting was held in August 2010 and many great ideas were born in that meeting. Be sure to keep an eye out on our website for the latest forms of communication from UFWDA.

If you are interested in giving the communications committee feedback or suggestions please email