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June 2014 eNews

  • UFWDA 2014 AGM Webinar This Month,
  •  Four Wheeling loses an Icon,
  •  Outdoorx4 offer 20% off,
  •  UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’,
  • Great Outdoors Month in The USA,
  • Finally, new trails for motorized recreation,
  • 29 Road Desert Clean-Up,
  • 4WD: Where the wild things are,
  •  State’s first four-by-four course taking shape,
  • 2014 Earth Day Trail Cleanup,
  • 4×4 Treks Galloway.
  • eNews-June-14

Travel Management Agreement Reached on Stanislaus National Forest

Sonora, CA… A settlement agreement on the 2010 litigation of the 2009 Stanislaus National Forest (NF) Motorized Travel Management decision was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California today and is effective immediately. The U.S. Forest Service and the plaintiffs to the litigation (The Wilderness Society; Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility; and the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center) reached an agreement that balances the plaintiffs’ concerns while retaining the majority of motorized Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) routes made in the 2009 decision for recreational use…

The agreement does involve temporary route closures, but these closures do not affect the existing road system. Trail closures affect about 14 percent of the OHV trail system.

“Diverse riding and driving opportunities for motorized recreation and dispersed camping still abound on the forest with over 230 miles of OHV trails available,” said Susan Skalski, Forest Supervisor, Stanislaus NF.

As part of the settlement agreement, for an interim period of time until other analysis is completed, the Forest will close to motorized use 40.34 miles of routes (86 OHV trail segments) on three ranger districts: the Calaveras, Mi-Wok and Groveland. 18.19 miles of routes (49 OHV trail segments) currently open will be closed effective May 23. Twenty-two and a quarter miles of routes (37 trail routes) that are not currently open because mitigations required in the Forest Supervisor’s 2009 Record of Decision are not complete, will remain closed.

“Enforcement during the initial closure and implementation period will focus on facilitating change through advising visitors and providing information to public land users,” said Heidi Rieck, Law Enforcement Patrol Captain, Stanislaus NF. “We understand it takes time for people to become familiar with changes. After the initial educational period, we will start to incorporate other enforcement actions.”

Officers do have and will apply enforcement discretion in issuing citations to forest users.

In order to address the court’s concerns, during the closure, the Forest will take steps to show how it is applying the Forest Service’s 2005 Travel Rule minimization criteria to the 2009 Decision. When making decisions to designate routes for public motorized use, the 2005 Travel Rule requires the Forest to consider the effects on Forest resources with the objective of minimizing damage. It has not been determined how long this analysis may take or how long the routes will be closed. A new Motor Vehicle Use Map has been published and can be obtained at any Stanislaus NF district office or the Forest Supervisor’s Office.

The Stanislaus National Forest (STF) is actively engaged in management of its transportation system. The objectives of transportation planning are to: provide access to recreation facilities and opportunities for the public and partners; access for resource management, including fire protection and suppression; and to maintain an affordable/manageable transportation system while meeting the management needs of the Forest. The Forest is guided by the Travel Management Rule (36 CFR Part 212) and the Forest Service Manuals and Handbooks (7700).

Information regarding litigation of the 2009 Motorized Travel Management decision, the decision and the settlement agreement with the list of trails will be posted on the Stanislaus NF website by May 31.

For more information about this news release or to speak with a Visitor Information Specialist about forest information and recreation opportunities, call the Stanislaus Supervisor’s Office at: 209-532-3671; Calaveras Ranger District (RD) at 209-795-1381; Groveland RD at 209-962-7825; Mi-Wok RD at 209-586-3234; or Summit RD at 209-965-3434.

Source… http://thepinetree.net/index.php?module=announce&ANN_user_op=view&ANN_id=40675

May 2014 eNews

  • UFWDA 2014 AGM Webinar
  • Federal judge rules against fees at national forests
  • Rock Junction and Off Road Show – 2014
  • Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame
  • Southern Four Wheel Drive Association Gaining Momentum
  • EPA Releases Interactive Mapping Tool
  • Cal4Wheel… Clear Creek Bill
  • Pace Lake Pre-run 2014
  • Collector Car Appreciation Day

 

 

2014 BFG Outstanding Trails Winners

BFGoodrich® Tires, in collaboration with United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and Blue Ribbon Coalition, today announced the winners of the 2014 Outstanding Trails program.  Nominated for uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following, the trails selected for this year’s program are:

  • Pole Line Trail, Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, Pennsylvania
  • Mineral Basin Trail, American Fork Canyon, Utah
  • Billings Canyon Trail, Grand Junction, Colorado

Since its inception in 2006, The Outstanding Trails program has been dedicated to the responsible use and preservation of off-road trails. In the last eight years, Outstanding Trails has recognized more than 33 off-road trails throughout the country and has awarded over $130,000 in grants in support of trail conservation efforts.

“BFGoodrich Tires is about providing driving enthusiasts the capability to discover the best of what we call Playground Earth,” said Duane Thomas, brand communications manager for BFGoodrich Tires. “The Outstanding Trails program is a reflection of that commitment to work with four wheel clubs to enhance the trail system in North America and provide more opportunities to get out and play.”

BFGoodrich Tires 2014 Outstanding Trails
During the course of the year, BFGoodrich Tires will be at club events associated with these trails to highlight the uniqueness of each location, educate off-road enthusiasts on the responsible use of the trails and present a $4,000 grant to each club to assist in the preservation of trail access.

  • The Pole Line Trail is part of the 6,500 acre Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, a motorized recreation facility with its trailhead located in Coal Township, Pennsylvania. The AOAA frequently holds events, trials and family-oriented rides along this busy trail.
  • The Mineral Base Trail takes its name from the rich history of mining in the area from the late 1800s and is one of the most popular trails in North Utah. The Dirt Hedz Offroad Club helps maintain the track and they are applying to the Forest Service’s “Adopt- A-Trail” program to become the trail’s official caretakers.
  • The Billings Canyon Trail is 10 years old and one of the early extreme trails in Colorado. It was developed by the Grand Mesa Jeep Club and is still maintained by the club today. Rock Junction and The Grand Mesa Jeep Off-road Show are both held at this magnificent trail.

“UFWDA has been honored to be a partner in the Outstanding Trails program,” said Jim Mazzola, President of UFWDA. “The more than 30 grants provided by BFGoodrich as part of the Outstanding Trails program have made a tremendous impact helping preserve some of the most beautiful off-road trails available.”

“The three trails and clubs recognized in 2014 truly live up to the name ‘Outstanding Trail’,” said Del Albright, Blue Ribbon Coalition Ambassador. “These clubs are doing some great work to help improve and conserve access to these trails.”

About the Outstanding Trails Program
The BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails program was established in 2006 to raise awareness for responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while providing support in the trails’ conservation efforts. Through 2014, the Outstanding Trails program has recognized over 30 off-road trails and clubs across North America.  The program has provided more than $130,000 in grants in support of the various trails conservation efforts.

Both Blue Ribbon Coalition and UFWDA are non-profit organizations dedicated to responsible and ethical outdoor recreation.  BFGoodrich Tires collaborated with these two groups to select the finest off-road trails and continues to work with these organizations on restoration and education initiatives.

About BFGoodrich Tires
Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 40 years, BFGoodrich Tires is involved in every type of racing, including sports car, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tires at www.BFGoodrichTires.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BFGoodrichTires  or on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BFGoodrichTires.

About United Four Wheel Drive Associations
United Four Wheel Drive Associations is the world’s leading representative of all-brand, four wheel-drive enthusiasts. UFWDA benefits, developed and tested over the past 30 years, include four-wheel-drive safety and awareness education; such user ethics programs as adopt-a-road, conservation volunteer and volunteer trail patrol; assistance with new club formation; education seminars to aid four wheelers through complex state and federal programs affecting trail access; internet forums designed to instantly connect members globally; a legislative advocate and nationally recognized attorney who works exclusively for four-wheel-drive enthusiasts to protect access and prevent road and trail closures. For more information on the UFWDA log on to www.ufwda.org, or call 1-800-44-UFWDA (800-448-3932).

About Blue Ribbon Coalition
The Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well — all sports; all trails.  With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, participation in the administrative process, outreach, education and collaboration among recreationists. BRC works with land managers to provide recreation opportunities, preserve resources and promote cooperation with other public land users. BRC is recognized nationwide for its credible staff of landuse and recreation professionals, as well as a legal team with nearly 30 years of accomplishments.  Learn more at www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org or call 1-800-BLUERIB (258-3742).

April 2014 eNews

  • Drive on the Beach of Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • PA Jeeps Scholarship Fund
  • AMA update on Johnson Valley
  • A Successful Day on Capitol Hill – TN OHV & SFWDA in action
  • VA4WDA 2014 Annual Meeting
  • Recreation Community Urges Recreation Enhancement, Not Just Fees
  • 4WD Sponsoring Three Trails for Easter Jeep Safari
  • PA DCNR recreation survey
  • Dynatrac, Superlift and Falken Tire Host EJS Bunny Run 7
  • Epic Decision for Glamis Sand Recreation
  • eNews April 14

Epic decision for Glamis sand recreation

Barely a month following argument, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. Northern District Court of California yesterday issued a long-awaited decision on the 2013 ISDRA management plan, ruling almost entirely on the side of the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and sand-rider organizations, and against the latest challenge led by the Center for Biological Diversity. The ruling sets the stage for implementation of the 2013 plan, which would allow resumption of access to areas placed off-limits to riders through “interim” closures imposed over a decade ago.

Read the report… http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d3185832a6e86a7032c68d031&id=342d1cce9d&e=qe7oKxeE9g

Recreational Trails Program support needed

There is a wonderful opportunity to boost awareness of and support for the Recreational Trails Program within the United States Senate.  However, we have to take action immediately!
 U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jim Risch (R-ID), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Burr (R-NC) released a Dear Colleague letter soliciting signatures for a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Ranking Member on the Committee, supporting the continuation of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in the next surface transportation authorization bill.  Attached are their Dear Colleague request and the planned letter to the EPW leadership.

Please share this information with your membership and ask them to contact their Members of the U.S. Senate (except, of course, Senators Klobuchar, Risch, Shaheen, Burr, Boxer and Vitter) and request that they sign on to the letter supporting the continuation of the RTP in the next surface transportation authorization bill.  Our basic message is that the RTP is a very effective, user-pay/user-benefit program and a proven success story.  It serves as the foundation for state trail programs across the country, benefits motorized and non-motorized trail users alike, leverages significant additional support for trails, encourages productive cooperation among trail users, and facilitates healthy outdoor recreation and associated, badly needed economic activity in countless communities throughout the nation.

Time is very short.  The deadline for Senators’ response is noon on Wednesday, April 9th.

Thanks very much for your help.

Cathy Ahern

Catherine A. Ahern
American Recreation Coalition and Coalition for Recreational Trails
1200 G Street, N.W., Suite 650
Washington, D.C.  20005
202-682-9530
cahern@funoutdoors.com

2014 4 1 RTP Dear Colleague letter Signed

 

March 2014 eNews

 

  • SFWDA New Association Logo,
  • U.S. House passes bill to overturn ORV plan for Outer Banks,
  • BFGoodrich® Tires Call for Entries for 2014 Outstanding Trails Program,
  • Land Management Planning Rule,
  • Replacing your Catalytic Converter,
  • ‘Voice’ needs a cover photo,
  • 2014 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival,
  • Wallowa-Whitman National Forest – Planning,
  • AMA identify changes in BLM fees,
  • Cibola National Forest MVUM,
  • Roads and Wilderness???
  • The top 3 4WD tracks in the Gladstone region
  • eNews March 2014

February 2014 eNews

  • Sierra Club promotes outdoor recreation?
  • Send an Email to the President Opposing Massive New National Monument Designations,
  • Glade Run Recreation Area (Chokecherry Canyon) NM,
  • UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’,
  • 2014 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival,
  • Grand Mesa Jeep Club Named Colorado “Club of the Year” – 2013,
  • Stanislaus National Forest Solicits Public Input On OHV Program,
  • WOHVA Update February ‘14,
  • Clear Creek Management Area Resource Management Plan, California
  • eNews February 2014

January 2014 eNews

    • 2014 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival;
    • SEMA Land Use Summary;
    • Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association Review;
    • Would You Survive This?
    • Tonto National Forest Listening Sessions;
    • Planning Under Way For Great Outdoors Month 2014;
    • Upcoming public workshops Sierra, Sequoia, Inyo;
    • Bring Back the Real Camp Jeep;
    • UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’ ;
    • Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Achievement Awards;
    • Trails users united for sustainable trails on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests;
    • Fact: 4×4 and SUV Drivers are Idiots.

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