For around 25 years, UFWDA have run an occasional survey to get a picture of our recreation and its participants. We welcome participation in this survey, which should take less than 15 minutes of your time, but will be valuable to UFWDA.
Recently published online, is a website linked to the USFS outlining the basics of sustainable trails and lists of resources. While aimed at ATV, the message is the same for 4×4 trails.
about the relationship between soil and water and how sustainable trail design can help prevent erosion and other harmful effects caused by erosion.
sustainable trails or improve existing ones using these time-tested techniques, each with detailed descriptions and photos.
existing trails with methods for monitoring trail use and make decisions on how best to target resources for maintaining and improving trails.
From the Bureau of Land Management
Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management and the Marine Corps will host a Resource Management Group meeting about the changes in land use in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area at the Lucerne Valley Community Center on August 16, 2014 from 1-3 PM.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future locations of the Marine’s company objective areas within the Shared Use Area for military training in accordance with Military Land Withdrawals Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-66).
Input from State agencies, Off-Highway Vehicle and other recreation interest groups, and environmental advocacy groups as well as the public in general are encouraged and welcomed to attend.
The Lucerne Valley Community Center is located at 33187 Old Woman Springs Road, Lucerne Valley, CA. For additional information, contact the Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Field Manager, at 760-252-6004; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or the MCAGCC Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213; email: SMBPLMSWEBPAO@usmc.mil.
Jeff Bates – Past – President of the Grand Mesa Jeep Club (a member club of Colorado Four Wheel Drive Association and UFWDA) is the 2014 Four Wheeler of the Year.
Awarded annually by United Four Wheel Drive Associations Inc. (UFWDA), this award recognizes on an international level, the significant achievements and contribution of individuals to the sport of recreational four wheeling.
Because of Jeff Bates’ leadership and vision as President over the last 3 years, the Grand Mesa Jeep Club (GMJC) has prospered to unheard of levels. Jeff’s leadership has also shown in bringing the GMJC to the role of community leader regarding the Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO) of the BLM and their 2013 Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Travel Management Plan (TMP).
Jeff was given an award for his leadership by the BLM at a community awards meeting. Largely due to his leadership, the GMJC was responsible for generating over 800 individual comments on the BLM’s RMP/TMP.
With Jeff’s leadership, the BLM is working hard to establish more extreme trails in the Bangs Canyon area. He has also been able to get a commitment for a connector for the Tabeguache trail to Hwy 141. This ¼ mile connector has been in the works for nearly 30 years.
The club’s annual “Off Road Show and Swap Meet” and the three-day “Rock Junction” event held in conjunction with the “Off Road Show”, are outcomes of Jeff Bates vision. Largely due to the growth of these two events, the membership of the Grand Mesa Jeep Club has more than tripled in the last two years. This growth in membership benefits all of us in the organized sport of 4-wheeling.
Jeff has been in the forefront of building interest in removing tons of trash and large items from the Grand Junction area and is very active in trail maintenance projects
United Four Wheel Drive Associations Inc. (UFWDA) were delighted to award their 2014 Environmental Affairs Four Wheeler of the Year Award to Chris Brower of the Carolina Trail Blazers Club (a Southern Four Wheel Drive Association and UFWDA member club) to recognize on an international level, the significant achievements of individuals to recreational four wheeling.
About a year and a half ago, Chris recognized a need to become the liaison to the Uwharrie National Forest for the Carolina Trail Blazers Club. This position coordinates with the Forest Service and other 4×4 clubs to develop a schedule and work tasks for work days on the OHV system in the Forest. Chris has taken ownership of this position and has excelled past all expectations.
Before Chris took this position there was a small effort to coordinate the workdays by whoever was available that weekend. There was not an overall strategic plan with a set of defined objectives for the effort. Chris changed that. He has work crew supervisors to direct the work depending on the type of work to be done and has brought unparalleled organization and structure to the work days.
“Chris has been an incredible asset to the OHV trails on Uwharrie, and is willing to put the time in to make the volunteer program a real success. The Forest Service relies on volunteers to manage our trail systems and without those dedicated few who are willing to go the extra step, we would not be able to make the most of this program.” said Deborah Walker, District Ranger, Uwharrie National Forest.
Chris Brower (aka Snappy) has been a tremendous inspiration, volunteer, motivator, leader, worker, and cheerleader and shows passion that is contagious in our 4×4 community. If not for the efforts of Chris, we would have seen more closures of trails at Uwharrie, the last real place to ride in North Carolina!